Visitor Preparedness

Welcome to the University of Missouri. We hope you enjoy your visit. While you’re on campus, we want to make sure you know what to do in the event of an emergency.

General safety tips

  • Sign up for MU Alerts, the campus emergency notification system. If there’s an emergency on campus, you’ll receive a text with instructions of what to do. You can easily stop the texts once you leave campus.
  • Note emergency exits whenever entering campus buildings.
  • If you are a parent, encourage your student to have a plan to contact you or another family member in case of an emergency on campus.
  • Persons with disabilities. Emergency evacuation for persons with disabilities and others who may need assistance in the event of an emergency.
  • Contact the  MU Police Department to report a threat or suspicious activity.
    • Non-emergency: (573) 882-7201
    • Emergency: 911

How to report an emergency

  • Dial 911 from your cell phone or campus phone when you need police, fire or emergency medical services.
  • Tell the dispatcher the exact building you are in and the closest room number.
  • Give your full name and phone number from where you are calling, in case you are disconnected.
  • Describe the nature of the emergency.
  • Remain calm, and do not hang up because additional information might be needed.

How to respond to an active threat in your vicinity

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to respond. The appropriate action will depend upon your situation and location relative to the threat. Remember, students are likely to follow the lead of the person in charge during an emergency.

RUN — If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises.

  • Have an evacuation plan in mind.
  • Evacuate.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Help others, if possible.
  • Do not move wounded people.

HIDE — If evacuating is impossible, find a place to hide that conceals you from the threat.

  • Get out of view.
  • Lock doors and block them with furniture
  • Keep your options for movement open; don’t get trapped.
  • Silence your cell phone.
  • Hide behind large items.
  • Be quiet.

FIGHT — As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the threatening person.

  • Act as aggressively as possible.
  • Incapacitate the intruder.
  • Throw objects.
  • Yell and call for help.
  • Commit to your actions.

How to respond when law enforcement arrives

  • Remain calm, and follow the instructions of police officers.
  • Drop any objects.
  • Keep hands visible at all times.

Other helpful tools


Secure-in-place during an active threat.

  • If inside, lock doors and block them with heavy furniture.
  • Turn off lights, draw blinds and silence cell phones.
  • If you are outside during a secure-in-place emergency, seek cover in the nearest unlocked building. If buildings are locked, keep moving away from the threat, seek cover or leave campus if it is safe to do so.
  • Await further instructions via MU Alert and emergency personnel.
  • Do not leave until an “All Clear” is given or emergency personnel arrive.


Shelter-in-place during a weather emergency and when hazardous materials have been released.

  • Find a sturdy building, and go inside.
  • Seek shelter in interior rooms and corridors.
  • Stay away from windows, glass and objects that could fall on you.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Resist temptation to go outside and check the weather conditions.
  • Await further instructions via MU Alert and emergency personnel.
  • Do not leave until an “All Clear” is given or emergency personnel arrive.