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The safety of the University community during an emergency is dependant on thorough advance planning, as well as effectively communicating with the University community about how the plans are implemented. Students, faculty, staff and visitors will be better prepared in an emergency if they know how the University will respond, where they can find information, and what they should do.

Key to that awareness is good communication. This web page is intended to provide relevant information in case an emergency situation. The list below provides recommended procedures for responding to certain emergencies. Laminated Emergency Response Guides are posted throughout the University, and contain the same information.

Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to subscribe to the University's Star Alert Emergency Notification System. (Visit the Star Alert Website.) Star Alert is an emergency cell phone text messaging service to notify you quickly in the event of campus emergencies that threaten life, safety, and/or severely impact standard campus operations.

Know what to do. Review the guidelines below to become familiar with how to respond to various emergency situations. These guidelines are posted throughout campus in a flyer format [PDF] Emergency Response Guide (88 KiB).

  • Fire

    • Activate nearest fire alarm.
    • Evacuate. Stay clear of the affected area
    • Call 911 or University Security at (507) 389-2111.
  • Explosion

    • Evacuate. Stay clear of affected area
    • Watch out for falling debris
    • If you become trapped, tap on a wall or pipe to alert rescuers.
    • Call 911 or University Security at (507) 389-2111.
  • Hazardous Material

    • If the danger is indoors, evacuate the building. If danger is outdoors, go inside and shelter in place.
    • Alert others to stay clear of the area.
    • Call 911.
    • Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed or have information about the release.
  • Suspicious Object

    • Do not touch or disturb the object.
    • Call 911 or University Security at (507) 389-2111.
    • Prepare to evacuate if instructed by responding emergency personnel.
  • Suspicious Person

    • Do not confront, stop, or apprehend the person.
    • Note the person's description and suspicious activity.
    • Call 911 or University Security at (507) 389-2111.
  • Tornado

    • Seek immediate refuge and remain there during an emergency.
    • Crouch near the floor or under heavy, well-supported objects, and cover your head.
    • If outside, move inside a sturdy structure or lie down in a low area such as a ditch, and cover your head.
    • Call 911 or University Security at (507) 389-2111 to report injuries, fire, gas leaks, debris, etc.
  • Medical Emergency

    • If illness or injury is serious, do not move the affected person.
    • Call 911 or University Security at (507) 389-2111.
    • Send someone to meet emergency personnel outside and direct them to the person's location.
  • Violent Incident/Active Shooter

    • Shelter in place or consider evacuating if it is safe to do so.
    • Turn off lights and silence phones.
    • Block entry to your hiding place and, if possible, lock the door.
    • Hide.
    • Call 911 or University Security at (507) 389-2111.