Natural Disaster Procedures


In the event of a fire in a campus facility:

    • Activate the fire alarm system and evacuate the building according to the evacuation plan found at all entry doors in each building.
      • Elevators may be utilized to evacuate individuals physically unable to utilize stairways.

      • During evacuation, do not take time to collect personal items.
  • Call 911 and Campus Security (2411).
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until authorized to do so by Campus Security.


If an earthquake strikes when you are inside:

  • Stay inside.
  • Watch out for falling plaster, light fixtures, glass, bookcases, etc.
  • Stay away from windows and mirrors. Either crawl under a table or desk, sit or stand against an inside wall away from windows, or stand in a strong inside doorway. Assist others if necessary.
  • Do not use open flames.

If an earthquake strikes when you are outside:

  • Avoid high buildings, walls, power poles and other objects that may fall. Move to open areas away from hazards.
  • If surrounded by buildings, seek shelter in the nearest strong one.
  • If an earthquake strikes when employees are in an automobile:
  • Stop in the nearest open area if possible.
  • Stay in the vehicle.

After the tremor is over:

  • Check for injured people. Do not move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger.
  • If it appears that the buildings may have been damaged, evacuate. Aftershocks can level severely damaged buildings.
  • Do not use the telephone except to report an emergency. If a call is necessary, dial 911 and report the emergency situation. Be sure to give them your name, office location, and telephone extension.
  • Do not use plumbing or anything electrical (including elevators) until after the utility and electrical lines have been checked.
  • Open doors carefully, watching for objects that may fall.
  • Do not use open flames that may ignite gases from disrupted utility lines.
  • Do not use matches or lighters. Natural gas lines may have been disrupted. Watch for fires that may have started.
  • Keep streets clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Be prepared for additional earthquake shocks.

Flash Flood

During a flood:

  • Listen to a battery-powered radio for emergency information.
  • Evacuate as instructed by emergency personnel.
  • If outdoors:
    • Climb to higher ground and stay there.

    • Avoid walking through floodwaters. If moving swiftly, even water six inches deep can be dangerous.
  • If in a vehicle:
    • If coming to a flooded area, turn around and go another direction.

    • If the car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
  • During an evacuation:

    • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

    • Evacuation is safer when completed before flood waters become too deep for vehicles.

    • Listen to battery-powered radio for evacuation instructions.

    • Follow recommended evacuation routes as shortcuts may be blocked.

    • Leave early enough to avoid being stranded by flooded roads.
  • After a flood:

    • Do not return to a flooded area until directed by authorities.

    • Stay out of buildings if flood waters remain around the building.

    • Use extreme caution when entering buildings. Watch for loose plaster and ceilings that could fall.

    • Be alert for fire hazards, such as broken or leaking gas lines, flooded electrical circuits, submerged appliances and flammable or explosive materials.

Severe Weather

If a severe weather watch or warning has been issued for Nemaha County, Nebraska by the National Weather Service:

  • Individuals should monitor weather conditions online or on a local radio station for up-to-date weather information.
  • The College emergency messaging system, two-way radio system and KBox system will be activated depending upon the level of severity.
  • In the event weather is severe, individuals will be directed to take shelter in designated safety areas.  Designated safety areas are posted at all entry doors in each building.


Lightning strikes are of serious concern in the Midwest.

If lightning threatens when employees are inside:

  • Stay indoors.
  • Keep away from open doors or windows, radiators, metal pipes, sinks and objects connected to outlets such as radios, lamps, etc.
  • Do not use objects which are connected to electrical outlets.
  • Do not use telephone as lightning may strike telephone lines.

If lightning threatens when you are outdoors:

  • Seek shelter inside a building if possible.
  • When no shelter is available, avoid the highest object in the area (trees, poles, etc.). Avoid being the tallest object in the area yourself. If trees are nearby, your best protection is to squat down and minimize contact with the ground (do not lie on ground), remaining a safe distance from trees (out of reach if a tree were to fall).
  • Avoid carrying any metal object.
  • If an electrical charge is felt (hair stands on end, skin tingles), lightning may be about to strike. Drop to your knees and bend forward, placing your hands on your knees.

If you encounter an individual struck by lightning:

  • Individuals struck by lightning may be burned but carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely.
  • If certified in first aid and CPR, individuals can often be revived by prompt CPR being performed.

Tornado Warning

Tornado Watches and Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when the probability exists that a significant threat could develop over a wide area. Warnings are issued for much smaller areas and periods of time than watches.

Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form. Be alert to weather conditions and announcements.

Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or radar indicates rotation in the clouds. TAKE SHELTER!

If a tornado warning has been issued for Nemaha County, Nebraska by the National Weather Service:

  • The City of Peru will sound tornado sirens to notify the community in the event of a tornado warning.
  • The College emergency messaging system, two-way radio system and KBox system will be activated to ensure the campus community is aware of the warning.
  • All individuals on campus will be directed to take shelter in designated safety areas. Designated safety areas are posted at all entry doors in each building.


  • Move quickly to the tornado shelter in the building.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • If a tornado strikes, help avoid telephone overloads. Do not use telephones (including cell phones) except for emergency.


  • Seek indoor shelter if possible.
  • Parked motor vehicles are unsafe. Seek indoor shelter.
  • If an indoor shelter is not available and there is not time for escape, lie flat in a ditch or low spot.
  • If you are on flat ground and are caught in the path of a tornado, always move at right angles to its path.

Individuals with mobility/impairments or physical disabilities:

  • Prior planning and practice of evacuation routes to tornado shelters is important, particularly for individuals with mobility impairments or physical disabilities.
  • Supervisory personnel and course instructors are responsible for identifying and escorting individuals with mobility impairments or physical disabilities located in their offices/facilities or classrooms to safety in a tornado shelter in the event of a tornado warning.
  • The elevators may be used to transport individuals with mobility impairments or physical disabilities and their escorts to tornado shelters. Visually impaired and hearing impaired individuals may be escorted down the stairs to tornado shelters but may require assistance in moving in crowded staircases and in finding the tornado shelter.
  • In the event of a power failure, individuals who are unable to use the stairs and their escorts should move to an interior location without windows and call Campus Security 402-872-2411 with their location.