Mississippi College

The following procedures should be followed in case of a campus fire or explosion:

  1. Sound the building fire alarm immediately and if possible, close the door to the room where the fire is located in order to help contain the fire.
  2. Dial 911 and give the following information:
    1. State your name.
    2. State the problem.
    3. State the name and location of the building that is on fire.
    4. State the location of the fire within the building.
    5. Do not hang up the phone until the operator tells you to do so.
  3. Call the Office of Public Safety at 3204 or 3911 and give your name, the location of the fire, and other appropriate information.
  4. If the fire is small, you may wish to fight it with a fire extinguisher if one is readily available. Be sure you are using the proper extinguisher for the type of fire you are fighting. If you are not sure, check the label on the extinguisher.
  5. Evacuate the building. If the fire is large, very smokey, or rapidly-spreading, evacuate the building immediately. Inform others who may have not responded to the alarm to evacuate immediately. The alarm may not sound continuously. If the alarm stops, continue to evacuate. Warn others who may enter the building after the alarm stops. Occupants are to be at least 300 feet from the structure and out of the way of Fire Department Officials. Be sure to keep access roads open for emergency vehicles.
  6. Notify authorities on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.
  7. Do not return to the building until the Fire Department officials declare that the area is safe. 
  8. Take steps to ensure that all individuals in the building are accounted for.
  9. Use Resident Directors and Assistants to assist in accounting for individuals in a residence hall.
  10. Use Department Personnel to assist in accounting for individuals working in offices.
  11. Use Faculty/Instructors to assist in accounting for individuals in an academic building.

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