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Fire, Gas and Tornado Safety


Fire safety equipment such as alarms, extinguishers, fire doors, sprinklers, heat sensors, and smoke detectors, is present for the protection of all Doane community members. We recommend learning the location of all safety equipment in your frequently used areas. 

False fire alarms and tampering with fire safety equipment, including smoke detectors, will result in a minimum charge of $100. Accidental fire alarms are also subject to a $100 sanction. Any person found responsible for turning in a false alarm or tampering with fire safety equipment will be subject to college disciplinary action and or civil litigation. 

Help keep buildings safe by keeping fire doors closed, hallways and pathways clear, and promptly reporting tampered equipment. The fire and safety procedures posted in any location must stay intact, and be referred to often.

To Evacuate

If you smell smoke, feel your door. If it is hot, keep it closed. Place towels around the cracks, and out the window to signal for help and yell. Do not jump unless ordered to do so. 

Leave by the closest exit, If there is smoke, stay low to the ground. Failure to evacuate will result in severe disciplinary sanctions; it is also a violation of state law. Once outside, stay away from the building, driveways, parking lots, and emergency vehicles. Stay calm and avoid horseplay. Do not re-enter the building until the person in charge gives the all-clear signal. Follow the instructions of city officials. 

Please, take fire alarms seriously. You may be saving your life, of the life of another. Failure to leave the building during a fire alarm will result in disciplinary action and or a fine. 

Gas Leak

In the event of a major gas leak, do not use a phone in the area of the suspected leak. Do not pull a fire alarm or touch any light switch or other appliance. Leave windows and doors as they are. 


In the event of a tornado watch, weather conditions that may lead to tornadoes, be prepared to take appropriate actions if one is sighted. Tornado warning sirens will go off if there is a tornado sighted. 

When the tornado sirens go off, open the windows, then stay clear of door and windows, use a blanket for covering, follow the directions on your buildings tornado action plan. If a tornado action plan is not available, move to the lowest level of the building, preferably the southwest corner.