Emergency Responses

We want all employees, students and visitors to be as ready as possible in case an emergency situation develops. To be prepared, take a moment to review the sections below. Listen to the alarm sounds associated with each emergency response.

Emergency Response Guide (PDF)


house being swallowed by tornadoSEVERE WEATHER
SEEK SHELTER:

  • Close all doors, including those in main corridors.
  • Move to lowest part of the building.
  • Stay away from windows and glass.
  • Crouch near floor or heavy, well supported objects and cover back of your head.
  • If outdoors and there is no time to move to an interior space, lie flat in the nearest depression and cover your head.

Listen to this emergency response alarm sound: “Severe weather conditions have developed. Go to designated Tornado Shelters.”


explosionEXPLOSION
EVACUATE:

  • Leave area and go to an exterior location where you can call 911 from a land line.
  • Do not operate any electrical devices, cellular phones, light switches, or any radio frequency producing devices.
  • Do not try to locate the source of the explosion.
  • Evacuate and move to designated assembly points.
  • Re-enter ONLY when directed by recognized authority.

Listen to this emergency response sound: “Leave the building immediately using exits and stairways. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.”


hazardous materials signHAZARDOUS MATERIALS
EVACUATE:

  • Alert people in the immediate area to evacuate.
  • Evacuate and assemble in an area uphill and upwind from the affected area.
  • Avoid direct contact and/or breathing in of vapors.
  • Unless properly trained, do not attempt to clean up the spill.
  • Do not operate any electrical devices,phones, appliances, light switches, or equipment with open flames within the affected area.

Listen to this emergency response sound: “Leave the building immediately using exits and stairways. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.”


lightning boltPOWER OUTAGE
EVACUATE:

  • Remain calm and move cautiously to a lighted area.
  • If the fire alarm sounds or upon notification by emergency personnel, evacuate and move to the designated assembly point.
  • Never attempt to pry open elevator doors.
  • In laboratories, secure all experiments and electrical equipment, fully close fume hoods and shut off any gases.
  • Re-enter ONLY when directed by recognized authority.

Listen to this emergency response sound: “Leave the building immediately using exits and stairways. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.”


fireFIRE
EVACUATE:

  • If unable to extinguish flame with fire extinguisher, activate nearest fire alarm or call 911, assist persons with disabilities, evacuate and move to the designated assembly point.
  • For individual accountability report to designated officials at assembly point.
  • Re-enter ONLY when directed by recognized authority.

Listen to this emergency response sound: “Leave the building immediately using exits and stairways. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.”


ALICESHOOTING INCIDENT
A.L.I.C.E.

  • A: Alert, get the word out by calling 911.
  • L: Lockdown, shut and lock the door, turn off the lights, sit in the corner.
  • I: Inform, continue communicating to provide real-time information.
  • C: Counter, take aggressive actions towards the threat.
  • E: Evacuate, if safe to do so, move away from the threat to a safe location.

Listen to this emergency response sound: “Intruder on campus. Lockdown immediately. Wait for further instructions.”


ambulanceMEDICAL EMERGENCY
STAY CLEAR:

  • If trained, administer CPR/first aid/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and call 911.
  • If not trained, stay clear of the area where the emergency has occurred.
  • Direct first responders to the location of the medical emergency.
  • Re-enter ONLY when directed by recognized authority.

envelopeSUSPICIOUS PACKAGES
STAY CLEAR:

  • Always report unusual or suspicious mail or packages to Police.
  • Do not touch the item.
  • Do not operate any electrical devices, cellular phones, light switches, or any radio frequency producing devices.
  • Re-enter ONLY when directed by recognized authority.

ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ALARM SOUNDS:

ALL CLEAR: The immediate danger has passed. Use caution and increase awareness until further notice.
Listen to the All Clear emergency response sound


TEST MESSAGE: This is a test of the Black Hawk Emergency Notification System.
Test the the Emergency Notification System


LOCK-DOWN ALERT: Go to secure location and deny entry. LOCK-DOWN!
Listen to the Lock Down Alert sound


SHELTER-IN-PLACE: Environmental emergency on campus. Close doors and windows and stay in place. SHELTER-IN-PLACE!

Responding to a “Shelter in Place” Alert (Locking down right where you are)

  • Assess your location for security potential.
  • Lock the door of the room you are in if you can.
  • Turn off the lights and any electronic equipment. Make the room look unoccupied.
  • Barricade the door with desks or office equipment if possible.
  • Do not open the door for someone else unless you are absolutely sure who it is.
  • Stay down and away from the door and any widows.
  • Remain where you are until you are located by the police.

If you encounter a police officer during a Shelter in Place emergency

  • Make sure your hands are empty and visible to the officer.
  • Do what you are told without hesitation.
  • Do not argue or ask questions.
  • Give direct answers to any questions the officer asks.
  • If you are told to leave do so quickly and with your hands empty.
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