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Mark Your Calendar! Fire Drills Aug. 30 & 31

The UHD Office of Emergency Management & Fire Safety (OEM) will conduct mandatory evacuation/fire drills Aug. 30 and 31.

Each drill will last about 15 minutes. For all drills, individuals should evacuate their building via the nearest stairwell/exit.  The full drill schedule is shown in the table below.

In case of inclement weather, please prepare to evacuate by standing near the closest stairwell/exit; stand to one side of the hallway, leaving a clear path for evaluators to conduct assessments; and wait for further instructions.

Special Instructions For Occupants Of One Main BuildingOMB-floor-9-exit 

  • Floors 1–3 will evacuate the building according to the schedule shown below. 
  • Floors 4–10 should stand near the closest stairwell/exit but should not evacuate the building. Stand to one side of the hallway, leaving a clear path for evaluators to conduct assessments.


  • Take your phones, keys, purses, and any other personal effects with you. 
  • Bring an umbrella and/or jacket with you (depending on weather conditions). 
  • Close your office/classroom doors as you leave. 
  • Proceed quickly and quietly to your exits and assist anyone in need to the safety zones. 
  • Do not use the elevators to exit the buildings. 
  • Do not re-enter the buildings until the all clear has been given.

Drill Schedule 





Tuesday 8/30

9 – 9:15

One Main Building

Floors 1 – 3

9:30 – 9:45

One Main Building

Floors 4 – 11

10:15 – 10:30

Girard Street Building

Floor 3 

10:15 – 10:30

Academic Building

Floors 3 –7 

Wednesday 8/31

9 – 9:20 

Shea Street Building

All Floors

9:40 – 10 

Science & Tech Building

All Floors

10:15 – 10:30

Student Life Center Building

All Floors

11 – 11:15

Commerce Street Building

All Floors

11:30 – 11:45

Willow Street Building

Floor 1


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.