Public Safety winter emergency information reminder

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(DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
As we begin the winter quarter, DePaul Public Safety would like to remind you of important emergency procedures:

Class cancellation of campus closure

In the event of a large-scale class cancellation or closure due to inclement weather or any other reason, a university- wide email will be issued. Additionally, the DPU Alert emergency notification system may be utilized. Be sure to verify your contact information for DPU Alert in Campus Connect.  More information on DPU Alert can be found on the Public Safety website.

Act of violence

Public Safety encourages you to contemplate a number of options for how to respond to an act of violence in various locations both on and off-campus. If you hear gunfire, shouting, screams, or commotion, react immediately. Please visit the Public Safety website to view "Shots Fired On Campus" and a short video demonstrating how door barricades are used in classrooms.

The following actions are also recommended:

Run from the threat if you have a clear path of escape (When in doubt, barricade/secure your area)
  • Know all emergency exits wherever you are
  • Prevent others from entering the area where shooter may be
  • Call 911 when you are safe
Hide: Barricade or secure your area to delay the attacker if you do not have a clear path of escape
  • When in doubt, seek a secure location
  • Lock room/office, stay quiet, turn lights off, hide under desk, in closet, cell phone on silent (not just vibrate)
  • If room does not lock: barricade door with whatever is available-chairs, tables, desk, etc. Use door barricade device in classrooms. 
  • Fight: as a last resort, attempt to incapacitate the shooter, improvise weapons or throw items
  • Attack as a team if possible, from multiple angles
  • Use items such as chairs, fire extinguishers, coffee mugs, etc.
Please note we recommend you first call 9-1-1 in an active shooter situation. Then call Public Safety at the Loop Campus (312-362-8400) or the Lincoln Park Campus (773-325-7777).

Fire alarm

Evacuate immediately upon hearing a fire alarm. Use interior stairwells if safe to do so (no smoke or fire) and exterior fire escapes as a last resort. Persons with disabilities may need assistance leaving the building during an evacuation. Visit the Public Safety website​ for more information.

While these types of events are infrequent, knowing what to do ahead of time is very important. Please develop your own plan for how you would respond if the situation warranted it.

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