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Precautionary Tips
and Emergency Procedures for Visitors

Precautionary Tips:

  • Be aware and alert.
  • Watch for and report unusual circumstances or behaviors such as:
    • People who appear out of place or “casing the area.”
    • People who seem unusually distracted, have a dazed appearance, are openly agitated, nervous or hostile.
    • Packages, backpacks, etc., that seem to be abandoned or are noticeably out of place.
    • Vehicles that are parked in restricted or unusual areas or appear to be abandoned.
  • Note emergency exits whenever entering campus buildings.

Emergency Procedures:

  • In the event of a campus emergency, remain calm. Use common sense and assist others, as necessary, without endangering yourself.
  • Contact the nearest MU staff or faculty member for information, instructions or assistance. Follow the directions of staff in authority, such as police, ushers or game personnel.
  • Evacuate buildings immediately if requested by authorities, upon hearing an alarm or when you sense that remaining inside might be dangerous.
  • In emergencies, do not use the MU telephone system except to report an emergency situation.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not risk your life or the lives of others by re-entering a building to save personal or university property.
  • Do not cross police barriers without permission.
  • Do not exceed your training or knowledge in attempting to provide first aid.
  • Use your cellular phone because the university phone services might be down or overloaded.
  • Contact a family member or a friend to let them know you’re safe once you have reached a secure location.
  • Tune in to a local media outlet or visit the MU Alert website and the MU News Bureau for information regarding emergencies on campus.
  • Visitors can sign up for MU Alerts in two ways.

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