Below are the University's guidelines relative to fire safety, severe weather, active shooter, and medical emergencies, along with additional emergency preparedness resources. Please review and become familiar with specific emergency preparedness and response practices and procedures within your unit as appropriate. Complete information about the university's emergency policies and procedures is here.
Your top priority is your own safety. Take action to secure your own safety before you consider assisting others. Any decision to assist others is yours alone, and you are never required to do so. However, do not obstruct others as they evacuate the building.
- If you see or smell smoke or fire, activate the fire alarm, evacuate the building, and call 911 from a safe location.
- Notify Facility Manager, Mary-Alice Wiland, (734) 604-6536
- Familiarize yourself with locations of fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, stairways and emergency exits in your building(s). Always identify two means of safe egress from your location.
- If the building's fire alarm sounds, immediately evacuate via the nearest exit, encouraging those around you to evacuate as well.
- Fire alarm activations require "full" evacuation of all affected buildings.
- Evacuate through the nearest available exit. In the event of an emergency, fire and police vehicles and personnel will need full access to entrances; please move to an area of refuge away from entrances.
- Use stairs, not elevators.
- If you can do so safely, assist those with disabilities or special needs.
- Stay clear of building exits and fire lanes.
- Re-enter only when directed by authorities.
Your top priority is your own safety. Take action to secure your own safety before you consider assisting others. Any decision to assist others is yours alone, and you are never required to do so. However, do not obstruct others as they seek shelter.
- Do NOT pull the fire alarm. You do not want people to exit the building!
- Close all doors, including main corridors.
- Move to the lowest interior space of the building (hallway, basement, restroom).
- Stay away from windows and glass or objects that could become projectiles.
- Crouch near the floor or under heavy, well-supported objects such as desks, and cover the back of your head.
- Monitor local media outlets for updates and all-clear.
Please note the Severe Weather (Tornado, High Winds) Refuge Areas:
The practice room hallways -- along the west wall (grand piano rooms) is best.
The lower floor -- in the Resource Room area and in the hallway outside of the Development Staff offices.
The Percussion/Flag room in the middle of the building.
BURTON MEMORIAL TOWER
The basement and the stairwell leading to the basement.
THE DANCE BUILDING
The stairwell leading to the lower level Dance Studios (both sides), and the basement area outside of Studio D leading to CCRB. While the Dance Studios themselves are under grade, there are too many mirrors for these to be safe refuge areas.
THE DANCE BUILDING -- GEDDES
The basement -- stay in the corridor and shut the doors to the conference room and GSI offices.
Your top priority is your own safety. Take action to secure your own safety before you consider assisting others. Any decision to assist others is yours alone, and you are never required to do so. However, do not obstruct others as they seek safety.
- Call 911 if you can do so without being overheard by the shooter.
- Run, if you can do so without encountering the shooter.
- Evacuate via a safe route to remove yourself from the threat.
- Encourage others to leave, but don't slow down your escape.
- Prevent others from walking into the danger zone.
- Hide, if not safe to run
- Seek a safe location where you cannot be seen or heard
- Secure the area by locking or barricading door
- Turn off the lights
- Silence phones and electronic devices
- Remain quiet and still
- Fight, as a last resort. If you cannot run or hide and you must confront the shooter, fight back. You may save your own life.
- Use the element of surprise, if possible - for example, if you think the shooter may enter through a door that you cannot lock, hide behind the door with a heavy object, then strike fast and decisively, and keep at it until the shooter is incapacitated.
- Distract, disorient, and disarm the shooter.
- Fight as a team if there are others with you. Gang up on the shooter, and attack until he is incapacitated.
- Use improvised weapons - such as a fire extinguisher, laptop computer, tools (hammer, screwdriver), heavy coffee mug, a chair or small table, heavy desk phone, metal trash can with sharp edges. Do not worry about damaging equipment or furniture. You are trying to save your life! Choose items that can injure and incapacitate from the first blow, if possible. Your goal IS to incapacitate the shooter, which requires injuring him. To save your life, you must be decisive and aggressive, and not worry about the level of harm you inflict on the shooter.
- Fight to incapacitate the shooter. Fight to survive.
To request an active shooter response training presentation, please contact the Division of Public Safety and Security Community Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call 911.
- Notify Facility Manager, Mary-Alice Wiland, (734) 604-6536.
- If you are trained, administer first aid/CPR.
- Keep people clear of the area where the emergency has occurred.
- Meet the first responders and direct them to the incident location.
- Remove yourself from the immediate area, so you will not be in the way as the emergency team works.
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For more information on these and other emergency preparedness related topics, please visit the following websites and become familiar with the important role and responsibility you have during an emergency: