Safety at UIU
Campus Police: 563-425-5372, [email protected]
Police – Non-Emergency: 563-425-3500
Police – Emergency: 911
Fire Department: 563-425-4300
Rape Hotline: 1-800-383-2988
AIDS Hotline: 1-800-342-2437
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Power Outage, Fire, Failure of Physical Facilities or Weather Conditions
In the event of a power outage, fire, failure of physical facilities or weather conditions that could potentially endanger a student’s safety, the student should take the following steps (when they perceive a hazard):
- Contact a Residence Life staff member and warn any persons in the immediate vicinity who may be unaware of the hazards.
- If personal safety is threatened, the student needs to move to the nearest safe location and wait for a University official.
Fire drills will be conducted each semester according to state fire regulations. At the beginning of the year, residents will be briefed by their Resident Assistant (RA) about fire drills and the escape route in case of fire. It is expected that all residents cooperate fully with the staff conducting the fire drills.
The University must insist upon total compliance with posted or normally accepted rules of safety in regard to fire. In order to assure the safety of all residents, absolute adherence to fire regulations is expected. Tampering with fire extinguishers, the sprinkler system, safety doors, smoke detectors or fire alarms is not only illegal but jeopardizes the safety of everyone.
Instructions in Case of Fire
If a fire is observed:
- Activate the fire alarm to notify other residents.
- Contact a Residence Life staff member.
- Before leaving your room, put on shoes and take a towel. Leave the building by the closest secure exit.
If you hear a building alarm:
- Feel your door. If it is hot, do not open it. If it is cool, open it enough to get your foot into the hall to check for heat, and look into the hall. If it is safe, proceed to the nearest exit.
- If smoke or flames force you to stay in your room, put towels or sheets around the cracks of the door.
- Signal for help by going to the window and waving a towel or sheet.
- If able to exit, leave by the nearest marked exit that is clear of fire or smoke. Alert others to do the same.
- Once outside, proceed to a clear area at least 50 feet from the affected building.
- Know your area assembly points.
- Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by law enforcement or fire officials.
- Assist individuals with disabilities in leaving the building.
IMPORTANT: After any evacuation, report to your designated assembly point. Stay there until an accurate headcount is taken. A designated department head or staff member will take attendance and assist in accounting of all building occupants under their supervision. Campus Police personnel along with the local emergency personnel shall conduct a sweep of the building to make certain occupants have evacuated the facility.
Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado
National Weather Service uses a two-stage system to alert people to tornado danger. A Tornado Watch tells you that atmospheric conditions are ripe for a tornado, although none has been spotted, visually or on radar. A Tornado Warning tells you that a tornado has been spotted in the area. When a constant loud whistle in the town of Fayette goes off, it means that a tornado has been sighted in the area. Staff members will inform residents if it is necessary to take cover. The safest place is on the lowest floors of buildings, away from windows, or in the basements. Staff will monitor weather bulletins and give directions. Listen to the radio for the “all clear” announcement indicating it is safe to leave the shelter. NEVER USE THE FIRE ALARM FOR NOTIFICATION OF A TORNADO OR STORM.
Students are strongly encouraged, although not required, to review their information for the UIU Alert emergency notification system through myUIU. Students registered for UIU Alert will be notified if there is a late start/early out, or closing due to inclement weather as well as in the event of a campus emergency.