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What You Can Do

Each member of the University community has a role and a responsibility in emergency preparation and response. Specific information about emergency preparation and response for University employees, students, parents, the general public and the media is provided below.

Faculty and Staff



General Public


What Everyone Can Do

While every emergency is different and you may receive specific instructions, always take the following actions:

  • Dial 9-911 from a campus phone to report an emergency on campus.
  • Take action immediately if there are fire alarms, warning sirens or any other alert to evacuate or seek shelter.
  • Help others, especially those who may need physical assistance.

Each emergency is different and each may require a different response. No matter the course of action, it is critical that you act and help others. You should take some simple steps to prepare for emergencies.

Everyone in the University community should prepare for an emergency:

  • Familiarize yourself with this Web site.
  • Take note of your building's floor plan and exit routes.
  • Participate in fire drills and safety training programs.
  • Report all work-related injuries, illnesses, and hazardous material spills.
  • Designate a meeting place outside of the building for your unit or department, or make note of an existing meeting place.
  • Prepare and disseminate telephone trees and contact information for your unit or floor, and be sure you have the most recent contact information.
  • Identify tornado shelter areas in basements or interior hallways or corridors.
  • Keep a flashlight and battery-operated radio nearby.
  • Locate the nearest fire extinguisher and fire alarm. Learn to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Schedule an emergency preparation or safety course with the Department of Emergency Management. For information, the Crookston campus Environmental Health and Safety staff at 218-281-8300 .
  • Know where to find University emergency information and basic first aid materials.
  • Prepare yourself and your family at home so they know what to do if you are involved in an emergency, including where to go and how to cope until you're able to get home.