Procedures for Severe Weather


If Indoors:

  • Move quickly to a safe interior area without windows (e.g., hallways, basements, restrooms).
  • Move to the lowest levels using stairways, NOT elevators.
  • If possible, close all doors as you leave an area.
  • Stay away from windows, doors and exterior walls.
  • Do NOT go outdoors.

If Outdoors:

  • Get inside if possible.
  • Stay away from trees, power lines, utility poles and other hazards.
  • Curl up in a ditch or low-lying area; stay low to the ground; use your arms to protect your head and neck.


  • Drop, cover and hold under a table or desk or against an inside wall, not in a doorway, until the shaking stops.
  • After the shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries and move toward the nearest exit or alternate exit.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Do not leave the area/campus without reporting your status to your instructor or supervisor.

Earthquake Survival


  • Remain calm.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station and call 911 or 4357/HELP from a campus phone; call 911 from a cell phone; or if available in the lobby, use the red emergency phone.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Do NOT use elevators!
  • Do NOT enter the building until authorized by emergency personnel.

Hazardous Materials

  • If an emergency exists or if anyone is in danger, move away from the site of the hazard to a safe location.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel.
  • Alert others to stay clear of the area.
  • Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed or have information about the release.

Power Outage

  • Remain calm; provide assistance to others if necessary.
  • Move cautiously to a lighted area. Exits may be indicated by lighted signs if the emergency power is operating.
  • Turn off and unplug computers and other voltage sensitive equipment.
  • For information about a prolonged outage, call Physical Plant at 901.678.2075.


  • Remain calm.
  • Evacuate using the nearest safe stairs and safe exit.
  • Do NOT use elevators!
  • Gather personal belongings (medication, keys, purses, wallets, etc.), but only if safe to do so.
  • Follow directions given by emergency personnel.
  • Go to identified assembly points at least 500 feet from the affected building.
  • Assist persons with disabilities or injuries without jeopardizing your safety.
  • If you are unable to evacuate due to a physical disability, go to a safe location (e.g., stairwell) and wait for assistance.
  • Ask others to inform emergency personnel of your location.

If There is Time:

  • Turn off all electronics, including computers (except in cases of leaking gas or other flammable substances).
  • Secure any hazardous materials or equipment before leaving.