College of Pharmacy Safety Preparedness and Disaster Planning

The College of Pharmacy is committed to the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff and students. Though partnerships across the University of Iowa campus, we have researched various emergency scenarios to help prepare for unexpected events. Please review the various training and information sources below. If you have any questions or comments, please contact our Disaster Planning team found at the bottom of this page. 


Emergency Procedures Guide, University of Iowa

The University of Iowa has created a comprehensive emergency procedures guide that is an excellent reference for every employee. Please review this guide and consider keeping a copy close at hand. This guide includes the UI procedure for the following topics:

  • Evacuation Guidelines for those with Disabilities
  • Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Fire
  • Bomb Threat
  • Bomb Threat Checklist
  • Explosion
  • Violent Incidents
  • Active Shooter
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Water Damage
  • Hazardous Materials Incident
  • Earthquake
  • Severe Winter Weather
  • Tornado
  • Educational Programs Offered by University of Iowa Department of Public Safety


Safety Preparedness Presentations

Bomb Threats

Officer Jeff Salsbery, UI Public Safety is a member of the Johnson County Bomb Squad and discussed the response to a bomb threat. To watch Jeff’s presentation, please click here. Below, you will find a document to help you work through a bomb threat received over the phone, via email, or a handwritten note and what to do if a suspicious package is received.

FBI Bomb Squad Checklist


  1. Fire Safety: Bruce McAvoy, Fire Safety Coordinator for the University of Iowa visited the college to discuss fire safety. His presentation can be watched on Panopto here. Bruce is the UI contact if you have any questions or comments on the UI fire procedures or if you would like training on how to properly use a fire extinguisher. More information can be found on the University of Iowa Public Safety Office website
  2. Fire Emergency Procedures and Hazmat: Several members of the Iowa City Fire department led a discussion at the College about emergency procedures and the actual response from the fire department. Their presentation also included information on hazardous materials and how to minimize the risk for fire. Click here to watch their presentation on Panopto. More information on the Iowa City Fire Department can be found on their website

    1. Fire Safety Tips
    2. Hazardous Material Training
    3. Hazardous Materials Teams
    4. OSHA List of Hazardous Materials
  3. Fire Evacuation: After consulting with Bruce McAvoy, University of Iowa Fire Safety Coordinator, the College now has one rallying point, the area in front of Med Labs, directly north of the College of Pharmacy. All faculty, staff and students are suggested to report to this location following a fire alarm. In case the Med Labs Rally Area is somehow compromised, the backup rally location is the UIHC Patio, west of the South Tower of the College of Pharmacy.  Click on the link below for a map and pictures showing the rally point locations.

Fire Alarm Rally Point

Building Maintenance Emergencies 

While there is concern for disasters, you may be more likely to experience a building related emergency such as power outages, gas leaks, flooding, and general maintenance issues. For building maintenance emergencies, contact facilities work control center directly at (319) 335-5071.  The phone is answered 24 hours a day 7 days week. General maintenance issues related to the College of Pharmacy building can be directed to Brad Gilchrist, Building Coordinator. In case Brad is unavailable, you can also contact the facilities work control center, or (319) 335-5071. More information on Facilities Management can be found by visiting their website. A list of their available services is included in the UI Services Guide.

Disaster Preparedness Planning Members

Bradley Gilchrist
Building Coordinator

Brad Gilchrist handles all building concerns for the College of Pharmacy, including facility requests, space concerns, and emergency planning.