Under All Emergency Circumstances

  • If someone is injured, missing, or known to be trapped inside the building, call the University Police at 6878. If there is no answer, or if the line is busy, call 9-911. It may be necessarily to send a runner to the University Police Department.
  • Provide assistance to those who have mobility impairments.
  • Check for injuries, but do not attempt to move any serious injured people unless there is a greater danger by not doing so.
  • Use telephones to report emergencies (i.e. gas leaks, fire, or injuries).
  • Only Facilities Services or other trained individuals should attempt to turn utilities on or off.
  • Never touch downed utility poles or lines. Do not approach damaged building equipment.
  • Avoid open flames due to potential gas leaks.
  • Do not drive a vehicle unless it is necessary. Streets should be kept clear for emergency vehicles.


During an earthquake:

  • Seek protection from falling debris in doorways, under desks or tables, or in corners of rooms.
  • After an earthquake, collect only essential personal belongings (coat, shoes, etc.), leave the building quickly and gather at the designated rally point for your building.
  • Establishing communication with the Building Emergency Manager is paramount to account for anyone still trapped in the building.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks. Aftershocks are usually smaller than the initial earthquake, but they may be strong enough to topple already damaged buildings.


In the event of a fire:

  • If a fire, explosion, or smoke is discovered in a building, activate the fire alarm and evacuate the building immediately.
  • Do not attempt to extinguish the fire unless you have been trained to useĀ a fire extinguisher.
  • After evacuating the building, gather at the pre-planned rally points and communicate with the designated Building Emergency Manager.

Medical Emergency

In the event of a medical emergency:

  • If illness or injury occurs in your area render whatever aid of which you are capable, moving the patient as little as possible.
  • Call the University Police 6878, state the problem, location and, whether an ambulance is needed, and be as specific as possible.
  • Contact the Building Emergency Manager as soon as possible.


In the event of a tornado warning:

  • Go to a pre-designated shelter area in your building. This is usually located on the lowest level. Check the Emergency Procedures signs posted in your building.
  • Stay inside, away from all doors, windows and outside walls.
  • Avoid large auditoriums and gymnasiums with large poorly supported roofs.
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