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In Case of Emergency

Emergency Preparedness and the Emergency Response Plan are great concerns of the entire campus. Staff members should be reminded that it is also a function of this plan to protect and secure University facilities, property and equipment from loss. Below you can find some quick and basic facts about responding to common types of emergencies. We also encourage you to take the time and familiarize yourself with CBU's full Crisis Management Plan.

Severe Weather - Tornado

  • Move quickly to a safe interior area without windows (e.g., hallways, basements, restrooms).
  • Move to the lowest levels using stairways, NOT elevators. If possible, close all doors as you leave an area.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and exterior walls. Do NOT go outdoors.
  • Get inside if possible.
  • Stay away from trees, power lines, utility poles, and other hazards.
  • Curl up in a ditch or low-lying area; stay low to the ground; use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Suspicious Person

  • Do not physically confront the person.
  • Do not let anyone into a locked building/office.
  • Do not block the person’s access to an exit.
  • Call 911 or 3550 from a campus phone or from a cell phone; or if available in the lobby, use the red emergency phone.
  • Provide as much information as possible about the person and their direction of travel.

Suspicious Object

  • Do not touch or disturb the object.
  • Do NOT use a cell phone!
  • Call 911 or 3550 from a campus phone; or use the red emergency phone.
  • Notify your instructor or supervisor.
  • Be prepared to evacuate.


  • “Drop, Cover, and Hold” under a table or desk or against an inside wall, not in a doorway, until the shaking stops.
  • After the shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries and move toward the nearest exit or alternate exit.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Do not leave the area/ campus without reporting your status to your instructor or supervisor.


  • Remain Calm.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station and call 911 or 3550 from a campus phone; call 911 from a cell phone.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Do NOT use elevators!
  • Do NOT enter the building until authorized by emergency personnel.

Hazardous Materials Release

  • If an emergency exists or if anyone is in danger, move away from the site of the hazard to a safe location.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel.
  • Alert others to stay clear of the area.
  • Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed or have information about the release.

Power Outage

  • Remain calm; provide assistance to others if necessary.
  • Move cautiously to a lighted area. Exits may be indicated by lighted signs if the emergency power is operating.
  • Turn off and unplug computers and other voltage sensitive equipment.
  • For information about a prolonged outage, call Physical Plant at 321-3395


  • Remain calm.
  • Evacuate using the nearest safe stairs and safe exit.
  • Do NOT use elevators!
  • Gather personal belongings (medication, keys, purses, wallets, etc.), but only if safe to do so.
  • Follow directions given by emergency personnel.
  • Go to identified assembly points at least 500 feet from the affected building.
  • Assist persons with disabilities or injuries without jeopardizing your safety.
  • If you are unable to evacuate due to a physical disability, go to a safe location (e.g., stairwell) and wait for assistance. Ask others to inform emergency personnel of your location.
If there is time:
  • Turn off all electronics including computers (except in cases of leaking gas or other flammable substances).
  • Secure any hazardous materials or equipment before leaving.


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