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ONU Emergency Procedures


  • Activate the building's fire alarm.
  • Call 911 and give the location and description of the fire.
  • Exit the building at the nearest exit. Do not use elevators. Report to rally point for accountability.
  • Do not re-enter until the fire department notifies that it is safe to return.


  • For a severe illness or injury, call 911 and give the location and description of the incident.
  • Check the scene. Do not place yourself in a life-threatening situation.
  • Keep the victim still and comfortable until help arrives.
  • Do not move the victim unless imminent danger exists.
  • Employee injury procedures can be found here:

Crimes in Progress

  • Call 911 and follow the dispatcher's instructions.
  • If safe to do so, wait for emergency personnel to arrive.

Suspicious Object or Package

  • Do not touch or disturb the object or package. Call the ONU Department of Public Safety at 419-772-2222.
  • Avoid the area, but remain on premises and wait for further instructions from Public Safety.

Bomb Threat

  • Get as much information as possible from the caller (location of bomb, when it was placed, what kind of bomb it is, etc.).
  • Take note of the caller’s voice, listen for accent or speech mannerisms, background noise or voices, and emotional state, and note the time of the call.
  • Call the ONU Department of Public Safety at 419-772-2222.

Tornado/Severe Weather

  • During times of inclement weather, monitor local weather conditions by radio, TV or weather service. Know where predetermined shelters are located.
  • Seek shelter when a tornado warning is issued by activation of sirens, TV, radio or weather service.
  • Stay away from glass, windows and exterior doors.
  • Continue to monitor weather conditions and remain inside until the severe weather has passed.

Hazardous Material Incident

  • Evacuate to a safe location, preferably upwind of the incident.
  • Call 911 and give the location, description or name of material, nature of incident, and injuries.
  • Prevent access to the area until a response team arrives.
  • If exposed to any chemical, either on clothing, on skin or by inhalation, decontamination and medical treatment should be provided immediately.

Utility Emergencies

  • Call 911 if the event is large or has the potential to explode; otherwise call Public Safety at 419-772-2222.