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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Evacuations & Shelter in Place

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Upon notification from Maintenance, Security or emergency personnel, immediately evacuate the building when an alarm is activated. Leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same unless directed by emergency personnel to another exit.

  • Do not use elevators, unless authorized to do so by police, fire, or other emergency personnel.
  • Once outside, proceed to a clear area from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. Evacuate further if directed by emergency personnel.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building until you are informed by emergency personnel or Security that you may enter the building.

Evacuation Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities

  • If you are permanently or temporarily disabled, please inform your department head and he or she will help you determine an action plan based upon your specific needs. A plan template can be found at: Persons who cannot leave a building on their own should go to the closest stairwell and ask another evacuee for assistance.
  • Individuals assisting the disabled persons should exit the building and notify emergency personnel of the exact location of the individual needing assistance.

Campus Evacuation

  • The evacuation of all or part of the campus will be announced and depending upon circumstances, directed by emergency personnel, University Security, Facilities Services or administrators. All persons may be asked to immediately vacate the site in question and persons may be directed to relocate at a specific site.

Shelter in Place

  • One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency is to “shelter in place”. This means to seek immediate refuge and remain there during an emergency.
    • Remain sheltered until you are advised it is safe to leave by emergency personnel.
    • If safe to do so, go to for latest information.
  • If the emergency involves a hazardous material select a small interior room with no or few windows and take refuge there.
    • Close windows and apply duct tape if advised to do so.
  • If the incident involves a violent offender shelter in place or consider evacuating if it is safe to do so.
    • Turn off lights and silence phones.
    • Block entry to your hiding place and if possible lock the door.
    • Hide.
    • Call 911 or University Security at 507-389-2111.
  • Lock downs cannot be implemented on campus. Our facilities and their use by large variety of students, staff and visitors do not make lock-down procedure practical. In situations where a high school may call for a lock-down procedure, our campus will call for shelter in place.