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Paper Copies of the Emergency Quick Reference Guide are located in all classrooms and labs.






Emergency Calls: 911

Public Safety Department: x1111, office (740) 588-1383, or mobile (740) 683-3584 

Facilities Operations: x1398 or office (740) 588-1398

Facilities Operations Director: x1396, office (740) 588-1396, or cell (740) 418-7944



If you or someone you see becomes ill or is injured:

  • Call 911, relay the exact location and type of emergency providing as many details as possible.
  • Notify Public Safety (1111) with the same information so they can direct emergency personnel.
  • Public Safety will contact the appropriate personnel to assist with the situation.
  • Stay with and comfort the person needing medical assistance if possible.

·    Be prepared to assist the appropriate emergency officials in clearing the scene, escorting EMS (Emergency Medical Service) or any other task


  • Be available so an officer can gather the appropriate information for a report. 
  • If it is a work related injury, the employee must contact Ohio University’s Deans Office or Zane State’s Human Resources Department (within 24 hours) to complete an accident report form.



The majority of bomb threats are false and intended to elicit a response and do not actually involve a device. However, every bomb threat must be taken seriously until investigated to ensure the safety of the building occupants.


  • Remain calm and immediately notify Public Safety (1111).
  • If the bomb threat is received by phone, try to keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Write down the number using caller ID and focus on gathering as much information as possible (location of device, time set to detonate, type of bomb, what the device looks like, background noise, caller characteristics such as gender, possible age, speech pattern, accent, excitement level, etc.).
  • If you encounter a suspicious object or unfamiliar item, DO NOT TOUCH OR MOVE THE ITEM. Report the location of the item to Public Safety immediately.
  • Move to a safe location within the building and follow the directions of officers and emergency response personnel. A determination will be made as to whether an evacuation is warranted based on the assessment of the threat. DO NOT PULL THE FIRE ALARM AND AUTOMATICALLY EVACUATE THE BUILDING.
  • If an evacuation is necessary, follow instructions precisely. Do not use the elevator, turn off lights or other electronic equipment.
  • Leave all bags and personal items in the room before evacuating.
  • Do not return to the building for any reason until advised to do so by officers and emergency response personnel.
  • Once evacuated, move clear of the area to at least 300 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets and sidewalks clear for emergency personnel and vehicles. 



Preplanning is essential when working with chemicals and other hazardous materials. Know what substances are in your work area and the dangers they present.

  • Report any spill of hazardous chemicals immediately to Public Safety (1111).
  • Be prepared to provide information regarding: exact location of spill, type of hazardous material, estimated amount, reported injuries, actions you have taken, who had contact with the substance and any identifiable reactions.

·         Public Safety will contact the appropriate personnel to assist with the situation.

  • Any equipment or items containing hazardous material should be left in the affected area.
  • Account for everyone in the room and compile a list of individuals who have been contaminated.
  • Vacate the affected area at once and close the door to prevent further contamination.
  • To minimize contaminating others, remain in the building and await further instructions.



Even in a severe earthquake, there are many things you can do to prevent or minimize injuries.

·         If INDOORS, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass, windows, shelves, falling objects, overhead fixtures and electrical equipment.

·         If OUTDOORS,move quickly to an open area away from buildings, trees, utility poles and other structures. If you cannot get to an open area, watch for falling objects. Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.

·         After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary call Public Safety (1111) to report any injuries.

·         If there is any type of property damage, it should be reported to Facilities Operations.



In the event of a fire, the best strategy is to alert others and evacuate the building immediately.

  • Upon discovering smoke, fire or an explosion in a building, stay calm and activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.

·         Evacuate the building following the posted building evacuation routes. All persons should be at least 50 feet away from the building.

  • Once in a safe area, call 911. Be prepared to provide information on the location, size and cause of the fire as well as the extent of any injuries.
  • Notify Public Safety (1111) with the same information so they can direct emergency personnel.
  • DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS, as electrical power may be cut off or fail.
  • Insure that any physically disabled persons are given assistance in evacuating building.
  • Leave all bags and personal items inside.
  • If trapped in a room, retreat and close as many doors as possible between you and the fire. Place cloth or other material around/ under the door to prevent smoke from coming in. Attempt to signal from the windows, but DO NOT BREAK THE GLASS unless absolutely necessary. If possible, call 911 to give your exact location.
  • If the fire is too large for you to distinguish with a fire extinguisher, do not remain in the area or attempt to fight the fire.
  • If a closed door feels hot to the touch, DO NOT OPEN IT.
  • Once outside, gather at a safe location as determined by an officer or other emergency response personnel. Follow the directions of emergency response personnel and other the appropriate officials.
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RE-ENTER THE BUILDING or leave campus until accounted for and/ or instructed to do so.



An active shooter is one or more persons, using a firearm, engaging in a random or systematic shooting spree which is usually confined to a particular populated area. Theses dynamic situations evolve quickly and are over in a matter of minutes. This demands immediate deployment of law enforcement resources to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to innocent victims. Employees and students must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation. The Public Safety Department advocates preparedness for this type of incident and proactively instructs members of our community on the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) principles for responding to an active shooter.

  • Call 911, provide the exact location and a detailed physical description of shooter.
  • Notify Public Safety (1111) with the same information. They will contact additional emergency personnel and activate the necessary alert systems.
  • Rapidly assess your direct threat level to the shooter and immediately initiate a response. Do not panic or hesitate, trust your instincts.
  • If you can evacuate safety, do so immediately. Run away from the building as quickly as possible to an area you feel is a safe zone.
  • If you cannot evacuate, take shelter in the nearest office, room or closet.
  • Lock and barricade the door with anything available in the room (i.e., chairs, desks, cabinets). If possible, tie down the door. Look for alternate escape routes (i.e., windows, doors). Do not open the door for anyone once it is barricaded.
  • Be prepared to take the offensive if the shooter gains entry into your area. Gather possible weapons (i.e., books, chairs, pens, projection rods) and prepare yourself for the physical encounter. Position yourself in a location that will allow for the element of surprise.
  • If the shooter gains entry, throw items at the shooter’s head and face for distraction and swarm the shooter as a group taking them down. Be prepared to do whatever is necessary to take the shooter to the ground and maintain control of them until law enforcement arrives on scene. DO NOT PICK UP THE WEAPON AND HOLD IT. Put it in the trashcan and remove it from the room or turn the trashcan upside down covering the weapon.
  • If you can use a window escape options, open or break the window to get out. Focus on the corners of the window if you need to break it using anything such as a chair and raking it out after it has been broken. Evaluate the risk, attempt to limit the distance of the fall (i.e., belt, clothing, rope) or by hanging on the ledge and attempt to land on something such as mulch, shrubs or people.
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE AWAY FROM THE AREA. Law enforcement and emergency personnel cannot get into the campus to help if the roadways are blocked.



In the event of a utility failure (i.e., electric, water, gas telephone).

·         Call Facilities Operations (1398) or Public Safety (1111) and notify them of the situation.

  • Facilities will contact the necessary provider and assess the situation.
  • Keep individuals in the classroom and buildings until the situation is assessed. 
  • If instructed to evacuate, proceed cautiously to the nearest clear exit.
  • Stairwells should be used to evacuate a building, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Emergency lights in halls and stairwells will come on.



In the event of a water line break or other flooding situation.

·         Call Facilities Operations (1398) or Public Safety (1111) and report the exact location and severity of the leak.

·         Beware of possible electrocution hazard. If an electrical source is present, use caution and evacuate the area. Never attempt to unplug or remove an electrical appliance or wire from a flooded area. 

·         Follow the directions of the appropriate personnel responding to the situation.

·         Be prepared to assist as directed in protecting objects that are in jeopardy. Take essential steps to avoid or reduce immediate water damage such as covering objects with plastic sheeting or moving small or light objects out of danger.



Chemicals, leaking gas or faulty boilers could all be the cause of a life-endangering explosion.

·         Call 911 and describe the location and any other possible details regarding the explosion.

·         Notify Public Safety (1111) with same information so they can direct emergency personnel.

·         Be prepared for possible further explosions and take cover under tables, desks or other objects which will provide protection against falling debris if necessary.

·         Stay away from windows, mirrors, overhead fixtures, filing cabinets, bookcases and electrical equipment.

  • Follow the directions of emergency response personnel and other the appropriate officials.

·         If evacuation is ordered, proceed to the nearest available exit.

·         If persons with disabilities cannot safely evacuate the building, assist them to the nearest stairwell away from damaged area. Alert emergency personnel of their location.

·         Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in obvious immediate danger (i.e., fire, building collapse).

·         Open doors carefully and watch for falling objects.

·         Do not use elevators.

·         Do not use matches or lighters and avoid using telephones or cell phones.

·         Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 50 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.

·         DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RE-ENTER THE BUILDING or leave campus until accounted for and/ or instructed to do so.



A tornado warning is the sounding of the emergency sirens and indicates a tornado has been sighted by ground observers or has appeared on radar within the local area.

  • The county wide and campus tornado warning siren will sound. 
  • Go to the nearest tornado shelter area in your building.
  • If outside, take shelter in the nearest building.
  • Stay away from windows, mirrors, glass and unsecured objects.
  • Do not attempt to evacuate the building and discourage others from doing so as well.
  • Follow the directions of emergency response personnel and other the appropriate officials.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Assist persons with disabilities to the safest area on the same floor.
  • Remain in the safe area until at least 10 minutes have elapsed without the sounding of sirens or the “all clear” has been given.
  • After the storm has passed, contact Public Safety (1111) to report any injuries or property damage.



The Dean of Ohio University Zanesville, the President of Zane State College, or the Public Relations Officer from each institution will serve as the only spokesperson. 



Ohio University Zanesville    


Associate Dean                        


Zane State College                


Executive Vice-President

Vice President-Business        


Campus Wide

Director of Facilities Operations