The Department of Public Safety coordinates all preparedness activities for Saint Louis University. It also maintains the overarching St. Louis Campus Emergency Operations Plan and oversees the Campus Emergency Response Team.
Saint Louis University’s Emergency Notification System is tested semi-annually and is used to deliver messages and instructions by home and cell phone, email, text messaging, digital signage and social media. Keeping your emergency alert notification contact information current allows SLU to ensure the timely delivery of emergency information.
When disaster threatens, listen to local media reports. SLU will use the Emergency Notification System when evacuations are required.
If an evacuation is underway, you should leave as quickly as possible by way of the closest and safest route.
Shelter-in-place means taking refuge in an interior room within your building, or one with no or few windows.
If you become trapped in an elevator on campus:
If you believe someone is trapped in an elevator:
Once you have evacuated to a safe location, contact the Department of Public Safety at 314-977-3000.
If the fire is small and you have the training, use a proper fire extinguisher to contain the fire. Do not endanger yourself or others by trying to extinguish a fire that is large or beyond your capabilities to contain.
If your clothes catch fire, stop immediately, drop to the ground and cover your face with your hands. Roll over or back and forth to put out the fire. Immediately cool the burn with cool water for 3 to 5 minutes and seek emergency medical care.
If you hear anything that sounds like a gunshot:
If you are on the ground floor and can exit the building safely and quickly, do so.
In a medical emergency call 314-977-3000 or 911. For all emergencies on campus requiring Emergency Medical Services response, have someone meet responders at the door and direct them to the patient's location.
Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) are located in the following campus locations:
Contact the Department of Public Safety at 314-977-3000 to report a power outage.
Use only a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles.
Turn off electrical equipment, computers and appliances, and anything you were using when the power went out. Avoid opening refrigerators and freezers.
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Listen to NOAA All Hazard Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information.
A watch means severe weather is possible. A warning means a damaging storm or tornado has been confirmed. When a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service for an area including the St. Louis campus, SLU will send out an alert via the emergency notification system.
During any thunderstorm, seek shelter inside of a building away from glass windows and doors, and metal objects.
If a tornado warning siren is activated or you receive an alert of a tornado warning on your phone, do not wait. Take shelter immediately in a safe room, basement or on the lowest level of the building.
If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room such as a closet, bathroom or interior hallway, away from windows, doors and outside walls. Get under a sturdy table or piece of furniture, and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
For information about school closings or late starts due to snow or ice, call the Saint Louis University Snow Line at 314-977-SNOW or 314-977-7669. Information will also be shared with local news stations.
Closings also will be announced through SLU’s emergency notification system.