Last updated November 15
We work hard to maintain a campus where Pitt students, faculty, and staff feel safe and secure. Despite our best efforts, there are a number of hazards which could affect the University of Pittsburgh and the surrounding community.
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with potential hazards that could occur at Pitt and how you can prepare for them. A general list of hazards can be found below and in the right-hand menu.
For a condensed version of this information, refer to our Emergency Quick Guide. We encourage you to print or save a copy of this guide to have on hand in case of an emergency.
Pennsylvania experiences a relatively low level of earthquake activity, but they are possible. In fact, the largest earthquake recorded in Pennsylvania, known as the Pymatuning Earthquake, occurred less than 100 miles away from Pittsburgh in September of 1998. Pennsylvania is also subject to the effects of earthquakes that occur in other states.
View facts about lightning. The safest place to be during a thunderstorm is indoors. If outside during a thunderstorm, do NOT lie down or seek shelter under a tree. Try to get indoors. If you can’t, crouch down and tuck your head in with your hands over your ears. Crouching down is the best combination of staying low while making as little contact with the ground as possible.