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Life Preparedness / Emergency Procedure

Fire

  • Don't sit up, but instead, roll out of your bed onto the floor
  • Stay low.and crawl to the exit door
  • Before you open the door, feel the door and using the back of your hand feel the knob and door for heat
  • If the door is not hot, while leaning against the door, and open it slightly, then visually survey the hall for smoke and fire from the safety of your room
  • If heavy smoke and fire is visible remain in your room and call 911, sill out smoke around the door with wet clothes, and remain calm until rescued
  • If smoke or fire is not visible, stay low while feeling along the wall until an exit door is located
  • Once an exit is located, leave the building and call 911 immediately
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized safety personnel gives an "All Clear".

Remember the following fire safety tips:

  • The practice of plugging several extension to connect several cords "Piggy-backing" is a fire hazard and strictly prohibited.
  • Use of extension cords equipped with an internal circuit breaker or fuse is preferred.
  • Never cover light bulbs with paper,clothing,or other combustible materials.
  • Candles are not permitted in residence hall facilities.
  • Torchiere halogen lamps are strictly forbidden.

Tornado

Tornados can:

  • Happen anytime and anywhere.
  • Bring intense winds, over 200 miles per hour.
  • Look like funnels.

If you are under a tornado or severe weather warning:

  • Go to NOAA Weather Radio and your local news or official social media accounts for updated emergency information. Follow the instructions of state, local and tribal officials. 
  • Go to a safe shelter immediately, such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar or a small interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Do not go under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • If you can’t stay at home, make plans to go to a public shelter. Review the CDC's guidelines for going to a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earthquake

  • If you are INDOORS -- STAY THERE! Get under a desk or table and hang on to it (Drop, Cover, and Hold on!) or move into a hallway or against an inside wall. STAY CLEAR of windows, fireplaces, and heavy furniture or appliances. GET OUT of the kitchen, which is a dangerous place (things can fall on you). DON'T run downstairs or rush outside while the building is shaking or while there is danger of falling and hurting yourself or being hit by falling glass or debris.
  • If you are OUTSIDE -- get into the OPEN, away from buildings, power lines, chimneys, and anything else that might fall on you.
  • If you are DRIVING -- stop, but carefully. Move your car as far out of traffic as possible. DO NOT stop on or under a bridge or overpass or under trees, light posts, power lines, or signs. STAY INSIDE your car until the shaking stops. When you RESUME driving, watch for breaks in the pavement, fallen rocks, and bumps in the road at bridge approaches.
  • If you are in a MOUNTAINOUS AREA -- watch out for falling rock, landslides, trees, and other debris that could be loosened by quakes.

Hazmat

  • If you are INDOORS -- STAY THERE! Get under a desk or table and hang on to it (Drop, Cover, and Hold on!) or move into a hallway or against an inside wall. STAY CLEAR of windows, fireplaces, and heavy furniture or appliances. GET OUT of the kitchen, which is a dangerous place (things can fall on you). DON'T run downstairs or rush outside while the building is shaking or while there is danger of falling and hurting yourself or being hit by falling glass or debris.
  • If you are OUTSIDE -- get into the OPEN, away from buildings, power lines, chimneys, and anything else that might fall on you.
  • If you are DRIVING -- stop, but carefully. Move your car as far out of traffic as possible. DO NOT stop on or under a bridge or overpass or under trees, light posts, power lines, or signs. STAY INSIDE your car until the shaking stops. When you RESUME driving, watch for breaks in the pavement, fallen rocks, and bumps in the road at bridge approaches.
  • If you are in a MOUNTAINOUS AREA -- watch out for falling rock, landslides, trees, and other debris that could be loosened by quakes.

Police Stop

What if I get pulled over by an officer?

  • Remain calm and pull over in a safe place as quickly as possible. Place the vehicle in park and turn off the engine. Roll down the window and turn on the overhead dome light. Place your hands on the steering wheel and keep your hands visible during the stop.
  • Only when directed by the officer, retrieve and hand over your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration.
  • If you have any weapons inside the vehicle, let the officer know by telling him. DO NOT reach for the weapon.
  • If you are issued a ticket, do not argue with the officer. Accepting the ticket is not an admission of guilt. You have the right and opportunity to discuss the ticket in front of the courts on the date on the ticket.

Cyber Safety

Your mobile devices – including smartphones, laptops and tablets – are always within reach everywhere you go – the classroom, residence hall, or off campus. Mobile devices are often used for sensitive activities, including banking, online shopping and social networking. Some of these activities require users to provide personal information such as their names, account numbers, addresses, email addresses and passwords. While continued access provides us with more flexibility and convenience to stay connected no matter where we are, it can also make us more susceptible to exposure. The more we access the Internet on the go, the more risks we face on our mobile devices. No one is exempt from the threat of cyber crime but you can follow these simple tips to reduce your risk of being a victim:

Think Before You Connect. Before you connect to any public Wi-Fi hotspot, be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures to ensure that the network is legitimate. Using your mobile network connection is generally more secure than using a public Wi-Fi network.

Guard Your Mobile Device. In order to prevent theft, unauthorized access and loss of sensitive information, never leave your mobile devices–including any USB or external storage devices–unattended in a public place. 

Keep It Locked. Lock your device when you are not using it. Even if you only step away for a few minutes, that is enough time for someone to steal or destroy your information. Use strong PINs and passwords to prevent others from accessing your device.

Update Your Mobile Software. Treat your mobile device like your home computer. Keep your operating system software and apps updated, which will improve your device’s ability to defend against malware.

Only Connect to the Internet if Needed. Disconnect your device from the Internet when you aren’t using it and make sure your device is not programmed to automatically connect to Wi-Fi. The likelihood that attackers will target you becomes much higher if your device is always connected.

Know Your Apps. Be sure to thoroughly review the details and specifications of an app before you download it. Be aware that the app may request that you share your personal information and permissions. Delete any apps that you are not using to increase your security.