Emergency Response

This page outlines how to respond and prepare for a variety of emergencies. Refer to the EHS Website for more detailed information.

Medical Emergency

When immediate first aid is needed, call Public Safety at 911 from a desk phone or 609‐258-3333 from a cell phone. Public Safety will provide first aid and arrange for transport to an appropriate medical facility.


If you discover a fire

Alert people in the area of the need to evacuate.
Activate the nearest fire alarm.
Evacuate the building, remembering to close all doors behind you.
Call Public Safety at 911 from a campus phone or 609‐258‐3333 from a cell phone.
Notify your immediate supervisor that you have safely exited the building.

If you hear a fire alarm sounding

Exit the building immediately.
Assemble at your building’s designated assembly area:
Notify your immediate supervisor that you have safely exited the building.

Designated Assembly Area

Andlinger Center
Sidewalk on the corner of Prospect and Olden

Bowen Hall
Prospect Avenue sidewalk

Computer Science
Lawn in front of Mudd Library

Area 1: Across Olden St. at Computer Science
Area 2: Parking area south of Von Neumann
Area 3: Parking Lot #2 behind J- and D-Wing

Friend Center
Front Lawn

Friend Center Library
Friend Center Courtyard

Hoyt Laboratory
Steps to Fountain or Freedom/Robertson Hall

Sherrerd Hall
Friend Center Courtyard

Fire Extinguishers

Do not use a fire extinguisher unless you have been trained.
Trained individuals should only use a fire extinguisher on incipient stage fires if safe to do so and only after notifying Public Safety.
No one is ever expected to fight a fire.

Chemical Exposure Response

Chemicals on Skin – Immediately flush with water for no less than 15 minutes and remove contaminated clothing.
Chemicals in Eyes -Immediately flush with water for at least 15 minutes, preferably with an eyewash or rinsing from the nose outward.
Chemical Inhalation – Open windows or otherwise increase ventilation and move to fresh air.
Ingestion of Chemicals – Contact Poison Control at 800‐962‐1253. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed to do so.

Seek medical attention for all chemical exposures.


The Princeton TigerAlert notification system (formerly PTENS) is an emergency notification system that allows authorized Princeton officials to send news and instructions simultaneously to University faculty, staff and students through landline phones, cellular phones, text messaging and e-mail. TigerAlert complements tools the University already has in place to communicate with the University community during events such as weather-related closings, public health crises, public safety emergencies and other unique emergency situations. It is important to keep your contact information current. Students use TigerHub. Faculty and Staff use HR Self-Service.


The TigerSafe app is designed to make your experience on campus as safe and satisfying as possible. TigerSafe empowers you with the tools you need to be prepared, mitigate dangers and respond appropriately to situations that occur. The app includes emergency alerts, tools for staying safe on campus, emergency response guides, campus maps and a variety of health and wellness resources.

TigerSafe is Princeton’s official health and safety app for the campus community. You are encouraged to download this free app. It is available for the iOS and Android platforms.

Blue Light Phones and Towers

There are 23 blue light communication towers throughout campus and an additional 42 blue light phones with similar capability to press a button and connect directly to DPS emergency dispatch. Visit the DPS Website for more information.