Emergency Procedures

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  • Bomb Threat

  • Evacuation

  • Fire or Explosion

  • Hazardous Materials Spill

  • Human Body Fluid

  • Lockdown

  • Medical Emergency

  • Suspicious Packages

Bomb Threat

  • If you observe a suspicious device, do not touch or move it. (See Suspicious Packages below)
  • Clear the area and call the Campus Police Department at (504) 286-5290.
  • If you are advised of a bomb by phone, note the date, time, location of the call and ask the caller where, when, how, why the bomb was placed.
  • Ask if the caller is a student. Note the age, gender, speech pattern, attitude, background noises, accent, etc.
  • If you have caller ID, check to see where the call came from.
  • If the threat was received in the mail or by email, save all accompanying material and handle the envelope as little as possible. Note the return address or email address.
  • If a device is located, do not touch or move it and do not use a cell phone within 100 feet.


  • Any staff or faculty member may issue an evacuation order for a classroom or an office. If evacuated, walk quickly but do not run.
  • Avoid elevators and do not stop to use a restroom. Do stay with your group and report any missing people to relevant personnel.
  • Help handicapped individuals, as they may need your assistance to be evacuated.
  • Leave personal items behind; do not return to gather such items.
  • The last person out of a classroom, hall or office will lock the door behind them.

Fire or Explosion

  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
  • Using the Exit map posted in all University property; everyone must evacuate. Observe structures for signs of damage and hazard and avoid them. If you encounter smoke, the best quality breathing air will be nearest the floor.
  • If you are on fire, Stop, Drop and Roll. Do Not Run.
  • If you have had training in the use of fire extinguishers and the fire is small, you may attempt to put out the fire, if safe to do so.
  • Contact the Campus Police Department at 504.286.5290.
  • Once outside, go to a pre-determined assembly area as indicated by authorized personnel.

Hazardous Materials Spill

  • If corrosive or toxic substances come into contact with your skin, flush with running water for 15 minutes while someone else contacts the Campus Police Department at (504)286-5290.
  • Evacuate if necessary and go to predetermined locations. Do not attempt to clean the spill unless you have been previously trained, have protective gear and authorized and have the protective gear. Secure the area by closing doors and windows, if time permits.
  • Check others for medical need and notify the Campus Police Department if necessary.
  • If evacuated, remain at the predetermined location until released by police.

Human Body Fluids

  • Notify the Campus Police Department at (504) 286-5290 in the event of exposure to human body fluids. Remember human blood may carry blood borne pathogens, which can cause disease.
  • If contact is made with skin, wash the area immediately with soap and water.
  • Do not attempt to clean fluids unless properly trained and equipped.
  • Always use rubber or latex gloves when in the proximity of bodily fluids and consider them infectious.
  • Gloves that have been in contact with bodily fluids must be disposed of in a biohazard container and hands must be washed with soap and water.
  • The Campus Police Department (504) 286-5290 will contact Facilities Management for cleanup and disposal.


  • A lockdown is used when it is more dangerous to evacuate an edifice than to remain. In active shooter cases for example.
  • When in a lockdown, remain calm and stay with your group of people. Lock doors and windows and close shades, if possible. Turn off interior lighting. Stay away from doors and windows. Listen for information over the University TV and Radio station.
  • The Campus Police Department issues the lockdown notice.
  • DO NOT open your locked door unless you are 100% certain that it is a police officer asking you to do so.
  • Notify the Campus Police Department at (504) 286-5290 if possible concerning facts at your location.
  • If you hear a gunshot, get on the floor and remain quiet.
  • Do not leave while under a lockdown.
  • Only the Campus Police Department can cancel a lockdown.

Medical Emergency

  • Check the individual and direct someone to contact the Campus Police Department immediately at 504.286.5290.
Render first aid if properly trained. Report all medical injuries and accidents to the Campus Police Department.
Police Officers are certified in the use of CPR, First Aid and AED’s. It is important that complete and accurate information be provided when requesting assistance.
Always call the Campus Police Department as they will make the best determination if higher tier emergency response is needed.

Suspicious Packages

  • Never touch or move any item that appears suspicious. Only you know what is suspicious to you so trust your instincts. Leave it exactly where it was found and immediately notify the Campus Police Department at 504.286.5290.
  • If the suspicious package was discovered as it was being delivered to you, avoid dropping, throwing or other abrupt movements. Gently set the package down.
  • Do not use a cell phone within 100 feet of the package.
  • Isolate the package by evacuating the room and locking the door.
  • The Campus Police Department will determine if a full scale evacuation is in order however, the immediate classroom or office can be evacuated by any staff or faculty member.


Timolynn Sams ('98) was selected by the Utne Reader as one of their 2008 "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World."