Emergency or Crisis Plan
- Take suicide threats seriously.
- Do not leave the suicidal person unattended or allow him or her to leave the building.
- Call Campus Security at 911 or 7000.
- Campus Security will notify the appropriate emergency personnel to assist.
- If you see a suspicious person, contact Campus Security (ext. 7000 or 911) immediately and provide them with all the pertinent information.
- If you find a suspicious object on campus, do not touch it. Call Campus Security.
- If you observe a person acting in a life-threatening way, call Campus Security and lock yourself and others in a room immediately. Turn off the lights in the room and stay out of sight.
- Evacuate the area if appropriate.
- Notify fellow workers and supervisors. If they are unavailable, call Security at 911 or 7000.
- Take action to contain the spill only if it is possible to do so without jeopardizing your personal well-being. Neutralize or absorb the spill, dispose of the spill debris under the direction of the Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator.
- If you have been exposed to chemical materials or have any symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
- Post a warning sign to keep others out of the area.
- In case of an earthquake, protect yourself in the following manner:
- Kneel under desks, counters, or doorways.
- Move next to and face an interior wall away from windows.
- Bend your head close to your knees in a kneeling position, cover the sides of your head with your elbows; clasp your hands firmly behind your neck.
- Do not lock doors or use elevators.
- People with mobility impairments should be escorted to an area of safe refuge.
- Exit the building after tremors stop.
- Immediately notify emergency personnel about the location and condition of any person(s) (including those with mobility impairments) missing from your group.
- Notify Campus Security at 911 or 7000 in the case of any missing persons, injuries or damage.
Fire or Explosions
- Activate any fire alarms in the vicinity.
- Call Campus Security at 911 or 7000 and report the fire.
- Use a fire extinguisher before evacuating only if it is possible to do so without jeopardizing your personal well-being, and the fire is small or just beginning.
- In smoky conditions, crawl, staying near the floor; touch closed doors before opening them to see if they are hot from a fire on the other side.
- If there is time, close all windows and doors, turn off all electrical circuits and gas valves.
- Do not lock doors or use elevators.
- Leave the building (assist any persons with mobility impairments out of the building or at least to safe refuges [e.g. stairwell landings]) and assemble outside the building. Immediately determine if everyone is present.
- Inform emergency and security personnel of the locations of any people who may still be in the building (e.g. physically impaired).
- The building may be re-occupied upon issuance of an “all clear” signal by Campus Security.
Serious Injury or Illness
- Do not attempt to move the injured or ill person unless necessary for immediate safety.
- Notify Campus Security at 911 or 7000; do not leave the person unattended.
- Campus Security will make contact with medical emergency personnel.
- Avoid exposure to the injured person’s blood or other body fluids.
- File an accident or injury report with the employee benefits office within 24 hours.
- Attempt to identify the caller to ascertain as much information as possible.
- Write down the following information:
- Time of threat
- Your location
- Identity of the caller (if known)
- Type of threat (be specific)
- Try to listen for familiar background noises such as cars driving by, music, or mechanical sounds.
- Contact Campus Security (911) immediately and provide them with all the pertinent information.
- In the event of a bomb threat, do not touch any suspicious objects in or around the building.
- If a determination is made to evacuate the building, the fire alarm signal will be used to do so.
- When Springfield tornado sirens sound or when the building’s tornado alarm sounds, determine whether or not you have time to move to a safe haven (listed below). If time does not permit this, then move to an interior windowless room or hallway.
- Safe havens include the following locations (safest are listed first):
- Riggs Hall basement
- Gym (Ashcroft Activity Center): basement
- Scott Hall: basement
- Mabee Center: main floor, smaller rooms without exterior windows, North and East
- Library: main floor office complex
- Student Union: 1st floor hallways, North and East
- Fine Arts Building: 1st floor hallways, North and East
- Academic Building I (Zimmerman): 1st floor hallways, North and East
- Academic Building II (Trask): 1st floor hallways, North and East
- Chapel: 1st floor hallways, North and East restrooms
- Residence Halls: 1st floor hallways, North and East
- Do not lock doors.
- Do not use elevators.
- Stay away from windows and exterior doors.
- Stay away from large, open rooms like the cafeteria and chapel auditorium.
- Assume a squatting position facing a wall, elbows on sides of head and hands clasped behind neck.
- Once you’ve assembled with your group, determine if everyone is present. If anyone is missing, report that information to emergency personnel.
- It is safe to leave the safe haven area only after the tornado sirens stop.
(417) 865-2815, ext. 7000