Admissions

Weather Emergencies



To contact Security: | 423.869.6911 |

Fire



Residential Staff are trained to respond to fire and emergency situations. Should a resident smell smoke, hear or see fire immediately sound an alarm or otherwise alert authorities and vacate the building.

  • Report fire to Campus Police and Security at 423.869.6911 or dial 911
  • Remain calm
  • Location (building and floor and room number)
  • Type of emergency (fire pull station, smoke detector, unknown)
  • Staff should proceed to help evacuate the building and wait for the proper authorities
  • Staff should never silence an alarm
  • Once outside the building, please restrain residents from re-entering unless approved by Fire Chief or Campus Police and Security

Fire Alarm and Drill Report



Each semester, every dormitory shall practice fire alarm drills at the beginning of each semester and randomly throughout the semester. Fire alarm drills are to be taken seriously and procedures followed as if it were an actual emergency. Residential Life Staff are trained at the beginning of the semester and the staff member on site will be responsible for following procedures.

  • Each time a Fire Alarm is sounded in your building a Fire Alarm and Drill Report should be completed
  • This report must be e-mailed to the Senior RD, the building RD, and the Director of Residential Life within 24 hours of the alarm.

Tornado Emergency Plan



Once University Officials are notified of a tornado warning, the implementation of the Tornado Emergency Plan is the responsibility of all members of the University community.  The LMU Campus Police and Security Office Staff has the following additional roles and responsibilities.

  • Obtaining information in the event the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the campus community
  • Notifying high risk facilities of the tornado warning
  • Receiving information about confirmation of tornado
  • Warning pedestrians of dangers while monitoring and reporting any indications of confirmed tornado
  • Issuing the E2Campus alert

Procedure



If a tornado watch is issued for the campus area, an alert will be broadcasted over the NOAA public alert radio and local TV and radio stations.  There is no City of Harrogate emergency siren. 

If a tornado warning is issued for the campus area, the LMU Campus Police and Security Office will notify the University community.  The University community will be notified via E2 campus or other appropriate modality.  The LMU Campus Police and Security Office will make a special point to notify representatives at each high risk facility by contacting the designated person for high risk facilities.  The information given shall pertain to the type of warning, a time of when the warning will expire, and any further directions.

The LMU Campus Police and Security Office will issue an all clear once the warning/watch has been lifted.

Response Actions



During a tornado warning, follow the procedure listed below.

Inside Buildings:
  • Stay away from all windows and doors
  • If time permits, go to the interior hallway on the lowest floor
  • Move to an interior corridor away from windows
  • Stay away from lobbies, walkways, atriums, and other large glassed-in areas, and large open areas with a long roof span
  • If available, take cell phone, radio and flashlight
  • Crouch down along the wall and protect your head with your hands from possible debris
  • Remain at the sheltered area until given the all clear by LMU Campus Police and Security Office
  • At the beginning of each semester a designated evacuation location will be assigned to residential students
Outside of Buildings:
  • When instructed or conditions warrant, seek shelter in the nearest building
  • Stay away from all windows and doors
  • Move to an interior corridor away from windows
  • Stay away from lobbies, walkways, atriums and other large glassed-in areas, and large open areas with a long roof span
  • If there is no shelter available, lie in a ditch or other earthen depression; and never attempt to outrun a tornado
Once an all-clear has been given, follow the procedure below:

If the building was not affected by incident, return to your previous location; and if your building was affected by the incident, attempt to safely exit the building.  If unable to do so, seek help by calling the LMU Campus Police and Security Office at 423-869-6911.  If no telephone is available, try to get the attention of outside personnel by making noise, such as yelling.

LMU Campus Police and Security Office personnel will patrol campus following the incident to assist those affected and to dispatch additional emergency response teams if necessary.