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In general, call emergency personnel as soon as possible by dialing 9-911 from a campus phone or 911 from a cell phone. Once police or emergency personnel arrive, they are in charge of the situation.

Always notify the Information Desk by dialing 0 (zero) on a campus phone or by calling 740-774-7200. Information Desk personnel will then notify the Dean’s Office and Director of Facilities Management. If the emergency occurs outside of business hours, call 9-1-1.

Accident/Injury: Relay location and type of emergency to 911. Automatic defibrillators are located near the Bennett Hall lobby, near the Stevenson Center Information Desk, near the Health & Wellness Center in Shoemaker Center and outside of classroom 113 in the Technology and Business Development Center outside of classroom 113. Notify the attendant in the Bennett Hall Information Desk, who will notify proper campus personnel. Call a family member or friend if requested by the injured person. Record pertinent information about the incident and share with an OU-C staff member at the scene.

Bomb Threat: Write down what the caller says and notes about background noise (clues to caller’s location). Contact the Information Desk or dial zero on a campus phone. Wait for further instructions. Avoid using cell phones as the signal may detonate an explosive device.

Explosive Device: Report a suspicious package to the Information Desk, Director of Facilities Management or Dean’s Office. Do not touch or remove the package. Calmly direct individuals away from the area. Do not use cell phones as signal may detonate device.

Chemical/Toxic Substance: Observe the general threat and/or condition of the victim. Call 911 if the victim is in need of immediate medical assistance. Notify the Information Desk. Calmly direct individuals away from the area. Report pertinent information about the incident to an OU-C staff member at the scene who will contact Central Ohio Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

Fire: Activate fire alarm and evacuate building, making sure restrooms are clear. If you hear the alarm while in a closed room, feel the door before you open it. If the door is hot, leave it closed and wait for help or exit through an alternate path (window).

Intruder with Weapon or Showing Harmful Intent: Call 911. Do not engage physically or verbally. Direct individuals away from the area. Notify the Information Desk or Director of Facilities Management. Give a description of the suspect to police when they arrive. If the intruder begins to use a weapon, use your judgment to leave area or take cover and urge others to do so.

Power Outage: Facilities Management will assess the situation/duration and inform the dean of outage status. Provided that there is adequate light, keep students in classrooms and buildings until the situation is assessed. Emergency lights in hallways and stairways will provide temporary lighting.

Tornadoes: Chillicothe has an emergency siren system that will be activated when a tornado has been sited or conditions exist for a tornado to form. When the siren is heard, move to safe areas designated by tornado signs, with the Bennett Hall basement the preferred area. The campus’ emergency system will also be activated to alert individuals to tornado threats.

Parking Lots: Campus parking lots are equipped with “blue light” telephone stations and cameras. The Police Department is called by activating the blue light telephone.

Emergency procedure booklets are available in all classrooms and should be referenced in the event of an emergency.

Students are urged to register for text messages regarding campus closings and emergency situations to be sent to their telephones through the ‘Mobile Text Alerts’ section of the NBC 4 TV Web site (located approximately halfway down the Web page under ‘Storm Team 4’ heading): www.nbc4i.com.

Listen to local radio stations, view listings on TV programs and check the Chillicothe Gazette and OU-C Web site for information in the event of a campus emergency.


Ohio University-Chillicothe
101 University Drive
Chillicothe , Ohio 45601
Tel: 740-774-7200