Campus Security

In a life-threatening emergency, dial 911 | Campus Security: (509) 527-2222


Emergency procedures

Emergency Numbers

Campus Security...............527-2222

Note: Local area code is (509)

Non-emergency business numbers

Campus security...............................527-2222
Facility services..................................527-2925
Counseling and Testing Center........527-2147
Risk & Safety Management.............527-2550
Mental Health Crisis Line.................524-2999
Poison Control Center............(800) 732-6985


Give the dispatcher

  1.  Your location
  2.  The nature of the emergency
  3.  Phone number from which you are calling
  4.  Your name
  5.  Other information as directed
  6.  Do not hang up, unless there is an immediate threat to your safety
  7.  Report any accident or injury to WWU >.

Reporting an accident or injury

  • All injuries or accidents on campus should be reported.
  • Call 911 in the event of death or major injury.
  • Report work-related accidents to your supervisor.
  • An injured employee and their supervisor must complete a Work-Related Accident/Incident Reportand Accident Investigation Report available from Risk and Safety Management: 527-2250.
  • An injured student or university guest should complete an Accident/Incident Report available from the College Place Health Clinic: (509) 382-8349.
  • After hours, both reports are available from Campus Security: 527-2222 or at

Death or major injury

  1. If you discover or witness a death or major injury on campus, call 911 immediately.
  2. Call Campus Security, 527-2222, as soon as possible.
  3. Stay on scene until you make a statement to law enforcement officials. Do not disturb the scene.
  4. Do not discuss the even with anyone other than those directly involved and law enforcement.
  5. If approached by the media, refer all inquiries to University Relations.
  6. Seek emotional support. Counselors are available through the Counseling and Testing Center, 527-2147.

Civil disturbances or demonstrations

Call Campus Security, 527-2222, if any of the following occurs:

  •  Interference with normal operations of the university
  •  Prevention of access to offices, buildings, or other facilities
  •  Threat of physical harm to persons or damage to facilities

Take these actions:

  •  Alert persons in the area.
  •  Lock doors, secure files, documents, and equipment.
  •  If instructed, evacuate building and check in with the Building Coordinator.
  • Wait for further instruction which may come via public announcement or e2Campus (text message, email, WWU website).


Take these actions

  • If you smell smoke or have other indication of fire, pull the closest fire alarm as you exit the building.
  • Immediately report any fire to 911 and then to Campus Security, 527-2222.
  • Extinguish fire only if fire is very small and if it is safe to do so. Use proper extinguisher.
  • As you exit, notify others in your vicinity if you can do so without increased danger to yourself.
  • Stay low and proceed to the nearest exit. Use stairwells. Do not use elevators.
  • Before opening a door, feel the top of the door or the doorknob. If these areas are not hot, brace yourself against the door and open it slightly.
  • If area is full of smoke, stay low to the floor. If possible, cover your face with a wet cloth.
  • If nearest exit is blocked, go to an alternate exit. If all exits are blocked, go to the room furthest from the fire, close the door and follow procedures below.
  • Evacuate to your designated assembly area (listed under "Building Evacuations" tab below).  Do not re-enter the building.
  • Notify the Building Coordinator and/or the first official you see of any occupants who have not yet evacuated, and cause of the alarm, if known.

If trapped by fire

  • Close the door, seal cracks with clothing, tape or other material.
  • To attract attention and signal for help, stand by window and/or hang an object out the window.


During the earthquake:


  • Stay where you are!
  • Drop, cover, and hold. Drop down under or next to something solid like a table, desk, or interior doorway.  Tuck your head and cover it with your arms.  Hold onto the solid object you are near.
  • Avoid windows, filing cabinets, bookcases or objects that may fall or collapse.
  • Do not use the elevator.


  • Move away from buildings, trees, and electrical lines.

After the earthquake:

  • Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  • Proceed to designated assembly area and check in with your Building Coordinator.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Be aware of potential danger from gas or chemical leaks, fire, downed power lines, damaged structures, and other hazards.
  • Report injuries or damage to the Building Coordinator, who will report to the Emergency Operations Center.
  • Do not re-enter buildings with visible damage until the building has been cleared for occupancy.

Utility (electrical, plumbing, gas) failure

Report Incident 

Call Campus Security, 527-2222, to report the building name, room number and type of failure/leak. Security will report the incident to Facility Services and/or emergency dispatchers, depending on the severity of the incident.

Electrical/power failure/short

  • If there is an electrical short in equipment, immediately shut off the electricity, pull the plug or shut off electrical circuit breakers if you can do so safely.
  • Unplug as much other equipment as possible to prevent damage to the equipment when the power is off.

Plumbing failure/flooding

  • Stop using all electrical equipment.
  • Vacate the area of flooding. Shut off water and/or contain flooding, if possible.
  • In the event of widespread flooding, follow the instructions from appropriate authorities.

Gas leak

  • Cease all operations and evacuate the area.
  • To avoid triggering an explosion, do not operate light switches or any equipment.

Hazardous material spill

Report Incident:

  • Unless you are CERTAIN it is safe to do so, DO NOT attempt to clean up a hazardous material spill by yourself.
  • Call 911 and report the nature, location and size of any spill or leak of hazardous materials.
  • Stop source of spill, if it is safe to do so. This would include shutting off valves, setting partially spilled bottles upright, closing containers, etc.
  • Don’t touch or step in spilled materials.
  • Evacuate the building and check in at the assembly area (listed under the “Building Evacuation” tab below).
  • Close as many internal doors as possible.
  • Remain in the evacuation area to report appropriate information regarding the spill to responders on scene.

Things to note:

  • Location (floor, room number, location in room)
  • Has there been fire and/or explosion?
  • Any injuries? If so, how many?
  • What material spilled?
  • Physical state of material (solid, liquid, gas, combination)?
  • Is any hazardous material escaping from the spill location in the form of vapors, fumes, or running/dripping liquid?

To assist victims

  • Immediately wash the material from the victim and remove contaminated clothing.
  • Eyes, if contaminated, should be flushed immediately with water.
  • Washing of the skin and/or eyes should continue for 15 minutes.
  • First aid procedures should be started at once.
  • Unless seeking medical attention, persons who are potentially exposed to a spill or radiation should, before leaving area, report to emergency personnel at the site and give name, phone number, and address.
  • Required cleanup will be directed by the appropriate authorities.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available for reference in each department where hazardous materials are stored or in use.

Dangerous weather

High Temperatures 

  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol or decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place.
  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.



  • Stay OFF corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones.
  • Don't touch electrical equipment or cords. Unplug electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Stay away from plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.


  • Take shelter in a building or hard-topped vehicle. Golf carts and riding lawnmowers are not safe.
  • There is no safe location outdoors during a lightning storm. Take shelter when you hear thunder and stay indoors until 30 minutes after the last thunderclap. 

High Wind or Hail

  • Take shelter indoors. Both kinds of storms can be highly damaging, and the Walla Walla Valley has a history of strong wind storms bringing down trees, limbs and other debris. 

Winter Storms

  • Travel only if utterly necessary, and exercise extreme caution in icy or sleeting conditions.
  • Check road conditions:
  • Dress in multiple, lightweight layers and remove as necessary to avoid overheating and perspiration (and subsequent chill).
  • When walking, beware of slick sidewalks, roads and driveways. In icy or frosty conditions, it may be safer to walk on the grass rather than the sidewalk.


A number of emergencies could require you to shelter-in-place, such as a hazardous material spill in the local area, dangerous weather, or violence on campus. Shelter-in-place simply means creating a shelter where you are. Take shelter immediately; do not go looking for your coworkers, roommate or children. If you are required to shelter-in-place it could last a few minutes or a few hours.

The emergency siren will sound on campus to signal a shelter-in-place, and additional instructions will be given via e2Campus, website banners, and email. Local radio and television stations may also provide additional information.

Action steps:

  • Go to a small, interior room. In classroom buildings it may be best for entire classes to gather in large rooms so fewer rooms need to be air-proofed.
  • On the way to your chosen shelter, shut as many doors and windows as possible. Lock and barricade access unless you are certain it is a non-violent emergency.
  • If advised to do so, shut off any fans, air conditioners, heaters or anything that may draw air into a room. Close all vents. Using materials available to you, seal off vents and electrical outlets and create an airtight seal around windows and doors. Facilities Services may turn off all ventilation systems so no outside air is taken in.
  • If possible, monitor the situation on local radio stations (try KONA 610 AM/105.3 FM or KGTS 91.3 FM).
  • Do not leave the room until instructed to do so by emergency workers.
  • If you are in a residence hall room or apartment lock all doors and windows, then move to an interior room and follow the above steps.
  • Unless it is known to be a non-violent emergency,Lock and barricade all access to your area
  • Turn off as many lights as possible
  • Be as quiet as possible
  • Plan your response should an intruder break into your area


Bomb threats

Report all bomb threat calls by calling 911

Receiving bomb threat

Try to keep caller on the phone and ask:

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb located?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What does it look like?
  • Why did you place the bomb?

Record during call or immediately after:

  • Date and time of call
  • Exact words of the caller
  • Approximate age and gender
  • Speech pattern, accent
  • Emotional state
  • Background noises

Spotting suspicious object:

  • If it is safe to do so, and you are comfortable doing so, check your area for suspicious objects.
  • Do not handle object
  • Report location to Campus Security, 2222
  • Clear the area immediately
  • Campus Security or other authorities will order building evacuation as appropriate.

Criminal or violent behavior

Report incident

  • If anyone is in immediate danger dial 911.
  • Report all acts of assault, robbery, theft, overt sexual behavior, etc. to Campus Security, 527-2222, as soon as possible.
  • Do not hesitate to report criminal acts or even suspicious behavior.
  • Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with a criminal or violent individual, except to protect yourself.

Information to note when reporting crime

Nature/location of Incident _____________________________________

Description of Vehicle:
License Number ____________________


Type ____________________ Model ____________________ 
Description of Suspect:
Man ____________________ Woman ____________________ 
Juvenile ____________________ Adult ____________________ 
Hair Color ____________________ Length ____________________ 
Weight ____________________ Height ____________________ 
Color Clothes:
Pants ____________________ Shirt ____________________ 
Dress ____________________ Coat ____________________ 
Hat ____________________ Shoes ____________________ 

Marks/Scars/Tattoos ________________________________________________
Direction of Travel ___________________________________________________
Description of Property (if stolen/damaged) _______________________________________________

Sexual assault

If you are the victim of sexual assault:

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Call 911 for emergency help.
  • Immediately report an assault to the police.
  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Do not bathe or shower before visiting medical facility.
  • Call Campus Security, 527-2222, even if you do not wish to press charges.
  • Seek emotional support from friends and counselors.
    • Counseling and Testing Center: 527-2147
    • Walla Walla county Assault Hotline: 529-9922
    • National Sexual Assault Helpline: (800) 656-4673

If you witness a sexual assault

  • Call 911 in an emergency and offer emotional and physical support to the victim.
  • If the victim is not in imminent danger, call any number below to report the assault:
    • Campus Security: 527-2222
    • College Place Police: 525-7773
    • Dean of Women: 527-2531
    • Dean of Men: 527-2111
    • Counseling and Testing Center: 527-2147
    • College Place Health Clinic: 382-8349
    • Walla Walla County Assault Hotline: 529-9922

First aid and medical instructions

Take these actions

  • Call 911 for a serious injury or illness.
  • Keep victim still and comfortable and do not move them.
  • Check breathing and pulse. If victim has no pulse and you have been trained, perform CPR.
  • Control serious bleeding by applying direct pressure on wound.
  • Look for emergency medical ID, Medic-Alert tags, question witnesses and give all information to Campus Security or emergency responders when they arrive.

Building evacuations

On signal by alarm or other authority, if it is safe to do so, evacuate to the following locations outside of your building and check in with the Building Coordinator. When in the following locations, proceed to the designated evacuation area.

Meeting locations

Administration Building
East of building

Bowers Hall
South of building

Canaday Technology Center
East of building

Chan Shun Pavilion
Northwest of building

Conard Hall
Follow hall policy

Fine Arts Center
East of building

Foreman Hall
Follow hall policy

Havstad Alumni Center
South of building

Kellogg Hall
Southwest of building

Kretschmar Hall
North of building

Marketing and Enrollment Services
South of building

Meske Hall
West of building 

Peterson Memorial Library
East of building

Plant Services
East of building


Technical Services and Custodial
East of building 

Grounds and Powerhouse
North of building

Rigby Hall
South of building

Risk & Safety Management
South of building

Sittner Hall
Follow hall policy

Smith Hall
Southeast of building

Spiritual Life Center
South of building

Social Work
West of buildings

The Express
South of building

University Bookstore
West of entry in parking lot

Village Hall
Southwest of building

Village Housing Office
North of building

Winter Educational Complex 

  • Gymnasiums, fitness center and pool
    West of building on field


Evacuation of disabled persons

If you are disabled

  • Be aware of persons in your area who could assist you.
  • If you cannot speak loudly, carry a whistle or other object to help you attract attention.
  • Give clear instructions as to your needs and preferences.

To help disabled persons

  • Ask disabled person if he or she needs help. Do not move the person unless they have given you permission.
  • Move person up or down stairs only if necessary for life safety.
  • Do not use elevator during fire or earthquake.
  • Assist the disabled person to the nearest and safest exit or safe area, usually the stairway to the ground floor.
  • Assist person to designated assembly area.
  • Alert emergency personnel to the location of the disabled person.


Visually impaired persons
In an emergency, tell the person the nature of the emergency and offer to guide him/her. As you walk, tell the person where you are and advise of any obstacles. When you have reached safety, orient the person to where he/she is and ask if any further assistance is needed.

Hearing impaired persons
Persons with impaired hearing may not perceive emergency alarms and an alternative warning technique is required. Warning methods include writing a note about the emergency and evacuation route or turning the light switch on and off. Then indicate through gestures or writing what is happening and what to do.

Persons using crutches, canes or walkers
Ask if the person needs assistance to evacuate. Offer to guide him/her to the emergency exit. If necessary, carrying options include using a two-person lock arm position or having the person sit in a sturdy chair, preferably one with arms and drag the chair out of the building. Move person up or down stairs only if necessary for life safety.

Persons in wheelchairs
Wheelchairs may have parts not intended for lifting. Batteries or life support equipment may be connected. Lifting the person could be harmful. Ask the person how you can help. Determine if the person wants to be removed from the chair. Determine if the person wants to be carried down a flight of stairs; forward or backward. Ask what type of assistance he/she will need after evacuation. Move person up or down stairs only if necessary for life safety.

Learning disabilities
Assist persons by giving them directions and orienting them to the emergency exits. Practice evacuation procedures with them prior to an emergency. Offer to guide.

Emergency training

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