Emergency Situations and Procedures
Lockdown is a procedure to isolate persons from certain types of emergencies/catastrophic events that may affect the safety of a small part of the campus or the overall safety of the entire campus community. During a lockdown, the doors are locked and are not opened under any circumstances.
Events That May Require Activation of Procedure:
- Active Shooter/Mass Shooting
- Major Criminal Activity Occurring in Area around Campus (Bank Robbery)
- Hostage Situation
- Riot/Large Uprising
- Chemical Spill/Toxic Gas or Biological Release
If the decision is made to initiate a campus wide Lockdown, the University's Emergency Notification System, AceAlert, will be activated In the case of a potential threat to the campus community, a campus-wide lockdown order may be given at the request of local law enforcement or campus security officials. To maximize the safety of individuals, once the doors are locked, they will not be reopened under any circumstances until law enforcement or UE Security issues an official “all clear.” During a lockdown, all electronic locking door systems will be manually locked meaning University I.D. access cards will not work.
To maximize your safety during a lockdown, please consider the following recommendations:
If the threat is outside of buildings or in the neighborhood...
- If in a classroom, remain there and take shelter. If the door has an internal lock, lock it. Those in common areas of the building should immediately move into a classroom or other safe area if possible.
- If in an administrative building, remain in or proceed to a room and take shelter. If the door has an internal lock, lock it.
- If in a residence hall, remain in or proceed to your room, lock door, and take shelter. Those in common areas should attempt to move into a room or other safe area if possible.
- If you are outdoors on campus grounds, take shelter as best as possible or proceed off campus.
If the threat is from a person known or believed to be inside a building...
- Consider the above recommendations
- Additionally, turn ringers and other tones off on cellphones and turn off lights.
Remember: All exterior doors to buildings will be locked. Card access will be shut off. Use your best judgment in determining the safest course of action to protect yourself.
When the emergency has been resolved and the lockdown is no longer needed, the Office of Safety and Security will send an AceAlert that the emergency has ended and the "lockdown" has been terminated.
The Office of Safety and Security and Residence Life have established:
In the event of fire:
- Pull the fire alarm to warn others.
- Call campus security, if possible at 6911, and provide them with as much information as possible.
- Attempt to extinguish the fire ONLY if it is very small and you know how to do it safely.
- If the extinguisher does not put out the fire within a minute, leave immediately.
- If not in immediate danger, remain at the scene to direct security officers or firefighters to the fire.
- Do not reenter the building until the proper authority has given the all clear.
Although earthquakes are not common in this area, Evansville is close to the New Madrid fault line. The Office of Safety and Security has developed guidelines in case such an event occurs.
Basic guidelines for an earthquake:
- Do not attempt to exit a building or vehicle
If in an office or room:
- Get under a table or desk or brace yourself in an interior doorway.
- If no desks, drop to knees, fold arms close to knees and bury your face in your arms, use notebooks or jackets for added protection for your head.
- Stay clear of windows, bookcases, refrigerators, light fixtures, or other heavy objects which might slide or fall.
If in a hallway, take the following actions:
- Get in an interior doorway, brace yourself against the side jambs.
- Drop to knees, fold arms close to knees, bury your face in your arms, use notebooks, or jackets for added protection of your head.
- If outdoors, move away from buildings, power lines, utility poles, and other structures.
- In an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably an open area away from power lines, light poles, and trees.
- Stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
After a significant* earthquake:
- Most importantly REMAIN CALM.
In case of a significant* earthquake, evacuate buildings after the initial shock and things settle down, be alert of aftershocks and move to one of the two designated assembly points as follows:
- The Front Oval away from trees.
- McCutchan Stadium sports field.
- Take clothing as weather dictates.
- Remain at assembly areas until given instructions by emergency personnel.
- DO NOT REENTER BUILDINGS UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL!
*A significant earthquake is of a nature where property damage or personal injury may be sustained.
When in doubt, calmly and cautiously exit the building and head to the designated assembly points.
If communication is available, TextCaster will be used to provide timely updates.