Emergency Procedures

Armed Intruder Procedures

Exiting the Building

  • If you are able to exit the building safely, do so immediately; moving away from the path of danger.

  • Notify anyone you encounter to exit the building.

  • Find a safe area away from the danger, and take protective cover. (stay there until help arrives)

  • Call 9-911 and Campus Security 573-592-4357.

  • Provide the dispatcher with the following information:

  • Your name and exact location.

  • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible).

  • Number and description or identification of all armed intruders.

  • Report any injuries, if known.

Those who are not impacted by the situation are to take cover, staying away from all windows and doors until further notified.

  • Shelter In Place

  • Go to the nearest room or office.

  • Close and lock or secure the door.

  • Turn off the lights.

  • Keep as quiet as possible and DO NOT ANSWER THE DOOR.

  • Call 9-911 and Campus Security 573-592-4357.

  • Provide the dispatcher with the following information.

  • Your name and exact location.

  • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible).

  • Number and description or identification of all armed intruders.

  • Report any injuries, if known.

Wait for the local police or Campus Security to assist you out of the building-do not respond to a voice you do not know.

Responding agencies are trained to respond to incidents of this nature. DO NOT APPROACH THEM; allow them to do their jobs.

When you need the police, fire or an emergency response, dial 9-911 from any university phone.

For campus security, dial 4357 (help) from a university phone or 592-4357 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.

Bomb Threat Procedures

If you receive a bomb threat:

Keep the person talking as long as possible (pretend to have difficulty hearing).

Get as much information as possible:

  • Where is the bomb?

  • When is it set to go off?

  • What type of bomb is it?

  • What does it look like?

  • Why has it been planted?

  • Who planted it?

  • What will make it explode?

Keep the telephone line open. Do not hang up. Use another phone to call Campus Security 573-592-4357 or 9-911

If you are notified of a bomb threat in your building use the evacuation procedures for your building.

Evacuation

  • Take keys, wallets, briefcases, purses, and a coat if it is cold outside

  • Do not use elevators

  • Close but do not lock doors

  • Turn off all electronics including computers

  • Depart in groups to ensure all are able to get out

  • Assist those with disabilities

  • Evacuate the building in a safe, orderly manner

Chemical Spill

Chemical Spills can occur at anytime. Whether in a student science lab or in the course of a workday, an accidental spill must be addressed immediately.

Before using any chemical....

You should receive training from your supervisor about the chemical or product you are using, including spill clean-up procedures.

Always read the Material Safety Data Sheet for information about proper handling, storage and use of the chemical.

Steps to be taken in the event of a chemical spill....

In the event of a chemical spill, the individual(s) who caused the spill is responsible for prompt and proper clean-up. It is also their responsibility to have spill control and personal protective equipment appropriate for the chemicals being handled readily available.

The following are general guidelines to be followed for a chemical spill

  • More detailed procedures may be available in your Department.

  • Immediately alert area occupants and supervisor, and evacuate the area, if necessary. If you need assistance contact Campus Security at 9-4357 (HELP).

  • If there is a fire or medical attention is needed, contact Public Safety at 9-911.

  • Attend to any people who may be contaminated. Contaminated clothing must be removed immediately and the skin flushed with water for no less than fifteen minutes. Clothing must be laundered before reuse.

  • If a volatile, flammable material is spilled, immediately warn everyone, control sources of ignition and ventilate the area.

  • Don personal protective equipment, as appropriate to the hazards. Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet or other references for information.

The use of a respirator or self-contained breathing apparatus requires specialized training and medical surveillance. Never enter a contaminated atmosphere without protection or use a respirator without training. If respiratory protection is needed and no trained personnel are available, call WWU Security at x9-4357 or Public Safety at 9-911. If respiratory protection is used, be sure there is another person outside the spill area in communication, in case of an emergency. If no one is available, contact Public Safety.

Criminal Activity

  • When you observe criminal activity, pay attention-observe any suspects to gain an accurate description.

  • Do not attempt to apprehend or prevent the activity.

  • Observe the direction of travel when they leave.

  • Report it! Police, Fire or an Emergency Response, dial 9-911 from any university phone.

  • For Campus Security, dial 4357 (HELP) from a university phone or 592-4357 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.

Earthquake Procedures

  • Know What to Do When the Shaking Begins...

  • DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON! Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit. Stay away from windows. In a multi-story building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake

  • If you are in an office, get under a sturdy piece of furniture, such as a desk.hold on and stay there, protecting your head.

  • Brace yourself in a doorway if there is no furniture to seek shelter under.

  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.

  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place (as described above). Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

Identify What to Do After the Shaking Stops

  • Check yourself for injuries.

  • Check others for injuries. Give first aid for serious injuries.

  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Eliminate fire hazards.

  • Listen to the radio for instructions.

  • Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON!

  • Inspect your area for damage. Get everyone out if your building is unsafe.

  • Use the telephone only to report life-threatening emergencies. Call Campus Security 573-592-4357.

  • Beware of broken glass, electrical lines, natural gas odor and unstable equipment or debris.

  • When you need the police, fire or an emergency response, dial 9-911 from any university phone.

  • For campus security, dial 4357 (help) from a university phone or 592-4357 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.

Medical Emergency

  • Report It! Dial 9-911
  • To report a medical emergency from a university phone. Dial 911 grom a cell phone or off-campus phone.
  • Do not move the victim; try to keep them comfortable.
  • First Aid: Only apply as much as you have been trained to do.
  • Remember all injuries, minor or serious must be reported to Campus Security.
  • For Campus Security, dial 4357 (HELP) from a university phone or 592-4357 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.

Fire Procedures

  • Alert Others: Yell loudly, but avoid panic.
  • Report it: Dial 9-911 for the Fire Department.
  • Evacuate: Be sure everyone in your area has exited, close all doors and windows. Do not lock doors in case smoke forces you to return.
  • Extinguish: Attempt to put the fire out only if it’s very small.
  • Use the extinguisher.
  • If trapped: Close off the area and hang something out the window to signal for help.
  • Stay Out: Do not re-enter the building.
  • For Campus Security, dial 4357 (HELP) from a university phone or 592-4357 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.

When you need the Police, Fire or an Emergency Response, dial 9-911 from any university phone, or 911 from a cell or off-campus phone.

Nuclear Emergency Procedures

If a radiological emergency occurs at the Callaway Nuclear Plant, one of AmerenUE’s top priorities will be to provide timely, accurate information to the news media and allow media representatives to meet with and ask questions of AmerenUE personnel.

How you will be notified

AmerenUE will provide initial notification of the emergency by fax or email to key media, including:

  • Mid-Missouri media

  • Wire services and the Missourinet

  • St. Louis media

  • We will also post news releases on the Ameren Web site (www.ameren.com).

How nuclear plant emergencies are classified

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has established four emergency action levels for nuclear power plants. Each classification requires a different response from county, state and power plant personnel. The classes, in order of severity, are:

Unusual Event

This means a minor event has occurred, or may occur, that could potentially reduce the overall level of safety. No releases of radioactive material requiring off-site response are expected. Appropriate public officials are notified, but no public action is required.

Alert

An alert is declared if events occur that could cause a further reduction in plant safety. Public officials and agencies are notified to be on standby, but no public action is required.

Site Emergency

This means there are actual or potential major failures of the plant’s safety-related equipment that could release radioactive material into the environment. However, any actual danger is confined to the plant site. Agencies activate their emergency operations centers and the public is kept informed through the news media.

General Emergency

This is the most severe classification, and means safety conditions have deteriorated to where a significant release of radioactive material beyond the plant boundaries is occurring or may occur. Appropriate public agencies begin the necessary steps to protect the public. Sirens and tone alert radios are activated to warn residents of the plant’s Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). The public is given protective action instructions through the Emergency Alert System.

The Primary 24-hour Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio station in the area is KTXY 106.9 FM.

In the event of an emergency you will be advised how to proceed. Depending on where you live, it could be “no precautions necessary”, “shelter in place” or evacuation.

Shelter in Place

Means you should stay indoors. Your residence will shield you from a percentage of radioactive material should a release occur. For extra protection, close windows and doors, turn off cooling and heating systems and move to your basement if you have one. Stay tuned to a radio, TV or EAS system.

Evacuation

The need to evacuate would be extremely rare. The need to evacuate would be detemined b the size of the radioactive release and the direction the wind is blowing. Do not evacuate unless specifically told to do so. If instructed to evacuate, you should report to a Reception & Care Center so your whereabouts can be registered in case friends or relatives need to contact you. You may then go to an area outside the Emergency Planning Zone

Reception and Care Center Locations:

  • Hearnes Multi-Purpose Building-Columbia, MO

  • Jason Gym and Soldier’s Hall on Lincoln University Campus-Jefferson City, MO

  • Montgomery County R-II High School-Montgomery City

  • Hermann Senior High School-Hermann, MO

Sexual Offense Procedures

If a sex offense has occurred, whether on campus or off campus, students are encouraged to report the incident to the Dean of Student Life. A complete copy of the university sexual misconduct policy can be found in the Student Handbook. The university can provide assistance in contacting local authorities, campus safety and/or counselors. Due to the nature of the offense and evidence needed for criminal prosecution, it is important that students seek immediate assistance.

The university will provide assistance, after an alleged sexual offense, for students who would like to change a residential life assignment or an academic situation when feasible.

In the event that on-campus disciplinary action is required, both the accused and the accuser will be accorded student rights as outlined in the sexual misconduct policy in the student handbook. Both individuals have the right to have an advocate present during the hearing and have access to information directly related to their case.

Tornado Procedures

Tornado Watch

When the National Weather Service issues a tornado watch, it will be received on all Weather Alert Radio systems located in key facilities/offices on campus. Upon hearing the announcement of a TORNADO WATCH, each building coordinator will be responsible for notifying all the departments, staff and faculty in their building.

  • The notification will include the following information/instructions:

  • University is under a TORNADO WATCH

  • Time tornado watch expires

  • Normal routine will not be interrupted unless a TORNADO WARNING is issued

  • If the weather radio or outside sirens sound indicating a tornado warning for Callaway County, proceed immediately to nearest designated tornado shelter in your building.

Tornado Warning

When the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, the weather radio and/or the tornado sirens will be activated. All individuals on campus will proceed to the nearest designated tornado shelter area in the building where they are located. Shelter areas depend on your location at the time of the tornado warning.

  • If you are in a building, stay in that building and go to the nearest designated shelter area.

  • If you are outside, immediately enter the nearest building and proceed to the nearest designated shelter area.

  • Remain in the shelter until the tornado warning is over. There is no “All Clear” signal given; this information will be provided by listening to a radio of tv station, or by contacting campus scurity.

  • Residence hall residents will follow the specific residence hall guidelines for a tornado warning.

  • Persons with a weather alert radio should bring the radio to the shelter and monitor for the expiration or continuation of the warning.

  • If you are in the open:

  • Move at right angles to the tornado.

  • Attempt to reach shelter, such as a building with a basement.

  • If there is no time to escape or find shelter, lie flat in a ditch or depression, avoiding areas subject to rapid water accumulation or flooding in heavy rains.

Trouble areas/places to avoid:

  • All outside walls, elevators and windows of buildings.

  • Any low-lying area that could flood.

  • Vehicles---do not use for shelter.

  • Building areas with a large roof span

When you need the police, fire or an emergency response, dial 9-911 from any university phone.For campus security, dial 4357 (help) from a university phone or 592-4357 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.

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