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If you are in the middle of an explosion:

  • Get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you.
  • When they stop falling, leave quickly, watching for obviously weakened floors and stairways.
  • As you exit from the building, be especially watchful of falling debris.
  • Leave the building as quickly as possible.
  • Reassemble at your pre-determined department, office or building reassembly point.
  • Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make phone calls.
  • Do not use elevators.

If you are trapped in debris:

  • If possible, use a flashlight to signal your location to rescuers.
  • Avoid unnecessary movement so you don't kick up dust.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with anything you have on hand. (Dense-weave cotton material can act as a good filter. Try to breathe through the material.)
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are.
  • Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause a person to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

Once you are out:

  • Do not stand in front of windows, glass doors or other potentially hazardous areas.
  • Move away from sidewalks or streets to be used by emergency officials or others still exiting the building.

If you hear or feel an explosion:

  • If the explosion occurs in your building, evacuate the building as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Call the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (314) 977-3000. Be prepared to give the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness the following information:
    • Your location.
    • Whether or not you or anyone else is injured and what the injuries are
    • Where you believe the explosion occurred
    • What or who you may have seen in the area prior to the explosion
    • Whether there are hazardous materials in the area
    • What those materials are and where they may be located
  • Be prepared to move out of the area or take action immediately.
  • Be prepared for additional explosions.
  • Take shelter under a solid piece of furniture.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, overhead fixtures and large furniture that are not permanently affixed to the ceiling, floor or wall.
  • Do not move injured persons unless they are in immediate danger. Provide 1st aid as appropriate.
  • Be aware of, and alert to, the possibility of falling objects.
  • Do not use matches, lighters, or other ignition sources.

Monitor updates with emergency information provided by the University using the University Emergency Notification System.

Modified from FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration Information

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