EMERGENCY & SAFETY HANDBOOK
STU Alert Emergency Notification System Administrator
STU Alert Emergency Notification System
General Campus Safety Tips
- Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.*
- Avoid walking or running alone at night near dark or wooded areas.*
- Avoid using stairs in remote sections of a building.
- Keep personal belongings in view while in class, the library, or labs.
- When in an elevator, position yourself next to the controls. Having a stranger in control of the emergency stop switch could be dangerous.
*An Escort Service is Available for all students/employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call ext. 6500.
- IF you are a victim or witness of a sexual assault- GET HELP QUICKLY!
- Go to a safe place, dial 911 or 6500 immediately!
- Information to give the officer: Who, What, Where, & When
- Do NOT disturb anything in the area where the assault occured
- Seek medical treatment and call someone to go with you. You should not go alone.
- Contact the Sexual Treatment Hotline for information concerning counseling, 305.858.7273.
Fire & Residence Hall Evacuations
IF the fire alarm sounds:
- Leave the building as quickly as possible- watch for weakened floors, stairs, & faling debris.
- Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make phone calls.
- Use the evacuation route according to posted building evacuation plans.
- If debris falls around you, get under a sturdy table or desk until it stops.
- Close doors behind you.
- Move at least 500 feet away from the building after you evacuate.
- Immediately contact Public Safety after you have evacuated the building.
IF there is a fire:
- Pull the fire alarm closest to you.
- Stay low to the floor and exit the building as quickly as possible.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth.
- When approaching a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the lower, middle, and upper parts of the door.
- Never use the palm of your hand or fingers to test heat: buring of these areas could hamper your ability to escape a fire, i.e., ladders or crawling.
- If the door is NOT hot, open slowly to ensure fire and/or smoke is not blocking your escape. If your escape route is blocked, shut the door, and use an alternative escape route, such as a window. If that route is clear, leave immediately. Be prepared to crawl. Smoke and heat rises. The air is clearer and cooler near the floor.
- If the door IS hot, do not open it. Escape through a window. If you cannot escape, hang a white or light colored sheet outside the window, alerting fire fighters to your presence.
- Heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling. Stay below the smoke at all times.
- If possible, have another person accompany you when using your ATM or making a night deposit.
- After dark, use an ATM/night deposit that is well lit. Try to use a drive up or one inside a supermarket, when possible. When at a drive-up ATM, lock your vehicle doors. Take your keys when you leave your car.
- Be alert and cautious of anyone loitering around the ATM/night deposit.
- Always have an emergency plan of action in your mind. And stay alert to everything that is going on around you.
- Complete your transaction quickly, put your money away and leave immediately. Always take your receipt as it has your account number on it.
- Protect the Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you use with your ATM. Do not write it on the card.
- Stand in front of the ATM machine when entering your PIN so no one can see it.
Personal Safety in your Car
- Always keep your car doors locked.
- Never give strangers a ride, even if they claim to be students.
- Check the backseat before entering the car.
- Keep your vehicle properly maintained, and try to always have at least a quarter tank of gas.
- Put valuables in the trunk, not on the seats.
- Always carry enough change for a phone call.
- Be sure that you have a good spare tire and a jack.
- If you break down, wait with your vehicle and ask a passerby to call AAA or the police. DON’T accept a ride with a stranger.
- If you feel that you are being followed, reroute your directin of travel toward a well-lit public are, preferably to a police station.
- Keep a copy of your vehicle registration in your vehicle; keep the original at home.