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F. Emergency Procedures for Residence Halls & Fraternity Houses


1. As you leave the floor instruct residents to evacuate to the designated location.

2. Designated Locations:

  • Walker Hall - Watson Lounge, Basement of Chapel
  • Banning Hall – Activities Lawn
  • Methodist Hall – Activities Lawn
  • Draper Hall – South Side Parking lot of Draper
  • Kappa Sigma House – Courtyard south side of ELS
  • Lambda Chi Alpha House – Sidewalk on the north side of ELS
  • Cokesbury Court Apartments - Activities Lawn

3. All residents and staff should remain in designated locations until clearance is given by an authorized University official.

Evacuation Drills

  • Unannounced random evacuation drills will be conducted within 10 days of the beginning of classes in order to comply with federal and state laws and regulations.
  • The intent of the inspections is to increase the level of safety awareness of residents and identify health and safety issues.
  • Failure to cooperate with evacuation drills will result in minimum $50.00 fine per violation and referral to the Dean of Students Office.

Armed Person/Shooter

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that visitors are likely to follow the lead of students, faculty and staff during an active shooter situation.

1. RUN (Evacuate): If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Help others escape, if possible
  • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be
  • Keep your hands visible
  • Follow the instructions of any police officer
  • Do not attempt to move wounded people
  • Call 5911/911 when you are safe

2. HIDE: If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the active shooter’s view
  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed and locked door)
  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement

To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:

  • Lock the door
  • Blockade the door with heavy furniture

If the active shooter is nearby:

  • Lock the door
  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager
  • Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)
  • Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)
  • Remain quiet

If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:

  • Remain calm
  • Dial 5911/911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location
  • If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen
  • Take action against the active shooter:

3. FIGHT: As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:

  • Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her
  • Throwing items and improvising weapons
  • Yelling
  • Committing to your actions

What to expect when Law Enforcement arrives:

Law enforcement’s purpose is to stop the active shooter as soon as possible. Officers will proceed directly to the area in which the last shots were heard.

  • Officers usually arrive in teams of four (4)
  • Officers may wear regular patrol uniforms or external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets, and other tactical equipment Officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, handguns
  • Officers may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation
  • Officers may shout commands, and may push individuals to the ground for their safety

How to react when Law Enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions
  • Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets)
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises

Information to provide to law enforcement or 5911/911 operators:

  • Location of the active shooter
  • Number of shooters, if more than one
  • Physical description of shooter/s
  • Number and type of weapons held by the shooter/s
  • Number of potential victims at the location


  • The first officers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Expect rescue teams comprised of additional officers and emergency medical personnel to follow the initial officers.
  • These rescue teams will treat and remove any injured persons. They may also call upon able-bodied individuals to assist in removing the wounded from the premises.
  • Once you have reached a safe location or an assembly point, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control, and all witnesses have been identified and questioned.
  • Do not leave the safe location or assembly point until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.


  1. All students should immediately take tornado safety precautions when a tornado warning is issued for Oklahoma City. A Tornado Warning indicates a tornado has been sighted and you should immediately take shelter.
  2. A severe weather siren may or may not be sounded. If sounded the siren will have a continuous steady tone lasting 3 minutes or longer.
  3. Do not wait to hear a tornado siren to seek shelter.
  4. Proceed to the nearest designated tornado shelter area or an interior room at the lowest level of the building and close the door. If at all possible have a phone, radio, flashlights and first aid kits available.
  5. Contact University Police at (405)208-5911/911. If you call 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Oklahoma City Police Dispatch. Immediately identify your location at OCU and you will be transferred to OCUPD Dispatch. To reach the University Police Department directly from a cell phone, call 405-208-5911.
  6. Monitor the storm by listening to the local media.
  7. The shelter locations are as follows:
    • Walker Hall basement
    • Banning Hall basement
    • Draper Hall basement
    • Methodist Hall L1 & L2 stairwells
    • Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center Basement lower level east; Kappa Sigma basement
    • Lambda Chi Alpha basement.
Should a tornado actually affect campus, DO NOT LEAVE THE TORNADO SHELTER AREA UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO. University and/or Local Government Officials will be making rounds throughout campus determining damages and will contact you when it is safe to leave the building. This may take a while, so remain in the designated area until you are contacted to leave. There may be structure damage.

PLEASE NOTE, Tornadoes have been known to leave the ground and come back down again in a matter of minutes or even as long as half an hour. Remain in the designated area until notified by University and/or Local Government Officials that it is safe to leave


  1. Take cover under heavy furniture – a table, desk, or bench – or within a doorway.
  2. Keep away from glass.
  3. Wait for quake or tremor to subside and all falling objects to come to rest.
  4. For small quakes and tremors with NO apparent damage, return to normal activities. Building Coordinators will survey entire building for possible damage such as leaking pipes, fallen books, etc. All Coordinators will report damages to University Police.
  5. Remain calm.
  6. If damage appears heavy, evacuate ONLY when notified by University/Local Government Officials that it is safe to leave.
  7. Proceed immediately to designated area.
  8. Stay away from electrical power sources, fallen lines, buildings, or other tall objects.
  9. Do NOT smoke. Gas lines may have ruptured.

Medical Emergencies

  1. Remain calm. Call 911 and stay on the line until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.
  2. If calling 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Oklahoma City Police Dispatch. Immediately identify your location at OCU and you will be transferred to OCUPD Dispatch. To reach the University Police Department directly from a cell phone, call 405-208-5911.
  3. If possible, send an individual to meet the ambulance.
  4. Do NOT move the victim or give first aid unless you are trained and certified to do so.
  5. Remain with the victim and try to keep the victim warm and alert by talking with them until emergency response personnel arrive.


Violent Crime

  • Contact the OCUPD (405-208-5911).
  • Have witnesses and/or victims remain until the proper authorities arrive.

Non-violent Crime (i.e. Theft, Property Damage, etc.)

  • Contact the OCU Police (208-5001).

Electrical Emergencies

  • Assess the emergency.
  • Contact OCU Facilities at (208-5382).
  • After office hours contact the OCU Police (208-5911).
  • Do not use candles or any open flame as a source of light during the emergency.

Plumbing Emergencies

  • Assess the immediate situation
  • Contact OCU Facilities at (405-208-5382).
  • After office hours, contact the OCU Police (405-208-5911).