Safety Tips During an Emergency
By remaining calm, you will be able to think clearly and respond appropriately. If possible, follow the instructions provided by the Campus Emergency Notification System.
If Reporting an Emergency
If reporting an emergency, call the university police or a local emergency agency. The contact numbers are listed at right. Provide essential information, e.g., the type of emergency, the location, any injuries, a description of the attacker(s) and the type of weapons involved.
Get Away, If Possible
Only do this if you can escape quickly and safely. Identify an escape route first. Leave all belongings behind. If possible, stay behind furniture, buildings, cars, etc. Warn others as you go.
If you cannot escape, hide in the nearest room. Lock or barricade doors, close and cover windows. Turn off lights and remain very quiet. Do not open doors until law enforcement officers give the "all clear" signal.
If attackers are armed, hide in a place that totally blocks you from view of the attackers. If there is nowhere to hide, lie flat on the ground. Stay away from doors and windows. If a shooter is in the same room with you and gunshots have been fired, it may help to "play dead" until escape is possible or help arrives.
If violence strikes, know how to respond. Participate in the periodic emergency drills and follow all instructions given by College officials and local law enforcement.