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Fire Evacuation in the Residential Communities

If you discover a fire:

  • Sound the alarm and leave the building by the nearest exit.
  • Call the Fire Department by dialing 775-2111 or x2111. Give as much information as you can to the dispatcher. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to that he/she has all the information they need.
  • Do not attempt to put out fires or rescue others unless you can do so safely.

Where to go when alerted to the possibility of fire:
If there is smoke in the room, drop to the floor and stay low. Smoke inhalation is often fatal. Feel the door knob before opening the door. If hot, do not open the door. If cool, brace against door and open slowly. If heat or heavy smoke is present, close door and remain in room.

Evacuation assistance:

  • Residents with physical disabilities who have requested assistance during an emergency evacuation will be assisted by trained student volunteers, resident assistants, student employees, and attendants. Questions should be directed to the community staff.

If you cannot leave our room or exit safely:

  • Remain calm. Seal up the crakcs around the door using sheets, towels, or clothing to prevent smoke from entering your room. These items should be wet if possible.
  • Hang an object out the window (sheet, jacket, shirt) to attract attention of the Fire Department. Call the University Police Department at (937) 775-2111 to report that you are trapped and give your location.
  • Stay near a window and low to the ground. A wet cloth will aid in breathing if smoke is in the room.

If you can leave your room:

  • Take a wet cloth for your face to aid in breathing if you run into smoke.
  • Close door behind you and take your keys.
  • Proceed to nearest exit. Do not use an elevator; you could become trapped. If exit is blocked with smoke or fire, proceed to another exit. Keep low to the ground if smoke is present. Cover face with wet cloth and take short breaths of air.
  • Stand clear of building after evacuating and follow the directions of fire, police and residence hall personnel. Never re-enter a burning building.

Be prepared for an emergency situation:

  • Know the location of nearest escape route. This will reduce panic in case of emergency.
  • Take fire drills seriously. Drills will make you familiar with evacuation procedures.
  • Know emergency numbers:
    University Police Department
    775-2111, x2111, or 911

Severe Weather Procedures

  • A Tornado Watch simply means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop. In this case you should take precautions to protect you and your property, and listen to the radio for information. Tornadoes are most likely to occur in the late afternoon on a hot spring day. However, tornadoes have occured in every month, at all times of the day or night. When a tornado watch is issued, be alert for changes in the weather. Be prepared to act quickly.
  • A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has actually been sighted. If one is issued for your area, you should seek shelter immediately.
Look for any of the dollowing danger signs:
  • Warm, humid days when temperatures drop quickly.
  • Severe thunderstorms with frequent lightning, heavy rain, or strong winds.
  • A greenish or greenish black color to the sky
  • Hail during a posted watch or warning.
  • Funnel clouds.
  • Watch the skies during times when danger signs are present.
Best ways to obtain information:
  • Listen for emergency sirens sounding a 3–5 minute steady tone.
  • Tune in to local radio stations on a battery powered radio.
  • Cable TV access channel.
For your safety:
  • Grab a flashlight and portable radio to keep updated on weather conditions.
  • Leave your room, lock the door, and go to a safe area such as a basement or lower floors of a residence hall where there are no windows.
  • Sit in a crouched poosition keeping face and head covered.
  • If there is no time to evacuate, crawl under desk, sit in crouched position keeping face and head covered. Use mattress for added protection.
Snowstorms and other weather emergencies:
  • In the event the decision is made to cancel university classes, announcements will be made over local radio stations.

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