An emergency is any unplanned event that can cause deaths or significant injuries to employees, students, and visitors. An emergency is any immediate threat to life and/or property that requires immediate response from police, fire or ambulance personnel. Emergencies can shut down entire campuses or facilities, disrupt operations, cause physical or environmental damage, and threaten the University’s financial standing and public image. Your judgment often determines whether an incident is an emergency. If you find your safety in any doubt then it is an emergency situation and the procedures in this booklet should be followed. Always error on the side of caution!
Numerous events can be considered “emergencies,” including:
Natural Disasters: flood, earthquake
Technological Incidents: power outage, system failure, viruses
Fires or Haz-Mats: building fire, explosion, airborne contaminant
Violence or Civil Disorder: workplace violence, bomb threat, shooting
Pandemic influenza outbreaks or outbreaks of uncommon infectious diseases
WHEN TO CALL (9) 9-1-1: You should call in ALL emergencies
When reporting an emergency:
Stay on line with the dispatcher.
Provide the address, location and a description of the emergency.
Provide the phone number at your location.
Provide a thorough description of the incident to ensure that appropriate resources are dispatched.