Chapter Four: Emergency Preparedness

An earthquake, fire, or serious injury can occur at any time. To protect yourself, you need to know what to do in an emergency. PLU buildings have Emergency Assembly Points (EAP) away from the building. Your Emergency Building Coordinator (EBC) will have information on what to do during an emergency. Familiarize yourself with emergency evacuation procedures, locate your EAP, and know your EBC.

Emergency: An unforeseen event that calls for immediate action to protect individuals, the environment, or property.

Health-threatening emergency: An emergency in which there is a clear potential for serious injury to a person when immediate action is not taken. If in doubt, consider the emergency health-threatening.

In the event of a health-threatening emergency:

  • Call for help: x7911 from a university phone, 911 from a public phone, or push the button on the emergency phones located across campus.
  • In case of fire, pull the alarm, evacuate the building immediately, and call x7911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Go to the emergency assembly point and check in with the emergency coordinator.
  • If there is a threat of violence, please remain in the building and secure your work area against the threat.
  • Please follow the directions provided by Campus Safety and/or your emergency coordinator. They will have the most current information available.

A major earthquake is one of the most significant emergency risks at PLU. The best defense is being prepared by planning ahead.

  • Before an earthquake, survey your office, classroom or laboratory for conditions that would pose hazards in an earthquake, and find a safe place for cover in each location.
  • Know your department’s earthquake emergency evacuation plan and your Emergency Assembly Point.
  • In the event of an earthquake, Drop, Cover, and Hold. As soon as the initial shock is over, calmly leave the building, taking only essentials such as glasses, medication, keys, and wallet with you. Go to your Emergency Assembly Point. Do not go back into the building until it is cleared for re-entry.
  • The campus emergency plan states that Olson Auditorium and the Anderson University Center (or alternative space, if these designated areas are damaged) will be cleared for occupancy as quickly as possible. The Emergency Operations Team will give your emergency building coordinator the latest information.
  • Develop a home earthquake preparedness plan with your family.

Fire safety procedures:

  • Evacuate the fire area. Close the door behind you to contain the fire.
  • Report the fire by pulling the fire alarm box and then call x7911 (from PLU phones) or 911 (from non-PLU phones) when in a safe location.
  • Use the nearest exit or stairway. Do not use elevators.
  • Drop and crawl when smoke is present.
  • Go to your Emergency Assembly Point.