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Computer Lab Emergency Procedures

Severe Weather Conditions


Fire and Evacuation

Chemical or Biological Spills

Bomb Threat

Phone Numbers

Severe Weather Conditions

If you are in campus during severe weather conditions be informed and protect yourself. Go to an indoor safe area.

Listen to local radio and television stations, or call the Auraria switchboard recorded message at 303-556-2401

Classes will be conducted except under the most extreme circumstances. The decision to close the campus due to inclement severe weather will be made by 5:30 a.m.; if the campus is open during the day, the decision will be made by 8:00 p.m. for evening classes.


Tornado Watch
Tornadoes are possible in or near the watch area. Be alert. Tune in local radio and television stations to find out current conditions.

Tornado Warning
A tornado has actually been sighted in the area. Take cover immediately!

What to do:
If a tornado is sighted approaching the campus, take shelter immediately. The community emergency alert signal is a 3-5 minute steady blast of sirens indicating the threat of a tornado.

  • Tune in local radio station and television for information.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Move to interior stairwells or hallways, or rooms (without windows) on the lowest floors.
  • Keep away from wide free-span roofs; e.g. gym or auditorium.
  • Do not attempt to leave the building until the danger has passed.

Fire and Evacuation

If you discover a fire, emergency procedures are “A-RACE”:

A  Activate the pull alarm
R  Rescue only after assessing hazards. Don’t put yourself in danger.
A  Alert others in the immediate area. From a safe location call 911.
C  Contain, close doors as you leave.
E  Evacuate, follow exit signs, and go to outside “Safe Area”.

Remember to:

  • Keep calm as you evacuate.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • People with mobility issues should make "Buddies" aware of their location and remain in the building "Area of Rescue" until emergency personnel arrive.
  • If caught in heavy smoke, crouch low, but don't crawl on your stomach.
  • Provide emergency personnel with relevant information about the fire, and the location of any individuals left inside.
  • Do not re-enter the building until the horn has stopped or until emergency officials advise you it is safe.

Chemical or Biological Spills

Do not attempt to clean up a chemical or biological spill unless you are trained, know the hazards, and have the proper personal protective equipment.

In the event of an emergency response spill:

  • Follow Emergency Procedures A-RACE: Activate Pull Alarm Box, Rescue, Alert Others, Contain, and Evacuate.
  • Call 911 from a safe location campus phone and notify Campus Police of the location, the materials involved, the quantity and the extent of the problem.
  • Campus Police Officers will be dispatched and will coordinate emergency services with other agencies, as needed.

Prevent spills by maintaining a neat and orderly work environment. Your work area should have only those chemicals needed. Know the location of the Material Safety Data Sheets just in case! Should you have any questions, call Environmental Health and Safety at 303-556-8397.

Bomb Threat

If you receive a bomb threat:

  • Remain calm. Try to get as much information as you can. Remember exact wording of threat, background noises and distinguishing characteristics of the caller's voice.
  • Call 911 from any campus phone. Give information as to the location of the bomb, time it is set to explode, and the time you received the call.
  • Do not create a panic for others. Campus Police personnel will coordinate any building evacuation.
  • If you are instructed to evacuate, move a safe distance away from the building (a minimum of 100 yards). Do not use elevators.
  • If you discover a suspicious object, do not touch or move the object. Report it to Campus Police.
  • Campus Police Officials will advise you when it is determined safe to re-enter the building.

If a bomb threat indicates a particular building:

  • Campus Police will advise occupants of the bomb threat.
  • The decision to evacuate is based on Campus Police's investigation of the bomb threat, but no one is forced to stay.
  • Campus Police will conduct and coordinate a complete search of the area identified in the threat and will advise the public when the situation is determined to be safe.

Phone numbers

Take time to think and stay calm.

When calling 911 on campus phones or activating the emergency call buttons in elevators or at emergency boxes, the call goes straight to Campus Police Dispatch.

Be prepared to give Campus Police accurate and detailed information.

Please remember that if you use your cell phone to dial 911 it will not alert the Campus Police and it can slow down response time.

Numbers you should know:

Campus Emergency 911 (From Campus phones to Campus Police Dispatch)
Campus Police 303-556-3271 (Also after hours facility issues)
Facility Issues 303-556-3260 (7:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Night Rider 303-556-2000
Health Center at Auraria 303-556-2525
Poison Control 303-739-1123
Snow Closure Hotline 303-556-2401
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