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Emergency Preparedness

Step 1

Step 2

  • Understand that all situations cannot predicted here
  • Remember your A-B-C’s 
    • A – Assess the situation determine if you should evacuate or use containment procedures
    • B – Before doing either, visually note your surroundings for hazards (i.e. noises, alarms etc)
    • C – Call Public Safety and Communicate incident location, type and injuries

Step 3

  • Not every incident requires evacuation, but may require building containment.
  • Containment procedures are used when a hazard exists and it is not safe to leave your campus residence, office, classroom, or building.
  • Learn the evacuation & containment procedures provided

Emergency Response Plan

Download University of Detroit Mercy's Emergency Response Plan and use the search feature on the PDF (Ctrl+F) to find essential information on handling possible emergency situations in the following specific crisis protocols:

  • Active Shooter
  • Bomb Threat
  • Chemicals or Hazardous Materials
  • Earthquake
  • Electrical or Lighting Failure
  • Elevator Malfunction
  • Fire, Explosion or Smoke
  • Gas Leak
  • Plumbing Failure or Flood
  • Severe Weather
  • Steam Line Failure
  • Suspicious Package
  • Tornado
  • Ventilation Problem

Roles and other procedures in an Emergency

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    Emergency Declaration

    The President or designee (most senior Executive Officer when President is unavailable) shall declare a state of emergency when, upon recommendation of the Director of Public Safety, it is deemed necessary to activate emergency procedures and/or close all or part of the University.

    The President or designee can convene the President's Council as the situation dictates.

    The President or designee shall declare an end to the state of emergency when hazards no longer exist.

    The following is the list in order of successions as to who has decision-making responsibility in case of an emergency at the University of Detroit Mercy:

    1. President
    2. Vice President of Academic Affairs
    3. Vice President of Business and Finance
    4. Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs
    5. Vice President of University Advancement
    6. Associate Vice President of Facilities Management
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    First Responder Role

    The first responder is the person who discovers that a problem exists.

    A specific protocol has been developed for most scenarios. However, a first responder has a general role to play.

    Procedure

    1. IMMEDIATELY go to a safe location and call Public Safety.
    2. When calling, identify your location.
    3. Determine the pertinent information (Who? What? When? Where? How? etc.).
    4. Provide all appropriate information regarding the problem.
    5. Help keep people calm until the proper authorities arrive.
    6. After the emergency is over, the First Responder will need to verify with the Department of Public Safety the situation at the start of the incident to ensure accuracy of Aftermath Records.
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    Building Coordinator Role

    Building Coordinators are responsible for assisting the Department of Public Safety in developing and maintaining individual, site-specific Evacuation and Containment Plans for each campus building.

    General Responsibilities

    • Knowing the location and approximate quantities of hazardous materials.
    • Being aware of employees with mobility problems.
    • Knowing the location of emergency pull alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency telephones and exits.
    • Ensuring the display of emergency evacuation route maps.
    • Alerting building occupants to practice drills and the specific Gathering Point for the building.
    • Identifying Floor Coordinators, if necessary, to assist in accounting for occupants of each floor.

    Incident Management

    In an evacuation or containment of the occupants of a building, the Building Coordinator is responsible for:

    • Assisting occupants in quickly proceeding to the evacuation or containment Gathering Point.
    • Accounting for occupants.
    • Notifying emergency personnel of occupants who are not accounted for.
    • Alerting occupants at the Gathering Point if there is a need for them to move to another location.
    • Identify the appropriate person to complete an Aftermath Assessment Report and notify the Director of the Department of Public Safety at publicsafety@udmercy.edu.

    Emergency Response Coordinators

    McNichols Campus Building and Floor Coordinators

    Location

    Coordinator

    Campus #

    Email

     Architecture

    Building Coordinator

     

    Will Wittig

     

    313-993-1532

     

    will.wittig@udmercy.edu

    LL Coordinator

    Brigette Murphy-Barbee

    313-993-1533

    murphybr@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    Anita Foster

    313-993-1532

    anita.foster@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    Joe Odoerfer

     

    odoerferj@udmercy.edu

     Briggs

    Building Coordinator

     

    Lezly Pruitt

     

    313-993-3251

     

    thomasph@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Maryrose Patrick

    313-993-1287

    patricmr@udmercy.edu

     Calihan Hall

    Building Coordinator

     

    Drew Westrick

     

    313-993-1700

     

    andrew.westrick@udmercy.edu

    LL Coordinator

    Clifford Sims

    313-993-1714

    clifford.sims@udmercy.edu

     Chemistry

    Building Coordinator

     

    Mark Benvenuto

     

    313-993-1184

     

    benvenma@udmercy.edu

    LL Coordinator

    Meghann Murray

    313-993-1259

    mouyiamn2@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    Jane Schley

    313-993-1258

    schleyja@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    Mark Benvenuto

    313-993-1184

    benvenma@udmercy.edu

     CHP

    Building Coordinator

     

    Yvonne King

     

    313-993-1208

     

    kingyv@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Paula Strussione

    313-578-0569

    pstrussi@udmercy.edu

    LL Coordinator

    Yvonne King

    313-993-1208

    kingyv@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    Colleen Connelly

    313-993-2452

    connolco@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    Paula Strussione

    313-578-0569 

    pstrussi@udmercy.edu

    3rd floor Coordinator

    Cheryl Walker

    313-993-1923

    walkercv@udmercy.edu

    4th floor Coordinator

    Suzanne Erwin

    313-993-1923

    erwinsm@udmercy.edu

     Commerce & Finance

    Building Coordinator

     

    Leonard Kloft

     

    313-993-1118

     

    leonard.kloft@udmercy.edu

    LL Coordinator

    Leonard Kloft

    313-993-1118

    leonard.kloft@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    Wendy Marshall

    313-993-1200

    wendy.marshall@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    LySandra C. Hill

    313-993-1204

    lysandra.hill@udmercy.edu

     Engineering

    Building Coordinator

     

    Katherine Snyder

     

    313-993-3362

     

    snyderke@udmercy.edu

    LL Coordinator

    Chris Sassak

    313-993-3369

    sassakcm@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    Chris Sassak

    313-993-3369

    sassakcm@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    Katherine Snyder

    313-993-3362

    snyderke@udmercy.edu

    3rd floor Coordinator

    Bruce Balconi

    313-993-1657

    balconbj@udmercy.edu

     Facility Operations

    Building Coordinator

     

    Howard Heatwole

     

    313-993-1240

     

    heatwohr@udmercy.edu

     Fisher Administration

    Building Coordinator

     

    Lisa B. MacDonnell

     

    313-993-1455

     

    macdonnl@udmercy.edu

    LL Coordinator

    Cheryl Styczynski

    313-993-1421

    styczycl@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Diane Praet

    313-993-3133

    praetdm@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    Theresa Carson

    313-993-1245

    carsonta@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    Ed Tracy

    313-993-1554

    traceg@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Mary Taylor

    313-993-1036

    taylorms4@udmercy.edu

    3rd floor Coordinator

    Beverly Matlas

    313-993-1296

    matlasba@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Jim Priskey

    313-993-1236

    priskejd@udmercy.edu

    4th floor Coordinator

    Gary Lichtman

    313-578-0336

    lichtmgd@udmercy.edu

    4th floor Coordinator

    5th floor Coordinator

    Cassandra Wadley

    313-993-1457

    wadleycd@udmercy.edu

     Ford Life Sciences

    Building Coordinator

     

    Gregory Grabowski

     

    313-993-1183

     

    grabowgm@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    Gregory Grabowski

    313-993-1183

    grabowgm@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    Mark Ottenbreit

    313-993-1159

    ottenbmj@udmercy.edu

    3rd floor Coordinator

    Fr. Albright

    313-993-1182

    albrigrg@udmercy.edu

     Lansing-Reilly Hall

    Building Coordinator

     

    Fr. David Watson

     

    313-993-1608

     

    watsonde@udmercy.edu

     Library Teaching and Learning Center

    Building Coordinator

     

    Margaret E. Auer

     

    313-993-1090

     

    auerme@udmercy.edu

    LL Coordinator

    George Libbey

    313-993-1078

    libbeygh@udmercy.edu

    LL Alternate

    Betty Nelson

    313-993-1795

    nelsonbj@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    All Reference Librarians

    313-993-1071

    edesk@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator and 2nd floor Stacks

     

    Betty Nelson

     

    313-993-1795

     

    nelsonbj@udmercy.edu

    3rd floor coordinator and 3rd floor Stacks

     

    Laureen Ilasenko

     

    313-993-1075

     

    llasenia@udmercy.edu

    3rd floor alternate and 3rd floor stacks

     

    Lori Walker

     

    313-993-1095

     

    walkerlm@udmercy.edu

    4th floor Coordinator

    Laureen Ilasenko

    313-993-1075

    llasenia@udmercy.edu

    4th floor Alternate

    Lori Walker

    313-993-1095

    walkerlm@udmercy.edu

     Reno Hall

    Building Coordinator

     

    Deborah Gibson

     

    313-578-0401

     

    gibsonda@udmercy.edu

    LL Coordinator

    Jean Krystyniak

    313-993-1102

    krystyje@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    Lynn McLean

    313-993-3283

    Mcleanw1@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    Valerie Williams

    313-578-0365

    williamvw@udmercy.edu

     Residence Hall Holden

    Building Coordinator

     

    Troy Farrar

     

    313-993-2462

     

    farrartc@udmercy.edu

     Residence Hall Shiple

    Building Coordinator

     

    Trevor Mannausa

     

    313-993-1788

     

    mannautb@udmercy.edu

     Residence Hall Quads

    Building Coordinator

     

    Mike Cunningham

     

    313-993-1685

     

    cunninmp@udmercy.edu

     Student Center

    Building Coordinator

    Public Safety Duty Sergeant

     

    313-993-1234

     

    publicsafety@udmercy.edu

    LL Coordinator

    Adam Hollmann

    313-993-1154

    hollmaap@udmercy.edu

    LL Alternate

    Dorothy Stewart

    313-993-1033

    steward@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    Dorothy Stewart

    313-993-1033

    steward@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    Alysa Jackson

    313-578-0588

    alysa.jackson@udmercy.edu

     Student Fitness Center

    Building Coordinator

     

    Deanna Blevins

     

    313-993-1783

     

    humphrdc@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Matt Higley

    313-993-1783

    higleyml@udmercy.edu

    Corktown Campus and Floor Coordinators

    Location

    Coordinator

    Campus #

    Email

     Clinic Building

    Building Coordinator

     

    Gwendolyn Graham

     

    313-494-6623

     

    campbegd@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Coordinator

    Maggie Graham

    313-494-6908

    graham@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Sue Jones

    313-494-6739

    jonesjonessc@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    Marilyn Dow

    313-494-6905

    dowmk@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Cheryl Needham

    313-494-6750

    needhaca@udmercy.edu

    3rd floor Coordinator

    Deverly Elly

    313-494-6642

    ellydd@udmercy.edu

    4th floor Coordinator

    Dana Hart

    313-494-6655

    hartda@udmercy.edu

     Faculty Office Building

    Building Coordinator

     

    Mary Yim

     

    313-494-6720

     

    yimmary@udmercy.edu

    Riverfront Campus Building and Floor Coordinators

    Location

    Coordinator

    Campus #

    Email

     Law School

    Building Coordinator

     

    Yvette Chapman

     

    313-596-0224

     

    chapmayv@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Amy Smith

    313-596-0207

    smithak@udmercy.edu

    1st floor West Coordinator

    Markeisha Miner

    313-596-0260

    miminer@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Dorothy Cooper

    313-589-0223

    cooperdf@udmercy.edu

    1st floor East Coordinator Room 126 and adjacent offices, Atrium, Cafeteria, Bookstore, SBA offices, St. Thomas More, BLSA, In Breif

     

     

     

     

     

    Jeff Johnson

     

     

     

     

     

    313-596-0206

     

     

     

     

     

    jjohnson1@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Shamaila Khan

    313-596-9848

    khans@udmercy.edu

    Larned Doors

    Kathleen Caprio

    313-596-0287

    capriok@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Stephanie Winbigler

    313-596-9841

    winbigsn@udmercy.edu

    Larned Lot

    Barbara White

    313-596-9810

    whitebe@udmercy.edu

    Faculty Lot Gate

    James Williams

    313-596-0254

    williajc@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor West Coordinator

    Denise Hickey

    313-596-0202

    hickeydp@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Kathy Schmidt

    313-596-0210

    schmidtk@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor West Coordinator

    Chris Congdon

    313-596-9835

    congdorc@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Ryan Gutierrez

    313-596-0273

    gutierrp1@udmercy.edu

    3rd floor West Coordinator

    Charisse Heath

    313-596-0445

    heathcl2@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Nancy Omichinski

    313-596-0226

    omichinm@udmercy.edu

    3rd floor East Coordinator

    Lawrence Lavender

    313-596-0281

    lavendlr@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Tina Mangalick

    313-596-0274

    magnaltm@udmercy.edu

     Law Clinic

    Building Coordinator

     

    Alesa Silver

     

    313-596-0258

     

    silverag@udmercy.edu

    1st floor Alternate

    Michelle VanHorn

    313-596-0262

    vanhornm@udmercy.edu

    2nd floor Coordinator

    Tammy Kudialis

    313-596-9409

    kudualtm@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Regina Martin

    313-596-9456

    martinrl@udmercy.edu

     Law Library

    Building Coordinator

     

    Patrick Meyer

     

    313-596-0240

     

    meyerpj@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Gene Moy

    313-596-9415

    moyg@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Katy Cooper

    313-596-9414

    cooperkt@udmercy.edu

    Alternate

    Jennifer Holzworth

    313-596-0241

    holzwojm@udmercy.edu

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    Emergency Media Information Center

    The Media Information Center is the location where media gather in one room to be briefed on an emergency.  This will facilitate the rapid dissemination of timely, accurate information and help alleviate confusion and uncertainty. There has been a specific area designated for this purpose, should the need arise. Campus Media Information Centers are listed on page 3-5 of the full Emergency Response Plan.

    Our goal and commitment to the University community is to keep you and your family current with the state of our emergency and provide as much pertinent information to keep you updated.

    The University standard is to activate the Emergency Alert System (EAS) when ongoing circumstances compromise normal business operations affecting all or a portion of our campuses. The Emergency Alert System will notify registered individuals by using text messages, e-mails and prerecorded voice messages onto cell phones, hard-line home phones, pagers, or PDA’s.

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    Emergency Aftermath Assessment Report

    During an emergency there may be many University departments as well as outside emergency personnel involved in neutralizing the problem. Specific individuals throughout the emergency process will document pertinent information. The collected information should be documented on a Aftermath Assessment Report once the emergency ends.

    All completed forms must be submitted to the Director of the Department of Public Safety at publicsafety@udmercy.edu for further processing. This report shall be submitted no later than 24 hours after the affected area is returned to normal.

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    Evacuation and Safety Drills

    The Department of Public Safety and Detroit Mercy's Emergency Response Planning Committee will conduct emergency evacuation exercises, in order to train employees on emergency procedures, and to examine existing procedures and solicit feedback on drill success and modifications that could reduce vulnerabilities.

    • Always treat an emergency signal as an actual emergency situation.
    • Always leave the building through the closest exist when you evacuate.
    • Know multiple exit routes from all buildings you frequent.
    • Know and follow emergency ABC’s
    • Prepare for an emergency situation by staying current on readiness information.
    • Know what's expected of you during an emergency and how you can get help.

    In the event of an actual evacuation, please note:

    • Be calm and carefully give all information requested.
    • Evacuate building IMMEDIATELY upon order or when audio or visual alarms are activated.
    • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
    • Treat all alarms as notification of an actual emergency.
    • Do not spend time getting personal items.
    • If smoke is present, stay close to the floor.
    • If safe, turn off laboratory gases and electrical equipment.
    • If you're able, assist anyone with mobility difficulty to a stairwell landing or exit.
    • All faculty and staff should help direct students and visitors to obey evacuation orders.
    • All University employees are responsible to know the location of exits and be able to identify their building's evacuation route(s) in an emergency.
    • Designated Building Coordinators shall ensure, to the extent practical, that the site-specific Evacuation Plan of their building is followed and that the evacuation of the facility proceeds until emergency personnel arrive.
    • Exit the building using the nearest marked exit and posted evacuation route.
    • Proceed to the designated Gathering Point shown on the emergency information posting.
    • Notify emergency personnel of the exact location of anyone having difficulty evacuating the building.
    • Do not return to the building unless directed by the Department of Public Safety or University official. 
    • Emergency response personnel will direct you if it will be necessary to proceed to another location.
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    Containment and Shelter Procedures

    There may be instances when remaining indoors will be the safest course of action to take. In those instances, the Building Containment Procedure will be used. The first person to discover that a hazardous situation exists outside of the building should immediately notify the University official in the building or call the Department of Public Safety at 313-993-1123.

    • Be calm and carefully give all information requested.
    • Upon notification that a building containment is ordered, faculty members are to first turn off all laboratory gases before proceeding to containment areas.
    • All occupants are to proceed to the building containment area shown on building containment map(s) posted in building.
    • All faculty and staff should assist in directing occupants to containment area(s).
    • Be mindful of people with mobility limitations.
    • University employees are responsible to know the location of the building containment areas.
    • Designated Building Coordinators shall ensure, to the extent practical, that their building's site specific Building Containment Plan is followed until emergency personnel arrive.
    • Call Public Safety at 313-993-1123 or from a McNichols Campus phone: 1-2-3.
    • Obey directions of emergency response personnel and Building Coordinator(s).
    • All occupants are to remain at the containment location until directed to leave by emergency personnel or University official.
    • If you are directed to leave the building, DO NOT re-enter until emergency personnel gives the order to do so.

    Once you hear the containment Alert Signal you should immediately seek shelter.

    • Move to the interior hallways in the basement or lowest floor.
    • Avoid areas with glass, shelving or heavy equipment.
    • If possible, seek shelter under a desk.
    • Sit on the floor and cover your head with your arms.
    • Remain at this location until the Department of Public Safety or University official tells you it is safe to leave.
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