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UHDPD and Emergency Management to Conduct Lockdown Drill on Feb. 7 and 8

UHDPD and Emergency Management will be conducting a Lockdown Drill on campus Feb. 7 and 8. The annual Lockdown Drill entails UHDPD activating the RED button with the words “Push.” UHDPD and Emergency Management staff will check automatic door locking mechanisms and document any components that require servicing. Every classroom that has an electronic (fob) entry lock falls under this Lockdown system. During the drill, electronic doors (classrooms) will lock from the outside but anyone inside the room can exit at any time.  Additionally, we request that doors not be held open by trashcans, doorstops, or any other obstructions. 

This will be a campus wide drill utilizing the UHD Standard Response Protocols and Standard Response Protocol (SRP) Higher Education (HED). Participation is voluntary but strongly encouraged, and we ask if you are in a classroom that you turn off the lights, silence your phones, and find a place to hide.  If you are in a hallway, public space, or any open areas, consider looking for a place to hide and silence phones, but keep them on to look for updates via the UHD Alert system. For those wishing to participate, please reference the Lockdown Drill Procedures links below for actions to take during the drill.  

The schedule below denotes approximate times buildings will be affected. Floors will be broken out into 10-15-minute drill increments. Everbridge messaging will specify the affected floors at the beginning and end of the drill.   

BuildingDayDateStart TimeEnd Time
One Main BuildingWednesdayFebruary 79 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Academic BuildingWednesdayFebruary 710:45 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Girard Street BuildingWednesdayFebruary 711:45 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Science and Technology BuildingThursdayFebruary 89 a.m.9:15 a.m.
Wellness & Success BuildingThursdayFebruary 89:30 a.m.9:50 a.m.
Shea Street BuildingThursdayFebruary 810:20 a.m.10:45 a.m.
Commerce Street BuildingThursdayFebruary 811:00 a.m.11:15 a.m.








Please review the following links for more Lockdown and emergency management related information: 

 Additionally, we encourage everyone to review the What To Do In An Emergency - Active Shooter webpage before the drill. 

Finally, UHD has introduced a new safety and wellbeing app called SafeZone. SafeZone is a free application which can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store. To download, click the links below and use your UHD email address to register.

SafeZone is not a continuous tracking app. The user has full control of location sharing. Your location is ONLY shared when you check-in or request help through the alert buttons. In an emergency, the app allows you to quickly share your location and details with the local response team who will get the right assistance for you. If working alone or feeling vulnerable, SafeZone has a Check-in and Check-in Timer feature which allows you to share your live location with security responders. When using the timer, an alert is automatically sent on your behalf if you fail to extend or cancel it. This is ideal if you are in areas of increased risk and want additional peace of mind. The app also lets you report non-urgent concerns to the appropriate staff and can notify you in the event of an emergency on site. Information on UHDs partnership with the SafeZone App can be found here.

Additional Resources:

Emergency Evacuation Guide

Evacuation Assistance Request

Please contact Emergency Management if you have any questions.

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.