Faculty members are seen as leaders by students and their staff and should be prepared to direct their students to assembly areas in the event of an emergency. Every member of the Faculty and staff should be familiar with applicable emergency plans and familiarize themselves with emergency procedures and evacuation routes. Faculty and staff must be prepared to assess situations quickly but thoroughly, and use common sense in determining a course of action.

All Faculty and staff are responsible for emergency preparedness planning for their own work areas and securing their work areas in the event of an emergency. Work areas need to be secured in advance of certain weather systems (hurricanes, floods, etc.).


  1. Alert people in the area of the need to evacuate.
  2. Activate the nearest fire alarm.
  3. Exit the building.
  4. Call Campus Police at 601-877-3000.


    1. Feel the door or doorknob to the hallway with the back of your hand. If it feels hot, do not open it – the fire may be on the other side of the door. If you are trapped, put a cloth or towel under the door to help prevent the entry of smoke. Dial 601- 877-3000 and tell the Campus Police your location and telephone extension and that you are trapped in the room and need rescue. Stay on the phone until instructed otherwise.
    2. If the door is not hot, open it slowly. If the hallway is clear of smoke, walk to the nearest fire exit and evacuate via the nearest stairwell to the street/grade level exit.
    3. Close doors behind you.
    4. Do not attempt to use elevators. Elevators are tied to the fire detection system and are not available to occupants once the alarm sounds.
    5. Assemble at the area designated for your department and remain there until instructed.

Small fires can be extinguished without evacuation, but you must constantly evaluate and be ready to evacuate if the fire cannot be controlled. NEVER ENTER A SMOKE-FILLED ROOM.  

If you determine that it is appropriate to use a fire extinguisher, remember this simple acronym, PASS.

  • Pull the pin.
  • Aim the nozzle.
  • Squeeze the handle.
  • Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire.

When to use a fire extinguisher:

  1. Only when you are trained to do so.
  2. Only when there is a fully charged and large enough fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire.
  3. Make sure you have a clear evacuation path behind you, in case the fire cannot be contain.
  4. Only attempt to extinguish small fires that have not spread to other materials.

If any conditions that might prevent the use of fire extinguishers are present, evacuate immediately. Such conditions may include:

  1. If the fire is spreading too quickly.
  2. If the fire could block your only exit.
  3. If the type and size of fire extinguisher is wrong.
  4. If you do not know how to use a fire extinguisher.
  5. If the fire is too large.
  6. If the heat and smoke prevents you from being within 10 to 15 feet of the fire.
  7. If  it is necessary to crawl on the floor due to decreased visibility and excessive heat and smoke.


  1. Fire extinguishers shall be inspected periodically, and be replaced if damaged or depleted.
  2. The name plate shall be legible and facing outward.
  3. Fire extinguishers shall be fully charged and the needle in the green zone.
  4. Fire extinguishers shall be in good working conditions with no corrosion and leakage.
  5. Each fire extinguisher shall be in a designated place and clearly visible.
  6. Never block visibility or access to a fire extinguisher with equipment, clothing or other objects.


The Alcorn State University Fire department is responsible for minimizing the possibility of fines by promoting fire safety wherever possible. To do so, we perform monthly fire code and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections on our entire campus. We also perform design projects and advise students, faculty and staff on fine code compliance and general safety issues.

To promote fire safety, the Fire Department educates Residence Hall Directors, students, faculty and staff on such topics as Fire Prevention, Fire Extinguisher Training, Fire Code Compliance and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training.

Anyone interested in training or a speaker for an event is encouraged to call the Alcorn State University Fire Department at (601)877-3000.


Shelter in Place is a directive to seek immediate shelter indoors following the announcement of an emergency condition. The act of sheltering in an area inside a building offers occupants an elevated level of protection. Sheltering can be related to a variety of situations: severe weather emergencies, hazardous conditions, chemical release, or criminal activity. In some instances it is safer to shelter in place than to evacuate a building.

  • If the hazard causes elevators to become inoperative, the fire alarm will sound.
  • If safe to do so, go to the nearest stairwell and tell someone who is evacuating to notify the emergency personnel of your location and that you are unable to evacuate or
  • Call (601)877-3000 and tell them your name, your location and that you are unable to evacuate and why you are unable to evacuate the building. Follow the directions of the operator.

THINK AHEAD! Always evacuate from a place to a pre-designated place.