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Emergency Guide Health & Safety Committee

This Guide is designed to help familiarize university employees, students & visitors with emergency procedures.



Building Evacuation Procedures

In the event of an emergency, these procedures should be followed when evacuating the building.  Be aware of all the marked exits from your area and building.  An emergency evacuation map is posted in all occupied spaces.

  • Remain calm.
  • Close all doors and windows in your area as you leave.
  • Assist anyone with special needs to the nearest area of refuge (i.e. the area inside a stairway behind a fire door).
  • Walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.  Do not use the elevators.
  • Once outside, proceed to the designated assembly point and ask others to join you.
  • Report the name and location of any individuals who are waiting for assistance to University administrators or to emergency services personnel.
  • Do not reenter the building.
  • Keep all walkways and roadways clear for emergency vehicles.


Assembly Points

Building 911 Addresses Good Weather Inclement Weather
Dorward Hall
117 Downeast Drive
Grassy area between Dorward & Kilburn Commons Sennett Hall
Flaherty Center
125 University Drive
Back corner of preschool playground Lower gym in Reynolds Center
Kilburn Commons
96 Downeast Drive
Grassy area between Dorward & Kilburn Commons Dorward or Sennett Hall
Kimball Hall
74 O’Brien Avenue
Grassy area toward Sennett PAC
Merrill Library
40 University Drive
Mall Area Reynolds Center
O’Brien House
23 Downeast Drive
Mall Area Powers Hall
Powers Hall
116 O’Brien Avenue
Mall Area Science Building
Reynold Center
112 University Drive
Dirt parking lot of Fitness Center 1st floor Torrey Hall
Science Building
31 University Drive
Mall Area Powers Hall
Sennett Hall
34 Downeast Drive
Mall Area Dorward Hall
Support Building
54 O’Brien Avenue
Grassy area of College Hill Powers Hall
Torrey Hall
40 University Drive
Mall Area Reynolds Center


Fire or Similar Building Emergency

If you detect a fire or fire-related emergency:

  • Activate fire alarm (pull stations located in each hallway)
  • Close, but do not lock, all doors leading to the fire area
  • Leave the building via stairways
  • Call 911 from a safe location
    • State you are reporting a fire – give location, floor and room number
    • Describe the fire.
    • State your name.
    • Give telephone number.
  • Call UMM Campus Safety at 263-9315

Meet at the building’s assembly point.  Stay at the assembly point to be accounted for and given further instructions.  DO NOT re-enter the building until a uniformed member of the Emergency Response Team has given an “all clear.”

If your clothing catches on fire:

  • STOP – Don’t Run
  • DROP to the ground
  • ROLL over and over to smother the flames


Medical Emergencies

In the event of injury, illness or other medical emergencies:

  • Dial 911 immediately tell the dispatcher:
    • You have a medical emergency
    • Describe the nature of the emergency
    • Describe the location of the victim
    • State your name and phone number
    • Stay on the line until you are instructed to hang up by the dispatcher.
  • Determine if anyone present is qualified to perform first aid.
  • Don’t move the victim unless necessary.
  • Have someone wait outside for emergency personnel.
  • Obtain a first aid kit.
  • Remain with the injured or ill person(s) until emergency personnel arrives.
  • Try to maintain as much privacy for the injured or ill person as possible.
  • Call UMM Campus Safety at 263-9315.


Power Outages

  • Classrooms are not equipped with emergency lighting, nor is there backup power for classroom outlets. There is emergency hallway and restroom lighting for approximately 90 minutes during a power outage and limited power from a generator.
  • No definite need to exit the building or cancel a class due to a power outage.
  • Any planned power outages will be communicated to all affected individuals as much in advance as possible.


Severe Weather

To find out if the University is closed or if classes are canceled:

  • Call UMM’s Emergency Line at 255-1395
  • Check the UMM Website (front page) machias.edu
  • Enroll in e2campus


Natural Disasters

Although rare in this area, steps to take in the event of a violent storm, hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake or other natural disaster include:

  • Stay inside the building at the lowest level possible, in an enclosed space (e.g., closet, bathroom) and protected by beams or other solid structures
  • Keep away from windows and move to interior spaces.
  • Remain in an area of safety until you receive instructions regarding evacuation.
  • After immediate effects of the weather have subsided, call Campus Safety at 263-9315 and 911.
  • In the event of a pending or actual lightning storm, persons present may be asked to immediately evacuate athletic fields or other campus facilities by the Athletics Department or Reynolds Center personnel.


Bomb Threat


Keep the caller on the line as long as possible, and signal someone else to call 911 if possible. Ask the caller:

  • When will it explode?
  • Where is it located?
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What will cause it to explode?
  • Ask for the caller’s name, address and phone number
  • Note any indicative background sounds or caller characteristics.
  • Once caller hangs up, immediately call 911 and Campus Safety at 263-9315.
  • Evacuate the building if determined necessary.
  • Make note of, but do not touch or disturb, any suspicious packages.


Violence or Crime

If violence erupts or is imminent:

  • Call 911 from a safe location
    • Describe what and where it is happening
    • Provide a description if possible
    • Take time to notice important details to help identify suspects
  • Leave the scene if it is safe, as needed.
  • Do not get physically involved unless such action involves self-defense or coming to the aid of someone at risk. If you consider such action, you must assess the potential risk of serious personal harm.
  • Call Campus Safety at 263-9315.
  • Write down everything remembered at the first opportunity.
  • Use the Non-Emergency number (255-8558 or RCC 255-8308) for suspicious person.

If you receive word that an individual with violent intent may be moving to your proximity:

  • Leave the scene if it is safe via door or windows—students should leave campus.
  • If not possible to safely evacuate:
    • close doors
    • turn desks on side for student refuge
    • remain silent
    • call 911


Active Shooter Response

If it’s possible to do so safely, exit the building immediately when you become aware of an incident, moving away from the immediate path of danger, and take the following steps:

Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately.

  • Evacuate to a safe area away from the danger, and take protective cover. Stay there until emergency responders arrive.
  • Call Police at 911 and provide the following information:
    • Your name
    • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
    • Number of shooters (if known)
    • Identification or description of shooter(s)
    • Number of persons who may be involved
    • Your exact current location
    • Injuries to anyone, if known
  • Individuals not immediately impacted by the situation are to take protective cover, staying away from windows and doors until notified otherwise.

If you are directly involved in an incident and exiting your building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

Go to the nearest room or office.

  • Close and lock the door.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Seek protective cover. Stay away from doors and windows.
  • Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
  • Do not answer the door.
  • Call Police at 911 from land lines and provide the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your location (be as specific as possible)
    • Number of shooters (if known)
    • Identification or description of shooter
    • Number of persons who may be involved
    • Injuries to anyone, if known
  • Wait for police to assist you out of the building

» Law enforcement agencies are trained and equipped to respond to an emergency incident of this nature. During the initial phase of the incident, the police will evaluate the situation to determine the best course of action.

» Follow-up assistance is encouraged from available on-campus resources, including Health Services, Counseling Services, Student Affairs, Campus Safety, and Human Resources.

Your own common sense is the finest safety device ever developed.  Above all—use your head.