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Emergency Management

Emergency Action Plan

During an emergency, proper action saves lives. For your safety, please familiarize yourself with these basic principles which pertain to students, faculty, and staff at Old Dominion University:

All buildings are equipped with fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of the construction and/or fire safety codes. Students, faculty and staff are not expected to utilize these devices nor are they trained in their use due to the danger of their personal safety, which would result from attempting to extinguish a fire. Many buildings are protected by automatic sprinkler systems and others are provided with fire standpipe systems. All major buildings are equipped with automatic fire detection and alarm systems, which are constantly monitored by the Old Dominion University Police Department Dispatch Center. Special hazards, such as chemical storage, high voltage electricity, cooking, spray painting, and computer installations are protected by fixed suppression systems in addition to the aforementioned types of built-in protection.

If you discover a fire or smell smoke, sound the building fire alarm and begin to evacuate the building. Know the locations of the fire alarm stations and how they operate. Immediately activate the fire alarm station if the alarm is not already sounding. Do not attempt to fight a fire due to the hazards associated with the products of combustion and the threat of a spreading fire.

In case of emergency, contact the Old Dominion University Police Dispatch Center at 683-4000. You may also report an emergency by calling 911 or by using an on campus phone and calling 9-911. You may use one of the campus emergency phones as well.

Follow the below steps upon hearing a building fire alarm signal:

  1. Upon hearing a bell, horn, or voice message, immediately begin evacuation. Close the doors behind you. Use the nearest safe exit, but DO NOT use elevators.
  2. Full evacuation of the building is required upon an activation of the fire alarm system. Once you have evacuated the building, re-entry is permitted only after approval from the appropriate emergency responder.
  3. In most emergency situations, you will be required to immediately evacuate the building. In circumstances where immediate evacuation may not be warranted, such as an active shooter, shelter in place, bomb threat etc.; you will be notified of what actions are necessary through established communication mechanisms. This may be via uniformed responders on the scene, 911 dispatcher, your supervisor, telephone, webpage, emergency text notification system, radio, television, or public address announcement.
  4. Leave the building and assemble in an area established by the specific evacuation plan for your building (if required), your supervisor, or 100 feet from the main entrance of the building where you will not hinder the approaching firefighters and apparatus. Upon arrival at the assembly point, a survey of staff members/students/visitors present shall be conducted to determine if anyone was unable or failed to evacuate the building. If anyone is discovered to be missing, immediately report that information to the First Responders (Police, Fire, or Emergency Services).
  5. If caught in smoke or heat, stay low where the air is of better quality and attempt to reach a safe exit or area of refuge.
  6. Know the location of all exits from your building. All required exits in University facilities are properly marked with illuminated EXIT signs and directional arrows, where applicable.
  7. If unable to leave your room or office due to heat or heavy smoke in the hallway, or due to physical disability, call ODU Police Dispatch and give your exact location so the firefighters can be directed to you.

If you have any questions please contact

Department

Title

Phone Number

Public Safety

Chief

683-4007

Public Safety

Emergency Management

683-4009

Environmental Health and Safety

Director

683-5817

Fire Safety

Fire Safety Engineer

683-5166

Reporting an Emergency

Immediately report emergency situations occurring in or near your facility (such as fire, explosion, storm damage, hazardous material spills, chemical odors, flooding, accidents, injuries, criminal or suspicious activities, etc.) to Old Dominion University Police Dispatch by calling 683-4000 or by using a campus emergency telephone by calling 911. You may also use an on campus phone by calling 9-911.

When reporting an incident, include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Location of emergency
  • Nature of the emergency
  • Status of the emergency condition (i.e., in progress or completed)
  • Any immediate threat(s) to life
  • Need for medical or other assistance
  • Description, location or direction of travel of suspect(s), description of motor vehicle(s) involved, presence of weapons
  • Any danger to emergency responders
  • Other information that would aid the emergency response

Stay on the telephone until released by the dispatcher. If you are in a position of safety, you may be asked to maintain observation and report developments until the arrival of emergency response personnel.

Active Shooter Situation

The following guidelines are intended to reduce your personal risk in the event of an Active Shooter Situation. An active shooter situation is defined as any incident in which a person or persons armed with a deadly weapon is actively and presently employing the weapons against innocent victims.

If you are outside a building when someone begins to shoot at people in the area:

Immediately take cover (hide behind something hard, that will stop or slow bullets), or enter an unaffected building if possible.

In the event that taking cover or entering an unaffected building is not possible, then run in a zigzag fashion away from the sound of gunfire. Call ODUPD at 683-4000 or call 911.

If you are in a building when someone begins to shoot at people in the area:

EXIT immediately (as long as you do not compromise yourself) and call ODUPD or 911.

If leaving would jeopardize your safety, secure your immediate area, by:

  • Locking and barricading doors.
  • Turning off lights.
  • Closing blinds and/or locking windows.
  • Keep quiet. Silence cell phones (not even vibrate); turn off radios and computer monitors.
  • Stay out of sight and take adequate cover/protection (i.e. concrete walls, filing cabinets). This may protect you from bullets.
  • Do not stand by doors or windows.

Contacting the Authorities:

  • Call 911.
  • Even if phone lines are overwhelmed and your call does not go through, stay calm and continue to call 911.
  • Program these numbers into your cell phone so you will have them in the event of an emergency.

What to Report:

  • Shooter(s) location, number of suspects and their identities if known.
  • Race/gender, clothing description, physical features of suspect(s).
  • Type of weapons (long gun or handgun), backpacks or duffel bags, separate explosions from gunfire, etc.
  • Your specific location - building name and office/room number.
  • Number of people at your specific location.
  • Injuries, number of persons injured and types of injuries.

Un-Securing an area:

  • Remember, the shooter will not stop until they are stopped by an outside force.
  • Consider the risks before un-securing (unlocking) rooms.
  • If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area should remain secured.

Reporting Suspicious Activity

The university, like any other community in our nation, is at risk of terrorism or other threats to life and property. Vigilance is a key protective measure that can help reduce risk. All members of the university community, when on and off campus, are urged to be attentive to their surroundings, notice suspicious behavior or circumstances, and to report their observations to authorities in a timely fashion.

REMEMBER: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

When noticing something that you feel may be suspicious:

Place your observation into context. Is there a plausible explanation that would account for the activity you observe? Does this explanation convince you that there is no potential for a threat to public safety?

Tips:

  • Do not attempt to rationalize your suspicions.
  • If it does not look right or if you have any feeling that the actions or circumstances you observe are suspicious, report your observations immediately. Suspicious activities on campus should be reported to the Old Dominion University Police Department.
  • Suspicious activities observed off campus should be reported to the Virginia State Fusion Center by using one of the following methods:

When reporting suspicious behavior or circumstances, be prepared to include as much of the following information as possible:

  • WHO? Describe who you feel is involved in the suspicious activity.
  • WHAT? Describe the suspicious activity. Indicate if there is an immediate threat to persons nearby or to responding officers (such as an unattended package, an individual acting strangely, the presence of weapons, hazardous materials, etc.).
  • WHEN? Indicate if the activity is in progress. Give the time(s) that the activities occurred.
  • WHERE? Give the location of the suspicious activity and the location of the suspect(s).
  • WHY? Indicate why the activity is suspicious. If known, tell what might be the target of the activity.

Please include any other information that would aid the responders. Remember, if you see suspicious activity or packages while visiting Old Dominion University, pick up the phone and report it. It's our job to check it out and to keep you safe! Stay alert. Be aware. Speak up.

Intruder/Suspicious Person

If you encounter someone in your building who is behaving suspiciously to you, such as, trying to hide, entering unauthorized offices, or attempting to conceal a weapon call 911. Be prepared to provide their description and location.

If an armed or threatening intruder comes into your facility, report it immediately and take protective actions. Old Dominion University is an open campus which creates unique challenges when encountered by unfamiliar or suspicious persons.

If you see an armed intruder and you are in an office or classroom, leave the building immediately.

If you are not able to leave immediately:

  • Lock all doors or move to a secure area.
  • Call ODUPD at 683-4000 or use a campus emergency phone or dial 911.
  • Remain calm; give an accurate description of the person or person(s).
  • Note clothing, height, weight, gender, and any other descriptive information that is particular to the individual(s).
  • Report the type of weapon (if known) and direction of travel or building entered.
  • Do not draw attention to yourself; turn off lights and all audio equipment.
  • Stay out of the open areas and be as quiet as possible.
  • Keep the classroom or office secure until the police arrive and provide further instructions.

If you are caught in an open or exposed area and you cannot get into a secure area or office you must decide upon a course of action:

  • If you can safely make it out of the area, then RUN. If you decide to run, stay low and do not run in a straight line.
  • Attempt to keep objects (trees, vehicles, trash cans, etc.) between you and the hostile person. When away from immediate area of danger, summon help and warn others.
  • Hide if you are not able to leave. Look for a safe and secure hiding area. Once in place, remain calm and alert. Stay hidden; await emergency personnel and follow their instructions.

If the intruder is causing death or physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide:

  • Play dead. You may choose to assume a prone position and lay as still as possible.
  • If you are confronted by someone who is causing death or physical injury to others and you are unable to get away, then your last option is to fight back. Work together with other trapped persons. This is extremely dangerous, however; depending on your situation this could be your only option to survive.

Bomb Threat

Keep the caller on the line as long you can and attempt to obtain as much information as possible.

Ask for the message to be repeated to confirm it. Write down all information received. If possible, record the message.

Possible questions to ask/consider include:

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb located?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What does it look like?
  • Why was the bomb placed there?
  • Ask for the location of the bomb and the time of possible detonation

Listen closely to the voice

  • Male or Female.
  • Voice quality (calm or excited).
  • Accents.
  • Speech impediments.
  • Age of caller.

Try to obtain the caller's identity.

Pay particular attention to background noises, which may give a clue as to the location of the caller.

Report the threat immediately to the ODU Police Dispatch at 683-4000.

Wait for instructions from emergency responders (i.e., Police Dispatchers, Police, Bomb Squad, etc.).

Do not activate the fire alarm, unless instructed to do so by emergency responders.

If found, do not touch or handle the suspicious package.

DO NOT USE cellular phones or two-way radios near packages.

Medical Emergencies

Do not move a seriously injured person unless they are in a life threatening situation.

Request an Ambulance.

In the event of a serious injury or illness, immediately call ODU Dispatch at 683-4000 or dial 911.

Give as much information as possible; including:

  • Nature and severity of the illness or injury.
  • Victim's location.
  • Ask: is victim conscious, breathing, and/or bleeding?
  • If chemicals or radioactive materials were involved, provide as much detail as possible.
  • Send someone to the building entrance to meet the ambulance.

It is recommended that only trained personnel should provide first aid or CPR.

Minor Injuries or illnesses:

  • For an employee with injuries and illness contact your supervisor.

Psychological Crisis/Suicide Threat

A psychological crisis exists when someone is threatening harm to themselves or others, or is out of touch with reality. The crisis may be manifested as paranoia, extreme anger, sadness, agitation, hallucinations, delusions, uncontrollable behavior, and/or complete withdrawal.

If you come into contact with someone experiencing a psychological crisis that appears to be potentially dangerous do NOT attempt to handle the situation alone. These dangerous situations could include aggressive behavior, hostility, possession/seeking of a weapon, threatening actions, or otherwise unmanageable.

If someone is contemplating suicide:

  • Remain calm and encourage others do the same.
  • If the threat is immediate or imminent, call ODUPD at 683-4000 or 911.
  • Try to provide a safe, quiet, secure place for the individual.
  • Maintain a straightforward, supportive attitude.
  • Remind them they are not alone.
  • Do not minimize their concerns.

If counseling assistance is needed you may contact:

  • 1526 Webb University Center
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4401 (office)
  • 757-683-3565 (fax)

Criminal/Civil Disturbance/Hostage

If you are a victim or a witness to any offense on or near campus or observe a criminal act or suspicious person on campus, report it to the ODU Police at 683-4000. Note details and supply the dispatcher with any helpful information.

Everyone can help make the campus a safe place by promptly reporting suspicious or criminal activity.

If a CIVIL DISTURBANCE or RIOT is in progress:

  • Keep a safe distance from any crowd activities that appear unsafe.
  • Secure your area-lock doors, windows.
  • Avoid confrontation with crowd participants.
  • If police are not already present, report it to ODUPD by calling 683-4000 or 911 and reporting details of the event.

If you are involved in a HOSTAGE SITUATION:

  • The initial capture phase presents your best opportunity to escape; so if possible, avoid becoming a hostage in the first place.
  • Should you be taken hostage, your primary goal is to stay alive.
  • As quickly as possible, try to assess the intent of the hostage taker (i.e., financial gain/ransom, terrorist/political motives, or to cause harm), this will help in deciding the best course of action.
  • If taken as a hostage, attempt to gain control over panic reactions and maintain a calm composure. Hostages who are hysterical or overly emotional draw attention to themselves.
  • Control impulsive behavior and avoid overt resistance.
  • Comply with the hostage taker(s) instructions. Attempt to calm other hostages.
  • Do not antagonize or threaten the hostage taker(s).
  • Eye contact may appear to be a challenge to the captor's domination, especially in the early stages.
  • Be observant; note the hostage taker(s) descriptions, speech, and behaviors.
  • As time passes, attempt to show the hostage taker(s) your humanity by fostering communication on nonthreatening topics such as family or interests, but avoid political, religious, and other potentially sensitive issues.

Look for possible escape opportunities, but attempt an escape ONLY if you are reasonably certain that remaining a hostage will likely lead to your being injured or killed. If there is a rescue attempt, follow the instructions of the emergency responders (i.e., lie down, keep still, identify yourself). If you are unsure what to do, stay low and ensure that the emergency responders can see your empty hands. The rescuers will need to be able to separate the hostages from the hostage takers.

Workplace Violence

Old Dominion University Policy http://odu.edu/about/policiesandprocedures/university/6000/6501 prohibits workplace violence. Specifically, the university will respond promptly to violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, or disruptive behavior of a threatening nature towards people or property. Individuals who violate this policy may be removed from university property and are subject to disciplinary and/or personnel action up to, and including, termination and/or criminal prosecution. Workplace violence is defined as any actual or threatening behavior of a violent nature, as understood by a reasonable person, exhibited by faculty, staff, student employees, or others.

Examples of workplace violence include, but are not limited to:

  • Intentional physical contact for the purpose of causing harm (such as slapping, punching, striking, shoving, or otherwise physically attacking a person).
  • Menacing or threatening behavior (such as throwing objects, waving fists, damaging property, stalking, or otherwise acting in an aggressive manner; or, using oral or written statements specifically intended to frighten, coerce, or cause distress) where such behavior would be interpreted by a reasonable person as being evidence of intent to cause physical harm to individuals or property.

Reporting Workplace Violence

General Reporting Responsibilities: Any member of the university community who has been subject to workplace violence or who has witnessed workplace violence should promptly notify the appropriate university official. Additionally, employees are encouraged to report behavior that they reasonably believe poses a potential for workplace violence as defined above. It is imperative that all university employees take this responsibility seriously.

Report Imminent or Actual Violence: Any person experiencing or witnessing imminent or actual violence involving weapons or potential injuries should call ODUPD at 683-4000 or call 911.

Report Acts of Violence Not Involving Weapons or Injuries to Persons: Any person who is the subject of, or witness to, a suspected violation of this policy should report the incident to his or her supervisor or, in lieu thereof, to the Old Dominion University Office of Human Resources.

Law Enforcement Agencies: All individuals who believe a crime has been committed against them have the right, and are encouraged, to report the incident to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

False Reports: Employees who intentionally file false reports pertaining to workplace violence will be subject to penalties, up to, and including: disciplinary action, termination, and criminal prosecution.

Sheltering in Place

An emergency situation such as a hazardous material release outside of the building, major storm, terrorism incident, etc. may require that university personnel take shelter in their facility.

When this occurs:

Identify safe areas within the facility (preferably interior, windowless rooms) in which to take shelter when the threat is occurring outside of the building and the safest place is inside of the building. Ideally this occurs well before the need, i.e. do this today.

In the event of hazardous material incidents requiring sheltering in place, close exterior windows and turn off heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Establish a "duty desk" for the facility to monitor communications, handle requests from building occupants, coordinate the distribution and use of resources, etc. Departments that wish to stock emergency equipment and supplies for use in emergency sheltering situations in their facilities should consider the items listed below. In planning for such a situation, remember that very few emergencies requiring sheltering would last more than 24 hours.

Emergency Supplies:

  • Bottled water, one gallon per person per day (replace every 6 months).
  • Flashlights with extra batteries.
  • AM/FM radio with extra batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Disinfectant and household chlorine bleach.
  • Non-perishable food in cans or sealed metal or plastic containers (replace every 6 months) and utensils/paper plates, etc.
  • Plastic buckets with tight lids (for use as an emergency toilet).

Severe Thunderstorms & Lightning

If you are caught outdoors in a severe thunderstorm or when lightning threatens:

  • Immediately seek shelter in a substantial building.
  • DO NOT seek shelter under trees during thunderstorms.
  • DO NOT seek shelter in unprotected open structures such as picnic pavilions, rain shelters or bus stops.
  • If a substantial building is not available, a metal-topped vehicle with the windows up is your next best choice.
  • Avoid contact with metal fences, metal bleachers, or metallic structures.
  • Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Use phones ONLY in an emergency.
  • Do not take a bath or shower during a thunderstorm.
  • Wait 30 minutes or more after hearing the last thunder before leaving the safe location.

If caught outdoors and no shelter is nearby:

  • Find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles that is not subject to flooding.
  • If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact with the ground. DO NOT lie down.
  • If you are swimming, get out of the water immediately.
  • REMEMBER: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
  • Once you have taken shelter indoors, you should monitor a weather radio, commercial radio/television station, internet or other weather service provider. Even when a specific storm cell has passed beyond the area, conditions may still be right for high winds, lightning, and other hazardous weather conditions.

Utility Outages

In many instances, utility outages will be for a short duration of time. Emergency lighting and alarm systems will operate for a period of time to safely guide your way out of a building.

In the event of a longer outage, additional information will be provided using established communication mechanisms, as the circumstances dictate. The following instructions may be given during a utility outage:

Power Outage

  • Disconnect all equipment that could be damaged by a power surge when electricity is restored.
  • Turn off lights, appliances, window air conditioners, and other energy users to reduce power requirements for restoration.
  • Notify your supervisor and call Facilities Maintenance.

Water Failure

  • Notify your supervisor and call Facilities Maintenance.
  • Discontinue any work with hazardous materials in areas where the emergency shower and/or eyewash stations are disabled due to water failure.
  • Turn off all water-cooled operations.

Gas Leak

  • Evacuate the area immediately.
  • Contact Virginia Natural Gas at 1-877-572-3342.
  • DO NOT turn electrical devices on or off; and DO NOT plug or unplug any device, as this may create a spark. Notify your supervisor and call Facilities Maintenance.

Sewage/Drainage Failure

  • Notify your supervisor and call Facilities Maintenance on your campus.
  • If backup is large, evacuate the area.

Fire Evacuation Plan

In an effort to increase emergency preparedness in our buildings, Fire Evacuation Plans have been developed for these buildings and each residence hall.

The Fire Evacuation Plans contain information on what to do in case of a fire in your building and should be reviewed by all employees and students.

What to do

  • Upon hearing a building fire alarm signal (bell, horn, or voice message), immediately begin evacuation.
  • Close the doors behind you.
  • Use the nearest safe exit, but DO NOT use elevators.
  • Full evacuation of the building is required upon an activation of the fire alarm system. Once you have evacuated the building, re-entry is permitted only after approval from the appropriate emergency responder.
  • Leave the building and assemble in an area established by the specific evacuation plan for your building (if required), area designated by your supervisor, or 100 feet from the main entrance of the building where you will not hinder the approaching firefighters and apparatus.
  • Upon arrival at the assembly point, a survey of staff members/students/visitors present shall be conducted to determine if anyone was unable or failed to evacuate the building. If anyone is discovered to be missing, immediately report that information to the Emergency Responders (Police, Fire or Emergency Services).
  • If caught in smoke or heat, stay low where the air is of better quality and attempt to reach a safe exit or area of refuge.
  • Know the location of all exits from your building. All required exits in University facilities are properly marked with illuminated EXIT signs and directional arrows, where applicable.

Fire Prevention Plan

Old Dominion University has made a serious commitment to fire safety. The university has a full-time Fire Safety Engineer in the Department of Risk Management dedicated to fire safety for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. ODU works closely with the Norfolk Fire Department and the Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office to meet or exceed applicable local and state code requirements. Norfolk Fire and Rescue are first responders to all fire and medical emergencies on the main campus.

Smoke-Free Campus

  • All residence halls, including student rooms, are smoke free.
  • Smoking is not allowed within 20 feet of any building entrance.
  • Smoking any substance or creating smoke through the use of incense, candles or other scented smoke producing items is prohibited in residence halls.
  • Students documented for possession of candles/incense in a residence hall will be assessed a fee of $75.
  • Students documented for burning candles/smoking in a residence hall will be assessed a fee of $100.

Evacuation Procedures

  • Residents are required to evacuate the building immediately when a fire alarm sounds.
  • Failure to evacuate for any reason may result in referral to the student conduct system and assessed a fee of $50 for first offense; $75 for second offense.

Tampering with Fire Safety Equipment

  • Any student who tampers with fire and life safety equipment or interferes with the operation of the alarm systems, damages or removes any part of the alarm systems, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors or an exit sign is subject to disciplinary action, including a $200 fine.
  • Any student who deliberately sets off a false alarm is subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from the residence hall and possible suspension from the university. This will result in a fine of $500 and costs associated with the violation, in addition to arrest.

Negligent Alarms

  • Residents who set off a fire alarm as a result of cooking may face a fine of $50.

Items Prohibited in Residence Halls

  • Extension cords and multi-plug adapters.
  • Halogen and torch lamps.
  • Toasters/toaster ovens.
  • George Foreman type grills.
  • Hazardous materials.
  • Fireworks.
  • Explosives/flammables/propane/gas grills.
  • Motorized vehicles.
  • Firearms/weapons/incendiary devices.
  • Live Christmas trees.
  • Candles/incense/oil lamps/open flames.
  • Portable heaters.
  • Appliances with exposed heating elements.

**Students found with prohibited items will face referral to the student conduct system and a fine of $75.

Fire Safety Education & Training Initiatives

  • Residence Hall Staff, Resident Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and Resident Hall Director's, receive annual fire safety training prior to the start of the Fall Semester. Two fire evacuation drills per residence hall are conducted each year. Participation in these fire drills is mandatory and failure to evacuate the building during a fire alarm will result in disciplinary action. Fire safety training is also provided to other students, faculty, and staff by request.

Overview of Fire Protection Features in Residence Halls

  • Old Dominion University houses over 4,600 students in 56 on-campus housing facilities. This section provides a brief summary of the fire protection features provided in each facility.
The University Village Apartments

The University Village Apartments consists of ten, three story buildings that house nearly 1,000 students. Each building has an automatic sprinkler system, fully addressable fire alarm system monitored by campus police, and portable fire extinguishers in the corridors. Those buildings are:

  • Chesapeake House
  • Poquoson House
  • Williamsburg House
  • Hampton House
  • Portsmouth House
  • Va. Beach House
  • Newport News House
  • Smithfield House
  • Norfolk House
  • Suffolk House

Smoke-Free Campus

Smoke-Free Campus

Smoke-Free Campus

Smoke-Free Campus

Smoke-Free Campus

Smoke-Free Campus

Reporting an Emergency

Immediately report emergency situations occurring in or near your facility (such as fire, explosion, storm damage, hazardous material spills, chemical odors, flooding, accidents, injuries, criminal or suspicious activities, etc.) to Old Dominion University Police Dispatch by calling 683-4000 or by using a campus emergency telephone by calling 911. You may also use an on campus phone by calling 9-911.

When reporting an incident, include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Location of emergency
  • Nature of the emergency
  • Status of the emergency condition (i.e., in progress or completed)
  • Any immediate threat(s) to life
  • Need for medical or other assistance
  • Description, location or direction of travel of suspect(s), description of motor vehicle(s) involved, presence of weapons
  • Any danger to emergency responders
  • Other information that would aid the emergency response

Stay on the telephone until released by the dispatcher. If you are in a position of safety, you may be asked to maintain observation and report developments until the arrival of emergency response personnel.

Reporting an Emergency

Immediately report emergency situations occurring in or near your facility (such as fire, explosion, storm damage, hazardous material spills, chemical odors, flooding, accidents, injuries, criminal or suspicious activities, etc.) to Old Dominion University Police Dispatch by calling 683-4000 or by using a campus emergency telephone by calling 911. You may also use an on campus phone by calling 9-911.

When reporting an incident, include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Location of emergency
  • Nature of the emergency
  • Status of the emergency condition (i.e., in progress or completed)
  • Any immediate threat(s) to life
  • Need for medical or other assistance
  • Description, location or direction of travel of suspect(s), description of motor vehicle(s) involved, presence of weapons
  • Any danger to emergency responders
  • Other information that would aid the emergency response

Stay on the telephone until released by the dispatcher. If you are in a position of safety, you may be asked to maintain observation and report developments until the arrival of emergency response personnel.

Reporting an Emergency

Immediately report emergency situations occurring in or near your facility (such as fire, explosion, storm damage, hazardous material spills, chemical odors, flooding, accidents, injuries, criminal or suspicious activities, etc.) to Old Dominion University Police Dispatch by calling 683-4000 or by using a campus emergency telephone by calling 911. You may also use an on campus phone by calling 9-911.

When reporting an incident, include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Location of emergency
  • Nature of the emergency
  • Status of the emergency condition (i.e., in progress or completed)
  • Any immediate threat(s) to life
  • Need for medical or other assistance
  • Description, location or direction of travel of suspect(s), description of motor vehicle(s) involved, presence of weapons
  • Any danger to emergency responders
  • Other information that would aid the emergency response

Stay on the telephone until released by the dispatcher. If you are in a position of safety, you may be asked to maintain observation and report developments until the arrival of emergency response personnel.

Reporting an Emergency

Immediately report emergency situations occurring in or near your facility (such as fire, explosion, storm damage, hazardous material spills, chemical odors, flooding, accidents, injuries, criminal or suspicious activities, etc.) to Old Dominion University Police Dispatch by calling 683-4000 or by using a campus emergency telephone by calling 911. You may also use an on campus phone by calling 9-911.

When reporting an incident, include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Location of emergency
  • Nature of the emergency
  • Status of the emergency condition (i.e., in progress or completed)
  • Any immediate threat(s) to life
  • Need for medical or other assistance
  • Description, location or direction of travel of suspect(s), description of motor vehicle(s) involved, presence of weapons
  • Any danger to emergency responders
  • Other information that would aid the emergency response

Stay on the telephone until released by the dispatcher. If you are in a position of safety, you may be asked to maintain observation and report developments until the arrival of emergency response personnel.

Reporting an Emergency

Immediately report emergency situations occurring in or near your facility (such as fire, explosion, storm damage, hazardous material spills, chemical odors, flooding, accidents, injuries, criminal or suspicious activities, etc.) to Old Dominion University Police Dispatch by calling 683-4000 or by using a campus emergency telephone by calling 911. You may also use an on campus phone by calling 9-911.

When reporting an incident, include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Location of emergency
  • Nature of the emergency
  • Status of the emergency condition (i.e., in progress or completed)
  • Any immediate threat(s) to life
  • Need for medical or other assistance
  • Description, location or direction of travel of suspect(s), description of motor vehicle(s) involved, presence of weapons
  • Any danger to emergency responders
  • Other information that would aid the emergency response

Stay on the telephone until released by the dispatcher. If you are in a position of safety, you may be asked to maintain observation and report developments until the arrival of emergency response personnel.

Reporting an Emergency

Immediately report emergency situations occurring in or near your facility (such as fire, explosion, storm damage, hazardous material spills, chemical odors, flooding, accidents, injuries, criminal or suspicious activities, etc.) to Old Dominion University Police Dispatch by calling 683-4000 or by using a campus emergency telephone by calling 911. You may also use an on campus phone by calling 9-911.

When reporting an incident, include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Location of emergency
  • Nature of the emergency
  • Status of the emergency condition (i.e., in progress or completed)
  • Any immediate threat(s) to life
  • Need for medical or other assistance
  • Description, location or direction of travel of suspect(s), description of motor vehicle(s) involved, presence of weapons
  • Any danger to emergency responders
  • Other information that would aid the emergency response

Stay on the telephone until released by the dispatcher. If you are in a position of safety, you may be asked to maintain observation and report developments until the arrival of emergency response personnel.

Important Telephone Numbers

On Campus
University Police
683-3000
University Non-Emergency 683-5665
Police Administrative Offices 683-4003
683-5660 (fax)
Police Investigations 683-3492
SAFE RIDE and Escort Service 683-3477
Counseling Services 683-4401
Student Services 683-3442
Campus Information Center 683-5914
Women's Center 683-4109
Off Campus
Norfolk Police Emergency 911
Norfolk Police Non-Emergency 441-5610
Norfolk Magistrates Office 664-4799
Victim/Witness Assistance 664-4850