The Office of Compliance, Risk and Integrity promotes a healthy and safe environment for all persons by assisting in developing and implementing strategies designed to prevent accidents and reduce risk to the university, including emergency preparedness. We encourage you to review and become familiar with this guide before an emergency occurs. Communities and individuals are most effective in an emergency when they are prepared.

Fire Safety

If you hear a fire alarm:

  • You must evacuate the building. Alert others in your area to evacuate.
  • Take your personal items with you ONLY if doing so would not delay your evacuation.
  • Shut off your room lights and close the door. Do not lock the door.
  • Do NOT use elevator when evacuating, as the power may go out in the building!
  • Evacuate the building via the nearest exit and remain well away from the building (at least 200 feet). Stay out of driveways and parking lots where emergency vehicles may be accessing the building. 
  • Do not reenter the building unless given permission to do so by University Police. 

Tornado Safety

When a tornado warning is issued: 

  • The emergency warning sirens will sound.
  • Do not pull the fire alarm for tornado warnings.
  • Do not evacuate occupants of buildings.
  • Everyone should move from offices and classrooms to an interior hallway. If time permits, attempt to move to the lowest-possible level of the building.
  • Take mobile phones, bottled water or soda with you, if available. Do not stop at vending machines to purchase these items while taking shelter.
  • Sit on the floor with your back to the interior wall.
  • Cover your head with your arms.
  • Stay as far away as possible from furniture, windows and exterior doors and exits.
  • Remain in the building unless told to evacuate by police or fire personnel.

Additional Resources

Visit the Safety and Emergency Information site to learn more about other emergency preparedness guides.