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In An Emergency

During an emergency, the UNL community and general public will receive information through the web and news media as well as by email and text through UNL Alert for those registered.

UNL's homepage may convert to a low bandwidth version, free of the majority of graphics to ease transmission and server load. The homepage as well as this emergency website will be a primary mode of communication, to be continually updated. more

Active Shooter Response Training: “Shots Fired on Campus” video series and other resources can help you prepare for this situation.

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Procedures In Case Of Emergency

If you receive a bomb threat over the telephone:

  1. Listen carefully to the details of the threat and try to keep the caller talking until you are able to get the answers to the following questions:
    1. When is the bomb going to explode?
    2. Where is it right now?
    3. What does it look like?
    4. What kind of bomb is it?
    5. What will cause it to explode?
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All university buildings use electricity provided by Lincoln Electric System (LES). In the event of a power outage, the goal is to minimize potential damage to expensive scientific instrumentation, and/or experiments and to avoid the creation of hazardous situations.

If a Power Outage occurs between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

  • Contact the Building Maintenance Reporter for your building. The BMR will be aware of routine maintenance. In the...
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Fires can cause serious injury, death and property loss. Be aware that fires may exist alone or in conjunction with another type of emergency, such as explosion, tornado or chemical spill.

If a fire occurs in your building:

  1. Pull the nearest fire alarm to evacuate the building. Leave the building immediately.
  2. If you hear the fire alarm, leave the building immediately. A fire near by may not be noticeable by sight or smell. Everyone...
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Exposure or injury reporting: If there is any exposure or injury involved, complete a first report of injury and submit it to Human Resources.

Follow-up: Investigate all spills and take appropriate steps to prevent similar spills.

Outdoors: Immediately notify Environmental Health and Safety (402-472-4925...

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Many buildings on campus use natural gas to provide heat and for laboratory work. In addition, underground natural gas lines run across campus. Natural gas does not have an odor, so a chemical that smells like rotten eggs is added to the gas. This chemical allows us to smell natural gas at levels well below explosive levels.

If a natural gas smell is noticed outside: Call the University Operator (dial "0" on campus) or the UNL Police at...

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For assistance, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 402-472-4925...

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For assistance, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 402-472-4925...

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Click here for active shooter response training resources.

Run - If there is a clear and safe escape route
Hide - If there is no escape and you can get to a secure location to hide
Fight - If your only option is to defend yourself, fight as if your life depended upon it

In general, how you respond to an active shooter will be dictated by the...

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Weather Emergencies/Natural Disasters

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is in a moderate earthquake hazard zone. Earthquakes are unpredictable and may strike without warning. Earthquake injuries usually result from falling debris. Disruption of communication lines, light and power lines, and sewer and water mains can be expected.

If an earthquake strikes when employees are inside:

  • Stay inside.
  • Watch out for falling plaster, light fixtures, glass, bookcases, etc....
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On average, U.S. flooding kills about 150 people a year - more than any other single weather hazard, including tornadoes and hurricanes.

During a flood:

  • Listen to a battery-powered radio for emergency information.
  • Evacuate as instructed by emergency personnel.
  • If outdoors:
    • Climb to higher ground and stay there.
    • Avoid walking through any floodwaters. If moving swiftly, even water 6...
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Lightning strikes are of serious concern in the Midwest.

If lightning threatens when employees are inside:

  1. Stay inside.
  2. Stay away from open doors or windows, radiators, metal pipes, sinks, and plug-in electrical objects such as radios, electric typewriters, lamps, etc.
  3. Do not use plug-in electrical equipment.
  4. Do not use the telephone. Lightning may strike the telephone lines...
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Tornado Watches and Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when the probability exists that a significant threat could develop over a wide area. Warnings are issued for much smaller areas and periods of time than Watches.

Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form. Be alert to weather conditions and announcements.

Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or radar indicates rotation in the...

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