What to do during a….

Bomb Threat

University personnel receiving telephone threats should get as much information as possible from the caller and report it immediately to the Public Safety Department at (213) 740-4321.  Bomb threats received through the mail or by other means are also to be reported immediately.

Download Bomb Threat Checklist PDF here


Drop, cover and hold on. (Learn more about Earthquake safety)


If you discover or suspect a fire: sound the alarm, leave the building and call for help. (Learn more about Fire safety)

Hazardous Materials Incident

For information on hazardous materials response procedures, consult the USC Environmental Health and Safety site. (Learn more about Hazardous Materials safety)

Infectious Disease

USC has emergency response plans in place to address wide-ranging campus health concerns and to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community. During a contagious disease outbreak, or pandemic, the university’s emergency response teams will monitor the campus situation and work closely with the Los Angeles public health department, and make recommendations regarding possible changes to campus activities.

Medical Emergency

For medical assistance call the Department of Public Safety at (213) 740-4321 UPC or HSC (323) 442-1000. Be prepared to give: Building name, Floor or room number, Location of injured/ill, Nature of injury/illness, Age & sex of injured/ill, and current condition of injured/ill.

Power Outage

Report all power outages to the Department of Public Safety:

Learn more about Power Outage safety