What Everyone Can Do

While every emergency is different and you may receive specific instructions, always take the following actions:

  • Dial 9-911 from a campus phone to report an emergency on campus.
  • Take action immediately if there are fire alarms, warning sirens or any other alert to evacuate or seek shelter.
  • Help others, especially those who may need physical assistance.

Each emergency is different and each may require a different response. No matter the course of action, it is critical that you act and help others. You should take some simple steps to prepare for emergencies.

Everyone in the University community should prepare for an emergency:

  • Familiarize yourself with this website.
  • Take note of your building's floor plan and exit routes.
  • Participate in fire drills and safety training programs.
  • Report all work-related injuries, illnesses, and hazardous material spills.
  • Designate a meeting place outside of the building for your unit or department, or make note of an existing meeting place.
  • Prepare and disseminate telephone trees and contact information for your unit or floor, and be sure you have the most recent contact information.
  • Identify tornado shelter areas in basements or interior hallways or corridors.
  • Keep a flashlight and battery-operated radio nearby.
  • Locate the nearest fire extinguisher and fire alarm. Learn to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Schedule an emergency preparation or safety course with the Department of Emergency Management. For information, the Crookston campus Environmental Health and Safety staff at 218-281-8300.
  • Prepare yourself and your family at home so they know what to do if you are involved in an emergency, including where to go and how to cope until you're able to get home.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff play an important role in promoting safety and responding to emergencies on campus. As a faculty or staff member, you are often in a position to quickly identify and report dangerous situations or safety concerns before they become emergencies and report incidents when they occur. 

You should learn about emergency response and emergency communications plans for your unit. If these plans do not exist, talk to your supervisor about creating them. Call the Environmental Health and Safety at 218-281-8300 for assistance.

In an emergency, faculty and staff should follow directions given by emergency personnel. You are encouraged to help students evacuate or take shelter. If you think there may be hazardous materials or vulnerable people in the building, evacuate first, then tell a University policy officer about your concerns. Remember, you may know more about your building than fire or police personnel.

For information during an emergency or to find out the institutional response to an emergency, go to the Campus Today page or contact your supervisor.


As a student, you should learn safety procedures and exit routes for your classroom buildings, study areas, laboratories and in residence halls and other University housing. All University owned residences have evacuation and emergency plans. If you have questions or want to know more about the plan in your building, contact your Community Advisor (CA) or Residential Life staff Member.

During an emergency, please act quickly. It is critical to leave buildings when fire alarms sound and to take cover during tornado threats.

Once you are safe, contact your family and let them know you are ok. If it is a major emergency you may not be able to get a cell phone signal and campus phones could be tied up. 


Communications with parents during and after an emergency are an important priority for the University.

In a local event, information is posted on the University's websites and delivered through the media.

In a campus-wide event, the University establishes telephone hotlines and post incident-specific information on the web.