Emergency Notification Definitions


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An ALL CLEAR message indicates the threat or dangerous situation has ended. This notification will be provided in the same way that an initial emergency notification is received.

LOCKOUT - Lock Exterior Doors

LOCKOUT occurs when occupants of a building are directed to remain inside the building because of an outside threat. People are free to move around in the building. This differs from a lockdown scenario, where there is an imminent threat to life and safety.

 During a lockout scenario, UMPD, Residence Life, Facility Services and/or building emergency coordinators will lock doors to University buildings due to a possible armed threat or disturbance on or near the campus.

LOCKDOWN- Lock/Barricade Interior Doors

A LOCK DOWN is an emergency safety procedure in which faculty, staff and students lock down their classroom or office to prevent the entrance of an armed intruder or active shooter. A lockdown occurs when occupants of campus buildings are directed to remain confined to a room/area with specific procedures to follow regarding locking of doors, closing of windows/shades, barricading, seeking cover, etc. Lockdowns necessitate a law enforcement response and immediate intervention.

  1. DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING. Move as far away as possible from the building under lockdown.

  2. Await further instructions from law enforcement.

  3. Check the University's website and University social media sites for updates and further information as it becomes available.

  4. DO NOT CALL THE LOCATION THAT IS IN LOCKDOWN. Phone calls to anyone inside the building that is in lockdown may endanger them.

  5. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SAFE AREA. Wait until law enforcement has opened the door

SHELTER IN PLACE - Remain in place

To SHELTER IN PLACE is to use a structure and its indoor atmosphere to temporarily separate individuals from a hazard outdoors. Sheltering in place is similar to a lockout in that the occupants are to remain on the premises, but they may need to move to a different part of the facility due to an environmental event taking place outside of the facility, for example the release of a hazardous chemical from a train derailment.

EVACUATE - Vacate the building

Evacuation is a process for vacating the building for reasons of safety or protection. All occupants of University buildings are required to EVACUATE a building when a fire alarm and/or an official announcement is made indicating a potentially dangerous situation within the building.

Classroom Evacuation for Students

Familiarize yourself with all exit doors of each classroom and building you are in. Remember that the nearest exit door may not be the one you used when entering the building.

If you require assistance in leaving a room or building, inform your instructor in writing during the first week of class.

Building Evacuation

  1. Close office doors and turn off lights and computers.

  2. Use designated corridors and fire exit stairs that lead to ground level. Leave the building in an orderly manner. Do not use elevators.

  3. Assemble in designated areas per the Building Emergency Plan. Upon reaching the ground level, stay at least 300 feet (1 block) from the building.

  4. Follow instructions of emergency personnel. Report any individuals left in the building to them.

  5. Do not re-enter the building until an all-clear announcement is given by emergency personnel.