Police Services

911 – Memphis Police Emergency

Phone Number Location
901-333-5555 Union Avenue Campus
901-333-4242 Macon Cove Campus
901-333-5970 Gill Center
901-333-6005 Maxine A. Smith Center
901-333-6479 Whitehaven Center



Meteorologists generally define severe weather as any aspect of the weather that poses risks to life, property or requires the intervention of authorities. A narrower definition of severe weather is any weather phenomena relating to severe thunderstorms.

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air, usually pendant to a cumulonimbus, with circulation reaching the ground. It nearly always starts as a funnel cloud and may be accompanied by a loud roaring noise. On a local scale, it is the most destructive of all atmospheric phenomena.

If Indoors:

  • Move quickly to a safe interior area without windows, such as hallways, basements, or restrooms.
  • Move to the lowest levels, using stairways, NOT elevators.
  • If possible, close all doors as you leave an area.
  • Stay away from windows, doors and exterior walls.
  • Do NOT go outdoors.

If Outdoors:

  • Get inside, if possible.
  • Stay away from trees, power lines, utility poles and other hazards.
  • Curl up in a ditch or low-lying area; stay low to the ground; use your arms to protect your neck and head.

An earthquake is the shaking of a part of the earth's surface which often causes great damage.

  • "Drop, Cover and Hold" under a table or desk or against an inside wall, not in a doorway, until the shaking stops.
  • After the shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries and move toward the nearest exit or alternate exit.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Do not leave the area/campus without reporting your status to your instructor or supervisor.

Fire is generally known as the light, heat and especially the flame produced by burning.

  • Remain calm.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station and call Campus Police from a campus phone; call 911 from a cell phone; or, if available in the lobby, use the red emergency phone.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Do NOT use elevators!
  • Do NOT re-enter the building until authorized by emergency personnel.
Important: If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) in the window as a marker for rescue crews. If there are no windows, stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic.

How To Use A Fire Extinguisher

  • PULL the pin.
  • AIM at the base of the fire.
  • SQUEEZE the handle/trigger.
  • SWEEP with the extinguisher as you suppress the fire.

A hazardous materials release is the release of a substance that could pose a threat or danger to public health.

  • If an emergency exists or if anyone is in danger, move away from the site of the hazard to a safe location.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel.
  • Alert others to stay clear of the area.
  • Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed or have information about the release.

A suspicious person, is a person or persons whose questionable behavior or actions arouses suspicion.

  • Do not physically confront the person.
  • Do not let anyone into a locked building/office.
  • Do not block the person's access to an exit.
  • If suspected terrorist/hostage, lock doors. Do not leave or enter until all clear.
  • Call Campus Police from a campus phone; or, if available in the lobby, use the red emergency phone.
  • Provide as much information as possible about the person and their direction of travel.

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

  • A: Avoid Danger. This is the preferred option and begins with situational awareness of one’s environment prior to any active, hostile act occurring. It also includes having a plan ahead of time regarding what you would do in the event of an active shooter and knowing escape routes.
  • D: Deny: Access. If avoidance isn’t possible, find ways to prevent the attacker from having access to you and others around you (close and lock doors, barricade doorways with furniture, etc.).
  • D: Defend Yourself. Take action! As a last resort you have a right to defend yourself if you believe your life is in imminent danger.

A suspicious object is an object or thing that is questionable, or arouses or is apt to arouse suspicion.

  • Do not touch or disturb the object.
  • Do NOT use a cell phone!
  • Call Campus Police from a campus phone; or, if available in the lobby, use the red emergency phone.
  • Notify your instructor or supervisor.
  • Be prepared to evacuate.

A power outage is the failure of electric power for a general area.

  • Remain calm; provide assistance to others if necessary.
  • Move cautiously to a lighted area. Exits may be indicated by lighted signs if the emergency power is operating.
  • Turn off and unplug computers and other voltage sensitive equipment.
  • For information about a prolonged outage, call the Physical Plant at 901-333-4240.

An explosion on campus is a release of mechanical, chemical, or nuclear energy in a sudden and often violent manner with the generation of high temperature and usually with the release of gases.

  • Immediately take cover under tables, desks or other objects that will provide protection against falling glass or debris.
  • Assist persons with disabilities in exiting the building. Do not use elevators, in case of fire. Do not panic. Use stairways.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. Know the designated area assembly points.
  • If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a campus official.

Evacuation is clearing people, animals or materials from a given location, such as a building.

  • Remain calm.
  • Evacuate using the nearest safe stairs and safe exit.
  • Do NOT use elevators!
  • Gather personal belongings (medication, keys, purses, wallets, etc.), but only if safe to do so.
  • Follow directions given by emergency personnel.
  • Go to identified assembly points at least 500 feet from the affected building.
  • Assist persons with disabilities or injuries without jeopardizing your safety.
  • If you are unable to evacuate because of a physical disability, go to a safe location, such as a stairwell, and wait for help. Ask others to inform emergency personnel of your location.

If There Is Time:

  • Turn off all electronics, including computers (except in cases of leaking gas or other flammable substances).
  • Secure any hazardous materials or equipment before leaving.



Area/Building Assembly Point
Academic Building (MAA/MAB/MAC) Academic Parking Lot West
Academic Support Center Parking Lot B
Bert Bornblum Library Parking Lot C
Butler Field House Parking Lot
Campus Kids Corner Parking Lot D
Farris A Farris A Parking Lot
Farris B Parking Lot C
Field House Field House Parking Lot
Freeman Parking Lot C
Fulton Parking Lot B
Nabors Parking Lot B
Physical Plant Parking Lot D
Sulcer Parking Lot C
Thornton Parking Lot C
Whitehead Farris A Parking Lot

View the Macon Cove Campus evacuation assembly points map

Area/Building Assembly Point
A Building Myrtle Parking Lot
B Building Myrtle Parking Lot
C Building Plan A: Myrtle Parking Lot
Plan B: Allied Health Parking Lot
D Building (Verties Sails Gymnasium) Allied Health Parking Lot
E Building Allied Health Parking Lot
F Building Office Depot Parking Lot
Allied Health [H] Building Parking Lot 9
M Building Office Depot Parking Lot
N Building Parking Lot 9
Nursing Annex Parking Lot 9
Nursing, Natural Science, Biotechnology Building West of Train Track
P Building Myrtle Parking Lot

View the Union Avenue Campus evacuation assembly points map.

Location Assembly Point
Fayette Evacuate in accordance with site plan
Gill Parking Lot
Millington North Parking Lot
Maxine A. Smith Parking Lot
Whitehaven South Parking Lot

View the Maxine A. Smith Center evacuation assembly points map. You can also view the Whitehaven Center evacuation assembly points map.



Area/Building Shelter
Academic Building (MAA/MAB/MAC) First floor MAB between the lobby and the  restrooms
Academic Support Center (ASC)/ Nabors Nabors Rooms 102, 103, 106 and 107
Bert Bornblum Library Auditorium (ML122)
Butler Central hallway in Field House
Campus Kids Corner Interior rooms (library)
Farris A First floor interior hallway and restrooms
Farris B First floor Farris Auditorium, first floor restrooms and vending area (FA1106)
Field House Central hallway
Freeman First floor south end
Fulton Interior hallways and rooms
Nabors Nabors Rooms 102, 103, 106 and 107
Physical Plant Copy room and restroom
Sulcer First floor south end of Freeman
Thornton First floor hallway of Freeman
Whitehead Interior hallways and rooms in the center of the building

Area/Building Shelter
A Building First floor hallways
B Building First floor hallways
C Building First floor hallways
D Building (Verties Sails Gymnasium) First floor hallways
E Building First floor hallways
F Building First floor hallways
H Building (Allied Health Building) First floor interior hallways and restrooms
M Building First floor hallways
N Building (Physical Plant) First floor interior hallways and restrooms
Nursing Annex Basement
Nursing, Natural Science and Biotechnology Building First floor interior hallway and restrooms
P Building First floor interior hallways and restrooms

Location Shelter
Fayette Evacuate in accordance with site plan
Gill First floor hallways/restrooms
Millington East and west Center halls
Maxine A. Smith Interior hallways and restrooms
Whitehaven Hallways (South, East and North) and restrooms


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