University Police

Emergency Procedures



In the event of a profound disaster which renders the campus of MSU Billings unsafe, it may be necessary to evacuate. The Section 5a, Evacuation Supplement is a guide for each department to follow. Each department will follow their own individual building plans during an evacuation. Each plan will consist of the following Emergency Evacuation Procedures:


Emergency Evacuation Procedures

  • In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation of the building (such as a fire, significant toxic gas release, explosion, etc.), first:
    • Rescue: Try to rescue any personnel in immediate danger if it does not put you in imminent danger.
    • Alarm: Pull the building fire alarm or call 911. All of the fire alarm pull stations are labeled. If you talk with a 911 operator, state your name, address, and nature of the problem. Speak slowly and clearly. Wait for the dispatcher to hang up. 
    • Confine: Close all doors, windows, and other openings that would aid in the spread of fire or toxic fumes. 
    • Evacuate: Evacuate the building. 
  • When evacuating the building, leave by the nearest staircase. DO NOT use the elevators unless under police or fire department supervision. Floor plans are posted at various areas around the building for route of quickest egress. 
  • Assemble at the designated assembly area (or alternate area) for a head count by conducted by the designated person identified in the specific building plan. The designee will identify any individuals whom you suspect might still be in the building and alert fire or police department personnel. 
  • Disabled Occupants - If a disabled occupant is unable to exit the building unassisted, the designated person must notify the emergency response personnel of the person's location. Transporting of disabled individuals up or down stairwells should be avoided until emergency response personnel have arrived. Unless imminent life-threatening conditions exist in the immediate area occupied by a non-ambulatory or disabled person, relocation of the individual should be limited to a safe area on the same floor, in close proximity to an evacuation stairwell, or in a room.

Notes and Precautions

  • Small fires can be extinguished only if you are trained to use a fire extinguisher. However, an immediate readiness to evacuate is essential.
  • All fires, even those that have been extinguished, must be reported to 911 and the University Police at (x2222) immediately.
  • Never enter a room that is smoke filled.
  • Never enter a room if the door is warm to touch.

Emergency Procedures for Teaching Faculty

First and foremost, if the fire alarm does go off, it is imperative that everyone evacuate in an orderly manner. Even if one strongly believes the alarm might be false, the fire department assumes that every event is real and possibly fatal. They are willing to put their lives on the line for us and get very upset if building occupants do not cooperate and do not take the situation seriously. Below is some practical information you need to know if a building emergency strikes while you are teaching a class.