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The University attempts to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors. However, it is only possible to maintain safety and security when every student and staff member takes an active part in the effort.

The Purdue Police Department offers various programs focusing on crime prevention and detection:

  • Bike patrol.
  • Purdue Student Security Patrol.
  • Public information.
  • Group presentations.
  • K-9 program.
  • Laptop registration.
  • Bicycle registration.
  • Citizen’s Police Academy.
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD).


purdue.edu/ehps/police/reports /YourCampus.pdf

This publication/PDF is full of important emergency information that every student and staff member should know:

  • To inform students and staff of the University’s more than 200 policies and programs that promote safety and security.
  • To increase awareness by summarizing recent crime data.
  • To suggest ways that students and staff can deter criminal behavior and promote the safety of people and possessions.
  • To satisfy the Higher Education Opportunity Act and the Jeanne Clery Act requirement.



The Campus Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office is responsible for the emergency preparedness and planning activities on the Purdue campus. The office is tasked with the oversight of the University’s “All-Hazards” Integrated Emergency Management Plan, which will be used in the event of a natural disaster or a human-caused incident that strikes campus.

Purdue is a very safe campus. However, everyone should develop individual plans on how to respond to emergency incidents. The “Your Campus, Your Safety” publication and the Emergency Preparedness website are good resources to help you get started.

  • Learn more about Purdue’s emergency preparedness programs.
  • Find out more about the “Emergency Procedures Guide” and the Building Emergency Plan.
  • Locate evacuation and shelter in place information.
  • Review the “Quick Reference Guide.”
  • Learn more about Purdue ALERT, the University’s multi-layered emergency warning notification system.
  • Sign up to receive emergency text messages at purdue.edu/securepurdue.



If you’re a Purdue student living off campus, the West Lafayette Fire Department (WLFD) responds when you dial 911 for a fire or medical emergency.

Our goal is to keep you safe. So the “Keep Me In and I’ll Get You Out” fire prevention program was developed as a reminder of the importance of keeping batteries IN your smoke alarms. And that’s why free smoke alarm batteries as well as free smoke alarms are available to any off-campus student who needs them. Feel free to stop by any of three WLFD fire stations:

  • Station 1 at 300 North Street on campus.
  • Station 2 at 531 W. Navajo St.
  • Station 3 at 1100 W. Kalberer Road.

The WLFD is led by Chief Tim Heath, Deputy Chief Tony Schutter, and Assistant Chiefs Jeff Holder, Bob Molter and Ed Spitznagle.

No one thinks an emergency will affect him or her. But the truth is, there have been nearly 150 fire fatalities in off-campus housing since 2000 in this country, two of which occurred here in West Lafayette. And since two-thirds of Purdue students live off campus, it’s imperative that you know about fire prevention and safety.

Staying safe starts with you. And the West Lafayette Fire Department is ready to help.



Established in 1963, the Purdue University Fire Department is uniquely trained to respond to many different types of campus emergencies. The department consists of an advanced life support (ALS) fire engine, a 102-foot aerial tower fire apparatus, two ALS ambulances, a command vehicle, several emergency response trailers and an airport response truck. Each fire department member holds a State of Indiana certification for firefighter, EMT or paramedic, airport firefighter or hazardous material technician. They also have completed other specialized training.

Purdue fire safety statistics and policies can be accessed on the Web by visiting the fire department’s home page at purdue.edu/fire or by calling 765-494-6919.



Safety starts with prevention!

Yes No Does your room have a working smoke detector?
Yes No Does your building have a fire alarm system?
Yes No Does your building have fire extinguishers in place?
Yes No Does your building have an automatic sprinkler system?
Yes No Do you have two escape routes? Remember to check the windows to see if they can be opened and are not broken or painted shut.
Yes No Are the hallways and exits free from debris and furniture?
Yes No Are your emergency exits clearly marked and visible?
Yes No Are your electronic devices plugged into an approved ground fault power strip? If possible, keep electronics off the floor to avoid danger from water spills or floods.
Yes No Is your room organized to reduce chances of an electrical overload?