Building Emergency Procedures


Evacuations are signaled by a high-pitched continuous buzzer followed by automated verbal commands. Evacuations could be necessary in case of fire or bomb threat. 

  • Leave the building immediately.
  • Walk at least 300 feet away from the building. Staff will designate assembly areas. 
  • Do not use elevators.

In fire evacuations, leave your belongings so that you can exit the building as quickly as possible. In a bomb threat situation, take your belongings but do NOT use cell phones or electronic devices.

Tornado or Weather Emergencies

Tornadoes or other exterior hazards are signaled by a series of repetitive beeps, followed by verbal instructions given by campus police over the intercom system.

  • Go to a designated emergency shelter inside the campus immediately. If you cannot reach a shelter, move to an interior room with as few outside walls and windows as possible.
  • Do not leave the building!
  • Remain in place until police give an "all clear" signal.

Lockdowns and Lockouts

Lockdowns take place when a safety threat, such as a violent suspect, is inside a building.
  • Enter the nearest room and lock the door. Lock all classroom and office doors.
  • Turn off lights, avoid windows, and silence cell phones to be as effectively hidden as possible.
  • If gunshots are heard, barricade doors and prepare improvised defense weapons.
Lockouts take place when a safety threat is near a campus, such as a suspect on the run from police.
  • Stay inside or head inside as quickly as possible. Do not leave the building!
  • Do not open any doors for any strangers outside.
  • Stay away from windows and glass doors.

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