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Emergency Response

Last updated March 17, 2021

Below is information to assist in various types of emergencies.  As always, please make sure to have Campus Safety and Security's phone number in your phone:  (712) 274-5234. 

Building Emergency Leaders (BEL)

Building Emergency Leaders can assist you in various types of emergencies.  They are trained in 1st-Aid, CPR, and how to use an AED.  They have a trauma kit available to assist in major trauma emergencies. 

Safety Information

Armed Assailant

In the case of an armed assailant on campus:

  • Remain calm
  • Lock and barricade yourself in the nearest room.  Use large items to block the door.  Try to tie the door closed if possible with belts or other items.
  • Turn off all lights
  • Close blinds.
  • Turn off computers if possible.
  • Get away from all windows and doors.  Keep low to the ground but be prepared to act quickly. 
  • If you are able to, call the Sioux City Police Department by calling 911 with the location of the assailant and your location.  Have someone else call Campus Safety and Security at 712-274-5234.  When calling give your location, the number of individuals in your location, any injuries, the name of the assailant if possible, any descriptions of the individual, what they are wearing, and have with them. Any information will assist them in finding the suspect. 
  • Try to remain on the line even if you are not speaking to allow the dispatcher to hear what is going on.
  • Try to stay as quiet as possible, any noise will alert the shooter to your location.
  • Silence cell phones.
  • If you try to leave a secure area, have a plan in mind and leave any items behind as they will hinder you as you leave. When approached by the Police Dept. do not be alarmed, have your arms in the air, and work with them giving them any information that will lead them to the shooter.  You may have to break a window to leave a room safely. 
  • If the assailant enters the room be prepared to use force.  Use items in the room such as books, desks, chairs, or anything that you can throw at the assailant.  Be prepared to overcome the assailant with force as well by taking them down.  Having a group of individuals trying to overcome the assailant maybe an option. 

Medical Emergency

If someone becomes Ill or is injured and requires IMMEDIATE Assistance:

  • Remain calm!
  • Do not attempt first-aid unless you have been trained.
  • Call 911.
  • Call Campus Safety and Security at (712) 274-5234.
  • Get help from a Building Emergency Leaders (BEL)
  • Do not attempt to move the person unless the person’s life is in danger. Check the area for possible things that could make the situation hazardous.
  • Provide assistance to Campus Safety and Security and the Sioux City Fire Rescue if needed.
  • Campus Safety and Security will notify Student Services if it is a student injury
  • Campus Safety and Security will notify the supervisor if it is a staff/faculty member.


If you come upon a fire:

  • Activate the fire alarm.
  • Call 911
  • Call Campus Safety and Security (712) 274-5234.
  • Assist in the evacuation of others if possible.
  • If the fire is not large, try to use a fire extinguisher but do not put your safety at risk.
  • Assist those with disabilities.
  • Leave all items and leave as quickly as possible.
  • Meet in your designated location that was decided by either your professor or office
  • When leaving a room, check the door for heat and open the door slowly.
  • If you are unable to leave your office or room, try to exit through a window or yell for help
  • Stay away from the building.
  • Wait for the all-clear given by authorities

Tornado and Severe Weather

A tornado warning is the sounding of the outside sirens along with warnings that will be issued on local TV stations and local radio stations. A warning indicates a tornado has been sighted or is being indicated on radar in the Sioux City area.

  • Move to the lowest part of the building or a central hallway without windows.
  • Stay as far away from windows, mirrors, or unsecured objects such as dressers, cabinets, or bookcases.
  • Be ready to assist those with disabilities.
  • Remain the safe area until the warning has expired and you have been given the all-clear from Campus Safety and Security or Residence Life.
  • Listen to local TV or radio stations on AM/FM or your weather radio if you have one.
  • Planning ahead and knowing where you are to go in severe weather situations will help save your life!

Bomb Threat

If you receive a phone threat:

  • Remain calm.
  • Listen carefully to the caller and show interest in the call. Try to keep the caller talking and gather as much information as possible to assist the authorities.
  • Use the Bomb Threat Information Sheet and gather as much of the information as possible. Take special note of his/her tone of voice, any specific times, and places of the device to assist in the investigation.
  • Prolong the conversation as much as possible.
  • Immediately call Campus Safety and Security or have someone with you call Campus Safety and Security if you are on the phone with the caller.

If you receive a written threat or a suspicious parcel or if you find a suspicious object on campus:

  • Keep anyone from handling it or going near it.
  • Do not use portable radios within 100 feet of the device as these may cause the device to go off if it is a bomb.
  • Call Campus Safety and Security IMMEDIATELY at (712) 274-5234!
  • Write down anything you remember when receiving it or finding the object. Any information will be useful in any possible investigation.
  • Remain calm and do not discuss the threat with anyone else.
  • Assist the Police Department in any investigations.

Power Outages

If a power outage occurs in your office or building:

  • Remain calm.
  • Call Campus Safety and Security at (712) 274-5234.
  • Provide assistance to those that are not familiar with the area.
  • Be prepared to assist those with disabilities.
  • Proceed cautiously to areas with emergency lights.
  • If you are in an elevator, stay calm. Call Campus Safety and Security at (712) 274-5234.
  • If instructed to evacuate, proceed cautiously to the nearest exit.
  • Planning for such situations includes having flashlights available.