Emergency Preparedness


It is the responsibility of each student to know what to do in the event of an emergency. Please read the information carefully and contact your Resident Assistant, or your hall's Senior RA / Assistant Complex Director / Hall Director.

All River Falls students are encouraged to sign up to receive text message emergency alerts on their cell phone during an emergency

Bomb Threat

If you receive a bomb threat, call 911 immediately. Do not erase any messages or texts you may receive that are related to the threat. Immediately write down everything you can remember about the threat including time, date, exact wording of the threat, background noises and details of the callers voice. Follow the direction of University Police

Fire Safety

UW System policy requires that all students evacuate their residence hall at the sound of a fire alarm. Failure to do so can result in a citation and/or Residence Life conduct charges being issued against you. Know where the nearest exits are to your location and always vacate the building at the exit nearest you. Do not take anything with you when you leave. You should only return to the building once the all clear has been given by University Police the city of River Falls fire department or Residence Life staff. Do not use elevators during a fire alarm. Students with disabilities should have a personal evacuation plan in place in the event of an emergency.

Pandemic Preparedness/Influenza/H1N1

The best way to prevent the spread of influenza or other communicable disease is to practice good hygiene habits. If you are sick, do not go to class or outside activities. Inform your instructors via e-mail that you are unable to attend class due to illness. It is your responsibility to make up any work that is missed from class due to illness. Please contact Student Health Services with any questions or concerns regarding your personal health and wellness.

Power Outage

If a power outage occurs, do not use candles for lighting. Remain cognizant of your surroundings and limit your activity to avoid injury. As Residence Life staff members receive information on the duration of the power outage, they will do their best to inform you. It is recommended that all students bring with them a small flashlight to keep in their room in the event there is an extended power outage in the city of River Falls.

Weather Alerts/Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Warnings

Students should always be aware of changing weather conditions. A "watch" means that the conditions are right for the potential for severe weather or tornadoes. A "warning" means that severe thunderstorms or tornados are present in the area. If a tornado warning is issued, students should immediately head to one of the designated tornado shelters in their residence hall. Tornado shelters are all marked in yellow signage in your hall. Tornado shelters vary from building to building. If you are unable to get to a tornado shelter, shelter yourself under a sturdy piece of furniture and protect your head. Stay away from windows. Do not come out until the all clear has been given.