The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emergency Response Handbook

At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is always a priority, and we must all be prepared to keep our campus safe. This Emergency Response Handbook is a valuable reference of each of our roles and responsibilities in the event of an incident. Please familiarize yourself with the information and procedures in this guidebook.

All faculty, staff, and students should become familiar with the initial response guidelines to an emergency situation. For most people this first response may be as simple as summoning assistance, evacuating the area or assisting another member of the college community.

Since every situation is unique, the policies and procedures in this document are intended to serve as a guide. Students, faculty and staff should become familiar with these guidelines so all can prepare for and react safely in the event of an emergency.


Download a copy of the Emergency Response Handbook

Copies of the UMass Amherst Emergency Response Handbook can be picked up at Environmental Health and Safety at 117 Draper Hall, or by requesting a copy by emailing  Pick up your copy today!