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Tornado Warning:

A tornado warning is issued for specific areas when a tornado has actually been sited or has been indicated on Doppler radar.

- Seek shelter immediately.

- Alert others to watch for severe weather. If you have personnel working outside or in modular units, advise them to take shelter now.

- Should a tornado threaten our campus, seek shelter in the lowest level of your building.

- Go to an inner hallway, a smaller inner room, or a closet. Keep away from all windows.

- Remain sheltered until the weather improves.

- If outside, seek shelter in a sturdy building and follow the instructions above.

- Continue to monitor your email, radio, television and these ECU ALERT messages at

Hostile Intruder (Lockdown procedure)

Threatening individual who is on campus (and/or in a University building) that has threatened or has actually caused an act of violence on campus against a member(s) of the University community. This includes individuals who committed an act of violence off-campus and who may now be on campus or may be headed towards the campuses (and/or clinics operated by the University). If notified of a Hostile Intruder in your area take the following protective measures.

“Figure Out” the situation, what is going on?

“Get Out” If you determine that you can get out to a safer area. Leave your belongings behind. The best way to survive an active shooter situation is not to be where the shooter is and not to go where he can see you.

“Call Out” Call 9-1-1 and give description of shooter, location, number and type of weapons.

“Hide Out” If you can’t get out, then you must find a place to hide out.

“Keep Out” Hide in a room that can be locked with objects to hide behind. Block the door with heavy furniture.

“Spread Out” DO NOT huddle together. Quietly talk about what to do if the shooter enters. Remain Calm.

”Take Out” If you determine there is no other option than to take out the shooter, then be prepared to do whatever is necessary to neutralize the threat.


Environmental Hazard (Train Derailment or Other Chemical Release outdoors):

Chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants may be released accidentally or intentionally into the outdoor environment. The important thing is for you to follow instructions of University authorities and know what to do if they advise you to shelter-in-place. “Shelter in place” means to make a shelter out of the indoor place you are currently located or to seek a safe indoor place if you are outside. Follow these guidelines to Shelter-in-Place.

- If outside, seek shelter in the nearest secure building.

- Stop classes or work, or close business operations.

- Allow people outside to enter.

- If there are others in the building, provide for their safety by asking them to stay—not leave.

- After the initial emergency campus communication information has been conveyed (first half hour), students, staff and visitors may wish to   contact relatives to let them know the situation.

- Close and lock all windows, exterior doors, and any other openings to the outside. Shut down ventilation fans and air conditioners if possible.

- If you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.- Select interior room(s) above the ground floor, with the fewest windows or vents. Avoid overcrowding by selecting several rooms if necessary.

- Bring everyone into the room(s). Shut and, if possible, lock the door(s).

- Keep listening to the radio, television or check the ECU ALERT homepage until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate. University and local officials may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community