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Emergency Procedures


Bomb Threat

Suspicous Packages or Mail

Medical Assistance

Hazardous Material Spill or Release

Severe Weather

Crime in Progress

Suspicous Person

Emergency Preparedness


  • Activate fire alarm pull station if in a building.
  • Immediately leave the building – and if possible
  • Shut off equipment, stabilize experiments if you can quickly
  • Close your door, and
  • Alert others
  • Assist others in evacuating if possible. Have those you cannot assist wait in areas designated RESCUE ASSISTANCE.
  • Call Campus Police–
    • campus phone 911,
    • activate emergency blue light phone
  • Assemble a safe place away from danger; account for others from your office, floor, etc.
  • Person with knowledge of the situation should meet with first responders.
  • Do not re-enter the building until cleared by first responders.


  • If you are trained, the fire is small, and the alarm has sounded, you may attempt to extinguish the fire.
  • Never use an elevator
  • Check closed doors before opening; if hot, choose alternative route.
  • Crawl if there is smoke. Take short breaths, freshest air will be near the floor.
  • If you cannot leave - stuff towel, clothing etc. under door, over vents etc. to restrict smoke and fumes.
  • Open window if possible
  • Notify Campus Police and give your exact location
    • campus phone 911,
    • activate emergency blue light phone
  • Use a towel, sheet, pillowcase or clothing to hang out the window to mark your location for first responders to see.


  • Remain calm and obtain as much information as possible using the checklist below.
  • If threat is made by phone:
    • Make note of the caller's number if caller id is available.

      When is the bomb going to explode?   What Will cause it to explode?  
      Where is the bomb?   Did you place the bomb?  
      What does it look like?   Why?  
      What kind of bomb is it?   Where are you calling from?  
          What is your name?  

  • If threat is written:
    • Do not handle note any more than necessary; secure it for police officers.
  • Notify Campus Police–
    • campus phone 911,
    • activate emergency blue light phone
  • Notify your supervisor
  • If you or someone locates a suspicious device, do not touch. Notify responders.


Note: Although a package could contain a biological, chemical, or explosive agent, the likely is remote – experience demonstrates that most are a hoax. It is important to remain diligent and treat suspicious packages and mail with care.

  • Handle a suspicious item with care – do not shake, bump, open smell, touch or taste.
  • Isolate it immediately
  • Notify Campus Police–
    • campus phone 911,
    • activate emergency blue light phone


  • Medical Emergencies that require priority response include:
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Chest or Upper abdominal pain or pressure
    • Fainting
    • Sudden dizziness, weakness, change in vision
    • Change in mental state
    • Sudden severe pain
    • Bleeding that will not stop
    • Severe or persistent vomiting
    • Coughing up or vomiting blood
    • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
    • Obvious trauma
  • Call Campus Police–
    • campus phone 911,
    • activate emergency blue light phone,
  • Stay on the phone . You will be asked questions that the Communicator will provide to first responders.
  • Do not move someone who is injured unless they are in danger.
  • Keep the injured person comfortable until help arrives.
  • Report job related injuries to the supervisor.

Minor Injuries – Employees

  • Report the injury to your supervisor.

Note : Supervisors will follow the procedures for all accidents located at

Minor Injuries Students

  • Students may call Student Health Services at 515-2563 for advice
  • Students may call Campus police for an escort to or from Student Health Services (on campus only).


Watch – indicates a particular weather hazard is possible

Warning – indicates a particular weather hazard is imminent or has been reported


  • Monitor weather status
  • Avoid being outdoors, especially near trees and water, during a lightning storm.
  • Seek shelter indoors, under shelter or in a hard-topped vehicle until the storm passes.
  • Limit the use of metal objects, including tools, sporting apparatus, metal fencing, etc., until the storm passes.
  • Avoid congregating in large groups as lightning passes between people.


  • Monitor weather status. The City of Raleigh does not have any weather warning sirens
  • If you are notified a tornado is approaching:
  • move to an interior hallway on the lowest level.
  • stay away from the windows,
  • sit or kneel on the floor against the wall
  • put your hands placed on your head.
  • leave the area once the all-clear signal is given .

If you are outside, seek shelter in a nearby building or find a ditch or depression in which you can hide your head.

After a tornado, beware of broken glass, unstable structures and debris.

Report damages to Campus Police –

  • campus phone 911,
  • activate emergency blue light phone
North Carolina State University Adverse Weather Policy


Shelter-in-place means selecting a small, interior room if possible, with no or few windows, and taking refuge there. It does not mean sealing off your entire building. If you are told to shelter-in-place, follow the instructions provided.

Why You Might Need to Shelter-in-Place:

Chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants may be released accidentally or intentionally into the environment. Should this occur, information will be provided by University authorities through Wolf Alerts. The important thing is for you to follow instructions of University authorities and know what to do if they advise you to shelter-in-place.

How to Shelter-in-Place

  1. Stop classes or work, or close business operations.
  2. If there are others in the building, provide for their safety by asking them to stay—not leave. When authorities provide directions to shelter-in-place, they want everyone to take those steps now, where they are, and not drive or walk outdoors.
  3. After the initial emergency campus communication information has been conveyed (first half hour), students, staff and visitors may wish to contact relatives to let them know the situation.
  4. Close and lock all windows, exterior doors, and any other openings to the outside. Shut down ventilation fans and air conditioners.
  5. If you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
  6. Select interior room(s) above the ground floor, with the fewest windows or vents. The room(s) should have adequate space for everyone to be able to sit in. Avoid overcrowding by selecting several rooms if necessary.
  7. Bring everyone into the room(s). Shut and, if possible, lock the door(s).
  8. Keep listening to the radio, television or check the Homepage until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate. University and local officials may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community


  • Do not attempt to apprehend or to interfere with the criminal except in cases of self -defense
  • Notify Campus Police–
    • campus phone 911,
    • activate emergency blue light phone
  • Stay on the phone as long as it is safe


We depend on community members to notify the Campus Police when they notice suspicious people or activity. Suspicious behavior may include:

    • Going from door to door, office to office
    • Loitering in a hallway or common area
    • Entering a private office unescorted
    • Offering items for sale in buildings
    • Entering a secured area
    • Asking for an unknown person of department
    • Asking for money
    • Leaving a package
  • Call Campus Police -
    • campus phone 911,
    • activate emergency blue light phone
  • Provide a description and where you last saw the person
  • Alert others on your floor or area.