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Police / Fire / Medical / Suspicious Behavior: 716-645-2222Police: 716-645-2222
Non-emergency hazardous material concerns: 716-829-3301

When calling the police:

  • Give your name, location and phone number.
  • Describe what happened.
  • Do not hang up until asked.
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Hostile Intruder

  • Remain calm, do not engage the intruder.
  • If it is possible to escape the area safely, do so quietly.
  • If attempting to escape, do not carry phones or other objects in your hands. As you move through open areas keep your HANDS ELEVATED with OPEN PALMS visible, especially if encountering responding law enforcement officers. Follow all the instructions officers may give you.
  • If you CANNOT SAFELY EXIT the building, shelter in place:
    • Seek shelter in a room where the doors can be locked or barricaded securely.
    • Close and lock windows, lower blinds, remain out of sight, turn off lights.
    • Once secured inside, take cover behind concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets, away from windows and doors.
    • Remain quiet, turn off cell phone ringers.
  • ONLY ONE PERSON from the room should call University Police at 716-645-2222 and tell them where you are, where the intruder is and the condition of the others with you. Follow their instructions. If you cannot speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is happening.
  • If it can be accomplished safely, assist injured persons.
  • Do not respond to any unfamiliar voice commands until you can be sure that they are coming from a police officer.
  • Do not open the door until you can be positive that it is a police officer or a recognized campus official coming to help you.