Emergency Procedures in Residence Buildings

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 directions from a University official.

Fire Drills

Fire drills will be conducted each semester according to state fire regulations. At the beginning of the year, residents will be briefed by their 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.

Fire Safety

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:

  • Stop what you are doing and listen for the alarm to go off a second time.
  • 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.

Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado

The 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 and the following response is suggested:

When a constant loud whistle in the town of Fayette goes off, it means that a tornado has been sighted or is indicated by weather radar. Take immediate cover. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. Staff will monitor weather bulletins and give directions. Monitor RAVE messages for the "all clear" announcement indicating it is safe to leave the shelter.