Evacuations & Shelter in Place


  • The evacuation of all or part of the campus will be announced and depending upon circumstances, directed by emergency personnel, University Security, Facilities Services or administrators. All persons may be asked to immediately vacate the site in question and persons may be directed to relocate at a specific site.
  • Leave the building swiftly using the nearest safe exit.
  • Do not use elevators, unless authorized to do so by police, fire, or other emergency personnel.
  • Once outside, proceed to a clear area from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. Evacuate further if directed by emergency personnel.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building until you are informed by emergency personnel that you may enter the building.

Evacuation Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities or otherwise in need of assistance

  • If you are permanently or temporarily disabled or otherwise in need of assistance, please inform Accessibility Resources (mnsu.edu/access) to help determine an action plan based upon your specific needs. 

See Evacuation Procedure

Shelter in Place

  •  One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency is to “shelter in place”. This means to seek immediate refuge and remain there during an emergency.
    • Remain sheltered until you are advised it is safe to leave by emergency personnel.
    • If safe to do so, go to www.mnsu.edu/alerts for the latest information.
  • If the emergency involves a hazardous material select a small interior room with no or few windows and take refuge there.
    • Close windows and apply duct tape if advised to do so.
  • If the incident involves a violent offender shelter in place or consider evacuating if it is safe to do so.
    • Turn off lights and silence phones.
    • Block entry to your hiding place and if possible lock the door.
    • Hide.
    • Call 911 or University Security at 507-389-2111.
  • Lock downs cannot be implemented on campus. Our facilities and their use by large variety of students, staff and visitors do not make lock-down procedure practical. In situations where a high school might call for a lock-down, our campus may call for “shelter in place”.