Types of Emergency

Suspicious Item/Device - Anything that is out of place and cannot be accounted for and/or an object that may be suspected to be an explosive device. If you observe a suspicious object, package or device remain calm and treat the threat seriously. Do not handle or touch the object. Clear/isolate the area. Immediately contact the Police at 1-1234 or 911.

Building Fire – Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

Severe Weather - Severe weather can have a serious impact on our community. Examples of severe weather phenomena may include thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes. Severe weather can also refer to snowstorms, ice storms, blizzards, flooding, hurricanes, and high winds.

Power Outage: Power outages can happen for many different reasons. Sometimes they’re caused by extreme weather conditions, like thunderstorms, or by other disasters like tornadoes or earthquakes. Sometimes they just happen.

Civil Disturbance: Civil disturbances include riots, demonstrations, threatening individuals, mass celebrations or assemblies that have become significantly disruptive. Looting is the most common activity associated with civil disturbance. Fire setting is also quite common and can quickly spread due to slow response times of overwhelmed fire departments. Transportation routes can become blocked making it difficult for non-rioters to leave the area and difficult for emergency response personnel to arrive.

Active Shooter: Active Shooter is one or more individuals who participate in a random or systemic shooting spree, demonstrating their intent to continuously harm others. Their overriding objective appears to be that of mass murder, rather than criminal conduct such as robbery, hostage taking etc. We recommend viewing and sharing the training video Run > Hide > Fight: Surviving an active shooter event.

Hostage Situation: A hostage is a person that is held by a captor. In most situations the captor is holding a person or persons hostage in exchange for passage or ransom. Hostages may be used as a bargaining tool by captors.

Bomb threats are usually reported via telephone. If you receive a bomb threat via telephone please immediately report it to campus police from a telephone different than the one you received the call on.

Hazardous Materials: Chemicals are found everywhere. They purify drinking water, increase crop production, and simplify household chores. But chemicals also can be hazardous to humans or the environment if used or released improperly. Hazards can occur during production, storage, transportation, use, or disposal. You and your community are at risk if a chemical is used unsafely or released in harmful amounts into the environment where you live, work, or play. For more information, training and resources contact Environmental Health & Radiation Safety