Campus Emergency Procedures

General emergency

  1. To call from an on-campus phone, dial 9-911. Dial 911 from any non-campus telephone.
  2. Specify whether you need police, ambulance or fire
  3. Have the following information available:
    1. Building name
    2. Room number (If a suite, suite number and room letter)
  4. If the emergency involves an injured person:
    1. Check the scene for safety; do not move the victim unless their life is endangered.
    2. Check the victim for consciousness, breathing, pulse and bleeding.
    3. Remain on the phone with the 911 operator.
    4. Remain with the victim until help arrives.
  5. Inform Campus Safety; for questions or feedback, contact Campus Safety at 937-484-1111.


If you detect a fire in its early stages:

  • Activate fire alarm
  • Call 911
  • Call Campus Safety (1111 from an on-campus phone) or 937-484-1111 from a cell phone

If a fire alarm sounds:

Leave IMMEDIATELY and close the door behind you. Evacuate the building by the nearest exit. DO NOT use elevators.

  • Check the door for heat and the hall for smoke before exiting. If it is hot, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR.
  • If the door and door knob are not hot:
    • Leave lights on.
    • Close the windows, shades up.
    • Exit the room; close the door, leaving the door unlocked.

If the door is hot and you are trapped in your room:

  • Close the door and seal the cracks around the door with any type material available.
  • Open the window.
  • Build a fire barrier against the door using your mattress and any other available furniture.
  • Stay close to the window, signal for help.
  • Always remember that smoke and heat rise; stay low to the floor.
  • Walk out according to Exit Plan

Do not try to locate or extinguish the fire when the fire alarm sounds. Leave through the nearest safe exit, and go at least 100 feet away from the building; DO NOT REENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL GIVEN PERMISSION BY A UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL. In the event the fire is in a residence hall, report to the Grimes Center after exiting the residence hall so that your presence is recorded. Remain there until you are given further instructions.


Champaign County utilizes Code Red Emergency Alerts. The Champaign County Emergency Management Office will send out a notification directly to your cellphone in the event of severe weather. To enroll in this system visit  A warning indicates a tornado has been sighted by ground observers or has appeared on radar within Champaign County. The possibility of tornadoes during the spring and early summer months is real. If the warning sounds:

  • Stay inside and be alert to falling objects. Find protection under heavy furniture.
  • Stay away from windows, mirrors, glass, and unsecured objects such as bookcases.
  • Proceed to a below-ground level or central hallway of the building if possible.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If requested, assist persons with disabilities to the safest area on the same floor.
  • Remain in the safe area until at least 10 minutes has elapsed without the sounding of sirens, or the “all clear” has been given.
  • Listen to weather reports on the radio.
Safe locations at Urbana University are as follows:
  • BARCLAY/BAILEY—First floor hallways and bathrooms
  • BLACKMER/LOSCH—Bathrooms in 1st floor suites
  • COMMONS–Restrooms
  • EAST—Center of first floor hallway
  • GRIMES CENTER—First floor hallway by racquetball courts, first floor restrooms
  • HAZARD—Laundry room, 1st floor bathrooms
  • HUB—Center of building, restrooms
  • LIBRARY—Basement
  • McCONNELL—First floor TV lounges, bathrooms, and laundry room
  • MEMMOTT/EATON/CHAPEL—Chapel basement
  • MILLER CENTER—Basement
  • MOORE MATH & SCIENCE—Center of first floor hallway/restrooms
  • NORTH—First floor office area or lower level of Student Center
  • OAK—Center of first floor hallway, bathroom
  • ROSS/HICKORY—Basement laundry room area
  • SOUTH—Center of first floor hallway
  • STUDENT CENTER–Lower level by student mailboxes/restroomsSYCAMORE—Center of building, first floor restrooms/bathrooms
  • WILLIAMS—Lower level bathroom, hallway

The safest place to be during severe weather is in a basement. If the building has no basement or cellar, go to a small room (a bathroom or closet) on the lowest level of the structure, away from windows and as close to the center of the structure as possible.

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-Kyle Wunderlich   
Class of '05