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Emergencies are life-threatening accidents, conditions that present an immediate safety hazard or security risk, or conditions which, if left uncorrected, might result in damage to buildings or other property.

If an emergency occurs, report it immediately to the Iowa City 911 dispatcher or the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety by dialing 911. Your location will be displayed on terminals at both the Iowa City dispatch center and the Department of Public Safety.

Be prepared to provide as much of the following information as possible: your name, the type of emergency, the exact location of the emergency, and present or potential risk, hazard, or damage. Even if you must leave the site of the emergency, the location information will remain on the terminals at the dispatch center and the Department of Public Safety.

A new emergency telephone system at the University of Iowa offers a direct line to the Department of Public Safety. Mounted on 9-foot steel columns, the phones are topped by a blue police-type strobe light that is activated by pressing a button. Campus officers are immediately summoned, and dispatchers can hear what is going on, even if the person who activated the system does not speak. The 15 emergency telephone sites are located near University residence halls on both sides of the river, the central campus, and the Main Library. Telephones are wheelchair accesible, include instructions in braille, and have an illuminated telephone faceplate.

Emergency Numbers:

Severe Weather Warning System:

The sirens of the Iowa City Severe Weather Warning System will sound continuously for three minutes following issuance of a tornado warning by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. The system is tested for 15 seconds at 9 a.m. the first Monday of each month. In the event of a tornado warning, immediately seek shelter as indicated:

Your Location
    Permanent major structure
Where to Seek Shelter
Lower corridors, other areas without windows, or outside entryways
Your Location
    Temporary or residence-type structure
Where to Seek Shelter
Nearest major permanent structure, or the most protected area of the basement; avoid locations below heavy appliances

General Numbers for Non-Emergencies:

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