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Building Emergency Plans  

Building Emergency Contacts

In case of emergency, call 911. For other cases please contact people in the following order:

  1. Keith Schmitter, Building Operations Manager, Room 1
    Cell: 765-242-4610 Office 494-5531
  2. Aaron Mull, Maintenance Mechanic,
    Phys 32, Office 494-5533
  3. Emergency Custodial Services:
    49-47107, 7:30AM to 3:30PM, Monday-Friday
    After 3:30PM contact James Warwick (Crew Chief)
    Room B40 or email:
  4. Zone 3 Maintenance, 49-40133, 7:30AM to 4:00PM, 
    ALL OTHER TIMES: 494-8221
  5. Facilities Services Work Control Center, 49-49999,
    7:30AM to 4:00PM, Monday-Friday.
    ALL OTHER TIMES: 49-48221
  6. AFTER HOURS: Purdue Police 49-48221

Emergency Evacuation Procedures


  • When a fire alarm sounds, evacuate the building promptly using the nearest designated exit routes.
  • Take keys, coats, ID, or any other critical personal items with you.
  • Close doors as rooms are vacated.
  • Assist those who need help, but do not put yourself at risk attempting to rescue trapped or injured individuals.
  • Note their location and inform emergency responders.
  • Use stairs only. NO ELEVATORS.
  • Go to the Emergency Assembly Area.
  • Follow instructions of the building deputy or fire and police personnel.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until authorized to do so by fire or police personnel.

You may briefly delay evacuating if you need time to shut down electrical and other equipment, especially any that involves flame, explosive vapors, or hazardous materials.



The primary emergency area is near the Purdue Mall. The secondary area is at the MSEE building.

Primary location: In order not to interfere with emergency personnel, proceed to the west portion of the Engineering Mall and assemble in the area between HovdeHall, SchlemanHall and the fountain. DO NOT assemble between the building and Northwestern Avenue or between the building and Forney Hall, Hampton Hall, Armstrong Hall.

Secondary location: (in case of inclement weather): MSEE Atrium, ground floor.



You may be required to Shelter In Place for events such as:

  • Tornado warning or other severe weather events.
  • Hazardous materials release.
  • Active shooter, building intruder, or civil disturbance.
  • As directed by police personnel for any other situation that requires you to find protection within a building.

Purdue ALERT, the University's emergency warning system will be used to announce the "shelter in place" situation.

Shelter In Place — Severe Weather

  • Proceed to the basement or subbasement.
  • Position yourself in the safest portion of the area away from glass.
  • Be prepared to kneel facing a wall and cover your head.
  • Any occupant who encounters a student or visitor should direct them to take appropriate actions.
  • Assist physically disabled individuals as possible.
  • Try to obtain additional clarifying information by all possible means (Purdue homepage, radio, email, etc.).

Shelter In Place — Hazardous Materials

If you are "sheltering" due to a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) accidental release of toxic chemicals the air quality may be threatened and sheltering in place keeps you inside an area offering more protection. For a HAZMAT situation you should, if possible, take the following actions:

  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Move to the shelter in place location.
  • Do not go outside or attempt to drive unless you are specifically instructed to evacuate.
  • Do not use elevators as they may pump air into or out of the building.
  • Any occupant who encounters a student or visitor should direct them to take appropriate actions.
  • Any occupant that encounters a physically disabled individual should assist them if possible.
  • Try and obtain additional clarifying information by all possible means (e.g. Purdue Homepage, TV, radio, email, etc.)
  • (PRIME Lab Only) Do NOT operate the PRIME Lab emergency purge system since this will draw additional outside air.

Shelter In Place — Active Shooter

If you are sheltering due to an active shooter, building intruder or a civil disturbance on campus, immediately go to a safe location (normally the police department or the All Hazards Outdoors Sirens will be the notification method).


If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises:

  • Have an escape route in mind
  • Evacuate regardless or whether others agree to follow
  • Leave belongings behind
  • Help others to escape if possible
  • Warn others about entering the area
  • Keep hands visible
  • Follow all instructions of any police
  • Do not attempt to moved wounded people
  • Call 911 when safe


If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.

  • Your hiding place should be out of the shooter's view and provide protection if shotsare fired in your direction.
  • Lock and/or blockade the door.
  • Silence your cellphone and other noise sources (radio, tv, computer).
  • Hide behind large items
  • Remain quiet


As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter.

  • Act as aggressivelyas possible against him/her
  • Throw items and improvise weapons
  • Yell
  • Commit to your actions
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2023 3:39 PM

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