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Campus Security – 405-222-8066

Police/Fire/Rescue – 911

Police Non-emergency – 405-222-6050

Campus Emergency Management Director – 405-574-1330

Student Affairs Counselor – 405-574-1326

Steam Plant – 405-574-1227

Physical Plant – 405-574-1233

Road Conditions – 405-425-2385

A Drover Alert will be sent out anytime the Chickasha area is placed under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning by the National Weather Service in Norman. 

Sirens mean there is a tornado warning and you should seek shelter immediately in designated Safe Zone locations. Note: Local emergency management officials test the sirens weekly in good weather.

  • Stay away from windows and doors to prevent injury from glass or flying objects.
  • Stay in interior hallways. Close doors, especially steel fire doors.
  • Do not go outdoors to see the storm. Trained spotters will be monitoring it.
  • You are advised not to leave campus in your vehicle. If you are in a vehicle, when the storm approaches, seek shelter in a building or ditch. Automobiles are dangerous during high winds.
  • During a storm, do not use any elevators because power may fail, trapping you in the elevator.
  • Remain in designated areas until you are notified that it is safe to exit.
  • Go to the nearest Safe Zone:
    1. Nash Library First Floor - Interior hallway: safe for up to 350 persons.
    2. Drovers’ Den and Station 82 (Student Center Basement) - Highly secure interior space: safe for up to 600 persons in extreme emergencies. 
    3. Fieldhouse Hallway - Interior hallway where the locker rooms are located: safe for up to 300 persons

If you do not have time to evacuate the building you are in, shelter in place.

  • Move to the lowest level of the building.
  • Go to a small interior room or hallway. Stay away from doors and windows. Use furniture or other available material as protective barriers and shields.
  • Avoid upper floors, glassed areas, auditoriums, doorways and windows.

In the event of an earthquake or explosion, take the following actions:

If outdoors:

  1. Stay outside.
  2. Move away from trees, signs, buildings, electrical poles, and wires. Protect your head.
  3. Move away from smoke and fire, at least 500 feet from the affected building.
  4. Never go back into the building unless told to do so by fire department or campus security officials.
  5. Check yourself and others for injuries.
  6. Be alert to any hazards such as fallen electrical wires, gas leaks, fires, etc.
  7. Do not use cell phones or roadways unless absolutely necessary.
  8. Be prepared for aftershocks in an earthquake situation or secondary explosions.

If indoors:

  1. Immediately take cover.
  2. If you are not near a sturdy object to protect yourself, curl up in a ball, cover your head and neck with your arms.
  3. Avoid overhead fixtures, windows, tall furniture, bookshelves, and heavy objects that could fall on you or shatter.
  4. Do not light matches. Do not turn on/off the lights.
  5. After the earthquake shock or the shock of an explosion, evacuate the building immediately and get as far away from it as possible
  6. Never jeopardize yourself or others in any way trying to save or protect objects such as equipment, books, documents, etc. Leave the building by the nearest safe exit, following established evacuation routes. Stay away from smoke and fumes.
  7. Check yourself and others for injuries,
  8. Do not use cell phones unless absolutely necessary.
  9. Do not re-enter the building unless instructed to do so by emergency personnel.

Flashing lights and audible alarms are the signals that a fire alarm system in your building has been activated. The main priority when hearing and/or seeing a fire alarm is to evacuate the building as quickly and as safely as possible.

Do not panic.

  • Alert people in the immediate area.
  • Confine the fire by closing doors as you leave, especially steel fire doors.
  • Call 911 and security (405-222-8066).
  • Leave the building by the nearest safe exit, following established evacuation routes.
  • Officials may designate outdoor places of assembly, which should be at least 500 feet away from the danger. Or, they may direct you to a Safe Zone.
  • Remain with your class/office/group so a full accounting can be made. Notify security or police of any missing person.
  • Don’t use elevators.
  • Never jeopardize yourself or others by trying to save or protect objects such as equipment, books, documents, etc.
  • Stay away from smoke and fumes.

Never go back into the building. Remain in the designated assembly/safe area until told it is safe to re-enter the building by fire or security officials.

In any situation where you feel threatened or an actual assault has occurred: call 911 immediately. Have someone call security (405) 222-8066

Disruptive behavior (no threats or weapons):

  • Assess whether the individual seems dangerous. If, in your best judgment, he/she is upset but not a threat, set limits and seek assistance.
  • Maintain a safe distance. Do not turn your back on the individual.
  • Stay seated if possible
  • Leave the door open or open a closed door. Sit near the door.
  • Use calm, non-threatening, non-confrontational language and approach to defuse the situation. Indicate your desire to listen and a desire to try to understand the problem.
  • Allow the person to verbalize the problem. Let them talk.
  • Never touch the individual or try to remove them from the area. Even a gentle touch may be interpreted as an assault by the agitated person.
  • Do not mention discipline or the police if you fear an angry or violent response.
  • If the situation escalates, find a way to leave. Leave the room/area and get help.

Threatening/violent behavior (Threats and/or weapons):

  • See section: Shooting Incidents.
  • Do not attempt to intervene physically. Removing yourself and others from harm’s way is the main objective.
  • De-escalate the situation if possible. If not possible, get to a safe place.
  • Do not provoke or become involved in the disruptive behavior.
  • Do not argue, yell or joke with the individual.
  • Limit eye contact with the individual.

In case of medical emergencies or illnesses:

  1. Call 911 immediately for any serious injury or illness you witness. If possible, also contact Security (405) 222-8066. Do not hang up until told to do so by the 911 dispatcher.
  2. Provide the following information if possible:
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Location
  • Nature of medical emergency
  • Is victim conscious, breathing, bleeding?
  • All other information pertinent: cause of injury, treatment administered
  1. Keep the victim still and comfortable until help arrives. Do not try to move the victim unless their life is in immediate jeopardy.
  2. When emergency medical personnel arrives, remain at the scene and provide any information you can.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED). is available on campus from Security. Do not use an AED unless you have been trained and are certified. AEDs are located in the following areas:

  • Student Center (1st floor lobby)
  • Sparks Hall lobby
  • Lawson Clubhouse
  • Fieldhouse (west hallway)
  • Security Office
  • Gary Hall
  • Original Gym/PE building
  • Nash Library
  • Davis Hall
  • Troutt Hall

Do not allow menacing or suspicious behavior to go unreported. If not an emergency, you may notify the Dean of Students (405) 574-1330 or security (405) 222-8066. If the situation seems dangerous, call 911.

Menacing Behavior

  • Menacing behavior is expressing or showing an intention to inflict or threatening to inflict harm or injury upon someone or something.
  • Have someone else call or text if you are unable.
  • Provide the address, location and all possible details to the dispatcher.
  • Get to a safe place.
  • Do not provoke or become involved in the disruptive behavior.
  • Do not argue, yell or joke with the individual.
  • Limit eye contact with the individual.
  • Do not touch the person.
  • If the disturbance is outside, stay away from doors and windows. Remain inside.

If you see a weapon, refer to the Shooting Incident section.

Suspicious Behavior

  • Suspicious Behavior is less threatening. It includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Person(s) sitting in parked vehicles for extended periods of time.
  • Large vans or trucks parked in an unauthorized area for extended periods of time.
  • Persons wearing out-of-season clothing such as a heavy coat on a warm day.
  • Backpacks left unattended for periods of time or just out of place.
  • Persons leaving a package in a place that doesn’t seem appropriate.

* CALL OR TEXT SECURITY IMMEDIATELY AT (405) 222-8066

Leave your building immediately when an alarm sounds or if you are instructed to do so by authorized emergency and/or university personnel.

  • Remain calm.
  • Evacuate in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Go to the Safe Zones
  • In some cases, officials may designate outdoor places of assembly, which should be at
  • least 500 feet away from the danger.
  • Remain with your class/office/group so a full accounting can be made. Notify security or
  • police of any missing person.
  • Don’t use elevators.

Instructors and supervisors should be proactive and be aware of people who will need special assistance.

This type of incident is unpredictable and your immediate response depends on the situation you encounter If you see an armed person or an active shooter:

  1. Run: According to law enforcement, the best practice is to evacuate as many people as possible during an active shooter situation. Every scenario is unique; therefore, it will always be up to the individuals to determine if it is safe to evacuate. If evacuation is possible, evacuation is the best course of action.

Call Out: Notify others in your area to flee the building or area. Call 911 and Security immediately.

  1. Hide: Find a safe area and conceal yourself as far away from the shooter(s) as possible. Continue to stay hidden. Turn off the ringer on your cell phone. Close and lock doors. Stay quiet and out of view. Block windows and barricade doors if possible. Stay away from windows and doors.
  1. Fight: If you become face to face with the assailant and have no escape or evacuation route available, engage and distract the assailant.

Engagement Tactics:

  1. Scream or yell at the assailant.
  2. Throw anything you can find at the assailant.
  3. Become a moving target by not remaining still.
  4. Swarm the assailant and attempt to disarm. If you are able to subdue the assailant, place any and all weapons in a trashcan. Do not keep any weapon on your person for safety reasons when authorities arrive.

In the event of a power outage: 

  • Remain calm; move cautiously to a lighted area. 
  • Turn off and unplug computers and other voltage-sensitive equipment.
  • Provide assistance to others if necessary.

Then:

  • Between 8a.m.-4:30 p.m., notify Maintenance, ext. 1233 or 1235. Phones may not be operating properly. If there is no answer, send a messenger to the maintenance office, 2108 S. 19th. 
  • After hours, notify Campus Security, (405) 222-8066, or deliver a message to the Campus Security office, located in Sparks Hall.  
  • If evacuation of the building is required, exit via stairways. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.  Seek out disabled persons and provide assistance. 
  • Laboratory personnel should secure experiments or activities that may present a danger with the electrical power off or when it is restored unexpectedly. Notify the lab supervisor immediately. For specific emergencies after hours, contact Campus Security, (405) 222-8066.
  • When mechanical ventilation is interrupted, vapors of chemicals may reach hazardous concentration levels. DO NOT perform procedures using hazardous materials until power is restored. Clean up or put away chemicals and close containers.

safety tips

  • Stay alert; keep your mind on your surroundings. 
  • Trust your instincts; if you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave.
  • Know the Grounds; find out what buildings are open late where you can summon help if needed. 
  • Vary your route and schedule
  • Wear reflective clothing at night
  • Consider not wearing headphones as they limit what you can hear
  • Never allow strangers to follow you into the building (Tailgating). If observed, notify Security (405) 222-8066 immediately. 
  • Never prop open locked doors or leave room doors open.
  • Secure doors and windows prior to leaving. 
  • Call Security (405) 222-8066 if you see someone who does not belong in the building or surrounding area.
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid isolated areas
  • Avoid walking alone at night; walk with friends or call Security(405) 222-8066 for an escort. 
  • Use the lighted pathways
  • Tell a friend where you are going and when you will return
  • Notify Security(405) 222-8066 immediately of suspicious or criminal activity
  • Never leave your drinking cup unattended while at gatherings/parties 
  • Keep your vehicle locked when it’s parked and when you drive. 
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view. Lock them in the trunk, glove box or place under seat. 
  • Park in or near lighted areas
  • Report suspicious activity immediately
  • Keep your car in good running condition to avoid breakdown. 
  • Plan your route in advance, particularly on long or unfamiliar trips. 
  • Have enough gas money to get you to your destination and back. 
  • Drive with all car doors locked. 
  • Keep windows rolled up in unfamiliar areas. 
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Never leave textbooks, purses or book bags unattended. 
  • Secure cash, checkbooks and credit cards in a safe place. Carry only small amounts of cash.
  • Call Security (405) 222-8066 immediately to report lost or stolen property.
  • Notify Student Services (405-574-1278) to report lost or stolen student ID cards. 
  • Register your bicycle with Student Services. Invest in a good lock, such as a U-shaped hardened steel padlock. Lock the bike frame and wheels to a bike rack. 
  • Do not leave laptops/tablets/cell phones unattended. Record the serial number of the computer, equipment, etc. Enable GPS tracking software if your device has the option. Information Services may be able to assist you with any questions.