Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime.
It is important that we take time to prepare for a situation in which our safety could depend on our ability to react quickly.
Run > Hide > Fight
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How to respond to an emergency
When we’re faced with any kind of emergency – like fire, severe weather or if someone is trying to hurt you – we have three options: run, hide or fight.
Leaving the area quickly is the best option if it is safe to do so.
- Take time now to learn the different ways to leave your building.
- Leave personal items behind.
- Assist those who need help, but consider whether doing so puts yourself at risk.
- Alert authorities of the emergency when it is safe to do so.
When you can’t or don’t want to run, take shelter indoors.
- Take time now to learn the different ways to seek shelter in your building.
- If severe weather is imminent, proceed to the nearest indoor storm refuge area.
- If someone is trying to hurt you and you can’t evacuate, get to a place where you can’t be seen, lock or barricade your area, silence your phone, don’t make any noise and don’t come out until you receive an Illini-Alert indicating it is safe to do so.
You may need to fight to increase your chances of survival.
- Think about what kind of common items are in your area which you can use to defend yourself.
- Team up with others to fight if the situation allows.
- Mentally prepare yourself – you may be in a fight for your life.
Please be aware of persons with disabilities who may need additional assistance in emergency situations.
Learn more about your building
Taking a minute to review exits, storm refuge areas, areas of rescue assistance and evacuation assembly areas in building that you use often could save your life in an emergency.