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VU emergency contact numbers and campus evacuation plan 

Last updated on 3 February 2023
Here you can find an overview of practical telephone numbers and tips. You can also download an overview of all emergency numbers, directions and escape routes.


  • VU emergency number (internal): extension 22222
  • VU emergency number (external): +31 (0)20 598 2222
  • National emergency number: 112

In the event of an emergency:

  1. Break the emergency seal on the nearest alarm.
  2. Call the emergency number 22222 or 020 598 2222.
  3. Report your name, phone number, location and type of emergency. 
  4. Close doors and windows.
  5. If possible: use a fire extinguisher or fire hose to extinguish any fire.
  6. Stay with any victim(s) until help arrives.
  7. Follow the instructions of security staff or local emergency responders.

Other situations

  • VU Campus Security (internal): extension 85854
  • VU Campus Security (external): +31 (0)20 598 58 54
  • No emergency but in need of police assistance, call: 0900 8844

Do you want to make a report in person? Get in touch with Campus Security in the VU Main Building.

  • Overview of all emergency numbers and evacuation plan

    This Z card is a convenient overview of all numbers and instructions such as escape routes and assembly points in the event of an emergency or evacuation. Keep this card in an easily accessible place.

  • Escaping buildings safely

    When there is danger in a campus building, the escape plan (slow whoop) may take effect. This can happen in case of fire or a bomb threat, but also a physical threat or accident with a dangerous substance. In these situations the company emergency response team (bhv) may ask people to leave the building (they can be recognised by their vests with the text bhv).

    In addition to the slow whoop signal, important information is often shared via the intercom, which is available in all buildings on campus. Go the to corridors if you cannot hear the message clearly.

    An escape plan of the building may be hindered when obstacles, such as tables, chairs or other goods are blocking the escape routes. Particularly in combination with smoke, dangerous situations may occur (limited sight and toxic air). Never use the escape routes as storage space and remove any goods blacking the routes as soon as possible.


    Be aware of available safety facilities in any study or work space. Make sure to navigate the emergency exit in the space you are in. When the alarm goes off, follow the green signs to the emergency exit.

    Alarm means react

    When focused on work, we are less likely to notice danger. We are inclined to finish the task or activity at hand first. When the alarm signal goes off, it is important to stop whatever you are doing immediately and start the evacuation.

    Only take things you need or that are valuable for you. Help students or colleagues who need it, such as someone with a physical disability. Close the door of the space you are leaving and go outside. Then go to the designated meeting points.

  • Meeting point for each building

    • Main building: restaurant W&N building
    • W&N building: restaurant Main building
    • MF building: restaurant W&N building
    • Transitorium/EC: restaurant MF building
    • OZW building*: restaurant W&N building
    • Bellevue: restaurant W&N building
    • Initium: restaurant Main building
    • Botanic garden Zuidas: restaurant MF building
    • O|2: Gustav Mahlerlaan
    • New University building: restaurant Main building
    • Basket*: Volleyball field / restaurant Main building

      * These are external parties (non-VU) and have their own emergency response teams; VU Amsterdam supports
  • Eight tips to prevent incidents

    1. Always wear your ID badge and keep it visible.
    2. Approach strangers in your department and ask who they have an appointment with.
    3. Bring as few valuables as possible to work.
    4. Do not leave valuables in plain sight; take them with you or place them in a locked room.
    5. Do not leave confidential information unattended.
    6. Lock your mobile phone, laptop, tablet and PC with a strong PIN code or password.
    7. Make sure others do not have the login credentials for your devices.
    8. Log out of your PC or laptop and close windows and doors when you leave, even if only momentarily.

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VU Security

VU Main building
KC04 (cellar)