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Gary Ransdell Hall Emergency Procedures

With advisement of our WKU Environmental Health and Safety Office, our BEST (Building Emergency Safety Team) has established safety guidelines for those of us in GRH in case of emergency. All guidelines written by WKU and provided by Environmental Health and Safety Office, can be reviewed at http://www.wku.edu/ehs/ (click on EH & S Quick Links).

Recently our BEST team work has involved making additional adjustments to earlier established safety procedures. Below is a list of procedures they feel could be crucial in an emergency situation.

Tornado Warnings

Safe spots in Gary Ransdell Hall (AWAY FROM GLASS):

  • 1st floor restrooms
  • 1st floor hallway (Mimosa Parking Lot side)
  • 1st floor hallway (Regents side of building)
  • 2nd floor restrooms
  • 2nd floor hallway (Mimosa Parking Lot side)(If you are looking at the front of GRH, this is the left side of the building).

GRH places that are not safe during a tornado in GRH:

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor atriums (very important to stay out of these areas)
  • Any place on the 3rd floor
  • Auditorium
  • Offices (even without windows)
  • Classrooms

Faculty are required to dismiss and advise students of safe areas if warning occurs during class. Encourage students not to leave the building.

Fire or bomb threat

The fire alarm will sound for either of these emergencies. If the alarm sounds, everyone should exit the left side (if looking at the front of the building), and go to the Publications Building parking lot area. Any closer to GRH is NOT safe. Do not use the elevator.

If there is someone not able to exit the building (ex: in a wheel chair, etc) help them move to the top of the nearest stairwell, taking note exactly where they are. As soon as possible, let the Building Coordinator, Fireman, or Policeman know so the professionals can get them out safely.

Failure to leave the building when asked, can result in being arrested.

The WKU Police will advise our Building Coordinator/alternate, and she/he will let us know when we can go back into the building.


In your immediate area, get under a door frame or heavy piece of furniture. When the shaking stops exit the building in a safe manner.



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