Emergency Contact Door Sign

Emergency contact names and phone numbers should be updated regularly and posted on the outside of every UVM laboratory door.

UVM Physical plant personnel or emergency responders will refer to this signage when they are trying to contact appropriate lab personnel during an emergency.

Since emergencies often take place during non-business hours, the phone numbers listed on the emergency sign should be numbers where the person can be reached immediately (a cell phone, if possible). 

If there are security concerns and lab workers prefer not to post emergency contact information on the lab door, please be sure emergency numbers are listed correctly in the Laboratory Online Inventory. Emergency responders can also access this important information while on route to an emergency in your building. This information is not available to the general public.


Be sure to understand and train your staff to understand which emergency phone numbers to call for help.

Dialing 911 on a UVM land line will connect you to UVM Police.

Dialing 911 on a cell phone will most likely connect you to a local Vermont State Police Barracks. NOTE: YOU MUST FIRST IDENTiFY YOURSELF TO THE DISPATCHER AS BEING AT UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT. They will then connect UVM Police to the call. This will get you a quicker response on campus.

Use 656-2560 is to be used for NON-emergency but critical service needs. THis connects you to Physical Plant Department dispatcher. You must press 1 to speak to the dispatcher. Someone from UVM will answer this line 24/7 (24 hours per day and 7 days per week).  You can tell the dispatcher you need a plumber, electrician, HVAC technician or Safety staff to get some help or advice. This number should be used for chemical spills and indoor air quality issues.

Shared Labs

The doors of shared laboratory spaces must be properly labeled by users. Equipment  or areas specific to lab groups must be labeled with the Lab Supervisor’s name and a contact phone number. Users should make sure there is a completed Emergency Contact sticker posted outside the door with current information should lab users change over time.