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Emergency Procedures

The Office of Communications and Marketing, TTU Police Department, and Office of Emergency Management maintain the online Emergency Communications Center at www.ttu.edu/emergency. This is a public website to inform the Texas Tech University community about what to do in advance of, during, and after an emergency.

Additionally, Texas Tech University employs the latest technology to alert all faculty, staff and students in the event of a significant emergency on campus. The TechAlert! Emergency Communications System is an externally hosted service through which critical information and updates are sent via voice, text, email, social networks and digital signage across campus.

All faculty, staff and students are automatically enrolled with their eRaider email address and the primary phone number listed in their personnel or registration records. The system accommodates three additional numbers with options for SMS and TDD/TTY for the hearing impaired. All members of the Texas Tech community should keep their information updated by going to the website https://appserv.itts.ttu.edu/EmergencyAlert/ or clicking on the emergency communications link on www.ttu.edu. The information is secure and will never be used by Texas Tech University for any reason other than emergency alert notifications.
Any emergency can be reported by dialing 9-911 (TDD/TTY equipped).

In case of a fire, the respective department chairperson and the dean’s office should be notified after the fire has been reported. Fire extinguishers are placed in all buildings in convenient locations on all floors. Evacuation routes are posted on the fire hose cabinets and elsewhere. For urgent facility maintenance requirements, call Building Maintenance and Construction at 742-3301 during regular working hours. If repair is needed immediately, call after normal hours.

 

Warning and Alert Systems

The university maintains several warning and alert systems for use in the event of major storms or other disasters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information from the National Weather Service. Taped weather messages are repeated every two to three minutes and are revised hourly. When circumstances warrant, specially designed warning receivers (weather alert radios) can be activated. The weather alert radios sound an alarm indicating that an emergency exists, alerting the listener to turn the receiver up to an audible volume. Personnel in departments where the weather alert radios are located are expected to convey the message received to all other people in the area or building.

Various sirens located throughout the campus are activated whenever the campus is in imminent danger. Persons should immediately seek shelter upon hearing the siren. University police car sirens and loudspeakers will be used to broadcast alerts and instructions. In the residence halls, fire alarm bells (with a sound distinctly different from that used for fire evacuation procedures) and public address systems (where available) will be used to signal persons to take cover immediately. Tests of the various warning and alert systems are conducted by March 15 of each year and are publicized in The Daily Toreador in advance of the tests.

If a tornado warning is issued or a tornado is sighted, the following actions should be taken: seek inside shelter, preferably a tornado cellar, steel-framed or reinforced-concrete structure (including all major university buildings); evacuate upper floors of all buildings; seek shelter in an interior hallway and stay away from windows; lie flat on the floor and use tables, mattresses, or blankets for cover; if caught in open country, lie face down in the deepest depression available such as a ditch, culvert, or ravine. Emergency preparedness guidelines and homeland security information is available at http://emergency.ttu.edu.