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Environmental Health & Safety
Emergency Management

Personal Emergency Plans; Students, Parents, Employees

Student Plans (make a plan)

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes.  For students it is especially important to plan in advance. Know how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Suggestions for Student Emergency plans are provided at


Family Plans (include communications: Student to Parent/Family)

As soon as possible call home, family, or your other designated out-of-town contact. Students, this can't be stressed enough: If a major event happens on campus or in Las Cruces, your family may be left wondering if you are involved, please contact them.

In a larger emergency, phone service may be affected: It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and means ( emergency phone) to call the emergency contact. Cellular service may be affected.

You may have trouble getting through, or the telephone system may be down altogether, but be patient.


Employee Personal Emergency Plans

Information for employee personal plans is provided at


Employee Department/office Emergency Plan

Requirements/Guide for NMSU Offices/Buildings

Information and guide to compiling an Emergency (Evacuation) Plan for NMSU offices is provided at

Las Cruces Campus Emergency Types

In Las Cruces, the most common natural hazards are severe weather, thunderstorms, flooding, tornados, and fire. Campus sirens are intended to alert university community that the hazard, weather or tornado has been sighted and is occuring locally. When the sirens are sounded, individuals should acted immediately by going indoors for shelter and information.  The siren alert is to be followed by information on NMSU homepage and the NMSU announcement line (646-100) of  details.  Often, local radio and TV broadcasts will also be alerting residents of the impending threat. Be aware of what weather threats are likely.


Emergency Procedures (daycare, school, wherever)

Find out about emergency procedure and plans at places where you and your family spend time: work, daycare and school. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance.

Heed and practice emergency drills.

Know your escape route and where to head for shelter.


EH&S Website on NMSU Emergency & Security Programs/Plans

Information for Emergency Management & Security for NMSU offices is provided at


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