Emergency Safety Plan
Environmental Health and Safety Office
Auto Accident

Bomb Threat

Injury or Illness

Fire

Civil Disturbance

Criminal Behavior or Police Emergency

Hazardous Weather

Building Maintenance

Hazardous Material or Chemical Spills

This Emergency Safety Plan was developed to help provide protection for the students, faculty and staff of the University of the South. A booklet for quick reference in times of emergency is available at the EHS Office as well as at other locations on campus.

Automobile Accident

If you are involved in an automobile accident on campus, you should do the following:

  1. Assess the accident. Is medical assistance needed?
  2. Call Sewanee Campus Police at 1111 who will then dispatch an ambulance if necessary. (back to top)
Bomb Threat

If you have knowledge of a bomb threat on campus, you should do the following:

  1. Report the information immediately. Call the Campus Police at 1111.
  2. Warn everyone and evacuate the building immediately. Follow the fire evacuation plans.
  3. Count heads. Verify that everyone is out of the building. Do not return into the building.
  4. Stay clear. Get at least 500 feet away from the building.
  5. Stay in a safe area. Until the building is declared safe by the proper authorities, remain out of the building. (back to top)
Serious Injury or Illness

  1. Report the injury / illness immediately. Call the Campus Police at 1111.
  2. The police officer will call for emergency medical services and/or transportation to local health care facilities.
  3. In case of injury or illness, the Dean of Student Affairs will notify the involved person's family.
  4. Faculty and staff should follow the Universal Precautions in Handling Body Fluids as recommended by the Environmental Health and Safety Office; i.e. wearing rubber gloves and disposing supplies properly. (back to top)
Fire

Periodic fire drills will be conducted. If you have discovered a fire on campus, you should do the following:

  1. Report the information immediately. Call the Campus Police at 1111 and/or pull the Fire Alarm.
  2. Warn everyone and evacuate the building immediately. Follow the fire evacuation plans.
  3. Count heads. Verify that everyone is out of the building. Do not return into the building.
  4. Stay clear. Get at least 500 feet away from the building.
  5. Stay in a safe area. Until the building is declared safe by the proper authorities, remain out of the building.
  6. Keep access roads open. The Campus Police Department will ensure that key access roads are open for emergency vehicles. (back to top)
Civil Disturbance

A civil disturbance is any set of circumstances that in the judgment of the administration would cause a disruption of normal college activities and would potentially jeopardize the safety of students, faculty or staff. Call the Campus Police at 1111.

Criminal Behavior or Police Emergency

Call Sewanee Police at 1111 and report incident. (back to top)

Hazardous Weather

When the weather conditions are enough to warrant limited activities at The University of the South, students and employees will be advised by local television and radio stations and e-mail messages issued by the appropriate college personnel; instructions will be given as to the status of University operations. Only under emergency or threatening conditions will The University of the South be closed during normal operating hours.

  • Tornadoes

    Immediately go to an interior room or hallway. Stay away from glassed areas. If the building has more than one floor, go to the bottom floor.

    In the event of a tornado, Head Residents will be notified when warnings are issued.

  • Winter Storm

    Physical Plant Services will handle snow and ice removal from walk and roadways. The University winter storm emergency plan is found on the AngelNet Fileserver / 07-Public Information / Physical Plant Services. (back to top)
Building Maintenance Needs

  • Electrical / Light Fixtures

    If you live in University Rental Housing, please contact the Office Assistant at 1358. If you live in a dormitory, please contact the Residential Life Director at 1446. If you are in any other University building, please contact Physical Plant Services at 1264. After hours, please contact the Campus Police at 1111 who will notify the appropriate Physical Plant Services personnel.

  • Plumbing Failure / Flooding

    If you live in University Rental Housing, please contact the Office Assistant at 1358. If you live in a dormitory, please contact the Residential Life Director at 1446. If you are in any other University building, please contact Physical Plant Services at 1264. After hours, please contact the Campus Police at 1111 who will notify the appropriate Physical Plant Services personnel.

  • Gas Leaks

    During regular business hours, contact the Physical Plant Services at x1264. After hours, please contact the Campus Police at 1111 who will notify the appropriate Physical Plant Services personnel.

  • Ventilation Problems

    During regular business hours, contact the Physical Plant Services at x1264. After hours, please contact the Campus Police at 1111 who will notify the appropriate Physical Plant Services personnel. ((back to top)
Hazardous Material or Chemical Spills

The range and quantity of hazardous substances used in University laboratories require proper pre-planning in order to respond to chemical spills. Chemical Spills Procedures

Call Environmental Health Safety office at 1916 or 3237 for questions or assistance in Chemical Spill Clean up. Notify your supervisor or instructor and the Director of Environmental Health and Safety as soon as possible after the spill so clean up and decontamination (if necessary) can be determined.

For Minor Spills:

  • Alert people in the immediate area of the spill, and avoid breathing vapors or particulate material such as copy toner.
  • Begin clean up immediately.
  • If further assistance is needed call Environmental Health and Safety at 1916 or 3237 or the Sewanee Police at 1111.
For Major Spills:
  • Immediately call Environmental Health and Safety at 1916 or 3237 and Sewanee Police at 1111.
  • Do not enter the contaminated area.
  • Alert people to evacuate.
  • If spill material is flammable, turn off ignition and heat sources.
  • Close doors to affected area.
  • Pull fire alarm.
  • Locate Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for emergency personnel
  • Have person knowledge of the area assist emergency personnel. (back to top)
Last reviewed by Frank H, Lankewicz, Director of EHS, on 6-16-2000.