ASU-Beebe Emergency Procedures


Dial 911

Facility Emergency:

Beebe - DIal 882-8851 (8851 from a campus phone)

Searcy - Dial 207-6240 (6240 from a campus phone)

Heber - Dial 362-1234 (1234 from a campus phone)

Physical Plant - Dial 882-4526 



Be aware of your surroundings

Being aware of where you are and what is happening around you can help you to understand how information, events, and your own actions will impact your safety and your ability to protect yourself, both now and in the near future. 

Protect yourself

Based on your assessment of the situation, use your best judgment to protect yourself and, if possible without putting yourself in danger, others. 

Help others. 

Once you are safely away from danger, warn others of the hazard and help if you can without putting yourself at risk of danger. 

Call for help

Any emergency service can be summoned by calling 911. 

When reporting emergencies.

An emergency is any immediate threat to life and/or property that requires immediate response from police, fire, or emergency medical services. Some examples of emergencies are crimes in progress, any kind of fire or a serious injury or illness. If you are not sure if an incident falls into an emergency classification, feel free to call 911 when an immediate response is needed. Campus police can be reached at (501) 882-8851; dial 8851 from a campus phone. 

How should I report an emergency?

  • Stay on the line with the 911 dispatcher
  • Provide the address, location, building, or room number and a description of the emergency
  • Provide the phone number at your location
  • Provide a thorough description of the incident to assure appropriate resources are dispatched

Report Emergencies to ............................. 9-911 from a landline, or 911 from a mobile phone

Campus Police (Beebe) ............................. (501) 882-8851

Campus Police (Searcy) ............................ (501) 207-6240

Campus Police (Heber Springs) ............... (501) 362-1234

Facilities Management (Physical Plant)    (501) 882-4526

Safety & Emergency Management ......... (501) 882-4469

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Ambulance ......................................................... (501) 882-3365
Beebe Fire .......................................................... (501) 882-5600
Beebe Police ...................................................... (501) 882-3365
Beebe Water ...................................................... (501) 882-6438
Centerpoint (Gas) .............................................. (800) 992-7552
Entergy (Power) ................................................. (800) 968-8243
Green Environment Services (Trash) .............. (501) 288-8346
White County Office of Emergency Mgmt ..... (501) 279-6277
White County Judge .......................................... (501) 279-6200
White County Sheriff ........................................ (501) 279-6231


Ambulance ......................................................... (501) 305-2287
Searcy Fire .......................................................... (501) 279-1066
Searcy Police ...................................................... (501) 268-3531
Searcy Water ...................................................... (501) 268-2481
Centerpoint (Gas) .............................................. (800) 992-7552
Entergy (Power) ................................................. (800) 968-8243
White County Office of Emergency Mgmt ..... (501) 279-6277
White County Judge .......................................... (501) 279-6200
White County Sheriff ........................................ (501) 279-6231

Heber Springs

Ambulance ........................................................ (877) 362-5523
Heber Springs Fire ........................................... (501) 362-5523
Heber Springs Police ....................................... (501) 362-8291
Heber Springs Water ....................................... (501) 362-3422
 XTO Energy (Gas) ............................................. (501) 887-4116
Entergy (Power) ................................................. (800) 368-3749
Cleburne County Ofc of Emergency Mgmt ... (501) 362-2911
Cleburne County Judge .................................... (501) 362-8141
Cleburne County Sheriff .................................. (501) 362-2596


American Red Cross ......................................... (501) 748-1000
Arkansas Department of Emergency Mgmt . (501) 683-6700
Arkansas Highway Department ...................... (501) 268-2652
Arkansas State Police ....................................... (870) 523-2701
National Guard .................................................. (501) 882-5417
Salvation Army ................................................... (501) 374-9296
White County Medical Center .......................... (501) 265-6121

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Public Statement by College Personnel

Statements to the news media will be made by the ASU Beebe Public Relations Office in coordination with appropriate emergency officials. Statements to family members will be made by the Human Resources Office (concerning employees) or Student Affairs Office (concerning students). 

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Emergency Employment, Purchasing, & Contracting

There are no provisions for suspension of state laws in an emergency. The ranking university official on the scene shall attempt to comply with laws if possible and shall maintain records where threat to life and property require extraordinary action.


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Emergency Procedures

Personal Safety

While ASU Beebe works to make our campus safe, your safety ultimately becomes a personal matter. How safe you are depends on your preparation and how much you pay attention to your surroundings. 

Active Shooter RUN HIDE FIGHT

Run: Evacuate if possible

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Make sure it is safe to leave the area you are in. Use your eyes and ears to determine if it is safe to run
  • Leave your belongings behind. Do not go back for anything
  • Keep your hands visible
  • Once in a safe place, call 911 and give detailed information about what is happening. Do not assume that someone else has already called the police

Hide: Hide silently in as safe a place as possible

If in a classroom or other securable area

  • Stay in the room and immediately lock and barricade the door with whatever is available, such as desks, chairs, or door wedges
  • Stay away from doors and windows and get as low to the floor as possible
  • Do NOT huddle together, because it makes an easier target
  • Turn off lights and silence your cell phone
  • Call 911 and provide your name, specific room/building location and description/location of shooter


  • Move away from the building where it appears the shooting noise is occurring 
  • Use buildings, shrubs and any kind of cover or natural obstruction to shield you from view of the shooter during your escape
  • Try to avoid crossing wide open areas in making your evacuation from the area

Assist others

  • When evacuating assist individuals with limited mobility, impairments, and anyone who is injured to the best of your ability

All Clear

  • Remain in place until you receive an "ALL CLEAR" notification from the ASU Beebe Emergency Alert Notification System. Otherwise, remain in place until law enforcement officers locate you and evacuate you from the area

Fight: Take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter

Fighting is a last resort to be used only when your life is in imminent danger. Sometimes fighting may be your first and only option.

  • Attempt to incapacitate or disrupt the actions of the shooter
  • Act with physical aggression toward the shooter
  • Use items at your disposal such as fire extinguishers, chairs, or other objects
  • Throw items at the shooter if possible
  • Call 911 when safe to do so

Immediately after an incident

  • Wait for law enforcement officers to assist you out of the building, if inside
  • When law enforcement arrives, ensure to display empty hands with open palms

Additional important information

  • Gunfire may sound artificial. Assume that any popping sound may be gunfire
  • If there are two or more persons in the same place when a violent incident begins, spread out in the room to avoid offering the aggressor an easy target
  • Violent attacks can involve any form of weapon, not just a gun. Knives, blunt force weapons, physical force, and explosives can be just as deadly as a firearm. The actions mention here are applicable in any violent encounter
  • Plan ahead. Always know where your possible escape routes are located, including physically accessible routes for students and staff with disabilities, limited mobility, or other impairments. 

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A bomb threat is generally defined as a verbal or written threat to detonate an explosive or incendiary device to cause property damage, injuries, or loss of life whether or not such a device actually exists.

Two main reasons someone may call with a bomb threat:

  • The person knows of an explosive device that is in place and wants to minimize injuries
  • The person wants to create an environment of panic/confusion or to interrupt normal campus/building functions

Unfortunately, there is often no way to tell which is the motivation of the caller until after a thorough inspection of the building is conducted. This means that there will always be a response to the threat by emergency services personnel (police, fire, medical).

What to do: Bomb Threat


If a bomb threat is received by phone

Utilize the quick reference Bomb Threat Procedures Checklist to help employees and decision makers of the college, respond to a bomb threat in an orderly and controlled manner with the first responders and other stakeholders.

Most bomb threats are received by phone. Bomb threats are serious until proven otherwise. Act quickly, but remain calm and obtain information with the Bomb Threat Procedures Checklist.

  1. Remain calm. Keep the caller on the line for as long as possible. DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does. 
  2. Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest.
  3. Try to keep the caller talking to learn more information.
  4. If possible, write a note to a colleague to call the authorities or, as soon as the caller hangs up, immediately notify them yourself from a different phone. DO NOT hang up the line from which you received the threat.
  5. If your phone has a display, copy the number and/or letters on the window display.
  6. Complete the Bomb Threat Procedures Checklist immediately, Write down as much detail as you can remember. Try to get and use exact words. 
  7. Immediately upon termination of the call, DO NOT HANG UP, but from a different from, contact authorities immediately with information and await further instructions. 

If a bomb threat is received by handwritten note or email

  • Call Campus Police at (501) 882-8851
  • Handle the handwritten note as minimally as possible
  • Do not delete an email message

If you Find a Suspicious or Unattended Item

Together we can keep our college campus safe - If you see something that is suspicious, out of place, or doesn't look right, say something. A suspicious item is any item (e.g., bag, package, vehicle, etc.) that is reasonably believed to contain explosives, an improvised explosive device (IED), or other hazardous material that requires a bomb technician and/or specialized equipment to further evaluate it. Examples that could indicate a bomb include unexplainable wires or electronics, other visible bomb-like components, and unusual sounds, vapors, mists, or odors. Generall speaking, anything that is Hidden, Obviously suspicious, and not Typical (HOT) should be deemed suspicious. In addition, potential indicators for a bomb are threats, placement, and proximity of the item to people and valuable assets. 

Suspicious v Unattended

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What to Do: Suspicious or Unattended Item

  • Remain calm
  • Do NOT touch, tamper with, or move the package, bag, or item. 
  • Notify authorities immediately:Notify your supervisor, manager, or administrator
    • Call 911 or your local law enforcement if no supervisor is available
    • Explain why it appears suspicious
    • Follow instructions. Supervisors and/or law enforcement will assess the situation and provide guidance regarding shelter-in-place or evacuation
    • If no guidance is provided and you feel you are in immediate danger, calmly evacuate the area. Distance and protective cover are the best ways to reduce injury from a bomb
    • Be aware. There could be other threats or suspicious items

Every situation is unique. Supervisors and law enforcement will be in the best position to determine if a real risk is posed and how to respond. You can refer to the DHS-DOJ Bomb Threat Guidance for additional information. 

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Evacuation Procedures for Campus-Wide Bomb Threats

In the event that you are asked to evacuate campus due to a campus-wide bomb threat:

  • Evacuation orders to be disseminated via the Vanguard Emergency Alert Notification System
  • DO NOT activate the building fire alarm system to achieve evacuation
  • Remain calm while acting quickly
  • Promptly secure equipment, etc. in safe shutdown condition before leaving
  • Spread the word of the evacuation order to others as you exit the building
  • Remember to take personal belongings with you (backpacks, purses, car keys, etc.)
  • Pedestrians should exit the campus by the shortest route
  • Exit campus as directed in the Vanguard Emergency Alert Notification
    • You may use your vehicle to leave campus unless directed otherwise in the emergency notification message
  • Do not call 911 unless there is an immediate, life-threatening emergency
  • Monitor ASU Beebe media messaging for regular updates on the emergency situation and information on returning to campus
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Often times after a tragedy, people come forward with information and observations that, in retrospect, may have signaled a larger issue. This information when viewed collectively may be helpful in preventing tragic events and initiating assistance to an individual. ASU Beebe is committed to a proactive approach and needs your help.

As a member of the campus community, if you observe any behavior that causes concern, please go tell Somebody and provide detailed information. 

If You See Something, Say Something

Everyone plays a role in our campus community safe. It's easy to be distracted during our daily routines such as going to work, to class, or about your day, if you see something that doesn't seem quite right, say something. 

Recognize the signs of suspicious activity

Suspicious activity is any observed behavior that may indicate pre-operational planning associated with terrorism-related crime. 

Remember: Factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity are not suspicious. A cornerstone of the DHS mission is ensuring that people’s civil rights and civil liberties are not diminished by our security efforts, activities, and programs. As such, the DHS “If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign encourages the public to report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., someone breaking into a restricted area), rather than one’s appearance, to authorities.

Recognize the Signs

Report Suspicious Activity

Public safety is everyone's responsibility. If you see suspicious activity, report it to Campus Police at (501) 882-8851 or a person of authority. 

In reference to student behavior:

  • Office of the Dean of Student Life (501) 882-4491

In reference to staff behavior:

In reference to faculty behavior:

  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academics (501) 882-4475

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There are mental health crisis consequences to every emergency that occurs. ASU Beebe has resources and partners available to assist with post-traumatic stress in all situations. A mental health crisis exists when an individual is threatening harm to themselves or others, or may be out of touch with reality. A psychotic break may be manifested by hallucinations or uncontrollable behavior.

If a mental health crisis occurs on campus

  • Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and you are a student, call (501) 882-4491
  • After hours, call the Campus Police (501) 882-8851
  • In a life-threatening emergency situation (i.e. involving a weapon) immediately call 911 or notify Campus Police at (501) 882-8851 and provide your name and location so officers can respond to the situation. Campus Police will notify mental health resources when necessary
  • Persons experiencing a severe mental health crisis should go to the nearest hospital emergency room or contact the Office of Student Life at (501) 882-4491 or the Campus Police at (501) 882-8851. ASU Beebe staff and personnel are trained to assist students with social, emotional, and academic concerns in a sensitive, caring and confidential manner

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If you receive a suspicious letter or package

  • Do NOT handle
  • Don't shake or bump
  • Isolate immediately
  • Don't open, smell, or taste
  • Treat it as suspect
  • Call 911 or Campus Police at (501) 882-8851

Common features of suspicious packages

  • Are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you
  • Have no return address or a return address that can't be verified as legitimate
  • Are marked with restrictive endorsements such as "Personal," "Confidential," or "Do Not X-ray"
  • Have protruding wires or aluminum foil, strange odors or stains
  • Show a city or state in the postmark that doesn't match the return address
  • Are of unusual weight given their size or are lopsided or oddly shaped
  • Are marked with threatening language
  • Have inappropriate or unusual labeling
  • Have excessive postage or packaging material, such as masking tape and string
  • Have misspellings of common words
  • Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated
  • Have incorrect titles or titles without a name
  • Are not addressed to a specific person
  • Have handwritten or poorly typed addresses

If a package or letter is open and/or a threat is identified

For a bomb

  • Evacuate immediately
  • Call 911

For radiological

  • Shield yourself from the object
  • Limit exposure - do NOT handle
  • Evacuate the area and call 911

For biological or chemical

  • Isolate - do NOT handle
  • Call 911
  • Wash your hands with soap and water

Suspicious substance in a campus building

  • Clear and isolate the contaminated area. Do not touch or disturb anything
  • Call Campus Police at (501) 882-8851
  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Identify individuals who may have been exposed to the material
  • Do not leave the premises until dismissed by authorities 
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Build a Kit

Emergencies can occur anytime and anywhere. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency. 

To assemble your kit, store the items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. 

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: 

The Essentials

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • First aid kit - should contain ibuprofen, aspirin, adhesive bandages, antibiotics, burn ointment, sterile gauze pads, etc. 
  • First aid handbook
  • Emergency contacts including at least one out-of-state contacts phone number
  • Extra clothing
  • Extra blankets or pillows
  • Extra pair of contacts or eyeglasses
  • Extra set of car keys
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Prescription medication(s) if prescribed
  • Radio - battery powered or hand crank and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert
  • Waterproof matches and candles
  • Forms of personal identification
  • Cash and change
  • Mobile phone

Safety and Comfort

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Heavy-duty gloves for clearing glass or debris
  • Face mask - N95 rating
  • Change of clothing
  • Knife, scissors
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Tent/Tarp
  • Area map
  • Books and playing cards
  • Communication kits - paper, pen, pencils, markers

Sanitation Supplies

  • Toilet paper
  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • Bar soap/Liquid detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • feminine hygiene products
  • Trash can and trash bags
  • Shampoo
  • Bath towels


  • Plates, cups, bowls
  • Paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Kitchen utensils
  • If possible camping stove and fuel. NEVER use camping stoves indoors.

Tools & Supplies

  • Adjustable wrench (for shutting off gas)
  • Shovel, broom, saw, axe
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
  • Chalk (to mark search areas)
  • Tool kit - screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, crowbar


  • All of these items can be kept in large water-tight storage containers
  • Store water in a separate area to avoid damaging dry items in case of leakage
  • Check you emergency supplies every six months to ensure that non of your items have expired

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You can also visit these websites for additional information on how to build a kit for disasters and emergencies:


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Severe Weather 

Severe weather is defined as any aspect of the weather which can pose a threat to life and property. For detailed procedures for the most common severe weather threats, see:


Advisories, Watches, & Warnings. What's the Difference?

SPC Risks

The National Weather Service uses the words "advisory", "watch" and "warning" to alert you to potentially dangerous weather. Understanding these terms and knowing how to react can save lives. 


An advisory is issued when hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent, or likely. Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings that cause significant inconvenience if caution is not exercise, and can lead to situations that may threaten life or property.


A watch means weather conditions are favorable for dangersous weather to occur. In other words, a watch means to watch out for what the weather can do, and be ready to act accordingly. You may wish to alter or have a back-up plan for any outdoor activities or travel.


A warning means a severe weather event such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash flooding is imminent or occurring somewhere in the defined warning area and that people need to take shelter as soon as possible. 

Preparing Makes Sense

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Hail is a form of precipitation which consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice. It forms on condensation nuclei such as dust, insects, or ice crystals, when super-cooled water freezes on contact.

Once a hailstone is too heavy to be supported by the storm's updraft, it falls out of the cloud. These hailstones can range from pea-sized to softball-sized clusters of ice, with large stones falling at speeds faster than 100 mph.

Before the hail storm

  • Learn to recognize the weather conditions that cause hail storms.
  • Listen to your NOAA Weather Radio, local news, and radio stations for hail storm watches or warnings.
  • If weather conditions are prime for hail storms, consider pulling property under covered areas.
  • As hail is usually paired with severe thunderstorms and/or tornadoes, follow the safety procedures specified for the most severe threat.

If a severe thunderstorm has been predicted to produce hail, you should

  • Seek shelter immediately. Any size hail can be dangerous in high winds.
  • Listen to your NOAA Weather Radio, local news, and radio stations for updates on weather conditions and emergency instructions.
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An average of 300 people are injured and 80 people are killed each year by lightning in the United States. 


  • Open areas, places near water, trees, metal fences, overhead wires or power lines, as well as elevated ground or open vehicles.
  • Use of radios or cellular phones.


  • The best source of information during a thunderstorm is your local news, radio stations, and any NOAA Weather Radio.
  • The 30/30 lightning safety rule: go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
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Severe thunderstorms are generally small in size affecting a limited geographical area. Each thunderstorm has the potential to produce lightning, high winds, hail, and/or tornadoes. Heavy rains associated with these storms can cause localized flooding. All thunderstorms are potentially dangerous.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH: Be Prepared! A severe thunderstorm watch means that storms are possible in the area. Remain alert for approaching storms and have the ability to receive emergency weather notifications. 

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Take Action! A severe thunderstorm warning means there are storms associated with severe wind and/or hail occurring in the vicinity or indicated by radar. Thunderstorms can potentially produce tornadoes.

  • Move indoors and stay away from exterior walls, doors, and windows
  • Hail, strong winds, and flying debris can break glass and cause serious injuries
  • Lightning strikes pose significant dangers , including risk of fire, injuries, and electrical damage
  • Severe thunderstorms are capable of producing tornadoes
  • Do not carry or go near anything made of metal. Lightning can also travel through landlines
  • Do not go under large trees, towers, or other stand-alone structures. Tall objects attract lightning


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Tornado Warning vs Tornado Watch

Tornado Warning v Watch

Tornadoes are considered to be one of the most violent types of storms with winds capable of reaching 300 miles per hour and damage paths in excess of one mile in width, forming in a matter of seconds.

Familiarize yourself below with the differences between tornado watches and warnings.

TORNADO WATCH: Be Prepared! A tornado watch is issued when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. It does not mean that they will occur. It only means they are possible. 

Severe thunderstorms are defined as follows:

1. Winds of 58 mph or higher


2. Hail 1 inch in diameter or larger

TORNADO WARNING: Take Action! A tornado warning is issued when a tornado is imminent. When a tornado warning is issued, seek safe shelter immediately.


on severe weather can be found by monitoring local media news sources on television, radio, online, and through the ASU Beebe Emergency Alert Notification System.


are sounded by a local authority and indicate a tornado warning. Take shelter immediately. Sirens at noon on a clear day are only a test. 


Upon hearing the warning siren, all campus personnel should:

  • Go to the basement or lowest floor of the building
  • Stay away from exterior walls, doors, and windows
  • Move to interior hallways and small interior rooms (e.g., bathrooms, closets, etc.)
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture if possible (e.g., tables, desks)
  • Call 911 if emergency help is needed


  • Check yourself and those around you for injuries
  • If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound indoors, open windows and leave the building
  • Monitor communication devices, radios, and other media resources or an official ALL CLEAR notification from the ASU Beebe Emergency Alert Notification System. Radio stations will broadcast what to do, the location of emergency shelters, medical aid stations, and the extent of damage. 
  • Evacuate damaged buildings immediately. Do not re-enter until declared safe by the authorities. 
  • Call 911 ONLY to report a life-threatening emergency.


"All Clear" will be transmitted by Campus police through the Emergency Alert Notification System.


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Severe Winter Weather

Winter storms are known as deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm, such as vehicle accidents caused by winter road conditions, improper use of heaters, and exposure/hypothermia. Severe winter weather includes freezing temperatures, freezing rain, ice, heavy snow, and blizzards. Accumulation of ice or snow can knock down trees, power lines, and structures causing power outages, utility disruptions, and communication interruptions.

What to do during a winter storm

  • Monitor local weather broadcasts and weather conditions.
  • Stay indoors and minimize travel. If you must travel, drive slowly, and increase distance required for stopping.
  • Watch for downed trees and power lines.
  • Keep a full tank to prevent ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Never use a portable generator or operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in an enclosed space.

Vanguard Emergency Alert Notification System will be used to issue information concerning university delays and cancellations


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A medical emergency is an injury or illness that is acute and poses an immediate threat to a person's life or long-term health. For detailed procedures for medical-related emergencies, see: 

Airborne/Foodborne Illness

Airborne transmission of an illness occurs when bacteria or viruses travel on dust particles or on small respiratory droplets that may become aerosolized when people sneeze, cough, laugh, or exhale. They can travel on air currents over considerable distances and are loaded with infectious particles.

Foodborne illnesses are caused by a variety of foodborne pathogenic bacteria, viruses, prions, or parasites that contaminate food. Commonly referred to as food poisoning, foodborne illness is any illness resulting from the consumption of food.

Food Safety

If there is a concern toward the possibility of a possible airborne or foodborne illness, notify your building proctor, dean or director of the affected facility. They in turn will notify the Emergency Management Coordinator

The Emergency Management Coordinator will begin an immediate investigation to determine the nature of the illness and simultaneously contact the appropriate medical personnel for assistance. The Emergency Management Coordinator will notify Student Life, medical personnel, and will coordinate actions and activities as necessary.

Medical staff will authorize treatment on-site or transport of affected personnel to available medical facilities for treatment.

Pandemic Threats

In the case of a pandemic threat, such as pandemic influenza, actions will be taken based on the location and level of transmission of a virus. Faculty, students, and staff will be directed to follow actions given by the college based on the level of outbreak.

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First Aid

First aid is any emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be administered. Although some aspects of first aid require training, such as CPR, most first aid can be administered by a lay person using common sense and minimal equipment for minor injuries.

Three main goals of first aid

  • Preserve life.
  • Prevent further injury.
  • Promote recovery.

The goals are met in the following ways:

  • Preventing heavy blood loss.
  • Maintaining breathing.
  • Preventing shock.
  • Getting the victim to a physician or Emergency Medical Service (EMS).

People who provide first aid must remember the following:

  • Avoid panic.
  • Inspire confidence.
  • Do only what is necessary until professional help is obtained.

Remember, the first step in any serious emergency is to dial 911. Emergency medical dispatchers will give basic first aid instructions over the phone while the ambulance is on its way.

Hands only CPR

Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander. In the video below, you could learn Hands-Only CPR - so you can be the bystander who provides life-saving care until professional responders arrive. 

Stop the Bleed

"Stop the Bleed" is a nationwide program that empowers the general public to take action to stop life threatening bleeding by providing access to tourniquets and other bleeding control equipment. Learn more about Stop the Bleed by watching the video below.

Evacuation Chair

The EVAC+CHAIR is a stair chair solution that permits the safe egress of mobility impaired persons from a building in the event of an emergency or evacuation where the elevators are not available for use. Whether it's a fire, tornado, or even a minor power outage, it's not safe to use an elevator when conditions are critical. 

EVAC+CHAIRS are secured in the following locations

Beebe - Science Building - Second floor interior stairwell

Beebe - Dr. Eugene McKay Student Center - Second flood main stairwell

Heber Springs - Second floor main stairwell

When to Call! If persons begin to experience any of the following symptoms

  • Unresponsiveness
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Chest Pain
  • Seizures
  • Uncontrolled Bleeding

Do NOT Overreact

Most medical situations can be handled on site or by private transportation to seek medical care. Do not hesitate to call an ambulance if the medical condition requires immediate medical attention.

Remember to
  • Stay calm
  • Tell the dispatcher your location
  • Answer questions by the dispatcher
  • Do NOT hang up until told by the dispatcher
  • Follow all directions given
Additional help may be available from these departments
  • Campus Police ...................................................................... (501) 882-8851
  • Emergency Management .................................................... (501) 882-4469
If an ambulance is needed
  • Call 911
  • Be ready to provide dispatcher with:Location of emergency
  • Type of injury, if known
  • Brief description of injured person (gender, age, etc.)
  • Render first aid, as trained
  • Make injured as comfortable as possible
  • Complete the appropriate injury reporting form if the incident involves a faculty or staff member 
If an ambulance is NOT needed
  • Render first aid, as trained
  • Assist with transportation of an employee to their personal physician or coordinate with Student Life if it is a student, if appropriate
  • Complete the appropriate injury reporting form if the incident involves a faculty or staff member

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Poison is a substance that through its chemical action can kill, injure, or impair an organism. Acute poisoning is exposure to a poison on one occasion or during a short period of time. Symptoms develop as a result of exposure or in close proximity to a substance. Poisonous materials can be found in a variety of household items as well as in laboratory reagents and chemicals.

Many poisons react differently to various treatments, so if you suspect a victim has been poisoned through ingestion, inhalation, or skin exposure:

  • Try to determine what the poisoning agent is
  • Call 911
  • Or call Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222 for specific first aid instructions

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Radiation is energy in the form of waves or moving subatomic particles. It can be classified in two categories: ionizing or non-ionizing. The most common use of the word "radiation" refers to ionizing radiation. Radioactive material is a physical material that emits ionizing radiation.

Ionizing radiation has many practical uses in medicine, research, construction, and other areas. However, it also presents an external and internal health hazard to humans if used improperly.

For personnel injury involving radioactive material contamination

  • Provide first aid immediately for serious injuries
  • Call 911
  • Notify Campus Police (501) 882-8851 and/or Emergency Management (501) 882-4469
  • Monitor the injury. If it is possible to remove the contaminated clothing without harming the victim, do so

For radioactive contamination of personnel

  • Remove and bag all contaminated clothing
  • Call Campus Police (501) 882-8851 and/or Emergency Management (501) 882-4469 to report the incident
  • Skin contamination should be cleaned using mild soap and tepid water. Use portable survey meter to monitor for remaining contamination. If not free of contamination, re-wash and re-survey
  • Survey for contamination elsewhere on the body as well as on clothes, shoes, floor, door handles, telephones, etc.
  • Document the entire incident with either a signed memo/letter or an email from an official college email account to the Emergency Management Coordinator

For radiation spill or release

  • Stop work and confine the spill immediately using an absorbent, enclosure, etc.
  • Call Campus Police (501) 882-8851 and/or Emergency Management (501) 882-4469 to report the incident
  • Warn others of the hazard and isolate the area
  • Monitor personnel during and after cleanup for contamination
  • Collect all used cleanup materials as radioactive waste and bag all contaminated clothing or cleaning items for removal by authorized personnel
  • Commence wipe surveys and decontamination. Perform surveys of surrounding areas to ensure that all contaminated areas are identified
  • Document the entire incident with either a signed memo/letter or an email from an official college email account to the Emergency Management Coordinator
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Biological Exposure

Many ASU Beebe faculty, staff,  and students  work  directly  or  indirectly  with  materials which can be a source of  infection or disease in the event of an injury or other unprotected exposure.

In the event of any accident or injury involving  known or potential exposure to BIOHAZARDS,  IMMEDIATELY report the incident to your supervisor and to the Emergency Management Coordinator.

How do I report

During regular college business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM): Call the Emergency Management Coordinator at (501) 882-4469, or Campus Police (501) 882-8851

Outside of regular college business hours (Weekdays after 5 PM, weekends, and holidays): Call ASU Beebe Campus Police at (501) 882-8851.

What do I report

  • Any skin piercing injury (cut, needle stick, scratch, etc.) by an object contaminated with a BIOHAZARD.
  • Any skin piercing injury (bite, scratch) from an animal with a known or suspected disease infectious to people.
  • Any known or suspected contact with a bat, even if the person has no visible bite or scratch.
  • Any splash or spray of BIOHAZARD material into the eyes, nose, mouth, or onto broken skin.


  • Pathogens that can cause disease in humans: bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins, fungi, and prions
  • Materials (e.g. blood, body fluids, unfixed tissues, or tissue cultures) potentially containing pathogens
  • Recombinant DNA and/or RNA

Give immediate first aid for minor injuries, including washing wounds with soap and water, or rinsing mucous membranes with water for 15 minutes to remove as much contaminated material as possible.

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Employees who become ill or injured because of an occurrence during the course of their employment are required to notify their direct supervisor. They are to seek medical attention at the designated treatment facility. Call 9-911 from a campus landline, or 911 from a mobile phone, if the employment-related illness or injury requires immediate medical attention.
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Fires/Earthquakes/Hazardous Materials

Chemical Spill

Hazardous materials come in the form of explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons, and radioactive materials. Many products containing hazardous chemicals are used and stored in homes routinely, and in the college research setting, these materials are handled daily.

Hazardous materials in various forms can cause death, serious injury, long-lasting health effects, and damage to buildings, homes, and other property.

If there is a hazardous materials release/chemical spill inside a building

  • Isolate and secure the spill area
  • Warn others in the immediate area
  • Based upon the hazard, attempt cleanup if trained and if you have appropriate personal protective equipment
  • If assistance is needed, call 911 and give the location and type of material spilled
  • Evacuate the building if required (use of public address system preferred or use of building fire alarm system)
  • Meet with and assist emergency response personnel

If there is a hazardous materials release/chemical spill outside the building

  • Isolate and secure the spill area.
  • Warn others in the immediate area.
  • Based upon the hazard, attempt cleanup if trained and have appropriate personal protective equipment.
    If unable to do cleanup but conditions do not require evacuation, contact the Emergency Management Coordinator (501) 882-4469
  • If assistance is needed, call 911 and give the location and type of material spilled
  • Do not wash spilled material into storm drain
  • Meet with and assist emergency response personnel

If there is a personnel injury involving chemical contamination

  • Assist with emergency eyewash/shower use, as appropriate
  • Provide first aid immediately for serious injuries
  • Call 911 and give the location and type of material involved
  • Notify the Emergency Management Coordinator (501) 882-4469
  • If it is possible to remove contaminated clothing without harming the victim, do so.
  • Obtain a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the material involved. A Safety Data Sheet is a document created by a manufacturer or distributor of a chemical that provides information about the contents, characteristics, physical hazards, and health hazards associated with the chemical
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ASU Beebe lies within the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). Due to the nature of the bedrock in the earth’s crust in the central United States, earthquakes in this region can shake an area approximately 20 times larger than earthquakes in California. A magnitude 7.6 earthquake in the NMSZ is expected to cause major damage near the fault system in the Missouri Bootheel, northeast Arkansas and western Kentucky and Tennessee.

If an Earthquake occurs

Drop. Cover. Hold on. 

In Most situations, you can protect yourself if you immediately:

  • DROP down onto your hands and knees before the earthquake knocks you down. This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary
  • COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) underneath a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, get down near an interior wall or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you, and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands
  • HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around
If you are inside, stay inside

DO NOT run outside or to other rooms during an earthquake. You are less likely to be injured if you stay where you are.

To reduce your chances of being hurt, take the following actions:

  • If possible, within the few seconds before shaking intensifies, quickly move away from glass, hanging objects, bookcases, china cabinets, or other large furniture that could fall. Watch for falling objects, such as bricks from fireplaces and chimneys, light fixtures, wall hangings, high shelves, and cabinets with doors that could swing open
  • If available nearby, grab something to shield your head and face from falling debris and broken glass
  • DO NOT use the elevators. The electricity may go out, and the sprinkler systems may activate
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. You are less likely to be injured staying where you are. Broken glass on the floor can cause injuries if you walk or roll onto the floor
  • If you are trapped, stay calm. Try to get someone’s attention by tapping on hard or metal parts of the structure. Doing so may increase your chances of being rescued
If you are in a crowded place, drop, cover, and hold on
    • Do not rush for the doorways. Others will have the same idea
    • Move away from display shelves containing objects that may fall
    • If you can, take cover and grab something to shield your head and face from falling debris and glass

DO NOT stand in a doorway. You are safer under a table. In modern houses, doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house. Doorways do not protect you from the most likely source of injury − falling or flying objects. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by falling or flying objects (such as TVs, lamps, glass, or bookcases), or by being knocked to the ground.

If you are outside, stay outside

  • Move away from buildings, utility wires, sinkholes, and fuel and gas lines. The greatest danger from falling debris is just outside doorways and close to outer walls of buildings
  • Go to an open area away from trees, telephone poles, and buildings. Once in the open, get down low and stay there until the shaking stops
  • The area near the outside walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be. Windows, facades, and architectural details are often the first parts of the building to collapse. Stay away from this danger zone

If you cannot drop to the ground, try to sit or remain seated so you are not knocked down

  • If you are in a wheelchair, lock your wheels. Remove any items that are not securely attached to the wheelchair
  • Protect your head and neck with a large book, a pillow, or your arms. The goal is to prevent injuries from falling down or from objects that might fall or be thrown at you
  • If you are able, seek shelter under a sturdy table or desk. Stay away from outer walls, windows, fireplaces, and hanging objects
  • If you are unable to move from a bed or chair, protect yourself from falling objects by covering up with blankets and pillows
  • If you are outside, go to an open area away from trees, telephone poles, and buildings, and stay there

After an Earthquake

  • Check for injuries-provide first aid
  • Check for safety-check for gas, water, sewage breaks; check for downed power lines and shorts; turn off appropriate utilities
  • Check for building damage and potential problems during aftershocks
  • Clean up dangerous spills
  • Wear shoes
  • Turn on the radio and listen for instructions from public safety agencies
  • Use telephone for emergencies, only

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Evacuation or Shelter-In-Place

In some emergency situations, such as flooding or release of hazardous materials, emergency responders may order protective actions for persons who live or work on campus. Typically, these protective actions are to evacuate to a safer area or to shelter-in-place. It is possible that some emergency scenarios could result in one of these protective actions being ordered for one part of campus and the other protective action for a different area of campus. When such actions are warranted, you will be appropriately advised by police, fire, safety, or college officials via radio and television stations and the Vanguard Emergency Alert System (VEAS), public address systems, loudspeakers, door-to-door notifications, or other appropriate means.

Area Evacuation

An evacuation is an organized withdrawal from a building or area to reach safe haven. Upon notification to evacuate, quickly:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather
  • Take only essentials with you (e.g., eyeglasses, medications, identification and cash/checkbook/credit cards). Do not pack belongings
  • Turn off unnecessary equipment, computers, and appliances
  • Close the door as you exit your room or office
  • Follow the directions provided for safe routes of evacuation
  • Listen to radio, if available, to monitor emergency status
  • Do not use your personal vehicle for evacuation unless specifically instructed to do so. If cars are used to evacuate, protect against hazardous materials by keeping windows closed and outside air conditioning systems turned off
  • If you need special assistance, contact your resident advisor, building manager, fire marshal, or other appropriate emergency contact. If these persons are not available, call Campus Police at (501) 882-8851 for assistance


When emergency conditions do not warrant or allow evacuation, the safest method to protect individuals may be to take shelter inside a campus building and await further instructions.

  • Move indoors or remain there – avoid windows and areas with glass
  • If available, take a radio or television to the room to track emergency status
  • Keep telephone lines free for emergency responders. Do not call 911 for information

If hazardous materials are involved

  • Turn off all ventilation systems and close all inlets from the outside
  • Select a room(s) which is easy to seal and, if possible, has a water supply and access to restrooms
  • If you smell gas or vapor, hold a wet cloth loosely over your nose and mouth, and breathe through it in as normal a fashion as possible

Persons with Mobility Impairment

Before an emergency, develop a personal plan for assistance during a building evacuation. Share this plan with leadership and co-workers in your area. Use the following guidelines:

  • Proceed to the nearest stairwell or exit if available
  • DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR in the event of fire, power failure, or earthquake
  • Persons with limited mobility or impairment(s) should be calm and remain at the exit or stairwell until assistance arrives. Make sure you inform other evacuees of your location

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Fire emergencies exist when there is the presence of smoke or the odor of burning, when there is an uncontrolled or imminent fire hazard in the building or surrounding area, where there is a spontaneous or abnormal heating of any material, or when the fire alarm is sounding. Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is no larger than the size of a waste can and you know how to operate the extinguisher safely. Always call 911 before attempting to put out the fire, so help is on the way if the fire becomes uncontrollable. Total and immediate evacuation is safest!

In preparation for a fire

  • Plan and practice an escape route.
  • Post emergency numbers near telephones.
  • Get training on using fire extinguishers.
  • Do not store combustible materials in closed areas or near a heat source.
  • Extension cords can be dangerous. Never run them under carpets, or anywhere they can be pinched under or behind furniture. Avoid overloading electrical sockets and plugging extension cords together.
  • Keep all electrical appliances away from anything that can catch fire. Remember to always turn them off at the end of the day.
  • Pay attention to housekeeping issues. Do not clutter exits, stairways, and storage areas with waste paper, empty boxes, and other fire hazards.

If there is a fire inside a building

  • Activate a fire alarm or pull station
  • Call 911 and give your name, building name, address (if known), floor, location, and related information
  • Evacuate the building using building evacuation instructions
  • Do NOT enter the building unless authorized by emergency personnel
  • Follow instructions from emergency personnel
  • Report to:
    • Campus Police ............................ (501) 882-4451
    • Safety & Emergency Mgmt ....... (501) 882-4469

Evacuation. When the building fire alarms sound

  • Immediately evacuate using building emergency plan procedures
  • Walk to nearest exit/stairwell (close doors behind you)
  • Do not use the elevators
  • Proceed to the designated gathering area outside the building and report to your floor proctor (for a headcount)
  • Do not re-enter the building until cleared by authorized personnel
  • Assist with the evacuation of individuals with limited mobility, impairments, or specials needs

If the fire is outside a building

  • Call 911 and give your name, building name, address, floor, location, and related information
  • Do not activate the building fire alarm system

You can use a portable fire extinguisher if

  • You are properly trained (you have had hands-on training).
  • It is a small, contained fire (e.g. wastebasket).
  • You can extinguish it within 12 seconds (evacuate if it takes longer).

    • Pull the safety pin from the fire extinguisher handle
    • Aim at the base of the fire
    • Squeeze the trigger handle
    • Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire


  • Evacuate the building immediately and activate the nearest fire alarm pull station. 
  • Move at least 300 feet away from the building and to the designated rally point for the building
  • Use marked emergency exits
  • Assist individuals with limited mobility and impairments
  • Close doors behind you as you exit rooms and the building but do not lock them
  • Do not return to the building until cleared by the fire department or authorized personnel

If you are unable to leave the building, you should create an area of refuge

  • Seal the room. Use wet cloth to stuff around cracks in floors and seal up vents to protect against smoke
  • Do not break windows, unless as a last resort for escape
  • Stay low under smoke. The freshest air is near the floor. Keep a wet cloth over your nose and mouth; breath through your nose only
  • Signal for help. Call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) or hang something in the window

After the fire

  • Give first aid where appropriate. Seriously injured or burned victims should be transported to professional medical help immediately
  • Stay out of damaged buildings. Return to buildings when local fire authorities say it is safe
  • Look for structural damage
  • Discard food that has been exposed to heat, smoke, or soot
  • Do not discard damaged goods until after an inventory has been taken

Residence Halls fire safety

Candles are one of the leading causes of fire in both on- and off-campus housing and because of this, most colleges and universities won’t allow them in dorms. If you want to use candles off campus try flameless candles. They don’t cost a lot, they’re scented and come in a million shapes and colors. Buy them online or at your nearest home or pharmacy store.

It’s a fact, there’s not a lot of space in your dorm room or apartment but that doesn’t mean you should store your bikes, suitcases, etc. in halls and stairwells – and especially NOT in front of exit doors. You need these areas free and clear so you can make a fast escape in case of a fire. If stuff is blocking your exits, you could easily get trapped inside the burning building.

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Gas Leak

A gas leak refers to a leak of natural gas, from a pipe or other containment, into any area where gas should not be. Although natural gas is by nature colorless and odorless, scents in the form of traces of mercaptans are usually added to assist in identifying leaks.

As natural gas can explode when exposed to flame or sparks, it is important to report any suspected gas leaks immediately.

If you smell a gas odor, or if a gas monitor alarm sounds

  • Evacuate and secure area
  • Warn others in the immediate area
  • Call the Physical Plant at (501) 882-4526 and give your name and the location of odor
  • Notify your department head/building manager/fire marshal/resident advisor (RA)
  • Meet with and assist emergency response personnel

If there is a major leak such as a pipeline break

  • Call 911 and give the dispatcher your name, location of odor, and related information
  • Initiate an evacuation of the building or if outside, isolate the area
  • Warn others in the immediate area
  • Prevent source of ignition (cigarettes, electrical equipment, etc.)
  • Meet with and assist emergency response personnel
  • Do not re-enter building or outside area until cleared by authorized personnel
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Tornado Evacuation Areas by Campus



Building Name Building Number Tornado Evacuation Area
Abington Library 1 Rooms 101, 111-115, & Restrooms
England Center 2 Restrooms
Human Resources 3 Evacuate to England Center Restrooms
Ruth Couch Center & Annex 4 & 5 Rooms 102, 106, & 107
Admissions 6 Women's Restroom, & Room 103 - State Hall
ITS Storage 7 Women's Restroom, & Room 103 - State Hall
State Hall 8 First floor interior hallways
Maintenance Shop 9 HVAC Office
Music Center 10 Room 108
Science Building 11 First floor interior hallways away from windows and doors
Gymnasium 12 Racquetball Courts
Owens Center 13 Rooms 143, 144, & 145
Dr. Eugene McKay Student Center 14 Room 102 (Stephens Room) and interior hall behind room 102, First floor restrooms
Advanced Technology & Allied Health 15 Evacuate the building and seek shelter in a secure location
University Center 16 East & West Hallways
Business & Agriculture 17 Hallway areas away from windows and doors
Agricultural Equipment Technology 18 Evacuate to Business & Agriculture building in hallway areas away from windows and doors
Horizon Hall 19 First floor interior hallways
Legacy Hall 20 First floor interior hallways
Central Receiving 21  
Maintenance Storage 22  
Farm Shop 23 Evacuate building and seek shelter in a secure location
Greenhouse 24 Evacuate building and seek shelter in a secure location
Farm Hay Barn 25 Evacuate building and seek shelter in a secure location
Veterinary Technology 26  
Farm Classroom 27  



Building Name Building Number Tornado Evacuation Area
Main Building 1 Evacuate to Main Building rooms 206 & 208
Automotive Technology 2 Evacuate to Main Building rooms 206 & 208
Beaulah Bloodworth Nursing & Allied Health 3 Evacuate to Main Building rooms 206 & 208

Technology East

4 Central Hallway - Room 109 & Restrooms

Technology West

5 Central Hallway - Room 109 & Restrooms

Vacant Lot/Vacant Shop



7 Room 303

Air Conditioning Technology

8 Room 303

Welding Technology

9 Evacuate to Technology West Room 109 & Restrooms

Diesel Technology

10 Classrooms & Offices


11 Classrooms & Offices

Heber Springs


Building Name Building Number Tornado Evacuation Area
Maintenance  1 First floor of the interior hallway of the building you are in. Stay away from all windows and doors
Administration  2 First floor of the interior hallway of the building you are in. Stay away from all windows and doors
Academic Center 3 First floor of the interior hallway of the building you are in. Stay away from all windows and doors
Latimer Center 4 First floor of the interior hallway of the building you are in. Stay away from all windows and doors

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