Situation: You are about to step into an elevator when the fire alarm goes off. What should you do?
Situation: You are teaching in an O’Shaughnessy Educational Center classroom and sirens begin to wail, warning of severe weather. What should you do?
Situation: You are in your residence hall room and you hear what sounds like gunfire. What should you do?
When what seemed to be gunshots were reportedly heard near the St. Thomas campus Nov. 16 in downtown Minneapolis, individuals on the university’s Minneapolis campus were instructed to “seek shelter and remain in place.” According to Karen Lange, dean of students and co-chair of the University Action and Response Team (UART), it is critical that people are prepared and have the tools they need. Reviewing emergency procedures, discussing your department’s office safety plan, and registering your mobile phone numbers with St. Thomas’ emergency notification system are important in preparing for an emergency on campus.
What should you do?
A good start is to learn and follow the safety tips provided by the Public Safety’s quick reference Emergency Guides. When emergencies arise, it’s critical to know what to do. Lives may depend upon your actions. In addition to listing emergency telephone numbers, the guide provides procedures to deal with:
The University Action and Response Team (UART) and Public Safety also suggest the following:
Sheltering in place
Things happen that are out of our control, so sheltering in place is required. What should you do when an emergency dictates that you shelter in place? Dan Meuwissen, director of public safety, offers the following “sheltering in place” guidelines:
Hazardous material released from fires, explosions or chemical spills, or severe weather conditions, such as a lightning storm, large hail or tornado:
Dangerous situations, such as a person with a gun, bomb or other weapon:
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The University Action and Response Team offers this Sheltering in Place Exercise for office, department and classroom discussions.
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Is your office, department or classroom prepared for an emergency? An Office/Department Safety Plan can be viewed here.