Emergency Procedures

Housing & Residential Engagement has procedures in place to guide residents should an emergency occur. It is important for residents to make themselves aware of these procedures to ensure their safety in the event of an emergency.

Residents who may require assistance in the event of an evacuation should notify their Resident Assistant or Hall Director upon move in to pre-arrange for special evacuation assistance.

To report an emergency, dial 911 or 405-974-2345 to contact the UCO Police Department.

Fire Emergency

Residence halls are equipped with smoke detectors and sprinklers. These are checked regularly during rounds conducted by staff and will engage in the event of a fire. Do not block or hang items from sprinklers or smoke detectors. 

Residents should familiarize themselves with the exits on their floor and the evacuation instructions posted throughout the halls. Exercises will be held to ensure residents know what to do in the case of a fire emergency.

During a fire emergency, residents should meet at their designated evacuation rally point.

Tornado Emergency

Oklahoma is known for its severe weather, especially during the spring and summer months. Storms can become severe and produce a tornado without warning. Being weather-aware and paying attention to text messages and notices posted by Residence Life staff is important to ensuring resident safety during these weather events.

If a tornado is spotted on radar or in person, a tornado warning will be issued and the sirens will sound in the area that will be immediately impacted or is expected to be impacted within 15 minutes. Should the sirens sound on campus, residents should evacuate to their closest tornado shelter.

The City of Edmond tests the city sirens each week at noon on Saturday.