Media School Emergency Procedures

The Media School strives to ensure that faculty, staff and students are safe during any kinds of emergencies. We follow Indiana University’s policies as well as provide these directions below.

Always contact 911 in the event of any emergency.

Evacuation is required in the event of an earthquake, fire, bomb threat or active shooter, or if there is question of your safety and that of others. Under these circumstances, students and faculty should:

  • Close all doors fully prior to evacuating the building.
  • Pull the fire alarm to alert the fire department of the emergency.
  • Find the nearest exit and safely move students, visitors, staff and faculty to the Herman B Wells sculpture in front of Wylie Hall. Remain in that location until you are given the all-clear signal or further instructions.

First aid may be necessary during any emergency:

  • Provide immediate aid within the limits of your training and capabilities.  If necessary, contact Emergency Medical Services at 911 as soon as possible.
  • Always send someone to meet EMS and escort to the injured party.
  • If an emergency requires an Automated External Defibrillator and you are properly trained, locate the AED installed in the east wing of the foyer in Franklin Hall and follow the instructions inside the kit.

Fire may require evacuation of the building or the use of a fire extinguisher. If you are trained and comfortable with using it, follow these instructions, called P.A.S.S., to operate the fire extinguisher:

  • Pull: Pull the pin. This will also break the tamper seal.
  • Aim: Aim the nozzle low, pointing its horn or hose at the base of the fire. Do not touch the plastic discharge horn on CO2 extinguishers as it may cause damage to your skin.
  • Squeeze: Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • Sweep: Sweep the hose from side to side at the base of the fire until the flame appears to be out. Watch the area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat steps 2-4.

If you have the slightest doubt about your ability to fight a fire, evacuate the building.

During severe weather, take shelter in the lowest levels of the building away from doors and windows.

In the case of an internal threat, either safely escape the area when possible or barricade yourself in place. During an external threat, the area’s external doors will be secured to limit access to the facility. Contact local police at 911 for guidance.


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