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The University of Mississippi


University Emergency Info


University Police Department

The University Police Department provides 24-hour patrol and dispatcher services with access to other local emergency services. In case of emergency, contact UPD on campus at 4911. For all other circumstances, call 915-7234.


Facility Evacuation

1. Be aware of all marked exits from your building.

2. Building evacuations should occur when a building alarm sounds continuously and/or upon notification by UPD or student housing staff.

3. Walk quickly to the nearest exit, and ask others to do the same.

4. Be aware of any persons with ADA needs, and assist them if possible.

5. Use the stairs in the event of a fire. In case of a nonfire emergency, elevators are reserved for persons with ADA needs only.

6. Once outside of the building, meet your CA at the designated meeting place. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.

7. Do not return to the evacuated building unless you are given permission by UPD, student housing staff, or other authorized emergency personnel.


Fire Procedure

1. Be aware of all marked exits from your building and fire alarm pull stations.

2. Immediately sound a building alarm and/or alert others in your area.

3. Call 911 to report the re if needed.

4. Evacuate the building per the attached guidelines. Use the stairs!

*To confine the fire, close all doors as you leave. Do not lock them.
*To minimize smoke danger, stay near the oor as you evacuate.

5. Meet your CA at the designated meeting place.



*Call UPD at 915-4911.

*Keep doors closed.

*Seal cracks and vents to keep out smoke, if needed.

*If there is no smoke present, open the windows.

*Hang an object outside of the window to attract the attention of emergency personnel.


Fire Drills

Each semester, one planned fire drill will be scheduled. This will provide an opportunity for residents to practice evacuating the building. All alarms that sound should be treated as potentially life-threatening situations. Please be aware that smoking, cooking, and aerosols sprayed near smoke detectors or sprinklers may result in accidental false fire alarms.



Tornado Procedure

During a tornado watch, weather conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado.
A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted in the area.

Tornado Warning Procedure

1. Campus warning sirens will sound, alerting you follow the tornado warning procedure.

2. Close all doors.

3. Seek shelter in the lowest possible level of the building. If time does not permit, go to the safest place possible in the immediate area.

4. Stay away from doors and windows.

5. Take shelter underneath a desk or heavy piece of furniture if possible.

6. Assume a kneeling position while facing the wall with your arms covering your head.

7. Remain in position until student housing staff inform you that the tornado warning has

8. If the building that you are in is damaged, leave the building per evacuation.

9. Do not use your phone except in life-threatening emergencies.


Earthquake Procedure

1. Enter the hallway or another area that is away from windows.

2. Crouch down, and cover your head and neck until the shaking stops.

3. After the shaking has stopped, evacuate the building according to the attached guidelines. DO NOT use the elevator!

4. Meet your CA at the designated location.

5. Be prepared for aftershocks, and protect yourself at all times.

6. Once outside, move away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures.

7. Do not return to the evacuated building unless you are given permission by UPD, student housing staff, or other authorized emergency personnel.



Bomb Threat Procedure

If bomb threat is received by phone:

1. Remain calm. Keep the caller on the line for as long as possible. DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does.
2. Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest.
3. Try to keep the caller talking to learn more information.
4. If possible, write a note to your roommate or neighbor to call UPD at 915-4911, or, as soon as the caller
hangs up, call them yourself.
5. Write down the caller’s number and any other caller ID information you have. Also write down as much
as you remember from the call and give that information to authorities upon their arrival.

If a bomb threat is received through written communication:

1. Call UPD at 915-4911.
2. Handle the communication as little as possible.

If a bomb threat is received via email:

1. Call UPD at 915-4911.
2. Do not delete the email.

*Evacuate the building until UPD arrives to evaluate the threat.
*Activate the re alarm.
*Touch or move a suspicious package.

Signs of a Suspicious Package
*No return address *Excessive postage *Stains *Strange Odor
*Strange sounds *Unexpected delivery *Incorrect titles *Poorly handwritten
*Misspelled words *Foreign postage *Restrictive notes

Armed Intruder Procedure

If you witness any armed person on campus at any time, or, if you encounter someone who is behaving in a hostile or belligerent manner, immediately call UPD at 915-4911.

If an armed intruder is present in your residential community:

1. Lock yourself in your room, or, if in a common area, move to the nearest securable location.

2. Immediately call UPD at 915-4911.

3. DO NOT activate the fire alarm.

4. Barricade yourself in the room with whatever material is possible.

5. Lock all windows, and close curtains and blinds.

6. Position yourself away from windows and doors.

7. Turn off all lights and audio equipment.

If you are in close proximity to an exit, you must decide whether or not to exit the building or seek shelter in an available room or office. Consider the circumstances and how confident you are in your ability to safely exit the building prior to acting. If you choose to exit the building, use whatever cover is available. Do not run in a straight line. When you feel that you have reached a safe location, call UPD at 915-4911.