Emergency Procedures

This is a summary of the procedures that Fontbonne University follows in the event an emergency occurs on campus. These procedures are posted in the main areas on campus and in every classroom. The five page summary of these Emergency Guidelines may be downloaded for your own use. Taking action now may save your life or prevent injury.

A complete copy of Fontbonne’s emergency procedures may be found in each departmental office on campus. Fontbonne’s entire Emergency Response Manual (pdf) is also available for your use.

Questions concerning emergency procedures should be directed to the Director of Public Safety at 314-719-8024.

  • Active Shooter on Campus

    You must make an immediate decision to “RUN, HIDE or FIGHT” when an active shooting situation is encountered.

    RUN

    When an active shooter is in your vicinity, run!

    • If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate.
    • Evacuate whether others agree to or not.
    • Leave belongings behind.
    • Help others escape if possible.
    • Prevent others from entering the area.
    • Call 911 when you are safe.

    HIDE

    If evacuation is not possible, find a safe place to hide.

    • Lock and/or blockade the door.
    • Silence your cell phone.
    • Hide behind large objects.
    • Remain very quiet.

    Your hiding place should:

    • Be out of the shooter’s view.
    • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.
    • Not trap or restrict your options for movement.

    FIGHT

    As a last resort and your life is in danger:

    • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
    • Act with physical aggression.
    • Improvise weapons.
    • Commit to your actions.

    When law enforcement arrives:

    • Remain calm and follow instructions.
    • Keep your hands visible at all times.
    • Avoid pointing or yelling.
    • Know that help for the injured is on the way.

    There are locations on our Campus that require a unique response to an active shooter. If you are in an area such as the Lewis Room, a classroom or the Bookstore, you must still make the decision to “RUN, HIDE or FIGHT.”

    If you are not at point blank range:

    • Drop to the floor and crawl towards an exit as fast as you can. Use the chairs, seating, shelving, or other “soft cover” objects to cover your movement. At this point, do not stand and run as you become the target.
    • If you cannot get to an exit, crawl towards a wall, podium or another “hard cover” object that offers protection. Be ready crawl to another location if the shooter heads towards you.
    • If “hard cover” is not available, crawl out of the path of the gunman. You must KEEP MOVING AWAY from the gunman as fast as you can in an effort to hide or shield yourself. Use available “soft cover” objects to cover your movement.

    If you are at point blank range:

    • You must decide to flee or fight.
    • Trying to disable an armed shooter is indeed risky, but it may be your best or only choice.

    Being in an open area on Campus (the gym floor, the Meadow, a parking lot, etc.) also requires a unique response. If no cover is present, immediately RUN at a 45 degree angle away from the gunman. Do not stop running until you are safe. If you are part of a small group, do not run with the group. Statistics show that there is only a 4% chance of a single moving target getting hit.

    If you have any questions about this information, please contact Larry Vertrees, Director of Public Safety, by calling 314-719-8024 or emailing at lvertrees@Fontbonne.edu.

     

  • Armed Intruders

    If you see an armed individual on campus, it should be reported to the Public Safety Office by dialing 314-719-4357. Internally, dial HELP (4357).

    Should you need the police, fire department or an ambulance and Public Safety cannot be can be reached, dial 911.

    Public Safety will insure 911 is called and keep people away from the affected area until the police arrive.

    If you are in the affected area, you should alert others in the immediate vicinity and:

    • Response to Intruder Shooting at your Building: Turn out the room lights and lay on the floor. Consider crawling to a hallway away from the intruder.
    • Response to Armed Intruder in your Building: Turn out the room lights, shut and lock the room door and move to a point in the room where you cannot be seen from the hallway.
    • Response to Armed Intruder If You Are Outdoors: Run to the closest structure that will shield you from the sight of the intruder. If nothing is close, run perpendiculars from the intruder until you reach safety.

    Unless you are in immediate danger, all people in the affected area should remain in place until instructions are received from emergency responders.

  • Building Evacuation

    The guidelines below should be followed when evacuating any building:

    1. All building evacuations will occur when an alarm sounds and/or upon verbal instructions. Building fire alarms are activated by following the directions listed on the pull stations. If a building alarm system is inoperable, individuals will need to be verbally alerted.In the event of a gas leak, do not activate the building alarm system. Alert people verbally to evacuate the building.

    2. Leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same. Do not enter any area marked by a hazardous material warning sign. If time permits, secure or take your personal purse, wallet, etc. with you.

    3. Assist people with disabilities in exiting the building. Remember that elevators are reserved for people with disabilities. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS IF THE BUILDING IS BEING EVACUATED DUE TO FIRE.

    4. Once outside, proceed to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected area.Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency personnel. Faculty members should account for their students by conducting a head count.

    5. Do not return to an evacuated building unless you are told to do so by a Fontbonne official.

    6. During periods of inclement weather, you will be directed to go to another building.

  • Catastrophic Emergencies

    If an emergency occurs in our community where there is widespread injury to people or damage to property and immediate assistance from the police, fire department, and ambulance service is unavailable,everyone should:

    Evacuate damaged buildings and/or areas where danger exists

    • Help with the evacuation of handicap and injured people
    • Note location of trapped or unconscious people
    • Administer first aid
    • Follow the instructions given by University officials

    Individuals on campus at the time of the emergency will be asked to register at the Information Center which will be located at the Conference Room in Medaille Hall. All hazardous conditions and the location of trapped, injured or unconscious people should be reported at the time of registration. After registering, individuals should go to the Assembly Area in DSAC and wait for further instructions. If you have first aid training, you should go to the First Aid Station in DSAC.If needed, Fontbonne officials will seek volunteers form this Assembly Area to help with emergency efforts

    All students and visitors wishing to leave campus may do so after informing the Information Center of their decision.

    All faculty and staff members are asked to remain on campus until the situation can be evaluated.All employees not needed for the emergency response will be released. All released employees choosing to leave Fontbonne should inform the Information Center of their decision to leave prior to departing campus.

    Individuals choosing to leave campus should carefully evaluate the chances of reaching their destination before beginning their journey.

  • Civil Demonstration and Disturbance

    Civil disturbances or demonstrations fall into one of three categories:

    1. Peaceful, Non-disruptive Demonstrations
    2. Non-violent, Disruptive Behavior
    3. Violent, Disruptive Behavior

    A demonstration will be disruptive if:

    1. It interferes with the activities of the University
    2. Injuries to people occur
    3. There is destruction to property
    4. It appears imminent that any of the situations above will occur

    All demonstrations and civil disturbances will be closely monitored and appropriate action will be initiated.

    A response to a potentially serious situation may range from the cancellation of classes and scheduled activities to locking the campus down. The Fontbonne community will be advised when any type of response is required. Fontbonne will disseminate information using the following:

    • our local PA system
    • text messaging
    • posting on our website
    • email messages
    • verbal communications
    • using the local news media as we do for weather closings.

    Individuals on campus at the time of a serious event should follow instructions given verbally or over the PA system. Instructions given will vary according to the incident at hand.

     

  • Earthquakes

    During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow the steps below.

    1. IF INDOORS: Take cover under heavy furniture, in interior doorways, or against an interior wall. Stay away from windows, glass and exterior doorways. Avoid bookcases, cabinets or other structures that may fall.

    2. IF OUTDOORS: Move quickly to an open area away from buildings, trees, utility poles and electrical lines. Do not attempt to enter a structure or building.

    3. IF IN A VEHICLE: Stop as quickly as safety permits away from buildings, trees, utility poles and overhead lines. Stay in the vehicle for the protection it provides.

    4. After the initial shock, evaluate the situation. If the facilities are damaged or medical help is needed, contact the Public Safety Office giving them all relevant information. Protect yourself at all times and prepare for after shocks.

    5. If an emergency exists which requires emergency evacuation, activate the building alarm and walk to the nearest marked exit. Alert others verbally to do the same. Do not enter any area marked by a hazardous material warning sign.

    6. Assist people with disabilities in exiting the building. Remember that elevators are reserved for people with disabilities. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS IF THE BUILDING IS BEING EVACUATED DUE TO FIRE.

    7. Once outside, move to a to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected area. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency personnel. Faculty members should account for their students by conducting a head count.

    8. Do not return to an evacuated building unless you are told to do so by a Fontbonne official.

  • Fires

    All fires should be reported to the Public Safety Office by dialing extension HELP (4357).

    Should you need the police, fire department or an ambulance and Public can not be can be reached, dial 911.

    The procedure below should be followed in case of fire:

    1. Activate the building fire alarm and/or alert people verbally. All people should exit by the nearest marked exit. Close all room doors as you exit. DO NOT LOCK DOORS IF SMOKE OR THE SMELL OF SMOKE IS PRESENT. If time permits, secure or take your personal purse, wallet, etc. with you. Do not enter any area marked by a hazardous material warning sign.

    2 .Assist people with disabilities in exiting the building. Do not use the elevators.Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire. Stay near the floor where the air is less toxic.

    3. Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected area. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency personnel. Faculty members should account for their students by conducting a head count.

    4. Dispatch one individual to a location near the emergency to meet and lead emergency responders to the site of the emergency.

    5. Do not return to an evacuated building unless you are told to do so by a Fontbonne official.

    If you become trapped in a room or building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window as a marker for emergency rescue crews.If a window is not present, stay near the floor where the air is less toxic.Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location.

     

  • Lockdown Procedures

    I. The following emergencies, including but not limited to, are legitimate times to initiate a lockdown response:

    1. Civil Demonstration and Disturbance
    2. Extreme Violence
    3. Gunfire
    4. Unusual odors or sounds
    5. Visible smoke, Vapor Cloud, or fire outside the facility
    6. Extreme air quality issues

    II. Announcement for Lockdown procedures and all clear may occur through:

    1. Public Address system
    2. Text message
    3. Fontbonne Email
    4. Fontbonne Website
    5. Verbal communication through Public Safety or law enforcement officials

    III. Lockdown may be initiated due to Civil Demonstration and Disturbance when occurring:

    1. On campus
    2. Off-site but near proximity of the campus, when advised to do so by law enforcement or public safety personnel.
    3. Off-site but near in vicinity, but there is a possibility the threat will progress to the near vicinity of the campus, and/or under the advice of law enforcement or public safety personnel.

    IV. Lockdown procedures:

    1. If you are outside when a lockdown is initiated, quickly move to the closest building. Find a safe place for shelter.
    2. If you are inside a building, stay in that building and find a safe place for shelter. Do not attempt to move to other buildings. They may have already been locked.
    3. Stay away from glass, windows, lobby areas and outside doors
    4. If gunfire is heard or suspected, get on the floor, near a safe wall and away from windows, and turn off lights
    5. Follow instructions given by emergency responders.
    6. Remain in lockdown until an all clear is announced.

    V. Leaving the building during a lockdown for a Civil Demonstration and Disturbance:

    1. It is highly recommended that you do not leave a lockdown building unless instructed by law enforcement or Public Safety officials, unless you feel you are in imminent danger by remaining inside.
    2. If you feel it necessary to leave your safe location, please be aware of your surroundings when venturing out from your lockdown location and be aware of the potential risk/danger you are assuming.

    VI. Announcement for Lockdown procedures and all clear may occur through:

    1. Public Address system
    2. Text message
    3. Fontbonne Email
    4. Fontbonne Website
    5. Verbal communication through Public Safety or law enforcement officials

     

  • Medical Emergencies

    All fires should be reported to the Public Safety Office by dialing extension HELP (4357).

    Should you need the police, fire department or an ambulance and Public can not be can be reached, dial 911.

    An emergency medical situation is defined for the purpose of these procedures as being a life threatening condition including but not limited to:

    • Unconsciousness
    • Convulsions
    • Inability to breathe or breathing with severe difficulty
    • Severe chest pain
    • Severe bleeding
    • Possible fractures of the spine or major bones

    For these situations, you should:

    1. Report the situation stating, “This is a medical emergency.” Give the exact location of the victim, your name and describe the nature and severity of the medical problem. Do not hang up until you are told to do so. This procedure applies to all serious injuries and illnesses occurring on campus including those in the athletic areas, work areas, classrooms, residence halls, etc.

    2. If available, send someone to a location near the emergency to meet and lead emergency responders to the scene.

    3. Do not move the victim unless there is imminent threat of further injury.

    4. Administer first aid. Never provide or attempt to provide first aid beyond the scope of your training. No medication of any type may be given.

    5. Ask all witnesses to remain until emergency responders arrive. Do not leave until you are told to do so.

    6. Assist emergency responders on request.

    NOTE: An ambulance will be called at the request of the victim regardless of the extent of the injuries or illness.

     

  • Reporting an Emergency

    All emergencies should be reported to the Public Safety Office by dialing extension HELP (4357).

    Should you need the police, fire department or an ambulance and Public Safety can not be can be reached, dial 911.

    When you call to report an emergency, stay calm and speak slowly.Give the following information:

    • State, “This is an emergency call.”
    • Describe the exact location.
    • Carefully explain the problem.
    • Identify yourself and your phone number.
    • DO NOT HANG UP UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD TO DO SO.
    • You may be asked to stay by the phone or be given other instructions.

    If anyone is available, dispatch one individual to a location near the emergency to meet and escort responding personnel to the site of the emergency. Ask witnesses to remain at the emergency site and help keep non-participants away. Emergency personnel will take control of the situation when they arrive. Neither you nor the witnesses should leave until you have been told that you are no longer needed.

     

  • Tornadoes

    Individuals on Fontbonne University property will move to emergency tornado reporting areas when the S. Louis County tornado sirens sound. The procedures below should be followed:

    1. You should move to the tornado emergency reporting area for your building. Sit with your head against the wall with your head down if the storm strikes. Faculty members should account for their students by taking a head count.

    2. As you leave your office or room, close all windows and doors.

    3. All people should remain in the emergency reporting areas until the all clear message is announced on extension 8091 or until a Fontbonne official has given the all clear.

    4. All damage and injuries resulting from the storm should be reported to the Department of Public Safety by dialing extension 4596 or 0. Public Safety will call for emergency assistance and make the proper notifications.

    5. If damage from the storm creates an emergency that requires evacuation of the building, activate the building alarm and walk to the nearest marked exit.Alert others to do the same. Do not enter any area marked by a hazardous material warning sign.

    6. Assist people with disabilities in exiting the building.Remember that elevators are reserved for people with disabilities. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS IF THE BUILDING IS BEING EVACUATED DUE TO FIRE.

    7. Once outside, proceed to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected area. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency personnel.Faculty members should account for their students by conducting a head count.

    8. Do not return to an evacuated building unless you are told to do so by a Fontbonne official.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact the Public Safety Department: (314) 719-HELP (4357)