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We each have a responsibility to know how we should respond in an emergency. This quick action reference provides a brief overview for the preparation and response to most emergency situations that may affect the Dayton campus.

  • Know your surroundings.
  • Identify your exit routes.
  • Understand the action plan.

Download the complete Emergency Action Plan for the Dayton campus (PDF).


Reporting an Emergency

  • Call 911. Dialing 911 from any campus telephone will connect with University Police. To contact University Police from a cell phone, dial 937-775-2111.
    • NOTE: If 911 is dialed from a cell phone, you will be connected with OFF-CAMPUS emergency responders.
    • CONSIDER: Programming your cell phone to speed dial University Police at 937-775-2111.
  • Push the red button on any “yellow” emergency telephone located inside buildings.
  • Push the Talk Button on any “blue light” emergency telephone located throughout the campus grounds.
    • State your emergency and your name.
    • Follow the instructions given by the dispatcher.
    • NOTE: University Police will be immediately dispatched to the location of a activated yellow or blue light emergency telephone.
  • Fire Alarm pull stations are intended to report a possible fire in a building.


  • Meet first responders at the entrance to the building and inform them of the emergency.
  • Staff should notify their supervisor as soon as possible.
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) stations are intended for a response to cardiac arrest victims.


  •   Have some one wait at the AED station to meet first responders and direct them to the victim.
    • NOTE: University Police will be immediately dispatched to the location of an activated AED station.

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Active Shooter / Person with Gun

Police are trained in responding to an active shooting incident by entering the building as soon as possible and proceeding to the area of the shooter.

NOTE: Police may not be able to immediately aid people. Their main goal is to get to the shooter.

Remain calm and be patient.

Let the police do their job.

ADOPT A SURVIVAL MINDSET:  Mentally and emotionally prepare to confront a life threatening risk.

  • Figure Out
    • What is going on?
    • Where is it happening?
    • What are my paths of escape (main entrance, back door, window, fire escape)?
    • Can I get to an exit without confronting the shooter?
    • Is it better to hide out?
    • What are you options if confronted by the shooter?
  • Get out
    • Move quickly to exit the building.
    • Break a window out if necessary.
    • Don't wait for others to validate your decision.
    • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Call out
    • Call 911. Provide the following information:
      • Your name and location
      • Location of the incident
      • Number of shooters
      • Description and identity of shooter(s)

If you cannot exit the building:

  • Hide out and Keep Out
    • Go to the nearest room or office.
    • Close, lock and barricade the door.
    • Silence your phone.
    • Turn the lights out. Cover windows if possible.
    • Hide behind furniture or equipment.
  • Spread out
    • Spread out in the room.
    • Keep quiet. Act as if no one is in the room.
    • DO NOT answer the door.
    • Call 911 if you cannot be heard by the shooter.
  • Take Out
    • If you are in a group, make a plan to overcome the shooter.
    • Confront the shooter if there is no other option.
    • Do whatever it takes to neutralize the threat.
    • Disrupt the actions of or incapacitate the shooter.
    • Throw things (like books, office supplies), yell, use improvised weapons (fire extinguisher, chair, pen, keys)

Keep a survival mindset - I WILL SURVIVE!

Ultimately, the choice is yours. The only wrong action is no action.

These incidents are unpredictable and may change rapidly. FOLLOW POLICE INSTRUCTIONS IMMEDIATELY.

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Bomb Threats

All bomb threats are taken seriously until proven otherwise. Most bomb threats are received by phone. However, threats may be received via hand-written note, email, instant messaging, or other means.

  • Remain calm.
  • If someone calls you with a bomb threat, get as much information as possible (use checklist below).
  • If threat is by written note, DO NOT handle the document.
  • If threat was sent electronically, DO NOT clear or delete message.
  • DO NOT use two-way radios or cell phones within 100 feet of building– radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb.
  • DO NOT activate the fire alarm.
  • DO NOT touch or move a suspicious package.
  • Evacuate the building. (See EVACUATION PROCEDURES)
  • Call 911 on campus phone or 937-775-2111 on cell or off-campus phone.
  • Employees contact your supervisor as soon as possible.
  • Follow directions of the emergency response personnel.

Be sure to download the Bomb Threat Checklist and record all the pertinent information for your recollection and for the authorities.

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Campus Closure/Cancellation of Classes

Under severe weather conditions and/or a declared state of emergency, there could be a

  • Delay in opening the Dayton campus;
  • Cancellation of classes; or
  • Closure of the Dayton campus.

NOTE: Mini-University Child Development Center closes when the campus closes. If you have children at Mini-U, they must be picked up.

Before you leave for campus:

If you are on campus:

  • The Dayton campus community will be notified as above if the status changes.
  • Follow instructions provided in the notification.

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Chem/Bio/Rad Material Spill or Release

  • Call 911 on campus phone or 937-775-2111 on cell or off campus phone to report any known or suspected accidental or intentional spill or release.
  • Follow instructions given by emergency response personnel.

Inside a building:

  • Evacuate the immediate area, closing doors to the area where possible.
  • Someone familiar with the situation should meet emergency response personnel outside the building.
  • If injuries or suspected exposure to the materials, inform emergency response personnel that medical assistance is needed.
  • DO NOT re-enter the area until instructed by emergency response personnel.
  • DO NOT attempt to clean up chemical/hazardous material unless directed by Environmental Health and Safety staff.

Major Transportation Incident:

  • Releases may occur during material transfer procedures or as a result of an accident/crash involving
    • An aircraft
    • Train/Railway
    • Highway traffic

If you witness or become aware of a chemical or hazardous material release:

  • Call 911 on campus phone or 937-775-2111 on cell or off-campus phone.
  • You may be instructed to
  • Make sure you get upwind of the incident scene as quickly as possible.
    • If getting upwind is not possible, move laterally away.
    • DO NOT move downwind of the scene.

If you are exposed to the chemical/hazardous material:

  • Make use of the nearest emergency shower and/or eyewash if available. The location of you nearest emergency shower/eyewash is (write in location below):
  • Cover your mouth and nose with layers of cloth (handkerchief, towel, etc.),
  • Move as far away from the source of contamination as possible.
  • Wash with soap and water.
  • Remove contaminated clothing as soon as possible.
  • Call 911 on campus phone or 937-775-2111 on cell or off-campus phone and report your exposure.

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Civil Disturbance

Civil disturbances can include riots, threatening individuals, crimes in progress or a building takeover that has become significantly disruptive.

  • Call 911 on campus phone or 937-775-2111 on cell or off-campus phone. Provide the following information:
    • The name of the group, if known.
    • The exact location of the group.
    • The size of the group.
    • Weapons involved.
  • Avoid the area of the disturbance.
  • Avoid provoking or obstructing demonstrators.

If disturbance is outside and you are inside:

  • Stay inside.
  • Stay away from doors and windows.
  • Continue with normal business operations, if possible.
  • Secure your work area (lock doors, safes, files, vital records, and expensive equipment.
  • Log off computers.
  • Evacuate if necessary. (See EVACUATION PROCEDURES)

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This Emergency Action Plan (EAP) outlines the appropriate actions that employees, students, and visitors at Wright State University should take before, during, and after an earthquake. 


  • Aftershock - An earthquake of similar or lesser intensity that follows the main earthquake.
  • Earthquake - A sudden slipping or movement of a portion of the earth’s crust accompanied and followed by a series of vibrations.

Preparing for an Earthquake

Earthquakes cannot be predicted.  The following are best practices to prepare for earthquakes.

  • Consider maintaining an emergency supply kit for your office.  Recommendations on contents can be found at
  • Store heavy or breakable objects in closed cabinets, as low as possible.
  • Secure refrigerators, book shelves, appliances, bookcases and other heavy items to prevent them from falling during an earthquake.
  • Evaluate where hanging objects are placed.  Mirrors, pictures, or other hangings near seating or sleeping areas could fall and cause injury.  Arrange these items so they do not pose a fall hazard to those below.
  • Participate in the nationwide annual earthquake drill, “The Great Shakeout” to learn how to drop, cover, and hold on. 
  • Students with disabilities should refer to the “Students with Disabilities Emergency Plan” available from the Office of Disability Services.

Procedures during an Earthquake

If inside when the shaking starts:

  • Drop, cover, and hold on.  Move as little as possible.
  • If you’re in bed, stay there.  Curl up and hold on.  Protect your head with a pillow.
  • Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit.  If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages, or other damage.

If outside when the shaking starts:

  • Find a clear spot and drop to the ground.  Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights).
  • If you are in a vehicle pull over to a clear location and stop.  Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines, if possible. Stay in your vehicle until the shaking stops.  Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
  • If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out.  Call 911 and wait for assistance.

After the Earthquake

Once the earthquake has stopped:

  • Exit the building if safe to do so and move to the designated assembly area.
  • If the building loses power during the earthquake and you are unable to safely navigate your way out of the building due to low visibility; remain in place and notify Wright State police at 937-775-2111 or 911 from a university phone of your location.
  • Move to the designated assembly area and take account of your co-workers, students, and peers; report missing persons to Wright State police.
  • Do not re-enter any building until it is cleared by Wright State Police, Physical Plant, emergency response personnel, Environmental Health and Safety, or another university official.
  • The university will assess buildings for damages, chemical and physical hazards, and utility failures prior to authorizing re-occupancy of buildings.  If you witness trapped or injured people, contact Wright State Police at 937-775-2111 or 911 from a university phone.
  • Never re-enter a building that appears to have structural damage.

Consider the following after an earthquake:

  • Limit cell phone usage to text messaging only to allow emergency response communications to function properly.
  • Monitor Wright State Alert for updates.
  • Remain aware of the potential for aftershocks to occur in the days or weeks following the initial earthquake.  Aftershocks are typically less severe than the initial earthquake but can still result in significant damage.
  • Buildings, parking structures, and roadways may remain closed for a period of time following an earthquake while damage assessments and repairs are conducted.
  • Be aware that utilities such as gas, power, and water lines may be damaged.  If you are aware of a gas leak, power outage, utility failure, or other building damage, report the issue to Wright State Police at 937-775-2111.

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Evacuation Procedures

  • You may need to evacuate a building or the campus at any time. In general, you should:
  • Know your surroundings – identify your primary and secondary building exit locations.
  • Become familiar with your office or department emergency plan, if one has been developed.
  • Understand your role during a building or campus evacuation.

Evacuating a Building

  • Remain Calm.
  • Complete assigned tasks, if any, relative to your department evacuation plan.
  • If possible, perform critical staff functions before leaving (e.g., locking cash drawers, turning heat sources off, securing computers). (See PERFORMING CRITICAL OPERATIONS).
  • Take your personal belongings with you.
  • Exit the building by the most direct route that avoids danger.
  • Inform others along the way.
  • Assist visitors and, if needed, people with special needs.
  • In the event of a fire alarm, DO NOT use elevators unless instructed to do so by emergency response personnel.
  • Move at least 300 feet away from the building.
  • Make your way to the predetermined assembly point for your class, office, or department.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until an all clear is given.

Muster and Head Count

  • Individuals in leadership positions should account for students, faculty, staff, and visitors that were under their immediate supervision at the time of the evacuation. Those positions may include:
    • Faculty or instructors in the classroom
    • Laboratory supervisors and staff
    • Directors and office managers
    • Shift and area supervisors
    • Camp counselors
  • Inform the individual in leadership if you suspect someone did not exit the building. The individual in leadership should inform emergency response personnel of the person’s last known whereabouts.

Evacuating the Dayton Campus

Depending on the incident, established evacuation plans and routes may be changed to keep you safe and out of harms way. If a campus evacuation is ordered, stay informed and listen or watch for evacuation instructions that will be provided to you through various emergency notification methods.

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If an explosion occurs in your area:

  • Remain calm.
  • Call 911 on campus phone or 937-775-2111 on cell or off-campus phone.
  • If the odor of natural gas is present, evacuate immediately. (See EVACUATION PROCEDURES)
  • Beware of damaged areas and the potential for falling objects.
  • Open doors carefully.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • DO NOT move seriously injured persons unless danger is immediate.
  • DO NOT enter any building that is deemed or looks unsafe.
  • DO NOT place yourself in harms way. If it is safe to do so, help people who are injured or trapped.
  • Avoid electrical equipment.
  • DO NOT use phones, matches, or lighters.
  • Follow instructions given by emergency response personnel.

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  • Pull a fire alarm if you discover fire or smoke.
  • Call 911 on campus phone or 937-775-2111 on cell or off-campus phone.
  • Exit the building. (See EVACUATION PROCEDURES)
  • If you are trained and feel confident to do so, use a fire extinguisher on a small fire. Know the location of your nearest fire extinguisher.
  • Close doors as you leave. Leave lights on.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Feel doors before opening. If a door is hot, do not open. Backtrack to an alternate evacuation route.
  • Alert other building occupants by loudly knocking on doors and yelling “FIRE” on your way out.
  • If you encounter smoke, stay low. Crawl if necessary.
  • Continue evacuation even if the alarm sound stops. Warn others who may attempt to enter the building.•
  • Someone familiar with the situation should meet emergency response personnel outside the building.
  • Immediately inform emergency response personnel of anyone that did not/could not evacuate.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until instructed by emergency response personnel.

If clothing is on fire

  • Stop, drop, and roll. DO NOT run.
  • Smother flames by wrapping in a blanket, rug, coat, etc.

If you become trapped in a building

  • Find a room with a window. Enter and close the door.
  • If smoke begins to enter around the door, seal with rags, tape, or other material.
  • Call 911. If no phone is available, signal from a window.
  • Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency response personnel of your location.

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Medical Emergencies

  • DO NOT move a seriously injured person unless in a life threatening situation.
  • Remain with the victim, if possible. Send someone else to call 911 and to wait for emergency response personnel at the main entrance.
  • Only render first aid based on your level of training.
  • When emergency response personnel arrive, provide the following information:
    • Location of victim
    • Description of injury or illness
    • Victim’s present condition
    • Medical history, if known
    • Your name and telephone number

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Use

An AED is a computerized medical device that uses voice prompts, lights, and text messages to tell you the steps to take.

It can:

  • Check a person’s heart rhythm.
  • Recognize a rhythm that requires a shock.
  • Advise the rescuer when a shock is needed.

If you use an AED

NOTE: If an AED is removed from its mounted location, an alarm will be activated that will automatically notify University Police.

Visit the Environmental Health and Safety website to identify the AED nearest to your location.

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People With Disabilities

If you are a person with a disability and need assistance when a building evacuation or other emergency is underway:

  • Move to the nearest stairwell or safe exit. If you need help, ask someone to assist you to the nearest stairwell or safe exit.
  • Make your presence known to others in the area.
  • NOTE: Use of elevators during emergencies are only permitted when:
    • Severe weather/tornado conditions exist.
    • Instructed by emergency services personnel.
  • Ask someone to notify emergency response personnel of your location and your need to be evacuated.

Visually Impaired

  • Ask someone to explain the nature of the emergency.
  • If necessary, ask someone to guide you to the nearest safe exit and to a safe location.

Assisting the Hearing Impaired

  • Explain the nature of the emergency by speaking slowly and clearly in front of the person or by the written word.
  • If necessary, guide person to nearest safe exit and to a safe location.

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Performing Critical Operations

Critical operations may require attention during an emergency. Essential Employees may be instructed to remain on duty or be called back to campus under certain conditions. (See CAMPUS CLOSURE/CANCELLATION OF CLASSES)

Following a building evacuation

A person may not re-enter or remain in a building or area that has been evacuated unless:

  1. Person is designated as an Essential Employee or a member of an emergency response team assigned to a critical operation;
  2. Approval has been granted by the person in authority over the incident; AND
  3. A direct communication link is maintained between the person and emergency response personnel.

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Sheltering In Place

If it is dangerous to leave the building, it may be safer to make a shelter out of your current location. Sheltering in place is a way for you to stay as safe as possible until help arrives or the threat has passed.

People living in Residence Halls

Preparing to shelter in place includes having basic items that can include:

  • First aid kit
  • Food and water
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Whistle
  • Medications
  • Blanket or sweater

For more information, visit Personal Preparedness on the Wright State University Emergency Management website.

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Suspicious Activity

If you observe a crime in progress or behavior that is suspicious:

  • DO NOT approach or attempt to apprehend person(s) involved.
  • Call 911 on campus phone or 937-775-2111 on cell or off-campus phone. Provide the following information:
    • What the person(s) are doing.
    • Location.
    • Physical and clothing description.
    • Weapons or tools.
    • Vehicle description, license number.
    • Direction of travel when last seen.
  • Stay on the phone until instructed otherwise.

If directly involved in the situation:

  • Remain calm.
  • Cooperate with the person(s).
  • Make no sudden movements.
  • Call 911 as soon as possible.

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Suspicious Object, Package, Etc.

  • DO NOT touch or move a suspicious object.
  • DO NOT use two-way radios or cell phones within 100 feet of object.
  • Call 911 on campus phone or 937-775-2111 on cell or off-campus phone.
  • Follow directions of emergency response personnel.
  • If instructed to evacuate, (See EVACUATION PROCEDURES)

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If notified of a tornado warning:

  • Proceed immediately to the nearest tornado shelter. Tornado shelter signs are posted in buildings or visit Emergency Management Tornado Safety to view or download maps.
  • If your building has no basement or connection to the tunnel system, go to lowest level and seek shelter in a hallway or restroom near the center of the building and without windows.
  • Use elevators if you have a disability or are helping a person with a disability.
  • Stay away from windows, glass, stairwells, and unsecured objects.
  • Unless an emergency situation exists, DO NOT call 911 or University Police.
  • Remain in shelter until the “All Clear” message is given.
  • If outdoors, lie in low-lying ditch, culvert or at low land levels. Protect your face and head.

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Utility Failure

During normal business hours, call Physical Plant Customer Service Center for all Dayton campus utility failures (937-775-4444). Outside normal business hours, call University Police at 937-775-2111.

  • Assist those in your area who may be unfamiliar with your space.
  • In the event of a power outage, emergency generators should provide lighting in hallways and stairways and will illuminate the building “Exit” lights.
  • Immediately evacuate the building. (See EVACUATION PROCEDURES)
  • If you are in an elevator, stay calm. Use the emergency button or call 937-775-2111 on a cell phone.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until power is restored. Emergency Power does not support building operations.

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