Stephen Murphy
Director | Emergency Management
Email: samurphy@loyno.edu

Phone: (504) 865-2988
Office Location: 418 Marquette Hall

Emergency
& Threat Information

For campus emergencies, please dial (504) 865-3434 or 911 from your Loyola-based DESK phone. Dialing 911 from your CELL PHONE will connect you to New Orleans Police dispatch. This site is not an emergency reporting site.

This site is an active component of the overall preparedness platform employed at Loyola University New Orleans. Contained on this website are current and approved preparedness and response plans to threats directed towards or directly impacting the campus and/or area.

For the Office of Emergency Management, please visit the following site: http://finance.loyno.edu/emergency-management

The navigation bar to the left will prompt you to various links across the campus as well as provide information relating to a wide range of emergency information. Please remember that this site will change as a result of a campus emergency and provide immediate details to a current threat or emergency.

Emergency situations are never convenient, which is why it is critical that our community be prepared for the unknown. Being able to respond and activate either a departmental or individual emergency plan is not an easy feat. By reviewing plans and engaging our community more frequently, we can create a culture of preparedness and actually become more resilient together. We strongly encourage everyone to become familiar with their own plans, be it an individual plan, family plan, or department plan, in order to be more resilient once an emergency strikes.

Campus Safety

It is the policy of Loyola University New Orleans that all emergencies or crimes in progress, suspicious circumstances, or conditions that pose a threat to safety or security of community members or guests of the university while on campus should be reported immediately to University Police. This can be done quickly by calling 911 on any campus phone or by using any “blue light” emergency telephones on campus, or in person at University Police offices or directly to an officer in the field. If using any cell phone or off campus phone, please call Loyola University Police at (504) 865-3434.

Protocols + Procedures

The plans, processes and procedures specified in the plans listed below are critically dependent upon the Emergency Management Team’s ability to execute their responsibilities.

Personal Preparedness

Preparedness begins with you. Protection of life and property begins with you. So, we should all be prepared to some extent as an individual or a family first. Loyola University New Orleans encourages all of the Loyola community to make emergency preparedness a top priority by joining the nationwide “Be Ready” effort. This can be found on numerous sites and media, but ready.gov is the cornerstone. The basic message is designed to provide citizens basic information to complete the necessary steps to help protect themselves and their families against any hazard.

Click to access and download the Loyola Emergency Information Toolkit.

Before you proceed any further, please ensure that you are signed up for Loyola Emergency Alerts. This serves as our primary method of reaching the entire campus community. It is also advised to register for citywide alerts at ready.nola.gov.

Understanding what threats for which you should consider planning is critical. One widely accepted, “best practice” method used to accomplish this at the muncipal, state, and federal levels as well as business level is to conduct a THIRA – Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment. In general, this type of exercise provides a prioritized list of credible threats that your community and campus should address. These same threats might very well be the ones for which you as an individual should consider planning. Some of the identified threats could be:

 

Building a Preparedness Plan and Preparedness Kit

Once your threats are acknowledged, planning or preparing for them is easier. While some threats are certainly more likely to involve extended suspension of campus operations than others, there are many of the same preparedness themes for nearly every situation.

The most important aspect, one could argue, is the individual aspect of the personal preparedness plan and kit. No one knows your needs better than you! There are a litany of tips out there providing reminders and ideas, but your plan should address your specific needs.

By following the examples, steps and documents hyperlinked below you can begin to build a custom, tailor-made plan and/or kit for you and your loved ones so you are as prepared as possible for the next time disaster strikes.

How To Get Involved

Being proactive and getting involved in emergency preparedness is a major way to learn how to provide assistance to others in need as well as become more prepared yourself. Knowing what to do and when to do it helps everyone become more resilient.

There are many personal safety options as well as volunteer programs across the City in which you can participate. Helping others in a time of need is not only a Loyola tradition, but also a New Orleans one. Here are a few ways you can get involved and enhance your personal safety and preparedness:

Building Evacuation and Managers

Purpose

Loyola’s emergency building evacuation policy was established to provide information and guidelines to all Loyola community members regarding safe and orderly evacuation of buildings in the event of an emergency.

We are committed to providing a safe environment for Loyola’s students, staff, faculty and visitors. Your assistance in the full exercise of this policy could help save your life or someone else’s.

Background

This policy was developed by an ad-hoc committee appointed by the president to investigate and recommend safe emergency building evacuation procedures on Loyola’s campuses. This committee has drawn upon the experience of other institutions, fire departments, life safety code and other resources in preparing this policy.

Policy Statement

Loyola University requires all persons to leave any facility where an emergency evacuation alarm is activated as promptly as possible via the nearest available exit. If an alarm has not been activated, but it becomes clear that an emergency exists, all persons must leave immediately. Alarm pull stations should be activated upon exit.

No one is expected to endanger themselves in order to effect or assist with evacuation of others, but everyone has a duty to ensure that other occupants are aware of an emergency. Similarly, it is expected that individuals will, to the best of their ability, aid anyone requiring assistance to safely evacuate.

Emergency Evacuation

To access the Building Coordinator list, please visit this hyperlinked page on the Emergency Management website.

Loyola has adopted a system of evacuation management that is specifically designed for each building. Each building, floor and office will have coordinators who will systematically scan their areas to ensure everyone has evacuated and report to the next level coordinator. These coordinators’ responsibilities are explained in the attached Emergency Building Evacuation Procedures.

Evacuation of Disabled Persons

The emergency evacuation alarm systems in most University facilities include visual and audible signaling devices, which should alert sensory impaired persons to alarm conditions. If, while evacuating, you notice someone not responding to the alarm, please be sure they are aware of the emergency.

DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. Elevators cannot safely be used for emergency egress, and are typically programmed to cease operating when a fire alarm is activated.

Designated Emergency Assistance Locations (D.E.A.L.) have been or will be identified within each Loyola building (typically near emergency egress stairways) which wheelchair users can reach on their own, and where they can await assistance from rescue personnel in a position which does not impede or prevent emergency egress by other occupants.

Disabled persons (e.g., persons with physical, visual, or hearing impairments, etc.) have the primary responsibility for requesting assistance. It is suggested that disabled persons prepare for emergencies ahead of time by learning the locations of exit corridors, exit stairways and D.E.A.L.s, by planning an escape route, and by showing a classmate or instructor how to assist him/her in case of emergency. In addition, disabled persons who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or have some other means for attracting the attention of another.

Emergency Evacuation Signs

D.E.A.L sign

By each elevator, a sign should be posted with a floor plan indicating the location of exit stairways and the location of Designated Emergency Assistance Locations (D.E.A.L.) and the wheelchair symbol. Wording: “In an emergency, do not use elevators. Use the stairs or (insert or superimpose the wheelchair symbol) the Designated Emergency Assistance Location (D.E.A.L.).”

The D.E.A.L. should be labeled and marked with the wheelchair symbol. Each D.E.A.L. will be assigned a number like “2A” pictured. This number indicates that this location is a primary DEAL on the second floor. “A” is primary, “B” is secondary. Disabled persons are encouraged to use the primary location if possible, and the secondary only if necessary.

If the pathways to exits and/or the D.E.A.L.s are not obvious, mark the pathways with appropriate signs.