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Emergency Situations and Equipment

For emergencies (situations that are life threatening or likely to cause severe damage to the facility) call 911 from any University phone.  If you call from a cell phone, give your location as the School of Education, 301 Monticello Avenue.  Do not hang up until the dispatcher provides such instruction.

The University has a comprehensive emergency plan, which addresses many different types of situations.  The following information relates specifically to the School of Education:

Fire Alarm: In the event of the activation of the building alarm, all faculty, staff, students and other personnel should evacuate the building immediately in an orderly fashion. No one should wait to determine whether the emergency is real.

In the event of a fire or fire drill, do not use the elevators.  Use the stairwells single-file.  Once outside, move at least 50 feet away from the building as quickly as possible. The protocol is to move to one of the gathering areas across the road or parking lot. Cross the blacktop parking lot or street (depending on where you exit) and congregate on the grass at least 50 feet from the building and out of the way of fire lanes. Fire and college officials will let you know if and when it is safe to re-enter the building.  

Tornado: Take shelter in the SOE basement. If that is not possible, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Examples would be the 1st floor copy room or 1st floor admissions testing room. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows.

Earthquake: If you are inside the SOE, drop, cover, and hold on. Drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops. If you are not near a desk or table, drop to the floor against the interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Avoid exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large appliances, and kitchen cabinets with heavy objects or glass. Do not go outside.

Aggressive Behavior by Another: Take shelter as quickly as possible in the closest lockable space, preferably with minimal glass exposure (offices, closets, etc.) and if you are able, call 911 immediately.

Medical Emergencies: The building is equipped with four Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). These devices are located in:  

  • The Admissions Lobby
  • The hallway by the Matoaka Woods room
  • The student lounge of classroom wing
  • The faculty/staff kitchen on the third floor

Contact the Building Manager for assistance with training for these devices.