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General Information
Salisbury University Police is a full-time agency responsible for all law enforcement activities. It employs an administrator, officers of rank, dispatchers, patrol persons, and student monitors. University Police utilizes vehicles, radios, protective gear and emergency medical equipment. They are trained in required police activities. University Police officers provide first response to most emergencies.

Public Relations, under the guidance of University Police, will prepare instructions for people who must evacuate from high-risk areas. These instructions will include identification of all centrally located staging areas and pickup points for evacuees who are without private automobiles or other means of evacuation.

The selection of specific evacuation routes will be based on the extent of the evacuation required, weather, road conditions, and other pertinent factors. Highways and local streets that could be main routes of transportation for the University campus are: U.S. Route 13, College Avenue, Camden Avenue, Dogwood Drive, Bateman Street, S. Division Street and Milford Street.

A shelter-in-place will be the PRIMARY tactic used on the campus due to the large population. Determination of congregate care requirements and facilities to be used for shelters for evacuees will be made in cooperation with the Emergency Operations Center and the Red Cross.

The director of Student Health Services will have primary responsibility for assisting impaired persons including the elderly, mobility-impaired and other individuals unable to evacuate themselves.

University Police and/or volunteers obtained through the Emergency Operations Center will establish and staff any traffic control points that are considered necessary. They will also maintain access control and security for the evacuated areas.

Physical Plant and local public works workers will oversee removal of debris, obstructions, or roadway impediments, including stalled vehicles so that evacuation routes remain open.

In consultation with Maryland Department of the Environment and the University environmental safety manager, hazardous materials specialists will determine when evacuees can safely return to their residences.

The potential “populations at risk” that may require evacuation due to a hazardous materials release from specific facilities at the University have been pre-identified (see Hazardous Materials Incidents).

Evacuation may be required due to hazardous materials spills/releases that do not involve a campus facility. Transportation accidents involving trucks, trains, and aircraft present risks which could necessitate evacuation. An assessment by on-scene personnel will determine the appropriate area and populations to be considered for evacuation.

For the safety of our students, please adhere to the following procedures in the event of an emergency (i.e. tornado) that requires shelter in-place:

  1. All Residence Life staff must report to the hall office of their building and await further instructions from their AD/RD.

  2. All residents of Dogwood Village are to seek shelter immediately in a building. Residents of Dogwood Village may want to evacuate their buildings and go to the basement of the Commons building if there is sufficient warning to do so. A Residence Life staff member will accompany them and provide further instructions. Should residents choose to stay in Dogwood Village, they should seek shelter in the center hallway of the buildings, away from windows, with doors closed to the rooms.

  3. All residents of Severn, Chester and Choptank must evacuate their rooms and stay in the main hallway on their floor. All room doors and cluster doors must remain closed. The fire doors leading to the stairwells must also be closed.

  4. All residents of Nanticoke, Manokin, Wicomico and Pocomoke must evacuate their rooms and go to the basement of the building. All basement doors must be closed.

  5. All residents of Chesapeake Hall must evacuate their rooms and remain in the hallway outside of the room doors NOT IN THE LOUNGE AREA! All room doors must be closed.

  6. All residents of St. Martin Hall must go to their bathrooms in the center of the suite and close the doors on both sides.


Step 1: Alarm sounds - All RA’s report immediately to the RA staff office.

  1. First RA present must grab the fire emergency box, building master and go to the designated safe zone.

  2. All other RA’s proceed immediately to the designated safe zones.

  3. RA staff alert on-call professional of the fire.

    *Residents exit according to procedure and proceed to assigned safe zone.

Step 2: Attendance Verification or whereabouts is required for all residents:

  1. RA’s put on fluorescent reflective vests and stand at the designated safe zone taking attendance with building roster. The following questions are asked: 
    1. “What is your name? 
    2. “Where do you live in the hall?”
    3. “Was your roommate in the building?”

  2. After verifying attendance, all residents are expected to stay quiet and orderly, remaining outside and away from the building until it is cleared by the fire department.

Step 3: After exiting, residents are accounted for by the RA’s:

  1. The rosters are complied and given to the fire officials to sweep rooms of those unaccounted for.

  2. Residence Life staff will assist University Police in crowd control.

Step 4: Establish temporary shelter for displaced residents:

  1. Most senior Residence Life staff member will identify available spaces for displaced students.

  2. Most senior Residence Life staff member will coordinate the displaced student inventory (student contact data, temporary location assigned, etc.).

  3. Consider a classroom site during inclement weather or when it may appear safety officials may not classify the area as safe for an extended period of time (two or more hours).

Designated Safe Zones

Assembly Areas

Designated Safe Zone (DSZ)

Chesapeake Hall

A-D Apartments: Red Square
E-H Apartments: RT 13 parking lot (last row)

Wicomico Hall

1st Floor: Henson Hall lawn
2nd-3rd Floors: Quad near Nanticoke Hall

Severn Hall

A-C Clusters: Commons Building grass
B-D Clusters: Area behind Chester Hall

St. Martin Hall

NE: Courtyard closest to Chesapeake Hall
S-SW: Red Square

Pocomoke Hall

1st Floor: Center of Quad
2nd-3rd Floors – Devilbiss parking lot

Manokin Hall

1st Floor: Center of Quad
2nd-3rd Floors: Blackwell parking lot

Nanticoke Hall

Center quad

Choptank Hall

Safe area behind Chester Hall

Chester Hall

Volleyball courts behind Choptank Hall

Dogwood Village

Bldg. A, B, C, D, E, M, L: Dogwood parking lot 
Bldg. F G, H, K, J, N,O: Parking lot near the Commons

*On-call Residence Life professional will bring five building master cards to the scene for safety officials.

*Print new rosters following every drill for updated information.

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