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Safety and Security

Emergency Operations Guidelines

Communication in an Emergency:

Safety instructions for students, faculty and staff will be made available to the campus community through e-mail, text messaging, phone, the Minot State Web site, and local media.  The Assurance System will be used by MSU to contact faculty, staff and students in the case of an emergency. If you receive phone calls regarding an emergency situation, direct the media to Public Information.

Emergency Phone List: 


24/7 Security Hotline………………..…..………858-4357

Plant Services……………………….....…………858-3210


  1. If a flame or smoke is present, pull a fire alarm to activate the fire alarm system.
  2. If possible, shut off gas in your area. And call emergency services (911).
  3. If you are trained or capable to help control the fire, use and available fire extinguisher or fire hose. If not,    leave the area.
  4. Leave the building, checking as you leave to make sure everyone has left the immediate area. Close doors behind you to confine the fire.  

Evacuation Process for Fire Alarm:

  1. Try to make sure that all members of your department hear the alarm and evacuate the area by quickly checking nearby restrooms, copier rooms, storage rooms, etc. as you exit
  2. Use the nearest stairway. Do not use the elevator.
  3. If requested, accompany and assist persons with disabilities.
  4. Shut all doors behind you as you go. Evacuate as quickly as possible in an orderly manner.
  5. Return only after an “all clear” has been given by emergency personnel.

Severe Weather:

Tornado –

  1. Stay inside, and move away from windows, doors, outside walls, mirrors, glass, and unsecured objects.
  2. If possible, move to a below ground level or a designated Severe Weather Safety Zone.
  3. Do not use elevators, and assist those with disabilities to a safe area on the same floor.
  4. Continue to monitor weather via radio and/or other media.

Blizzard –

  1. If a blizzard occurs, and you are still on campus, it is recommended that you stay where you are until the blizzard subsides.
  2. Stay inside, and continue to monitor weather via radio and/or other media.

Bomb Threat:

Please DO NOT attempt to notify or evacuate an entire building as this could consume valuable time that would be better used to gather important information.

  1. Listen carefully, be polite, and show interest.
  2. Keep caller talking, gather as much information as possible, and notate any background noises.
  3. Try to keep the caller talking to gain better information about the device
  4. Note the phone number, if displayed on caller I.D
  5. Utilize the yellow Bomb Threat card (which should be available at any campus phone or from Campus Security) to gather as much useful information about the caller and alleged bomb for law enforcement.
  6. Contact the police immediately after bomb threat call, if someone else is in the room, signal them to contact the police while you are on the phone with the caller.
  7. Remain available to answer questions once you are speaking with law enforcement.
  8. Do not evacuate unless told by law enforcement to do so. 

Suspicious Object:

A suspicious object is any package, parcel, container, or other object that is suspected of being an explosive device because it is out of place or unusual for that location and cannot be accounted for, or because a threat has been received.

If you find a suspicious object:

  1. Do not touch the object.
  2. Move people away from the object.
  3. Do not use a portable radio or cell phone.
  4. Immediately notify the police using a landline (911 if necessary).
  5. Follow police instructions precisely.
  6. Do not attempt to evacuate the building without the authorization or assistance of emergency personnel. 

Characteristics of a Suspicious Letter or package:

  1. Restricted markings such as “personal” or “special delivery”.
  2. No return address or one that cannot be verified as legitimate.
  3. A city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address.
  4. Unusual weight based on size.
  5. Lopsided or oddly shaped, strange odors, oily stains, crystallization, protruding wires, rigid or bulky, excessive tape or string. 

Emergency Lockdown:

  1. Follow instructions given by MSU’s emergency notification system (Assurance).
  2. Proceed to an inner room, lock doors if possible.  If the door does not lock, barricade the door.
  3. If not in an interior room, shut off all lights.
  4. Place all electronic devices on silent.
  5. If near by a computer, have Outlook email open, messages will be sent via Assurance.
  6. DO NOT leave the room until lockdown is completed or emergency personal or Campus Security advices you to do so. Leaving a room during an emergency lockdown needs to be heavily weighed, and done at your own risk.
  7. If the situation becomes critical and you must evacuate, do not wander. Know where you are going, how you are going to get there, and move quickly.

Example of the Assurance message during lockdown: 

Effective immediately, MSU is initiating an emergency lockdown of all campus buildings.  This is not a drill.  Please proceed to a secure room immediately, shut off all lights, place cell phones on vibrate, and stay as far away from windows as possible.  Updated information will be sent by electronic message as soon as possible.”

Active Shooter:

If an active shooter or other violence-related incident occurs on campus, all efforts will be made to protect lives and property until resources arrive to more effectively manage the event.  Contact 911 and if possible Campus Security in the event of an active shooter, DO NOT put yourself at risk, contact emergency personal after you are safe.

  1. Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
  2. Know your exits.
  3. If an exit is not an option, stay in the room and lock and/or barricade doors. 
  4. Do not try to defuse the situation.

Characteristics of an Active Shooter Situation:

  1. Victims are generally selected at random.
  2. The event is unpredictable and evolves quickly.
  3. Law enforcement is usually required to end an active shooter situation.

How to respond when an Active Shooter is in your vicinity:

Get Out

  • Have an escape plan and route in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your hands visible.

Hide out

  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors if possible.
  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager.

Take Out

  • If the shooter is in your immediate vicinity, you may need to distract or disable the assailant by throwing an object or striking with force.

Campus Map 

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