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Building / Structural Collapse

What You Should Do

  1. If you are in a building that experiences a collapse or severe structural damage, or witness a building collapse event, call Tulane Police  emergency line. Tulane Police Emergency Numbers are:
    Tulane National Primate Center Police emergency: 985-871-6411  
    Tulane Downtown Campus Police emergency: 504-988-5555  
    Tulane Uptown Campus Police emergency: 504-865-5200, or pick-up the nearest emergency blue-light phone.  
    Other Campuses: Call 911
  2. Tell the TUPD dispatcher your name.
  3. Give the TUPD dispatcher the exact location of the building and any other relevant information you have.
  4. If outside the building, do not attempt to enter the building yourself.
  5. If you are inside, evacuate the building. Exit via stairwells only. Do not attempt to use elevators.
  6. Exit quickly and calmly; do not attempt to take anything with you.
  7. Assist disabled persons or others who may need assistance. If you can not assist others direct emergency personnel to them.
  8. Choose an alternate exit route if building damage is in your path.
  9. If the damage prevents you from exiting the building, go to an undamaged room if possible and open or break a window and signal for help by waving an article of clothing or making loud noises.
  10. If you are trapped in the building, attempt to call TUPD or 911 with a cell phone so responders can be alerted to your location.
  11. Once outside a safe distance from the building, or in a designated assembly area, check-in with TUPD or other emergency responders and do not leave the area until instructed to do so by TUPD or other emergency personnel.

What Will Happen

  • TUPD will immediately dispatch officers to the scene.
  • TUPD Dispatch will activate the Tulane Facilities Services, NO Fire Department, Tulane EMS and NO EMS, as necessary.
  • The Tulane emergency alert system will be activated with information & instructions to stay clear of the incident.
  • TUPD will establish on-scene command and coordinate all responding agencies.


Emergency Action Plans