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titleEmergency Protocols

The Emergency section contains information for staff, faculty, students and other guests of the Winship Building on proper procedure during an emergency. Under no circumstances should you sacrifice personal safety for the sake of departmental emergency procedure. Find protocols for all building staff and faculty at the links below.

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Nathan Harper  is responsible for emergency protocol for Winship. For general information about the building, check out the  Facilities and Operations  section.

Winship and Laboratory Theatre Assembly Areas:


titleEmergency Contacts

Nathan Harper - Assistant Operations Manager's work phone: (512) 232-5313

University Health Services : (512) 475-6877

University of Texas Police Department (UTPD): 911 or (512) 471-4441

UT Emergency Information : (512) 232-9999

titleOther Links

Emergency Plans - Campus Safety and Security

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Faculty Protocol

  • The classroom instructor is the senior representative of the university and they are responsible to implement university policy and directives.
  • Every member of the university community shall be familiar with the Emergency Policy and Procedures and understand his or her role in these emergency situations.
  • University faculty members and teaching staff are responsible for the orientation of emergency procedures and evacuation routes to the students at the beginning of each semester. This includes pointing out their specific classroom's building emergency evacuation routes and exit doors. Remember that the nearest exit routes may not be the same as the way they typically enter buildings.
  • In the event of a fire or other emergency, it may be necessary to evacuate a building rapidly. Upon the activation of a fire alarm or the announcement of an emergency in a university building, all occupants of the building are required to evacuate and assemble outside - in front of the big fountain at the foot of the east mall. 
  • Once evacuated, no one may re-enter the building without instruction to do so from the Austin Fire Department, University of Texas at Austin Police Department, or the Fire Prevention Services.
  • If a Lockdown is announced, implement lockdown procedures. Lock the door, turn off lights, and shelter in place.

  • Students requiring assistance in evacuation shall inform their instructors in writing during the first week of class. Faculty members must then provide this information to the Fire Prevention Services by fax (512-232-2759).
  • Faculty and instructional personnel should be prepared to give appropriate instructions in the event of an evacuation. Students should follow the instructions of faculty members and class instructors during emergency evacuations.
  • Everyone should ensure other occupants of university buildings are aware of emergencies, and to aid anyone requiring assistance in evacuation to the best of their abilities.

Staff Protocol

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Assembly Areas


Primary Assemby Area: In front of the big fountain just down the steps from the "east mall".

Staging Areas:

  • Basement: B.104
  • First Floor: Main Lobby
  • Second Floor: Passenger Elevator Lobby up in front of 2.112

Staging areas are to be used for those building occupants that require evacuation assistance during an evacuation.


Staging Area: 2.112

This is for people needing a place to hide out during a lockdown, threat outside scenario.


Primary Shelter: B.220 (basement near the freight elevator)

Floor Shelters:

  • First Floor: 1.320 (Payne backstage)
  • Second Floor: 2.112
  • TPA Sector: 2.3S4 (westernmost stairwell)