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Emergency Preparedness and Response

Current Status

There is no immediate emergency at the University of New England. The University remains open at this time. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are transitioning most instruction to an online format. Residence halls are closed, and the hours of operation of certain buildings may be modified. Please check the website.

In the event of an emergency, this site will be updated with information about the nature of the incident, how to remain safe and the point at which safety has been restored after the event.

Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

View our COVID-19 Information webpage for regular community updates on the University of New England’s response to the current novel coronavirus outbreak, known as COVID-19. Our COVID-19 FAQ page is also updated daily.

The University is monitoring this evolving situation and is committed to supporting the health and safety of our students, professional staff, faculty, and the broader community. 

For general information visit the Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus website and view the U.S. State Department Travel Advisories.

View all UNE messages regarding COVID-19


The University of New England is committed to keeping our community safe. The UNE Emergency Preparedness and Response website is designed to inform the community about emergency procedures and resources for responding to a situation that threatens public safety.

These emergencies might include public health emergencies, major power failures, accidents, bomb threats, hazardous spills or fires. These types of emergencies can pose significant threats to life and property.

UNE’s emergency response procedures exist to maintain our ability to quickly and effectively respond to any public safety emergency. Please review these pages carefully and refer to them for critical information in the event of an emergency.


Emergency Quick Reference

Active Shooter

If there is an Active Shooter in your building

  • Run:
    • If you think you can safely, RUN. Don’t wait for others who might be reluctant to leave.
  • Hide:
    • Lock all doors and windows if you can. If you can’t lock a door barricade with furniture or anything you may have.
    • Turn off all lights, televisions, radios and put your phone on silent.
    • Move to a point in the room where you cannot be seen such as under a desk, behind a file cabinet, a wall closest to the hallway where you can’t be seen through a window.
    • Dial 911 and let the police know where you are and any other information that might be helpful.
  • Fight:
    • As a last resort, if the active shooter enters your hiding space, you may have to fight. If you do, commit to taking down the shooter with all you have.

Wait for a recognized UNE Official or the police to tell you to come out.

Learn more about what to do to survive an active shooter event: Run, Hide, Fight

UNE has numerous ways of distributing urgent information in the event of an emergency.

* Requires contact information, so individuals are urged to sign up now at U-Online to update their emergency contact information.

Learn More about emergency notifications