Power Failure, Gas Leak and Environmental Disaster
Power Failure, Gas Leak and Environmental Disaster
Power Failure
  • Call Facilities Operations at 713-535-3135, or after hours, call Campus Security at 713-525-3888.
  • Be prepared to give the building name, room number and nature of the problem.
  • Evacuate the building at your own discretion.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a University official.

Gas Leak

If you detect a gas leak or think gas is leaking:

  • Do not use light switches, cell phones or telephones.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Immediately call Campus Security at 713-525-3888 and give the following information:
    • Location, building name and address of smell/leak
    • Can the leak/spill source be immediately identified?
    • Extent of leak/spill (i.e. strength of the odor of gas)
    • Is anyone experiencing symptoms of exposure?
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a University official.

Environmental Disaster/Shelter-in-Place

For chemical or environment disasters, follow these steps:

  • Go inside building and close all windows and doors.
  • Turn off air conditioning.
  • Tune radio, TV or computer to local news station or weather channel.
  • For chemical: cover your mouth with a damp cloth, take frequent shallow breaths and stay calm.
  • Do not leave the building until given official notification that the danger has passed.
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The University of St. Thomas is committed to the safety and security of all community members and visitors. The University received a $245,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create a comprehensive plan to develop, review, improve and fully integrate campus-based all-hazards emergency management and business continuity plans. The campus community should “Be Aware, Be Prepared and Take Action!”

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University of St. Thomas
Emergency and Safety Services
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Email: safety@stthom.edu
Phone: 713-525-3888