Each new semester, we greet many new students, faculty, visitors and staff at NMSU. The Emergency Planning Committee reminds you to become familiar with the buildings you visit. Know more than one way out in case of an emergency.
September is National Emergency Preparedness month, and NMSU will be testing evacuations via fire drills at residence halls and academic buildings. The NMSU Fire Department conducts fire drills throughout the year at unannounced times. Even though they are drills, they are very important because through practice students, faculty, visitors and staff will learn what to do and how to behave in an emergency.
Here are some steps to follow:
- Stop whatever you are doing and calmly proceed to the nearest exit
- Do not run or panic. Joking also can cause panic and may cause injuries.
- Do not gather personal belongings or keepsakes. Take essential items such as your keys, identification and cellphone, and get out.
- If you are in isolation and the alarm goes off in your building, follow the directions provided by Housing and the NMSU Fire Department, make sure you wear a face covering over your mouth and nose, and avoid any close contact with others.
- Meet outside in a pre-designated location and use social distancing and wear a face covering while exiting and once outside. Account for everyone, and if anyone is missing, or thought to be inside, then let the firefighters know when they arrive.
- If you are feeling ill, immediately report your condition to emergency personnel.
- Close the door(s) on the way out. This will prevent the spread of smoke and fire.
- If for some reason you cannot exit, then get to a phone and call 911.
- Provide the 911 dispatcher with appropriate information: State your emergency and physical location.
- Do not re-enter a building even if the alarm is no longer active. Emergency personnel may silence the alarm while they investigate. Only re-enter after the building is declared safe by the fire department.
We always try to be respectful when planning these drills but know that at times you can be inconvenienced. Fire is not a respecter of time.