Emergency and Safety Procedures Guide



​Central Michigan University
Emergency and Safety Procedures Guide


Central Alert

Emergency Notification System:

Central Michigan University is committed to the safety and well-being of everyone in the University community.  Under the leadership of its Crisis Core Group, CMU has implemented an emergency notification system - Central Alert - To provide emergency news alerts.

All interested students, faculty and staff must register their direct contact information to participate in the Central Alert system.  This emergency contact information may include: an alternate e-mail address, home phone number, cell phone number, and/or SMS (text).   

To Register: 

  • Log into My Account in Centrallink.cmich.edu.
  • Click on Central Alert
  • Update the information fields on the screen and save your changes

If you have any problems, please contact the Help Desk at (989) 774-3662.

Care Line

Central Michigan University and The Office of Student Affairs have developed the CMU Cares, a confidential telephone line to assist the campus community in sharing concerns with the University's Care Team regarding the safety and well being of CMU students.

Individuals who wish to share a concern about a CMU student may call (989) 774-CARE (2273) and leave a brief voicemail regarding the nature of the concern.  Callers will be encouraged to identify themselves and provide their contact information but will not be required to do so.  Callers who identify themselves will be asked to provide the student's name and contact information.  A student service professional will look into each concern regardless of whether the caller identifies him or herself.

If you have questions about the CMU Cares, please call The Office of Student Affairs at (989) 774-3346.

Medical Emergencies

If Someone Becomes Ill or is Injured and Requires Medical Attention: 

  • Call 911
  • Give the dispatcher the following information:
    1. The location of the person.  Include the building and the room number.
    2. The illness or injury of the person.
    3. Whether the person is conscious.
    4. Any other information that is known, such as existing health conditions.
  • Don't hang up until you are told to do so by the dispatcher.
  • Administer first aid if you have the proper training.
  • Be aware of hazards associated with blood borne pathogens.  Do not come into contact with bodily fluids.
  • Do not move the person.
  • Comfort the victim and reassure them that medical assistance is on the way.
  • After the victim's immediate needs have been taken care of, remain to assist CMU Police/medical services with pertinent information about the incident.
  • If the person is a CMU employee, notify CMU Workers Compensation at (989) 774-7177.
  • if the person is a CMU student, non-employee, or visitor to the University, contact Risk Management at (989) 774-3741 or on-line at Risk Management - Injuries and fill out the Accidental Personal Injury Report on-line. 


If an Explosion Occurs:

  • Remain calm.
  • Call 911 and advise them of your location and description of what occurred and what you observed.
  • Be prepared for the possibility of further explosions.
  • Crawl under a table or desk.
  • Stay away from windows, mirrors, overhead fixtures, filing cabinets, bookcases, electrical equipment and large, heavy unstable objects.
  • Be guided by CMU Police or fire department personnel.  If an evacuation is ordered, see the evacuation section of the pamphlet. 
  • Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in obvious immediate danger (e.g., fire, building collapse, etc.).
  • Open doors carefully and watch for falling objects.
  • Accompany and assist person with disabilities who appear to need direction or assistance.
  • Do not use matches or lighters.
  • Use telephones for emergencies only  Remember that others may also be calling for assistance.  If the emergency number is busy, remain calm an try your call again.
  • Become familiar with possible hazards in and around your building.  Be aware of evacuation routes and the locations of the nearest emergency pull station and fire extinguisher.  Visit Emergency Management - Floorplans to view your building's floor plans.

Power Outage

If a Power Outage Occurs in Your Buildings:

  • Remain calm.
  • Call Facilities Maintenance at (989) 774-6547 or (989) 772-8225 (after hours).
  • Assist others in your immediate area who may be unfamiliar with the building/workspace.
  • Turn off equipment such as computers and monitors to avoid potential serious damage once the power is restored.
  • If you are in a dark area, proceed cautiously to an area that has emergency lights.
  • If you are in an elevator, stay calm.  Use the emergency button or telephone to summon assistance.
  • In most instances power will be restored in a short matter of time.  However, if you are instructed to evacuate the building, proceed cautiously to the nearest exit.

NOTE:  Individuals with disabilities may need assistance.  Exit signs are on emergency power and should remain lit during an outage.

Motor Vehicle Accident

If You Are Involved in an Accident:

  • Stop at once!  Check for personal injuries and call 911 to request an ambulance if needed.  Do not leave the scene.
  • Protect the scene.  Set emergency flashers or flares out to prevent further injury or damage.
  • Record names and addresses of all witnesses and occupants of involved vehicles.  Record the vehicle license number.
  • Dot not argue!  Make no statement except to proper authorities.  Sign only official police reports. 
  • If you are driving a University-owned vehicle, contact Risk Management at (989) 774-3741.

Accidents on private property (parking lots) under $100 in damage do not require a police report by law.  However, the CMU Police Department will complete a report if contacted.

Tornadoes/Severe Weather

If Severe Weather Occurs:

In the event CMU is forced to close because of severe weather, the University community will be notified via Central Alert and a listserv e-mail message to all faculty, staff, and students.

Information also will be made a​vailable on the CMU Information Line (989 774-7500), on the University's main website, the student and faculty portals, and will be broadcast on CMU Public Radio (89.5 FM in the mid-Michigan region).

Other area radio and television stations also will be notified o​​​f any closure.


  • Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for tornadoes.
  • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted in the area and occupants should seek shelter immediately.
  • Identify the appropriate place in your building to seek shelter should a tornado occur.
  • Each emergency coordinator with every building has a NOAA weather radio to alert them to severe impending weather.

If a Tornado Warning is Issued:

  • Be aware of your building's severe weather shelter areas found on the Emergency Management section of the Environmental Health & Safety website at Emergency Management - Floorplans.
  • Immediately WALK to the designated tornado shelter area.  The location of the shelter in each building on campus has been selected based on tornado safety criteria.
  • NOTE: Individuals with disabilities may need assistance.
  • If you are in a building you are unfamiliar with, go to the lowest level of the building and find an interior area (e.g., interior hall, closet, or bathroom).  Seek refuge under a table or desk, kneeling face down with your hands covering your head to reduce injury.  If available, cover yourself with a coat or other such material.
  • Avoid areas that have a large roof span that may collapse: auditoriums, gymnasiums, etc.
  • Stay away from windows, glass, and unsecured objects such as filing cabinets or bookcases. 
  • Remain in the safe area until you receive an "all clear" message from the building emergency coordinator or designee.



  • Know at least 2 exits out of the building.  Also, know at least 2 different ways of leaving the University should streets and intersections be blocked off.
  • Have a pre-designated meeting place for all those in your office or classroom.
  • Know who is not present for the day so that they can be accounted for at the designated meeting place.
  • If an evacuation is necessary, the building can be evacuated either by the fire alarm being sounded or by verbal indication to leave by CMU Police or other emergency response personnel.

Building specific alarm locations, exit locations, and meeting places can be found at Emergency Management - Floorplans under the Emergency Management section.

If an Evacuation is Issued:

  • Remain calm.  Leave your area quickly by WALKING to the nearest exit of the building.
  • Individuals with disabilities may need assistance.
  • Only take essential personal possessions when leaving the building.  Take items such as car keys and handbags in case the building is shut down and you are not able to re-enter the building.
  • Close doors behind you when leaving.  Check to make sure everyone is out of the room before closing the door. 
  • Go to your department's pre-designated meeting place at least 300 feet from the building.
  • Await further instruction from CMU Police or other emergency response personnel.
  • If a building is going to remain closed, you will be given instructions as to where to go to obtain information regarding the closing.
  • If instructed to leave campus, follow the instructions given by CMU Police.  You will be told if certain roads are going to be closed and if you need to exit in a certain direction.



  • Know what the fire alarm sounds like.
  • Know the location of the fire alarm stations.
  • Know the closest exit and at least one other means of exiting out of the building.
  • Leave the building immediately when the fire alarm is sounded.
  • Have a pre-designated meeting place for all those in your office/classroom.
  • Know who is not present for the day so that they can be accounted for at the designated meeting place.

Building specific alarm locations, exit locations and meeting places can all be found at Emergency Management - Floorplans under Emergency Management section.

If You Discover Fire or Smoke:

  • Sound the fire alarm to get everyone out of the building.
  • Dial 911
  • Give your name, the name of the building and the location of the fire within the building.
  • Only take essential personal possessions when leaving the building. Take items such as car keys and handbags in case the building is shut down and you are not able to re-enter the building.
  • Close all doors behind you to confine smoke and fire.
  • WALK!!! to the nearest exit. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS! Note: Individuals with disabilities may need assistance.
  • Go to your department's pre-designated meeting place at least 300 feet from the building.
  • Cooperate with emergency personnel and CMU Police. Follow all instructions given.
  • Do not re-enter the building until you are told to do so by CMU Police or Mt. Pleasant Fire Department personnel.

If You are Trapped in Your Office/Room:

  • Wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep smoke out.
  • Try to close as many doors between you and the fire as possible.
  • Call 911 to notify CMU Police or the fire department of your problem and location.
  • If you are trapped in an area and need fresh air, only break a window as a last resort.

If You Catch on Fire:


  • STOP where you are,
  • DROP to the ground, and
  • ROLL over and over to smother the flames.

Bomb Threat/Suspicious Parcel

Telephone threats can be received by any person at any time, but usually will be received by CMU Police, a main switchboard operator or persons in a sensitive area. Mail bombs or bomb threats may be received by a number of means including standard mail, package delivery service and trucks.

If You Receive a Telephone Threat:

  • Remain calm.
  • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Listen carefully. Note the time of the call and telephone number it came in on, if applicable.

 Ask the Caller the Following Questions:

  • Where is the bomb?
  • When will it explode?
  • What does the bomb look like?
  • What is your name and the motive for placing the bomb?
  • Are you a student or employee?
  • Write down any pertinent information such as background noises, gender of caller, accents, and patterns of speech.
  • Call CMU Police or notify your local authorities.

If You Receive a Written Threat or Parcel:

  • Remain Calm.
  • Notify CMU Police immediately by calling 911.
  • Do not attempt to open the package.
  • Do not place the article in water or a confined space such as a desk drawer.
  • Keep anyone from handling it or going near it.
  • Do not use portable radios or cell phones within 100 ft. of the package.
  • Write down everything you remember about the letter or parcel.
  • Save all packing materials.

Remember to always err on the side of safety.  If you feel that the parcel may indeed be an explosive device, calmly alert individuals in your area to leave quickly and quietly, and contact CMU Police immediately at 911.

Violence on Campus

Central Michigan University is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone by providing a working and educational environment that is free of harassment, threats, and acts of violence.  In support of this initiative and consistent with CMU policies, CMU will not tolerate any threat, direct or implied, or physical conduct by any person which results in harm to people or property, or which harasses, disrupts or interferes with another's work performance, or which creates an intimidating or hostile environment. 

Examples of Violence on Campus:

  • Physical assault and/or threat.
  • Stalking or continuous harassment of another causing terror, fear, worry, intimidation.
  • Actions aimed at disrupting or sabotaging school operations.
  • Indirect threats such as, "I know where you live".

If You Are a Victim or a Witness:

Notify CMU Police immediately at 911.

Advise the dispatcher of the following:

  • Your name, location, and description of what happened.
  • If there are injuries, determine the extent of the injuries.
  • If a weapon is involved.
  • If a threat still exists.
  • If the perpetrator is still in the area.
  • A description of the attacker and direction of flight.

What to do if Confronted by a Threatening Person:

  • Leave the area and get out of harm's way.
  • Report the incident to CMU Police as soon as possible.

If unable to leave the area:

  • Try to stay at a safe distance.
  • Try to calm the threatening individual.
  • Try to get the attention of a co-worker or student so they can call 911 to reach the CMU Police.
  • Listen to the individual and let them do most of the talking.
  • Use delaying techniques to give the individual the opportunity to calm down.
  • Acknowledge the person's feelings.
  • Be respectful and empowering.
  • Be reassuring and point out choices.

Do Not:

  • Upset the individual with communication that generates hostility.
  • Reject all the person's demands from the start.
  • Use body language or speech that challenges the individual.
  • Make sudden movements.
  • Belittle, criticize, or agitate the person.
  • Make false statements or promises.

Preventing Crime

The CMU Police Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Call 911 to report a crime or suspicious activities.  Here are a few suggestions for what you might do to prevent a crime in your area.

Reporting a Crime:

  • If a crime or disruptive behavior occurs on campus (assault, robbery, theft, etc.), dial 911 immediately.
  • Furnish any pertinent information:
    • Location
    • Nature of incident
    • Description/Identity of those involved
    • Whereabouts of perpetrators
    • Whereabouts of victims
    • Description of what transpired
    • Any related information
  • When reporting an incident or crime on-campus, all information will be treated with appropriate confidentiality.  Please identify yourself to CMU Police.  Your identity will be afforded all due confidentiality.  We encourage members of our campus community to report any criminal activity promptly.  Safety and security on campus is a cooperative effort. 
  • Upon receipt of notification of a crime occurring on campus, CMU Police officers will respond immediately and investigate.

Protecting Your Auto or Bicycle:

  • Always lock your car.
  • Lock bikes to immovable objects or bike racks with hardened-alloy locks and chains or U-shaped locks.
  • Do not leave tempting valuables or property visible inside the car.  Lock these items in the truck. 
  • Look into your car before getting in.  Lock doors and roll up windows once inside for protection.  Do not stop to help occupants of stopped or disabled vehicles.  Continue driving to the nearest phone and call assistance for them.
  • Raise the hood, then lock yourself into the car if it breaks down.  If someone stops and offers you help, remain in your car and ask them to phone for help.

In Your Office:

  • Lock your door, even if you are just going down the hall.  It takes a thief ten seconds or less to enter an open room and steal your property.
  • Do not leave messages on your door indicating that you are away and when you will be back.
  • If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency call, offer to place the call for them instead of allowing them access.
  • Do not put your address on your key ring.
  • Do not leave keys in hiding places.
  • Be aware of key control/access (who had keys to your office/room)?
  • Avoid walking alone.  Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.

Protecting Yourself:

  • Walk purposefully, know where you are going, project a no-nonsense image.
  • Walk in well-lit areas and away from heavy foliage.
  • If you encounter a suspicious or dangerous situation, seek assistance and protection immediately.
  • Avoid party situations where alcohol is consumed heavily.
  • Pour your own drink and protect it from tampering when attending parties.
  • In daring situations, firmly and confidently communicate what behavior is acceptable to you and what is not.

Protecting Your Personal Property:

  • Secure valuables left in your room or vehicle.
  • Engrave all valuables.  CMU Police have engravers available for use.
  • Mark your name in your books.
  • Lock doors and windows to your room when you leave, are sleeping, or in the bathroom.
  • Don't leave bags/purses unattended.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact the CMU Police at (989) 774-3081 or Kathy Litwiller at (989) 774-7398 / litwi1km@cmich.edu