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Do The Drill

Your response could mean the difference between life and death … maybe yours.

Prepare ahead of time
Emergency Numbers
Why are Fire Drills Important?
From the president

  • If you see fire or smoke in a building, pull a fire alarm. Remain calm.
  • If a fire alarm sounds, exit the building immediately. Don't take time to make a call or send a text message.
  • As you leave, close any windows and doors if there is time to do so.
  • Offer to help anyone with special needs to evacuate the building.
  • If you have a disability, please inform your professor, classmates and friends beforehand so that they will be prepared to assist you in an emergency, if you so desire.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • After exiting, maintain a distance of at least 200 feet away from the building so that emergency personnel have easy access.
  • Do not go back inside the building until emergency responders indicate an all-clear.

Prepare ahead of time

  • Make sure you know at least two exits out of the buildings you occupy during the day.
  • Know in advance what personal items you need to take with you, such as car keys, cell phone, etc.
  • Discuss an exit plan in your classes with your classmates and professor.


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Emergency Numbers

University Police: [from campus phone] (615) 2424 or 9-1-1 University Police: [from a cell phone] (615) 898-2424

MTSU Environmental Health & Safety Officer: (615) 898-5784

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Why Are Fire Drills Important?

  • They help ensure familiarity with exit routes and can build confidence in your ability to respond promptly and safely if an actual fire occurs.
  • They familiarize building occupants with the sound of the fire alarm.
  • They are training opportunities for emergency response units.
  • They serve as important tests of alarm systems and fire reporting procedures.
  • They save lives! A fire drill is a brief interruption in your life … better brief than permanent.

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From the president

"At MTSU, we take safety seriously. Planning can be the difference between good outcomes and very bad ones in the event of an emergency. That's why MTSU safety plans include periodic fire drills in all campus buildings. Knowing what to do and where to go in case of fire can save your life, and the best way to learn what to do is through practice. Let's make MTSU a model of fire safety and awareness. Don't sit still … do the drill!

—President Sidney A. McPhee

"Apathy on college campuses is prevalent nationwide and is the biggest obstacle that must be overcome to have an effective response to any emergency. A major effect of this apathy is that evacuations are delayed because of a lack of preparation and pre-incident planning by faculty, staff and students. Furthermore, evacuation efforts are hindered when fire alarms are ignored. Please take each and every alarm seriously.";

--Terry Logan, MTSU Safety Officer/Fire Marshal


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