This quick reference guide is designed to provide you with suggested responses to various situations based on best practices established by reputable university and non-university organizations and entities. This information is only to be used as a guide. Situational judgment is always necessary.
Top 3 Emergency Tips
- Common Sense: Good judgment and logic lead to good decisions
- Stay Calm: Panic only leads to confusion and inactivity
- Call 911; do not hesitate
- Activate the nearest fire pull alarm
- Evacuate the building at the nearest exit; notify and help others on your way out if you are able and willing
- Close doors as you leave
- DO NOT use the elevator
- DO NOT reenter the building
- Weather Emergency
- Seek a sturdy shelter
- DO NOT attempt to leave a sheltered area to navigate through a storm
- Visit the ESU website for more information
- Suspicious Person
- Note specific characteristics of the person
- Notify police
- DO NOT attempt to confront, stop or apprehend the person
- Bomb Threat
If you receive a telephoned bomb threat: Record the exact time the threat was received and exact words of the person making the threat. Ask the person making the threat these questions:
- When is the bomb going to explode?
- Where is the bomb?
- Did you place the bomb?
- What does it look like?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What will cause it to explode? Why?
- Where are you calling from?
- What is your address?
- What is your name?
- Hostile Intruder
If you see or are informed of an active shooter situation via text message or other communication:
- Evacuate if safe to do so
- If not safe to evacuate, move immediately to a secure room; close/lock/barricade the door
- Turn off lights, stay away from windows and remain calm and quiet
- DO NOT open the doors or windows to see "what's going on"
- DO NOT open the door to anyone except police
- Only contact police if you have valuable information
- Seek further information via web, telephone, text message, etc.
- Use common sense
- Suspicious Object
- DO NOT touch or disturb the object
- Evacuate the area and notify others on your way out
- Call 911
- Sick or Injured Persons
- Determine the basic nature of the sickness or injury
- Notify police immediately
- Stay with the patient until police arrive