Portland Campus Emergency Procedures

The Campus Emergency Response Plan is published and updated annually. Routine emergency response and evacuation drills will be conducted and logged to confirm compliance.

The following procedures should be followed in the event of an emergency:

Health Emergencies

If obviously life-threatening such as heart attack, choking, severe bleeding or severe injury:

  1. Dial 911 from a campus phone. Give specific information about the problem and the location of the person.
  2. There are first aid kits located in every building. Inquire with the Armstrong receptionist, Library desk, Online Campus Office in Milliken, and Bueermann Hall faculty receptionist; or call the Campus Security Emergency Number.

If not life-threatening:

  1. Call the Campus Security Emergency Number, 503.517.1878, to report the problem. 
  2. Campus Security will assess the problem for necessary emergency assistance.
  3. First aid kits are located in every building (and blankets in most buildings). Inquire with the Armstrong Hall receptionist, the Library front desk staff, the Online Campus Office in Milliken Hall, or the Bueermann Hall faculty receptionist; or call the Campus Security Emergency Number.


If you have good reason to think there is a fire:

  1. Pull the fire alarm and call Campus Security Emergency Number, 503.517.1878, to report the problem.
  2. Dial 911. Give specific information about the problem and the specific location.
  3. IF YOU ARE NOT JEOPARDIZING YOUR SAFETY, locate the nearest fire extinguisher and follow directions on the extinguisher. Fire extinguishers suitable for all types of fire are located in each building on each floor. The three basic ways to put out a fire are: take away its fuel, take away its air (smother it), and cool it with water or fire extinguishing chemicals. Never use water on an electrical fire. Use only fire extinguishing chemicals.
  4. Proceed to the nearest fire exit.
  5. Assemble on the east Johnson Chapel lawn.
  6. Advise the Armstrong Hall receptionist of the location of the fire.


  • If you are inside, stay inside; if you are outdoors, stay outside. In earthquakes, most injuries occur as people are entering or leaving buildings.
  • If you are indoors, take cover under a heavy desk, table, bench, or in a supported doorway or along an inside wall. Stay away from glass. 
  • If you are outdoors, move away from buildings and utility wires. The greatest danger from falling debris is just outside doorways and close to outer walls.
  • If you smell gas, pull the fire alarm, leave the building, and notify the maintenance department or an administrator. Do not re-enter the building until an administrator says it is safe.
  • If you are in a moving car, stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, overpasses, and utility wires.
  • If there are injuries, follow emergency procedures above. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in danger of further injury.

Person Exhibiting Threatening Behavior

If a stranger is obviously menacing, threatening, out of control, displaying a weapon, etc.:

  1. Dial 911 for the police.
  2. Call Campus Security Emergency Number, 503.517.1878,  to report the problem.
  3. Wait in a safe location until the person is removed from campus.