Emergency Plan

At Seattle Pacific University, we are concerned with the welfare of faculty, staff, and students at all times. Because emergency situations are a potential threat to the safety of the University community, a thorough Emergency and Crisis Management Plan has been developed and is regularly tested.

Faculty, staff, and students may access this plan with their username and password. For information about this document, and for parents with questions, email emergencyteam@spu.edu.

A Rapid Electronic Communication System

SPU has multiple ways to send emergency messaging to students, faculty, and staff. We have message boards in key areas around campus, and we have deployed a public address system in certain areas to alert pedestrians on campus.

“SPU-Alert” – Emergency Notification System

The SPU-Alert messaging system is a quick, effective method of communication in the event of an emergency. The emergency message posted on message boards is also distributed to students, faculty, and staff members’ email addresses and sent, for those signed up, as text messages.

To be fully effective, this system needs the cooperation of all faculty, staff, and students. If you are a student, faculty, or staff member and have not signed up yet, visit spu.edu/banweb/ and select Personal Menu, then choose the Emergency Alert System to enter or update your information. Parents, please encourage your students to sign up for the SPU-Alert system.


Drills are a necessary component of preparing for a potential emergency. To both prepare for emergencies and comply with increased government requirements, drills include at least the following:

  • An evacuation drill targeted at preparation for an event such as an earthquake, a likely hazard for the Seattle area.
  • A lock-down and shelter-in-place drill.

Campus Lockdown and Evacuation Information

Many of our buildings can be secured rapidly from a central location. Remaining buildings will be added to this system over the next few years. If there is a threat of violence on campus, a campuswide lockdown would likely occur. The University community would be notified via the SPU-Alert system that a lockdown is in effect.

In a lockdown:

  • Building entrances will be locked, and everyone inside a building should remain in the building at a secure location, such as a locked room, away from windows and doors. 
  • Individuals locked out during an event should seek shelter off-campus.

In case of a lockdown — unless specific notice is given otherwise — all remaining classes and events for the day are cancelled.

Individuals who are off campus when they are alerted that the campus is in lockdown can assume that they should not come to campus. A communication will go out via a number of avenues — including email, text, and web — to the community if classes or events will resume as originally scheduled.

In case of an earthquake:

  • If there is an earthquake on campus, individuals inside a building should take cover under a freestanding desk or table, if available, or an interior wall if a table is not available.
  • They should stay away from windows, tall objects, and overhead lights. 

If the building is damaged, building emergency coordinators (BECs) will instruct individuals to evacuate the building. Individuals who are off campus when they are alerted should monitor communications to learn of any disruption to normal activities. 

When the emergency is over, the community will be notified via the SPU-Alert system.

Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC)

Each building has one or more building emergency coordinators who assist the community during emergencies. The BECs are vital in the efforts to respond successfully to an emergency situation. During an evacuation, they will be recognizable by their bright orange vests. In the event of an emergency or a drill, please give the BEC your full cooperation. 

In the residence halls, the residence life coordinators (RLCs) serve as BECs.

Personal Emergency Contact and Emergency Medical Information

Those on campus are asked to keep their personal Emergency Contact Information up to date.

The SPU-Alert system identifies how to contact you in the event of a campus emergency, but the personal Emergency Contact Information identifies who to contact if something should happen to you.

This is accessed from the Banner Personal Menu. Go to spu.edu/banweb/, select Personal Menu, then choose Emergency Contact Information. Fill it out as indicated.

Access to this data will be strictly limited to Safety and Security staff to assist in responding to an emergency and will not be forwarded to any other person or department.

Stop. Think. Act. Booklets

All offices, classrooms, and other locations around campus have received a Stop. Think. Act. booklet describing SPU’s emergency procedures. It contains a list of evacuation sites for each building, as well as steps to be taken in response to specific types of emergencies.

Suspicious Activity or Individual of Concern

It is important that all members of our community be vigilant and report to Safety and Security any suspicious activity or person that does not fit the “normal” pattern of daily campus life at SPU. In an emergency, call 206-281-2911; for non-emergencies, call 206-281-2922.

Any threat of potential violence or criminal activity, including from within the SPU community (faculty, staff, and/or students) should also be reported to Safety and Security.

For Faculty and Staff

This password-protected area includes links to reports and documents specifically for faculty and staff use. Input your username and password for access.

King County Executive Dow Constantine

2015 Executive's Award for Community Preparedness

King County Executive Dow Constantine recognized SPU for its many years of emergency planning and “a campuswide culture of preparedness.” SPU was the first university to receive this award.

In an on-campus emergency, call Safety and Security

From a campus phone, dial x2911. From an off-campus phone, dial 206-281-2911.


SPU's Emergency Procedures Handbook

Learn what you would need to do in case of a campus emergency before one happens.