Emergency Guide

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Emergency Contacts Please see right sidebar for emergency contact information.
My Building / Residence Hall Emergency Information 

See the evacuation proceedure for your residence hall below:

  • Notify Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555
  • Take cover under sturdy furniture or evacuate the building if directed to do so by authorized emergency personnel
  • Do not use cell phones or any electrical devices that could spark further explosions
  • Signal for help by shouting or hanging an article of clothing from a window, but do not linger by windows
  • If possible, move away from the site of the hazard to a safe location
  • Do not use elevators
  • Be careful of fallen debris, glass or heavy objects that might be about to fall
Medical Emergency
  • Notify Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555 immediately
  • Do not attempt to move the victim unless he or she is in danger of further injury
  • Properly trained individuals should begin CPR, if necessary
  • Properly trained individuals should commence first aid, particularly to stop heavy bleeding, while waiting for an ambulance
  • If alcohol poisoning is suspected, keep the person awake, turn person on his or her side and contact Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555
  • Please remember, Student Health Services cannot deliver emergency care
  • When emergency care is needed, dial 911 or (575) 835-5555
Violent Crime in Progress
  • If exiting the building IS possible:
    • Exit the building immediately
    • Notify others as you exit the building
    • Be aware of your surroundings
    • Notify Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555 immediately upon reaching a safe location

  • If exiting the building IS NOT possible:
    • Go to the nearest room or office
    • Close and lock the door
    • Cover the door's window, if possible
    • Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room
    • DO NOT answer the door

In the event of a major utility failure at any time of the day, night, weekend or holiday, contact Campus Police at (575) 835-5555.

Electrical Outage

  • Evacuate the building if the fire alarm sounds or upon notification by authorized emergency personnel
  • In laboratory buildings, fume hoods do not operate during power outage and most laboratories should not be used until ventilation is properly restored

Gas Leak/Unusual Odors

  • Cease all operations immediately
  • Do not use cell phones or other electronic equipment
  • Do not switch lights on or off
  • Evacuate as soon as possible and call Campus Police: dial 911or (575) 835-5555 from a safe location

Flooding/Plumbing Failure

  • Stop using all electrical equipment
  • Avoid contact with the water
  • Evacuate the building and call Facilities Management

Building Evacuation Procedures:

  • Leave building immediately when an alarm sounds or if you are instructed to do so by authorized emergency personnel
  • Notify others on your way out
  • Turn off equipment
  • Secure hazardous operations, if possible
  • Take important personal items
  • Close doors behind the last person out
  • Walk quickly to the nearest safe exit
  • Do not use elevators, unless authorized emergency personnel tell you to do so
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized emergency personnel give the "All Clear" signal
  • Report any missing or trapped persons to authorized emergency personnel
  • Move away from the building
  • Proceed to the nearest available parking area while keeping streets, fire lanes, walkways, and hydrant areas clear for emergency personnel
  • Notify emergency personnel if anyone is waiting for assistance

Even if you were not in your building when it was evacuated, go to the nearest available parking area while keeping streets, fire lanes, walkways, and hydrant areas clear for emergency personnel.

If you are required to leave the building immediately but are unable to do so (because of a physical disability, injury or obstruction):

  • Go to the nearest area where there are no hazards, such as a stairwell
  • Notify Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555
  • Signal out the window to emergency responders, if possible
  • Remain calm, responders will arrive
Evacuating Persons With Disabilities 

Instructors and supervisors should be proactive and be aware of people who will need assistance. Building coordinators are to notify emergency personnel of any persons requiring assistance.

Assisting Blind/Visually Impaired:

  • Clearly announce the type of emergency
  • Offer your arm for guidance
  • Tell the person where you are going and alert him/her to obstacles along the way

Assisting Deaf/Hearing Impaired:

  • Turn lights on and off to gain the person's attention
  • Indicate directions with gestures or a written note

Assisting Mobility-Impaired/Wheelchair Users:

  • Elevators should not be used to move people with disabilities
  • Seek volunteers to assist students/personnel with physical disabilities to the nearest enclosed stairway or designated areas for rescue assistance
  • One individual should remain with the person(s), if it can be done without unreasonable personal risk
  • Others should advise emergency personnel of the location so that the evacuation can be completed
  • If an imminent danger situation exists and the person requests assistance in evacuation before emergency personnel can arrive, assist in finding volunteers to evacuate the person per his/her instructions
Threatening Behavior
  • Stay calm and unhurried in your response to the person
  • Be empathetic and show your concern
  • Try to sit down with the person, as sitting is a less aggressive posture than standing or moving around
  • Try to position yourself between the person and close to an exit to allow for a quick escape, if necessary
  • Be helpful. Schedule an appointment for a later time and take notes
  • Provide positive feedback, such as, "We can get this straightened out," or, "I'm glad you're telling me how you feel about this."
  • Stay out of arms' reach
  • Limit eye contact
  • Do not argue, yell, or joke
  • Do not touch the person

If the individual's level of agitation increases, attempt the following:

  • Leave the scene; notify Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555
  • Alert co-workers by using an agreed-upon code word to indicate trouble
  • Do not allow threatening behavior to go unreported
  • Alert Campus Police and co-workers immediately after the person leaves
Hazardous Materials

Information is posted outside all rooms containing hazardous materials or equipment.  NM Tech adheres to the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Act [12-12-17 NMSA 1978]

Chemical Spills

Detailed safety procedures are in place in all campus laboratories where dangerous materials are used and stored. If you encounter a chemical spill and no trained individuals are in the area:

  • Notify Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555
  • Do not touch the material
  • Isolate the area by cordoning it off or closing doors
  • Notify people in neighboring offices and classrooms
  • Turn off space heaters and extinguish open flames in the area
  • If there are vapors or noxious fumes, evacuate the affected area of the building and do not re-enter the area until authorized emergency personnel give the "All Clear" signal

Radioactive Materials

Radioactive materials are utilized in some campus laboratories. Those that might be encountered are considered low-level sources of radiation and pose minimal threat when properly stored and handled. If you encounter what you believe to be radioactive material:

  • Notify Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555
  • Do not touch the material
  • Isolate the area by cordoning it off or closing doors
  • Notify people in neighboring offices and classrooms

Mental Health Emergency
  • In the event of overtly threatening behavior constituting an immediate threat to self or others, notify Campus Police at 911or (575) 835-5555
  • In non-emergency situations:
    • Refer students to Counseling and Disability Services: (575) 835-6619
    • Refer faculty and staff to the Employee Assistance Program:Angie Gonzales, Human Resources (575) 835-5643
    • You may also report concerning behavior about a student to Counseling and Disability Services by contacting Laurie T. Borden, Director of Counseling and Disabilities, at (575) 835-5443.
  • Things To Do When Facing An Individual With Mental Health Issues:
    • Express your concerns directly to the individual
    • Make a referral in the presence of the individual and offer to accompany him/her
    • Watch for changes in behavior:
      • Significant changes in academic or work performance
      • Changes in hygiene, speech, attentiveness or social interaction
      • Excessive drinking or drug use
      • Severe loss of emotional control
      • High levels of irritability
      • Impaired speech or garbled/disjointed thoughts
      • Excessively morbid, violent or depressing themes in written assignments
      • Verbal expressions of suicidal or violent thoughts
NMT Alert

New Mexico Tech offers optional text message alerts to all students in the case of an on-campus emergency.  
Text messages may be unreliable in emergency situations and must be regarded as a supplemental means of communicating.

You can opt in for text alerts on Banweb in the secure area under "Personal Information."

Additional Information

  • For information regarding alerts at NMT's main campus, call the main campus phone line at (575) 835-5011.
  • The NMT Homepage: Refer to the New Mexico Tech homepage at www.nmt.edu for more information about alerts.
Weather Emergency

In the case of a weather emergency an alert text will be sent via the NMT Alert system. Opt in to text message alerts on Banweb.


  • Follow your building's Shelter-In-Place Plan
  • Take shelter in a basement or the smallest, most-interior rooms and hallways on the lowest floor
  • Avoid glass-enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs, such as auditoriums and gymnasiums
  • Crouch down and cover your head
  • Wait for the "All Clear" signal from authorized emergency personnel


  • Stay away from windows
  • Draw shades or blinds to reduce injury from flying glass
  • Minimize use of electrical equipment

Weather Closing Information

  • For information regarding weather closing at NMT's main campus, call the main campus phone line at (575) 835-5011.
  • The NMT Homepage: Refer to the notice prominently posted on the New Mexico Tech homepage at www.nmt.edu

Prior to an emergency, familiarize yourself with exits and fire safety equipment (extinguisher, alarm, ladders, etc.), and Initiate the fire alarm, where available, by activating a manual alarm box.

  • Unless you are the person reporting the fire, do not call Campus Police or Facilities Management. The telephone lines may be needed for the emergency.
  • When an alarm sounds, you must leave the building. It is a violation of New Mexico State Law to fail to leave a building when the fire alarm is sounding, pursuant to NMSA § 30-7-22.
  • always assume it is a real emergency.

When an emergency is present:

  • Alert people in the immediate area of the fire and evacuate
  • Confine the fire and secure empty areas by closing doors as you leave
  • Initiate the fire alarm, where available, by activating a manual alarm box
  • Once outside proceed to the nearest available parking area while keeping streets, fire lanes, walkways, and hydrant areas clear for emergency personnel.
  • Notify Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555,or use a phone to report the location and size of the fire from a safe distance and location (200 ft. or more from the building)
  • Evacuate the building until authorized emergency personnel give the "All Clear" signal
  • Do not use elevators unless directed to do so by authorized emergency personnel

If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes:

  • Stay in the room with the door closed
  • Block the smoke at door cracks and air vents
  • If possible, wet a towel through which to breathe
  • Call 911 or (575) 835-5555 to alert authorities of your situation
  • Signal for help by using a bright-colored cloth or flashlight at the window

Report all fires, even those which have been extinguished, to Campus Police: 911 or (575) 835-5555

NOTE: There are different types of fire extinguishers for use on different types of fires. Familiarize yourself with the types & operation of fire extinguishers in your work area.

Suspicious Mail/Packages suspicious_mail
  • Do not use a cell phone, as it can trigger an explosive device
  • Do not touch, taste, or smell the mail/package
  • Do not move, open, cover or interfere with the package
  • Move away from suspicious item(s)
  • Safely evacuate as many people as possible
  • Notify Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555 from a safe location
  • Provide the Campus Police with a clear description of the suspicious item
  • Follow police instructions
Bomb Threat

BombThreatCardAll bomb threats are to be taken seriously. Notify Campus Police at 911 or (575) 835-5555 immediately.

If you receive a bomb threat by telephone:

  • Remain calm
  • Write down the caller's exact words
  • Note the time of the call
  • Check for caller ID information
  • Use the form on the right to ascertain information from the caller

If you received a written bomb threat:

  • Notify Campus Police at 911or (575) 835-5555 immediately
  • Do a quick visual inspection of your area
  • Do not touch or move any suspicious object
  • Do not use radios, pagers or cell phones, as they can trigger an explosive device
  • If you are told to evacuate the area by authorized emergency personnel, take your notes about the call with you
  • Follow your department's evacuation procedures
Lockdown on Campus
The following actions are guidelines upon receiving a notice of "Lockdown".  Once the issuance of a lockdown is given, everyone must move to the closest classroom or office as quickly as possible and lock the door or block access.  

Lockdown: to lock/secure access points to retain occupants within a room or space for their personal safety.  

Modified Lockdown: to lock/secure access points to retain occupants within a building for their personal safety.

Any person who sees an emergency situation should call Campus Police at 911 (575-835-5555 on campus or cell phone) immediately and is empowered to call a lockdown.  Campus Police will give the order to lockdown via the text-message alert.

Text Alert:
  • In a real life emergency: the lockdown alert is to include at least the following information: "EMERGENCY -- EMERGENCY -- EMERGENCY -- INITIATE LOCKDOWN"
  • For training purposes: the lockdown alert is to include at least the following: "ATTENTION -- THIS IS A TRAINING EXERCISE -- PRACTICE LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES -- THIS IS A TRAINING EXERCISE" the message may be spread verbally, through the use of hand-held radios, telephone, or by any other method deemed necessary.

During a lockdown the purpose is to keep the occupants safe in the rooms or building.  Employees and students are advised not to pull the fire alarm unless there is a fire.

  1. Go to an office/classroom/lab/residence room
    • If there are other students/visitors/faculty/staff with you or in the vicinity tell them to go to the nearest office/classroom/lab/residence room
    • Where appropriate and necessary, provide instruction and assistance to people with disabilities and visitors.
  2. Gather students/visitors/faculty/staff
    • If students/visitors/faculty/staff are not all in the office/classroom/lab/residence room, take a quick look outside the door and tell them to come inside.
  3. Secure the room
    • Lock the door, if possible.
    • Move furniture to provide added protection.
    • Do what you can to minimize your exposure to the threat.
  4. Persons in the room
    • Move everyone out of sight of windows.
    • Move behind furniture for protection, if possible.
    • Keep everyone quiet.
    • Tell everyone to silence their cell phones.
  5. Stay in the room
    • Everyone stays in the room until directed by law enforcement to do otherwise.
    • If you hear a knock on the door, do not open it.
    • If you hear the fire alarm, do not leave the room unless you see fire, smell smoke, or Campus Police per Campus Police Department procedure direct you to leave
For those caught in an area away from their office/classroom/lab/residence room

Move to the nearest safe place
  1.  Do not gather in groups.
  2. If you are near a room with an open door -- move inside.
  3. If you are outside the building, move far away from the building.
  4. Follow Steps 1 through 5 above
  5. If there is a threat: do what you can to minimize your exposure to the threat: evacuation, running, crawling, hiding, or other suvivable options.  If you cannot get inside, make yourself as compact as possible.

Campus Police will advise per Campus Police Department Policy and Procedure that the lockdown is over.