Office of Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety

Campus Emergencies


Storm Shelters, Evacuation Routes, AED's and other Safety Features

Safety Map

From Lang Hall to Panther Village, safety is everywhere on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Know where to find the closest AED, evacuation chair, blue light phone, evacuation route and storm shelter before you need them by visiting the Safety is Everywhere Map. In addition, please find the following listing of designated shelter locations; for buildings without a designated shelter location the best protection in a tornado or severe weather is usually an underground area. If you are unable to go to an underground location, the best above ground areas in a building are: (1) small interior rooms on lowest level; (2) hallways on lowest floor away from outside doors and windows; or (3) rooms constructed of reinforced concrete, brick or block with no windows and heavy concrete floor or roof.


Housing and Dining - Severe Weather 

Housing and Dining's Severe Weather Plan outlines the steps they will take in the event of severe weather.

Building  Shelter Location
Bender/Dancer Floors 2-6 interior hallways, restrooms, stairwells
Campbell  Ground floor interior hallways—away from windows & glass
Hagemann  Ground floor hallways/laundry room (not rec room)
Lawther Ground floor hallways—away from windows & glass
Noehren Basement hallways/stairwell across from main laundry/laundry room/basement storage room 31 (not rec room)
Panther Village  Basement Hallway/Storage Rooms, Ground floor interior hallway away from glass and windows
Rider Basement hallways, laundry room, storage room 29/31 (not rec room) 
ROTH Complex

Ground Floor storage hallway, room 29 storage area  (ROTH-Pendergraft Hall Map)

Shull Ground floor hallways/laundry (not rec/study room)
University Apartments ROTH Complex (door #6), Interior room without windows such as a bathroom

Alert Iowa

Sign up to receive weather alerts from Alert Iowa. In the event of an emergency or severe weather, an alert will be sent to the phone number and/or email address provided by voice, text and/or email. This is a free service provided by Black Hawk County and the State of Iowa, however, normal message fees may apply. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities. Notifications are dependent upon external providers and receipt of notifications by the intended recipient cannot be guaranteed. 

Emergencies & COVID-19

For information about how to react appropriately during the COVID-19 Pandemic visit our Emergency Evacuations & COVID-19 page.

Additional Information

Visit for more information on emergency preparedness.

Building List