Emergency Response

Aarhus University-wide emergency response must ensure that the university is informed as soon as possible about acute physical threats and have management and relevant staff activated to deal with the situation as soon as possible.

How to react in case of a fire, accident or life-threatening situation:

Follow AU's general instructions


  • Stop the accident if you can without putting yourself at risk
  • Call 112 and evacuate if necessary
  • Call AU’s emergency phone number (+45) 87 15 26 17
  • Then contact following, depending on the location:

Fire extinguishers - how to use them (in danish)

What can you do?

  • Read about the University-wide emergency response plan at beredskab.au.dk and keep up to date.
  • If you are designated to have a special emergency role, you have received an action card that you should have on you.
  • Keep an eye on the alarm instructions, which hangs in all buildings at AU. Download and print if missing in some places or where it is appropriate.
  • Update your phone list/contacts in your phone with relevant people’s contact info.
  • Review the crisis procedures in your department. Discuss what could be a realistic crisis at your department – see overview of crisis scenarios.
  • Inform new colleagues about the emergency response. 

Evacuation drills, fire drills and various courses 2020

Below are the latest evacuation drills. Lone Ottosen is the coordinator.

  • Aarhus: Exercise held in the Herbarium, building 1137 - 9 May 2019 at 10:30 - with good success. Biokæden, building 1131 and 1134 on 22 August 2019. Building 1535 on 16 October. Building 1540 and 1550 on January 3, 2019.
  • Courses that are required by law for our employees, eg drone certificates, first aid certificates, diving certificates, etc. must be registered in WorkZone. Send the course certificate to lkha@bio.au.dk, who will arrange registration.

In case of an emergency

  • BE PREPARED make sure that your mobile is charged and switched on.
  • REMEMBER YOUR NETWORK inform those who may be called on to take your place. 
  • THINK ABOUT what to wear, as you may have to spend time outdoors.
  • IF YOU ARE CALLED TO ACTION cancel all your engagements and inform your network (work and home).
  • ONLY SPEAK to the press by agreement with AU’s head of press and communication.