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Emergency Information

In case of an emergency, dial 911!

In the event of an on-campus emergency requiring immediate notification and response by police, fire, or emergency medical services agencies, please dial 9-1-1. There is no need to first dial 11 to obtain an outside line. All 9-1-1 calls from Seton Hall University telephones are answered by the South Orange Police Department Communications Center. These calls are also monitored by the SHU Department of Public Safety & Security.

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Basic Emergency Procedures

If the campus emergency siren sounds or you receive instructions to seek shelter:

  • Go indoors immediately and into a room that can be locked or barricaded.
  • Quietly monitor PirateAlert and the SHU Web Site for further instructions.
  • If the threat is a hostile intruder, plan what action your group would take if the intruder attempts to enter your room.
  • If the intruder is in your building and you can safely escape, go to another building.

Fire alarm activates or you detect a fire:

  • Immediately exit the building through the nearest safe fire exit.  Use an alternate fire exit in case the nearest is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • If the fire alarm is not ringing, activate an alarm pull station as you exit the building and call  9-1-1 once you are outside.
  • Go to the assembly point for your building and await instructions from emergency personnel.
  • If you are mobility impaired and cannot use stairs, go to a marked fire stairwell and report your location to 9-1-1.  Ask persons exiting past you to notify emergency personnel of your location.
  • If fire/smoke blocks normal exits, use a fire escape or ground floor window, if available. 
  • If you cannot safely exit the building, stay inside the room, seal the door with wet towels, duct tape, etc., report your location to 9-1-1, and signal emergency personnel through a window

Instructions received to evacuate your building or the campus:

  • Evacuate when directed through PirateAlert or by emergency personnel.
  • The evacuation may be ordered in stages to avoid traffic jams.
  • Only take items needed for health and safety.
  • For evacuations on foot, proceed as directed.  Assist mobility impaired persons or report their location to emergency personnel.
  • For evacuations by motor vehicle, go to your vehicle when instructed to do so.  If you do not have access to a motor vehicle, go to an announced transportation staging area.
  • Proceed to designated assembly points or relocation sites announced in the emergency instructions.


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