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Building / Structural Collapse

What You Should Do

  • If you are in a building that experiences a collapse or severe structural damage, or witness a building collapse event, call the TUPD emergency line.
    • TUPD Emergency Numbers are:
      • Tulane Uptown Campus Police emergency: 504-865-5911
      • Tulane Downtown Campus Police emergency: 504-988-5555
      • Tulane National Primate Center Police emergency: 985-871-6411
      • Other Campuses: Call 911
  • Tell the TUPD dispatcher your name and the exact location of the building and any other relevant information you have.
  • If outside the building, do not attempt to enter the building yourself.
  • If you are inside, evacuate the building. Exit via stairwells only. Do not attempt to use elevators.
  • Exit quickly and calmly. Do not attempt to take anything with you.
  • Assist disabled persons or others who may need assistance. If you can not assist others direct emergency personnel to them.
  • Choose an alternate exit route if building damage is in your path.
  • If the damage prevents you from exiting the building, go to an undamaged room if possible and open or break a window and signal for help by waving an article of clothing or making loud noises.
  • If you are trapped in the building, attempt to call TUPD or 911 with a cell phone so responders can be alerted to your location.
  • Once outside a safe distance from the building, or in a designated assembly area, check-in with TUPD or other emergency responders and do not leave the area until instructed to do so by TUPD or other emergency personnel.

What Will Happen

  • TUPD will immediately dispatch officers to the scene.
  • TUPD Dispatch will activate the Tulane Campus Services, the New Orleans Fire Department, Tulane EMS and New Orleans EMS, as necessary.
  • The Tulane emergency alert system will be activated with information & instructions to stay clear of the incident.
  • TUPD will establish on-scene command and coordinate all responding agencies.