Tuskegee University Emergency Notifications



CAMPUS EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

 

INTRODUCTION

These emergency procedures are intended for use by the Tuskegee University community. You should become familiar with these contents. In the event of an emergency, it will serve as a quick reference for effective action. It should be kept in an easily accessible location at all times. New employees and students should be made familiar with it as part of the orientation process.

If you would like additional information on crisis communications and public safety, please feel free to contact the Tuskegee University Police Department at 334-727-8757. Our commitment is to ensure the safety and security of the Tuskegee University community. Emergency Number – 334-724-4911 (campus ext. 4911).

All Tuskegee University students, faculty, staff and campus personnel are urged to SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS by e-mail (campus e-mail acct. only), voice message or text messaging by going to the following link: https://www.myschoolcast.com/go/tu. Please contact Campus Technology at 334-727-8040 if you are unable to log in.

INCLEMENT WEATHER/CAMPUS CLOSING

The communications office assists senior officials in the distribution of information regarding a University closure in the event of a storm. The communications procedure includes:
  • Tiger Alert mass email message sent to all students, faculty and staff as soon as possible
  • Tiger Alert mass text message to all students, faculty and staff as soon as possible
  • Tiger Alert message posted on the Tuskegee University home page
  • Macon County warning sirens (long constant beep)
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TORNADOES/ HURRICANES/ SEVERE WEATHER

A tornado/ hurricane/ severe thunderstorm WATCH means that a tornado, hurricane or a severe thunderstorm is possible.
A tornado/ hurricane/ severe thunderstorm WARNING means that a tornado, hurricane or a severe thunderstorm has actually been sighted somewhere in the warning area.

If a tornado/ hurricane or severe weather is sighted approaching the campus:
  • Go to the basement or interior hallway on the lowest floor if time permits. Otherwise, go to an inside wall of your classroom or office, as far away from doors and windows as possible.
  • Avoid auditoriums, gymnasiums, or other structures with wide, free-span roofs.
  • Take shelter underneath your desk or any heavy furniture available.
  • Assume a curled position to protect your head and eyes.
EVACUATION SHELTERS AND SAFE LOCATIONS
In the event of a disaster, an evacuation order will be disseminated by police officials. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to follow those directions and proceed to one of the shelters listed below that is closest to your current location.
  • John A. Kenny Hall
  • Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science
  • Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center ballroom and auditorium
  • Chambliss (hallways)
  • Physical Plant
 

STUDENT FOOD SERVICES
In the event that we are under tornado/hurricane/severe thunderstorm warning, dining services will not operate under normal operating hours and will resume as soon as the university is clear of any warnings/severe weather threats.

BOMB THREAT
Bomb threats usually occur by telephone. Should you encounter a bomb threat in this manner, take the following steps/precautions:
  • Try to keep the caller on the line as long as possible.
  • The person receiving a bomb threat call should remain calm and attempt to obtain as much information as possible from the caller.
  • Call the campus police at campus ext. 4911 or 334-724-4911, giving your name, location, and telephone number. Inform them of the situation, including any information you may have as to the location of the bomb, time it is set to explode, and the time you received the call.
  • Inform your supervisor and/or department head.
  • The Tuskegee University Police Department, in conjunction with the University Safety Officer and the building coordinator, will be responsible for building evacuation.
  • If you should spot a suspicious object, package, etc., report it to the Tuskegee University Police Department.
  • Under no circumstances should you touch, tamper with or move a suspicious package in any way.
  • If instructed to evacuate, move a safe distance away from the building. If inclement weather conditions exist, you may move to another building. Do not re-enter the building until instructed that it is safe by Tuskegee University Police Department personnel, the University Safety Officer or your building coordinator.
Note: All persons caught or identified tampering with alarm systems will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

CHEMICAL SPILLS
The following steps should be taken in the event of a chemical spill:
  • Call the Tuskegee University Police Department at campus ext. 4911 or 334-724-4911 and the University Safety Officer at 334-724-8424 or 334-421-8604.
  • Do not attempt to clean up the spill. The Tuskegee University Safety Officer will contact the necessary personnel to clean up the spill or contact a hazardous materials team if needed.
  • Stay away from the spill. Leave the area if the spill is producing odors or vapors.
  • The University Safety Officer or the Tuskegee University Police Department will determine whether the building needs to be evacuated.
  • If instructed to evacuate, move a safe distance away from the building. Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so by Tuskegee University Police Department personnel, the University Safety Officer or your building coordinator.
FIRE
Upon discovering a fire, immediately sound the building fire alarm and alert other occupants and take the following steps:
  • Call the Tuskegee University Police Department at campus ext. 4911 or 334-724-4911, giving your name, department, and location of fire.
  • If the fire is small, you may attempt to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher. Be sure you are using the proper extinguisher for the type of fire you are attempting to extinguish. When in doubt, exit the building.
  • If the fire is large, very smoky, or spreading rapidly, evacuate the building immediately. Inform others in the building who may not have responded to the alarm to evacuate immediately.
  • When you evacuate, do not stop for personal belongings or records. Leave the area immediately, using exit stairways, not elevators.
  • Evacuate to a safe distance from the building and out of the way of emergency personnel. Do not return to the building until instructed to do so by Tuskegee University Police Department personnel, the University Safety Officer or your building coordinator.
  • Do not walk through or stand in a smoke cloud.
HAZARDOUS GAS LEAKS AND ODOR COMPLAINTS
If a gas cylinder begins leaking, or if you suspect a natural gas leak, take the following steps:
  • Confine the fumes by shutting the room door.
  • Call the Tuskegee University Police Department at campus ext. 4911 or 334-724-4911, and the University Safety Officer, giving your name, department and location of the leak.
  • Activate the building fire alarm to begin building evacuation.
  • Evacuate to a safe area away from the building. Do not return to the building until instructed that it is safe to do so by Tuskegee University Police Department personnel, the University Safety Officer, or your building coordinator.
  • Do not walk through or stand near the leak.
  • For odor complaints, call the Tuskegee University Police Department at ext. 4911, 334-724-4911 or the University Safety Officer.
SERIOUS ILLNESS / INJURY
If you come in contact with a person who has experienced a serious illness or injury, take the following steps:
  • Do not move a seriously injured person unless there is a life-threatening situation.
  • Call the Tuskegee University Police Department at campus ext. 4911 or 334-724-4911, giving your name, location, and telephone number.
  • Give as much information as possible regarding the nature of the illness or injury, whether or not the victim is conscious, bleeding, etc.
  • Keep the victim as calm and comfortable as possible. Remain with the victim until the police arrive.
  • If the injured person is an employee, initiate reporting procedures as directed by your department head or supervisor.
TERRORISM PREPAREDNESS MESSAGE
We have all been hearing about the potential for a terrorist attack in the United States. While there have been no specific threats against Tuskegee University, we need to be aware of steps we can take to prevent an attack or to respond to an attack that does take place.

Following are guidelines for preparing for a terrorist attack:

BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
  • Report any suspicious person immediately to the Tuskegee University Police Department at either 334-727-8757 or 334-727-8756.
  • Report unattended backpacks or bags, suspicious packages, spills or smells immediately to the Tuskegee University Police Department at 334-727- 8757 or 334-727-8756.
  • Keep building doors and windows locked when the building is closed. Report any buildings that are not secured to the Tuskegee University Police Department at 334-727-8757 or 334-727-8756.
BE PREPARED
  • If an explosion occurs, if you notice an apparent chemical spill of unknown origin, if you smell a suspicious odor, or if people near you become suddenly sick, call the Tuskegee University Police Department immediately at campus ext. 4911 or 334-724-4911 or 334-727-8757 or 334-727-8756.
  • The campus community will be notified by Tiger Alert mass e-mail, text and voicemail if a terrorist attack occurs.
  • If you are notified that a terrorist attack has taken place, go indoors, close windows and doors, and remain inside until told it is safe to leave. Do not exit a building to go to your vehicle and leave campus. Do not call family or friends to come to campus to pick you up. You could be exposing yourself or your family and friends to toxic gases or other materials.
  • Contact one family member to report that you are safe, and make the call short as the campus telephone lines will need to remain free for emergency communications.
  • Tell your family that Tuskegee University’s Emergency Plan is to shelter everyone on campus, and make a family emergency plan. If necessary, make a plan for backup care of children or other family members needing assistance if you must remain on campus.
  • If you are at home and hear that there has been a terrorist attack on the Tuskegee
  • University campus, do not come to campus until the University announces that it is safe to do so.
  • Tiger Alert will notify you of any incidents via mass e-mail, text and voicemail.
  • The Tuskegee University Police Department , in conjunction with the University Safety Officer will call the appropriate law enforcement, fire, or health agency to respond, assess the situation, and provide advice on when it is safe to resume normal activities, whether areas need to be roped off or quarantined, etc.
  • Macon County warning sirens (long constant beep) will be activated as circumstances warrant.
All University managers in housing, communications, food service, physical plant and the police department are required to be on call 24 hours during an emergency.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Tuskegee University Police Department Phone Numbers:
  • General Assistance Numbers - 334-727-8757 or 334-727-8756 or 334-724-8834
  • Emergency Number – 334-724-4911 (campus ext. 4911)
  • Confidential Hotline – 334-724-4583
Please contact your housing coordinator or building coordinator/ department head for evacuation procedures and emergency contact numbers for a particular campus building.