Proper Response Steps

1.  Activate the nearest fire alarm and notify others of the danger.
2.  Dial 911 for help tell the dispatcher the following information:
          a.  What building you are in.
          b.  What floor you are on.
          c.  Is there any one left inside of the building that you know of.
3.  If the fire is small and if it can be extinguished safely and quickly you may use the fire extinguishers that are located throughout the buildings on campus. When using a fire extinguisher remember pull, point, press and sweep. Direct the nozzle and contents of the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
4.  If the fire is large, very smoky or rapidly spreading do not attempt to extinguisher the fire just exit the building. 
5.  As you are exiting the building continue to knock on doors and alerting all occupants of the fire.
6.  Close but do not lock all doors as you exit the building, if you can do so safely, this will help to contain the fire.
7.  Do not use elevators.
8.  Avoid smoke filled areas.
9.  Prior to opening any door, feel it from top to bottom. If it is hot do not proceed find an alternate escape route. If the door is cool to the touch crouch low and open the door slowly. If there is smoke present close the door quickly so that you do not inhale the smoke. If there is no smoke present then proceed this way to exit the building. 
10.  If you are trapped in the building:
          a.  Keep the doors closed.
          b.  Seal the cracks and vents if smoke comes in.
          c.  If there is no smoke outside the window open the windows to let the heat and smoke out and to let fresh air in.
          d.  Hang an object outside of the window to attract the attention of the Fire Department and others that might be outside.
          e.  If possible dial 911 to let them know of your situation and your location.

Assisting those with Disabilities, Evacuation Guidelines

It is recommended that for residents of Garbee Hall, Hofmaster Apartments, Lee Towers and South Village I, II and III a "Buddy System" be implemented. A volunteer, along with alternate volunteers, be paired with a person with disabilities to assist them with evacuating the building. Staff personnel should be made aware of these arrangements. For all other buildings on campus, a "Buddy System" can be implemented with staff and faculty assistance.

Persons with Visual Impairments

Inform the individual of the nature of the emergency, offer to guide him/her. As you evacuate the building advise the individual that you are with where you are at, where you are going, obstacle in the way and any other important information. Do not take the individual that you are guiding by the arm, offer your arm instead.

Persons with Hearing Impairments

Not all fire alarm systems have visual indicators, a great deal are audio only a alternate means of warning may be necessary.

1. Write a note telling the individual of the danger and the safest evacuation route
2. Tapping the person he shoulder or turning the light switch on and off to gain attention, then indicating through gestures, or in writing, what is happening and what to do.

Persons using Crutches, Cane or Walkers

If the individual is having trouble exiting the building in a quick and safe manner then they may be carried out of the building. Options such as the fireman’s carry, two-person locked arm carry may be used. Also the person can be carried out while simply sitting in a chair.

Non-Ambulatory Persons

Most of the time non-ambulatory individuals will be able to evacuate a building on their own. If assistance is needed remember lifting someone is this state may be painful and may cause injury. Frequently, non-ambulatory individuals have respiratory complications. Remove them from smoke or fumes immediately. Always consult the persons that is being evacuated so to their preference with regard to:

1. Ways of being removed from the wheelchair.
2. The number of people necessary for assistance.
3. Whether to extend or move extremities when lifting because of pain, catheter bags, braces, etc.
4. Whether a seat cushion or pad should be brought along if he-she is removed from the chair.
5. Being carried forwarded or backward on a flight of stairs.
6. After-care, if removed from the wheelchair.
7. Once outside meet the Fire Department so that you can give them information about the fire.
8. Once outside you are not to reenter the structure for any reason.
9. Once the Fayette Fire Department is on scene the Fire Chief or the next highest-ranking official will be in charge of the scene. The fire official will determine when or if it is safe to return to a building. The fire official will also be the one to turn the fire scene back over to the university.


If there are casualties then the following area will be used as the triage area, providing that the building is still structurally sound and there are no other dangers getting in and out of the building the order of the area of usage is in this order:

1. Rec Center
2. Dorman Gym
3. Auditorium in Colgrove Walker
4. Tennis Courts

The designated landing zone for the life flight helicopter will be as follows

Primary: Football practice fields on the East side of campus. 
Hazard Note: On the West side of the fields is a power line

Secondary: The oval area on the North side of campus. 
Hazard Note: On the East side of the oval is a very tall flagpole

First Aid Kits

First aid kits are located in the following areas:

  • Garbee Hall: Cabinet in the security office
  • Hofmaster/Lee:  RA Rooms
  • Alexander Dickman: Registrar’s office
  • Colgrove Walker: Roadrunners lounge
  • Library: Circulation desk
  • Baker Hebron: Chemistry lab
  • Dorman Gym: Training room
  • Parker Fox: Front desk
  • Professional Building: Lounge
  • Rec Center: Front desk and through out the building attached to the wall
  • Edgar Fine Arts: Ceramics studio room 103
  • Andres Center: Housekeeping room 127
  • Facilities Management & Services: Office & grounds

Displaced Students

Dining Services will provide cold meal bag lunches; meals may also be prepared on University grills. Bottled water will be brought in for drinking. The university will provide a generator for Dining Services for refrigeration purposes. Porta Potties will be brought in for the waste matters. Students may be housed in Dorman Gym of the Recreation Center as needed.

24-hour hotline

The 1-800 phone number will be designated as the emergency 24-hour hotline number that parents may call.

Parental Notification

The Incident Management and Communications Team will notify parents of the situation and the status of their child.


There are several different options that are available to Upper Iowa University in regards to counseling. Upper Iowa University has on staff a Director of Counseling Services. Staff members of Student Development will also be available. The following local clergy are available as well: Abundant Life Christian Fellowship 425-3511, First United Methodist Church 425-4126, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 425-3184, Grace Lutheran Church 425-3544, Fayette Community Church 425-3551. Also available is the Northeast Iowa Mental Health Center and Alcohol Related Problem Center 1297 S. Frederick Avenue Oelwein, Iowa 50662 1-563-283-5774 or 1-800-372-6744


All media related questions or concerns need to go through the Chief Academic Officer, office phone number 425-5284. Alternate to the CAO is the Chief Financial Officer, office phone number 425-5286.