Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures Policy

If a Red (Severe) Alert is called by the Department of Homeland Security, the Seneca County Emergency Operations Center will be opened by the Chief of the Tiffin Fire Department and the Director of the Seneca County Department of Public Safety to assess the situation. The Center will be located at the Seneca County Fair Grounds.

Information will be made available to the public through WTTF 1600AM. A list of emergency contact personnel has been provided to the Tiffin Fire Department, The Seneca County Department of Public Safety, and to the Red Cross. The individuals on this list include the President, the Dean of Students (emergency contact person), the Vice Presidents, the Dean of Advising and Freshman Year Experience, and the Assistant Dean of Students.

The emergency contact person will contact the Chief of the Tiffin Fire Department, and the Red Cross as soon as possible for details. The emergency contact person may be asked to attend a meeting of the Seneca County Terrorism Task Force for information and procedures regarding the emergency. This could include information on evacuation procedures.

The University’s Emergency Management Team will consist of the Dean of Students, the Vice Presidents and the Executive Director of Media Relations and Publications. The President will convene the Team to determine procedures. Appropriate response will be determined by information received by the emergency contact person from the above-mentioned organizations. The main topic to be addressed would be whether the threat or emergency is local, regional or national. A local threat would require an immediate response. If the situation requires this type of response, the Associate Vice President for Information and Technology Services and the Executive Director of Media Relations and Publications, will be asked to place a notice on the Tiffin University web site, and the Intranet. E-mail detailing the situation will be sent to all faculty, staff, and students and trustees.

If evacuation is required, contact numbers and information will be placed on the automated answering attendant on the main and 800 phone lines by the Executive Director of Media Relations and Publications. This will include the evacuation location provided by the Seneca County Emergency Operations Center. This will also include phone contact numbers for cell and/or other phones at the evacuation site and phone numbers for the Emergency Operations Center. Appropriate contacts with the media will be made at this time.

The Director of Human Resources will contact all employees, informing them of emergency evacuation procedures. The Dean of Students will contact all resident students and all students on campus at the time, to inform them of emergency evacuation procedures. The parking lot south of Huggins Hall has been designated as the evacuation site. The Dean of Students will arrange for university vehicles to be moved to the evacuation site and will also coordinate ride sharing.

Students and employees are required to check in at the designated emergency evacuation site. They may then proceed elsewhere from that point if they choose. Students have been advised to identify an alternate contact person to facilitate personal emergency contacts for family. Individuals with special training (EMT, First Aid, CPR, etc.) will be asked to identify themselves to authorities or Red Cross personnel. Students, employees and onlookers will be discouraged from loitering near possible disaster sites.

In the event of a tornado watch or warning, designated safety areas have been updated and identified for each building. In the event of a chemical spill, if individuals cannot be evacuated, they should move to the highest level of the building they are in. Windows and doors should be closed and sealed, if possible. Air conditioning or other air intake fans should be turned off.

Tiffin University is an evacuation site for St. Mary’s School and is designated as a possible evacuation site for others in case of emergency. An electrical generator, additional water supply and first aid kits will be made available for the Gillmor Student Center.


In November of 1990, President George Bush signed into law the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act. The following policies and procedures have been established to comply with the provisions of this Act.


When the alarm sounds:

  1. Close the windows.
  2. Raise the shades.
  3. Leave the lights on.
  4. Wear coat and hard-soled shoes.
  5. Carry towel and place over face in case of smoke.
  6. The room will be checked after you leave.
  7. Go, without talking, to your exit in single file. Walk swiftly. Do not run or push.
  8. If you are not in your room, go to the nearest exit.
  9. Assemble outside the hall or house at your designated spot so that roll call may be taken quickly.
  10. Face away from the building in case of explosion.
  11. Do not return to your room for any reason until the signal is given.
  12. Everyone must leave the building, Residence Hall, house, or other, in which a fire alarm is activated. Failure to do so may result in probation, removal from housing, and/or other appropriate sanctions, including a $50.00 fine.

DO NOT argue with Fire Safety personnel. Failure to comply could result in your arrest.