Metropolitan State University has established disaster evacuation procedures in the event of severe weather, fire, bomb, or chemical catastrophes.

Severe Weather

In the event that a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service or a Minn county during the business hours, the university safety director, Building Services official or safety officer shall be responsible for notifying the president, authorized designee or Crisis Team member, of the warning. Mor information about Disaster Evacuation Procedures
Severe Weather, Fire, Bomb and Chemical


In case of fire, the following procedure should be followed:

  • The person discovering the fire will notify the Safety Department (phone number 9-911) and then call university safety officer.
  • The person discovering the fire will immediately give a vocal alarm in the building, pull the building fire alarm and make an attempt to extinguish the fire before it spreads if possible.
  • The building in which the fire is located will be evacuated under the supervision of the first faculty or staff member on the scene, and personnel will be moved a minimum of three-hundred (300) feet from the location of the fire.
  • When a fire alarm is sounded in a building, all persons will leave the building until it is determined to be safe to re-enter.

NOTE: Mobility impaired individuals are to report to elevator lobbies as a safe haven to wait for assistance from the responding fire department and/or safety officer. Able-bodied individuals may notify fire fighters and the Safety and Security Office of the location of the individuals and, as appropriate, their attendant.

Bomb Threats

Compared with other university emergencies, the covert and criminal nature of bombing incidents makes detection and disarming of explosive devices a highly dangerous problem. A high percentage of all bomb threats are hoaxes; however, the chance remains the threat may be authentic and appropriate action should be taken in each case to provide for the safety of people and property.

Chemical Accidents

The likelihood of the university suffering a major disaster caused by a chemical accident would be confined mainly to New Main or the physical plant. First aid suggests the uses of large amounts of running water to remove chemicals from skin and eye exposure.