IMPORTANT EMERGENCY TERMS
Emergency Notification: Immediate message sent out to the campus community that is triggered by an event that is currently occurring on or imminently threatening the campus. University Police will initiate emergency notification procedures for any significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus.
Timely Warning: message sent out to the campus community triggered by crimes that have already occurred but represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. Timely Warnings aren’t limited to violent crimes or crimes against persons.
Shelter in Place: Choose an interior room or one with as few doors and windows as possible. Remain there until the danger has passed. Examples: Tornado or other severe weather, nuclear alert, hazardous materials spill.
How to Prepare to “Shelter in Place”
Although it is unlikely that you will ever need to shelter in place, it is helpful to know what to do just in case. The longest you should expect to stay inside is about 12 hours-usually less. A few simple items can make it easier and more comfortable should you ever need to shelter in place on campus. First, keep a supply of required medications with you. The following additional items would be good to keep in the place where you spend the most time-your residence hall room or office- to support your personal comfort:
- Extra prescription medicine (if you need to take it during the period of shelter in place or in case local pharmacies don’t open immediately following the incident.
- First aid supplies
- Non-perishable food and bottled water (Most bottled water is good for about six months. If the bottle does not have an expiration date on, mark the date of purchase.)
- Battery-operated radio
- Extra batteries
- A telephone
Seek Secure Shelter: Get into a lockable space, like an office or classroom, and remain there. Lock and barricade doors, turn off lights, and turn cell phones to silent or vibrate mode. Get under a desk or other surface to hide. Wait for further instruction from law enforcement. If the threat is in your building and you can safely flee, then do so.
Examples: Active shooter or dangerous person immediately threatening the campus.
Evacuate: Immediately leave the building that you are in, exiting through the nearest and safest exit. If the fire alarm has not been activated, do so. Examples: Fire, smoke.
Avoid Area, Warn Others: In these types of incidents, the emergency is localized on campus. University officials do not want anyone near the area and want you to alert others of the emergency. Examples: Hazardous materials spill, flooded roads, aircraft accident, bomb threat, civil disturbance, fire, gas leak, or power lines down.