Viterbo University is closed today. All classes are cancelled and only essential personnel are required to report to work.
Evacuation, Lockdown, and Shelter in Place Procedures
- Begin evacuation immediately upon hearing alarm or official announcement.
- If time permits close windows and doors on your way out.
- Using the nearest exit, proceed to the ground level and leave the building. If the nearest exist is compromised, use a secondary evacuation route.
- Do not use an elevator.
- Leave the building in an orderly manner and go to the building’s designated outdoor rally point.
- Follow instructions from emergency personnel. Report the location of anyone still inside the building to them.
- Do not reenter the building until the all clear is given by emergency personnel.
Evacuating Persons with Disabilities or Special Needs
- Assisting the Blind/Visually Impaired
- Clearly announce the type of emergency.
- Offer your arm to, or hold the person’s hand, to help guide him/her.
- Tell the person where you are going and alert him/her to obstacles along the way.
- Assisting the Deaf/Hearing Impaired
- Get the person’s attention.
- Indicate directions with gestures or a written note.
- Assisting the mobility-impaired
- Elevators should not be used.
- Inform the person of the situation and ask how you can help.
- Evacuate the person according to his/her instructions.
- If it is not possible to evacuate the person, assist in moving him/her to as safe an area as possible (an interior room or enclosed stairwell).
- Advise emergency personnel of the person’s location once you have exited the building.
- A lockdown is a way to rapidly enhance the level of security in a building. Locking exterior and interior doors can make it more difficult for an intruder or other type of threat to access students and employees.
- When a lockdown occurs you will be notified in one or more of the following methods: email message, phone call, text message, Viterbo website and social media accounts, display monitor message, public address system.
- When a lockdown occurs you should:
- Immediately go into the nearest room you feel is safe. Quickly encourage others to join you.
- Lock and barricade the door.
- Turn off all lights.
- Cover all windows with blinds, curtains, etc.
- Remain silent, silence cellphones and turn off radios, televisions, and other devices that emit sounds.
- Keep away from windows and doors.
- Hide-conceal yourself the best you can.
- Stay in the room until the all clear is given by emergency personnel or until the police instruct you to exit.
- If the fire alarm sounds DO NOT exit your safe area as it may be a ploy by an armed/hostile intruder. Remain locked down unless there is smoke and/or fire in your location.
- If someone is injured, follow these steps when it is safe to do so:
- Call 911
- Call Campus Safety at 3911 if using a Viterbo phone; 608-796-3911 or 608-780-1582 if using a non-Viterbo phone.
- Place a sign in an exterior window to identify the location of injured people.
- Defined: Shelter-in-place is the use of any classroom, office, or building to provide temporary shelter. To shelter-in-place:
- Move indoors and remain there. Pick a room with the fewest number of windows, vents. etc.
- If possible, take a smartphone, computer, radio, or television with you to monitor the emergency.
- Do not call 911 for information; keep phone lines open for emergency personnel.
- To Shelter-in-place during a severe thunderstorm, tornado, or related warning:
- Go to the lowest level of the building.
- Go to an interior room or hallway and stay away from windows.
- Use arms to protect head and neck in a “drop and tuck” position.
- If unable to get inside, lie in a ditch area or near a strong building. Use what you have available to protect your head, neck, face, and eyes (arms, jacket, backpack).
- To Shelter-in-place for hazardous materials:
- Select room(s) that is easy to seal and, and does not contain mechanical equipment like vents, blowers, or pipes.
- If possible, pick a space with a water supply and access to restrooms.
- Remain sheltered-in-place until the all clear is given by emergency personnel.
- To shelter in place for incidents and situations. Examples: dangerous incident in the surrounding neighborhood; dangerous incident at a nearby school; any situation where keeping students and employees inside is the safest alternative:
- Move indoors and remain there. In most cases, maintain normal indoor activities.
- Follow instructions of authorities.
- See campus website, campus email, and/or local media.
- Remain indoors until emergency personnel give all clear.