Emergency Response Team Plans of Action

A. Evacuation

  1. Welcome Center operator will call Facilities Services to report location of bomb threat, direct facilities personnel to report to designated area, and tune facilities radios to channel 7 for instructions and communication.
  2. Welcome Center operator will contact the Campus News Office which will activate the Emergency Communication System, distributing instructions for the given situation.

B. Evacuation of an academic building (Monday-Friday, during regular office hours)

  1. Faculty will instruct students to take book bags and any personal belongings, if easily accessible, and exit the building.
  2. Faculty will instruct students to stay calm and walk as quickly as possible to the closest exit. Faculty will instruct students to maintain safe distance from the threatened building.
  3. The designated areas of refuge are:
    • Upper Campus (Library lawn) for: Campus House, Center for Faith and Life, Center for the Arts, Dahl Centennial Union, Facilities Services, Gjerset House, Jenson-Noble Hall, Koren, Korsrud, Korsrud, Loyalty Hall, Main, Norby House, Olin, Preus Library, Sampson Hoffland Laboratories Sperati Guest House
    • Lower Campus (football field) for: Regents Center, Storre Theatre
  4. Faculty will instruct students to remain in designated area until receiving further instructions.
  5. Faculty, staff, and students will be notified about the bomb threat through the emergency notification system. Updates will be posted on the Luther webpage or at emergency.luther.edu.
  6. Students should await instructions from their professors concerning continuation of their classes. Classes may resume in the following locations:
    • Center for Faith and Life—Main Hall/Recital Hall/Qualley
    • Regents Center—Concourse, north and south lobby, lower hallway
    • Dahl Centennial Union—CAF (anytime between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.)/Marty's/Oneota Market/Union Lounge
    • Preus Library—Lobby area
  7. Decorah police and Luther staff will sweep the threatened building.
  8. When search has been completed, police will notify the President (or the designee).
  9. President (or the designee) will go to the designated area to provide further instructions.

C. Evacuation of residence halls (Monday-Friday, during regular office hours)

  1. Welcome Center operator will contact person from residence hall staffing list and instructs first person contacted to pull the fire alarm and begin evacuation. The contacted person will call director of residence life to advise of evacuation.
  2. Security and residence hall staff immediately go to fire alarm enunciator panel area in residence hall being evacuated. RAs direct and escort students to designated area as determined by security. All persons will be instructed to maintain safe distance from threatened building. The designated areas of refuge are:
    • Upper Campus (Library lawn) for: Baker Village, Brandt Hall, College Apartments, Dieseth Hall, Larsen Hall, Miller Hall, Olson Hall, Prarie Houses, Ylvisaker Hall
    • Lower Campus (football field) for: Farwell Hall
  3. Decorah police and Luther staff will sweep the threatened building.
  4. When search has been completed, police will notify the President (or the designee).
  5. President (or the designee) will go to the designated area to provide further instructions.

D. Evacuation of entire campus

  1. Welcome Center operator will contact the Campus News Office which will activate the Emergency Communication System.
  2. Security or designated personnel scan Library lawn.
  3. Persons will be instructed to evacuate to Library lawn. Persons will be instructed to bring personal belongings, if easily accessible, when leaving the area.
  4. Emergency Response Team chairperson (or the designee) will provide further instructions at the Library lawn regarding resuming activities.
    • If needed, instructions will be provided to evacuate to Decorah High School for refuge. Instructions will be provided of availability and transportation to Decorah High School gymnasiums as an area for refuge.
  5. Decorah police and Luther staff will sweep the campus. Building order will be determined by police and Emergency Response Team chairperson as potential area for refuge.
  6. When search has been completed in each building, a report will be given to the Command Center, located in the Dahl Centennial Union. Person in charge at the Command Center will update building checklist.
  7. As buildings are cleared, Emergency Response Team chairperson (or the designee) will notify people that they can return to that building.
    Primary and Secondary buildings of refuge
    Primary buildings: 1. ­ Center for Faith and Life, 2. ­ Regents Center
    Secondary buildings: 1. Dahl Centennial ­ Union, 2. Preus ­ Library
    Primary building for communication: Dahl Centennial Union

E. Evacuation during special events (such as Homecoming, Commencement, Christmas at Luther, sporting events, etc.)

  1. Announcement postponing/canceling the event is made. If unable to communicate with people, Emergency Response Team chairperson (or the designee) will determine if fire alarm should be pulled.
    • Action if event is postponed: All persons will be instructed to move to a designated building. If during Christmas at Luther, choirs will move to the Regents Center (main gym), audience will move to the Regents Center (Sports and Recreation Center). All persons will be instructed to maintain safe distance from the threatened area. Emergency Response Team chairperson (or the designee) will instruct persons to remain in designated building until receiving further instructions, i.e., timeframe for reentering building, etc.
    • Action if event is canceled: Off-campus people will be instructed to leave campus in an orderly fashion. Students will be instructed to return to their residence halls. All persons will be instructed to maintain safe distance from the threatened area.
  2. Decorah police and Luther staff will sweep the threatened building.
  3. When search has been completed, police will notify Emergency Response Team chairperson (or the designee). If event is postponed, police will notify Emergency Response Team chairperson when the building is safe for reentry.

F. Evacuation after hours (5 p.m. to 8 a.m. weekdays, anytime on weekends or holidays)

Residence Hall

  1. Welcome Center operator calls contact person from residence hall staffing list and instructs first person contacted to pull the fire alarm and begin evacuation. The contacted person calls director of residence life to advise of evacuation.
  2. Campus Safety and Security and residence hall staff immediately go to fire alarm enunciator panel area in residence hall being evacuated. RAs direct and escort students to designated building as determined by Campus Safety and Security. All persons will be instructed to maintain safe distance from threatened building.
  3. Campus Safety and Security calls on-duty custodian via radio to open designated building of refuge. In event custodian is not available, Heating Plant operator is called. Custodian/Heating Plant operator will walk through the designated building looking for unusual objects out of place.
  4. Welcome Center operator calls director of campus safety and security, director of facilities services, manager of trade services, and campus news coordinator. Facilities Services personnel on call and other available facilities personnel will be instructed to report to campus.
  5. Decorah police and Luther staff will sweep the threatened building.
  6. When search has been completed, police will notify the president (or the designee) in charge.
  7. President (or the designee) will go to the designated building to provide further instructions.

Academic Building

  1. Security immediately goes to threatened building and pulls fire alarm. Off-campus people will be instructed to leave campus in an orderly fashion. Students will be instructed to return to their residence halls. All persons will be instructed to maintain safe distance from the threatened area.
  2. Welcome Center operator calls director of safety and security services, director of facilities services, manager of trade services, and campus news coordinator. Facilities Services personnel on call and other available facilities personnel will be instructed to report to campus.
  3. Decorah police and Luther staff will sweep the threatened building.
  4. When search has been completed, police will notify the president (or the designee) in charge.
  5. President (or the designee) will go to the designated building to provide further instructions.

If threat is in Dahl Centennial Union only
Welcome Center operator transfers calls to Facilities Services Building and moves operation to that building.