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Procedures In Case Of Emergency

Safety on Campus

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is committed to the safety of our campus community. In times of emergency, the university will provide an appropriate campus-wide response to assure safety and minimize losses. Keep this guide on hand so that you know what to do in these various emergency situations.

Safety Escort Service:

Campus Safety (605) 394-6100 offers escorts to anyone in need, day or night.

What To Do in a Campus Emergency

Emergencies can occur at any time, often without warning. This information can help you deal with many emergency situations appropriately. Your judgment often determines whether an incident is an emergency. If in doubt, err on the side of safety and treat the situation as an emergency. 

Be informed and prepared in advance. Be familiar with important features of the buildings that you frequently occupy, such as:

  • Evacuation routes
  • Exit locations
  • Areas of refuge
  • Severe weather shelter areas
  • Locations of safety equipment
  • How you will be notified of emergencies 

Emergency Dial 911

For police, fire, or ambulance always DIAL 911 first!

1. Get out of immediate danger

2. Report the situation

  • DIAL 911 (or 9-911 on campus phone)
  • Explain the nature of the emergency
  • Your name
  • Phone number from which you are calling
  • Your location
  • Answer all questions and do not hang up the phone until the operator is finished 

After notifying emergency personnel, notify Campus Safety at (605) 394-6100. Watch for arrival of emergency personnel and assist in directing them to the appropriate location. STAY OUT OF THE WAY. 

To report an off-campus emergency, DIAL 911. 

If an off-campus incident involves South Dakota School of Mines & Technology personnel, students, or property, also call Campus Safety at (605) 394-6100.

Campus Alert

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has implemented a campus alert system for all students, faculty, and staff.

Through this service, you will receive critical emergency alerts to your cell phone or computer.

E-mail campusalert@sdbor.edu or call (605) 394-6729 for more information.

Campus Alert login website:


Along with the campus alert system, the university will provide information through the website, social media, and local media, as appropriate.


1.  When ordered to evacuate or when alarms are activated, always leave immediately.

2.  Exit quickly and calmly using the nearest emergency escape routes and marked exits.

3.  Proceed to emergency assembly points (EAP). Do not use elevators.  

4.  Assist persons requiring evacuation assistance to get to designated areas. Be alert for trapped, injured, or other persons needing assistance.

Medical Emergency

  • DIAL 911
  • DO NOT move the person unless there is a threat to life by leaving them.
  • If trained to administer first aid, such as bleeding control and CPR, do so.
  • If possible, avoid contact with bodily fluids.
  • If exposed to suspected infectious materials, notify an emergency responder upon arrival.
  • Remain with the person until help arrives.
  • If possible, send someone else to meet emergency responders.
  • Notify campus safety at (605) 394-6100 at the earliest convenience.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

  • Located in multiple buildings on campus
  • If someone is unresponsive:
  • Start CPR if trained to do so.
  • Have someone DIAL 911 immediately. If no one is available, DIAL 911 and then resume CPR immediately.
  • Send someone to retrieve the nearest AED. Continue CPR until AED arrives.
  • Open the AED cover and follow directions. The AED will walk you through either continuing CPR or delivering a shock, if needed.
  • Stay with the person until help arrives.

Mental Health Crisis

Someone exhibiting a mental health crisis might show: attempted suicide, disorientation, confusion, or panic.

  • DIAL 911. Give your name, telephone number, location, and the location of the victim. Inform the officer whether any drugs, medications, or weapons are involved.
  • Call residence hall director if the emergency involves a student resident.
  • Call Campus Safety at (605) 394-6100. Campus safety will notify dean of student's office.
  • Stay with the victim, unless your safety is threatened. Wait for emergency response personnel to arrive.
  • Stay calm and do not provoke panic in others.
  • Be sensitive to the family and friends during the crisis.

Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability that may impact your response to an emergency:

  • Consider registering with the counseling and student ADA services.
  • Consider identifying someone in each class as a buddy to assist with your specific evacuation or sheltering needs during an emergency.
  • Talk with your professors. Let them know what special needs you have during an emergency.

Counseling and student ADA services can provide guidelines and identify resources to assist with emergency planning specific to your needs. Contact them at (605) 394-2416.

Fire and Smoke

  • Leave the area of the fire.
  • Isolate the fire as much as possible by closing doors and windows around it.
  • DO NOT attempt to retrieve valuables or use elevators.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm.
  • Find a safe location and DIAL 911. Then, call campus safety at (605) 394-6100.
  • Never attempt to fight a fire larger than wastebasket size; even a small fire can generate enough smoke to cause serious injury.
  • Never attempt to fight a fire by yourself.
  • Call for help.
  • Always stay between the fire and the exit.
  • Fire Extinguisher Instructions: P.A.S.S. 
    • PULL safety pin from the handle
    • AIM at the base of the fire
    • SQUEEZE the trigger handle
    • SWEEP from side to side
  • The universal sign for a person trapped in a burning building is to hang clothing or a sheet out the window of the room where you are trapped. The firefighters will know where you are trapped.
  • If you are aware that someone is trapped, inform firefighters immediately.
  • Do not re-enter the building alone.
  • If you are trapped, stay low to the ground as you try to exit.
  • Do not open any doors that feel hot.
  • Use wet towels or clothes to protect you from flames and smoke.
  • If your clothes catch fire, STOP, DROP, AND ROLL!!!

All alarms should be taken seriously. If you hear an alarm, evacuate the building.


1. Shelter-in-place will be announced via Campus Alert system.

2. Find nearest shelter area (room with a door-do not use elevators):

  • Lock/barricade the door.
  • Shut windows and window coverings.
  • If hazardous incident, turn off all heating, air conditioning units and/or fans. Tape off or block all vents, cracks, or openings.
  • In a laboratory, reduce all operations to a safe condition as quickly as possible. Fume hood should have sash in closed position.
  • Sit/crouch out of sight from doors and windows.
  • Take a roll call.
  • Turn off the lights and remain quiet and calm.
  • Stay in contact using the Internet, if available, for situation updates.
  • Do not evacuate for a fire alarm unless instructed by university personnel.
  • Do not open the door for anyone.

3. Shelter-in-place will remain in effect until it is lifted by authorized personnel. 

  • The campus will receive an all-clear from the campus alert system. Campus safety or other university personnel will unlock the door to notify you when the emergency has passed.

Sexual Assault

If you are a victim of sexual assault, report the incident immediately to law enforcement by calling 911. Counseling and other crisis services are available. As soon as convenient, notify the dean of students at (605) 394-2416, which offers counseling services.

Severe Weather

You are responsible for monitoring weather conditions and taking appropriate action. Thunderstorms can kill with lightning, flash floods, high winds, large hail, and tornadoes.The following tornado safety tips can help individuals protect themselves:

  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Protect your head.
  • Go to the basement or to an interior part of the lowest level closets, bathrooms, or halls. Get under something solid.
  • Where applicable, go to pre-designated shelter areas. Interior hallways on the lowest floor are usually best. (Note: Evacuation maps posted throughout buildings have safe areas designated on them.)
  • If there is no shelter nearby or you are in a vehicle, lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine, or culvert with your hands shielding your head.
  • A "Tornado Watch" means that tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are possible. A "Tornado Warning" means that a tornado is detected. Take shelter immediately.
  • Severe thunderstorms, hail, a loud roaring noise, and funnel clouds are signs that a tornado may be nearby. In the Rapid City area, Civil Defense sirens will sound whenever there is a "Tornado Warning."
  • During lightning events, stay indoors or in vehicles.
  • All South Dakota School of Mines &Technology students and employees should familiarize themselves with the safe areas in the buildings they use.
NOAA weather alert radios are on campus at the Surbeck Center and Facilities Services building. 


Hostile Person/ Active Shooter


In addition to the guidelines below, shelter-in-place may be initiated.

1.  In a classroom, residence hall, or office

  • Stay put and secure the door by lock, a wedge, or barricade.
  • If the door has a window, cover it.
  • Move away from the incident and find safe cover positions.
  • If escape through a window is possible and safe, do so as calmly and as quietly as possible.
  • When law enforcement arrives, move toward any police unit when safe to do so while keeping your hands on your head and following directions.
  • Do not leave the area entirely; you may have information law enforcement will need.

2.  In hallways or corridors

  • Quickly find a secure room.

3.  In large rooms or auditoriums

  • Move out through exits and move toward any police unit, when safe to do so, keeping your hands on your head. Follow law enforcement directions.