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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 Fires
  • 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 Suspicious Person
  • Seek a sturdy shelter
  • DO NOT attempt to leave a sheltered area to navigate through a storm
  • Visit for more information
  • Note specific characteristics of the person
  • Notify police
  • DO NOT attempt to confront, stop or apprehend the person
Bomb Threat Hostile Intruder

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?
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 securable 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 Sick or Injured Persons
  • DO NOT touch or disturb the object
  • Evacuate the area and notify others on your way out
  • Call 911
  • Determine the basic nature of the sickness or injury
  • Notify police immediately
  • Stay with the patient until police arrive