Emergency Procedures

Fire Evacuation Procedure

Actions to Take In A Campus Building

If a fire is present in a campus building:

  • Sound the building alarm by pulling an alarm station when a fire is detected.
  • Everyone should quickly exit the building using available stairways and fire escapes. Do not use elevators. Students should leave their rooms unlocked and close the door upon exiting.
  • Alert others in your area as you evacuate. If you are able, accompany and assist persons with disabilities who appear to need assistance.
  • Call Campus Safety 641-269-4600 or dial 911 for assistance when it is safe to do so. Report the exact location of the fire and what is burning, if known.
  • Remain approximately 200 feet from the exits to help facilitate clear access to the building for the fire department.
  • Return to the building only when instructed to do so by fire department officials, police, or Campus Safety staff.

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Active Assailant Response

How to Respond When an Active Assailant is in Your Vicinity

  1. Run and escape, if possible. Have an escape route and plan in mind. Leave your belongings behind. Keep your hands visible.
  2. If you cannot run, hide in an area out of the shooter’s view. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors. Silence your cell phone.
  3. Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger. Attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.

Be Informed

  • If you see something, say something to an authority right away.
  • Sign up to receive local emergency alerts and register your work and personal contact information with any work-sponsored alert system.
  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.

Make a Plan

  • Make a plan with your family, and ensure everyone knows what they would do, if confronted with an active shooter.
  • Look for the two nearest exits anywhere you go, and have an escape path in mind & identify places you could hide.
  • Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs.

During

Call 911 when it is safe to do so.

Provide the following information to law enforcement or 911 operator:

  • Location of the active assailant
  • Number of shooters
  • Physical description of shooters
  • Number and type of weapons held by shooters
  • Number of potential victims at the location

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm and follow instructions
  • Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets)
  • Raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding onto them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming, or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating

Information in this section is provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Fire Evacuation: Actions to Take In A Campus Building

If a fire is present in a campus building:

  • Sound the building alarm by pulling an alarm station when a fire is detected.
  • Everyone should quickly exit the building using available stairways and fire escapes. Do not use elevators. Students should leave their rooms unlocked and close the door upon exiting.
  • Alert others in your area as you evacuate. If you are able, accompany and assist persons with disabilities who appear to need assistance.
  • Call Campus Safety at 641-269-4600 or dial 911 for assistance when it is safe to do so. Report the exact location of the fire and what is burning, if known.
  • Remain approximately 200 feet from the exits to help facilitate clear access to the building for the fire department.
  • Return to the building only when instructed to do so by fire department officials, police, or Campus Safety staff.

Severe Weather

Thunderstorms

Severe thunderstorms are officially defined as storms that are capable of producing hail that is an inch or larger or wind gusts over 58 mph. Hail this size can damage property such as plants, roofs, and vehicles. Wind this strong is able to break off large branches, knock over trees or cause structural damage to trees. Some severe thunderstorms can produce hail larger than softballs or winds over 100 mph, so please pay attention to the weather so you know when severe storms are possible. Thunderstorms also produce tornadoes and dangerous lightning; heavy rain can cause flash flooding. These hazards are covered in more detail under the tornado, lightning safety, and flood safety websites of the National Weather Service (NWS).

Map graphic with explanation of a Severe Thurnderstorm Warning and Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Severe Weather Alerts

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a large hail or damaging wind identified by an NWS forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.

Visit the National Weather Service website for additional information related to thunderstorms.

Information in this section is provided by the National Weather Service.

Tornado

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees, and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day or night and at any time of the year. Although tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains and the southeastern United States, they have been reported in all 50 states.

Map graphic explaining a Tornado Warning and a Tornado Watch

Tornado Alerts

  • Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
  • Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on Radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.

Visit the National Weather Service website for additional information related to tornados.

Information in this section is provided by the National Weather Service.

Winter Weather

Winter storms can bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the entire United States and its territories. Even Hawaii gets snow on its Big Island, and major cities as far south as Atlanta and Dallas have been paralyzed by snow and ice. Blizzards occur when strong wind causes blowing snow and whiteout conditions, making roads impassable. Thousands of people are injured or killed every year in traffic accidents related to slippery roads from winter storms.

Map graphic stating descriptions of a Winter Storm Warning, a Winter Storm Watch, and a Winter Weather Advisory.

Winter Weather Advisories, Watches, and Warnings

Winter-weather-related advisories, watches, and warnings are issued by your local National Weather Service office. Each office knows the local area and will issue advisories, watches, and warnings based on local criteria. For example, the amount of snow that triggers a “Winter Storm Warning” in the northern plains is typically much higher than the amount needed to trigger a “Winter Storm Warning” in the Southeast.

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Wintry weather expected. Exercise caution. Light amounts of wintry precipitation or patchy blowing snow will cause slick conditions and could affect travel if precautions are not taken.
  • Winter Storm Watch: Snow, sleet, and ice possible! Be prepared. Confidence is medium that a winter storm could produce heavy snow, sleet, or freezing rain and cause significant impacts.
  • Winter Storm Warnings: Snow, sleet, and ice expected! Take Action! Confidence is high that a winter storm will produce heavy snow, sleet, or freezing rain and cause significant impacts.

Visit the National Weather Service website for additional information related to winter weather warnings, watches, and advisories.

Information in this section is provided by the National Weather Service.

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