Precautionary Tips & General Tips for Faculty & Staff

Precautionary Tips for Faculty & Staff

  • It is everyone’s job to keep the University safe — be aware and alert.
  • Watch for and report unusual circumstances or behaviors such as:
    • People who appear out of place or “casing the area.”
    • People who seem unusually distracted, have a dazed appearance, are openly agitated, nervous or hostile.
    • Packages, backpacks, etc. that seem to have been abandoned or are noticeably out of place.
    • Vehicles that are parked in restricted or unusual areas or appear to have been abandoned.
  • If you notice an individual who seems suspicious:
    • Get a good mental picture of the subject or, if possible, write down a description.
    • Remain calm and try not to agitate the individual.
    • Observe any suspicious packages or bags the person may be carrying.
    • Try to engage in small talk to ease the tension.
  • Do not handle any suspicious packages or items left in your area.
  • Create a special code word for your office that lets people know the police should be called.
  • If receiving a phone call, try to get as much information as possible (especially if a threat is involved).
  • When in doubt on how to handle a suspicious incident, call Public Safety at 660-665-5621.
  • Report as much information as you can to the police. They need to know all you can tell them in order to determine the best course of action.
  • Try to remember not to jump to conclusions based on media events, ethnicity, speech, manner of dress, etc.
  • Know the location of the emergency exits in your building.
  • Have a plan in place for contacting your family if an emergency occurs while you’re on campus.

General Tips for Emergencies

  • In the event of a campus emergency, remain calm. Use common sense and assist others as necessary without endangering yourself.
  • Evacuate buildings immediately if requested by authorities, upon hearing an alarm or when you sense that remaining inside may be dangerous.
  • In emergencies, do not use the University telephone system except to report the emergency situation.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not risk your life or the lives of others by reentering a building to save personal or University property.
  • Do not cross Police barriers without permission.
  • Do not exceed your training or knowledge in attempting to provide first aid.
  • Use your cellular phone as the University phone services may be down or overloaded.
  • Contact a family member or a friend to let them know you’re safe once you have reached a secure location.
  • If an emergency occurs while you are off campus, please do not drive to campus unless advised to do so.
  • Go to the trualert.truman.edu website for current information regarding this emergency.
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