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Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures

Below is an action plan detailing specific steps and measures to follow in the event of a wide array of possible emergency situations.

 

Active Shooter on Campus


When a hostile person(s) is actively causing deadly harm or the imminent threat of deadly harm within a building, we recommend the following procedures be followed:
• Lock yourself in the room you are in at the time of the threatening activity.
• If communication is available, call 911.
• Don't stay in the open hall.
• Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal the occupants in the rooms to evacuate the building and thus place them in potential harm as they attempted to exit.
• Barricade yourself in the room with furniture or anything you can push against the door.
• Lock the window and close blinds or curtains.
• Stay away from windows.
• Turn all lights and audio equipment off.
• Try to stay calm and be as quiet as possible.
• If for some reason you are caught in an open area such as a hallway or lounge type area, you must decide what action to take.
1. You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the building looking for victims.
2. If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, then do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Keep any objects you can between you and the hostile person(s) while in the building. Use trees, vehicles or any other object to block you from view as you run. When away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way you can and warn others.
3. If the person(s) is causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
4. The last option you have if caught in an open area in the dorm, may be to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
5. If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, follow their directions and don't look the intruder in the eyes.
6. Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve your being handcuffed or made to put your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.

Warning Signs
If you have had contact with ANY INDIVIDUALS who display the following tendencies, that you contact the police, student affairs officials, a Psychological Services administrator or other university official in a timely manner:
• Threatens harm or talks about killing other students, faculty or staff.
• Constantly starts or participates in fights.
• Loses temper and self-control easily.
• Swears or uses vulgar language most of the time.
• Possesses or draws artwork that depicts graphic images of death or violence.
• Assaults others constantly to include immediate family members.
• Possesses weapons (firearms or edged weapons) or has a preoccupation with them.
• Becomes frustrated easily and converts frustration into uncontrollable physical violence.

Bomb Threat / Suspicious Packages

 
If you receive a threatening call:
o Bomb threats usually occur by telephone. Remain calm and attempt to obtain as much information as possible from the caller. Listen for unusual noises or voice characteristics. Use the checklist provided to assist you in recording information obtained from a telephone bomb threat.
o Notify the Salt Lake City Police Department at 911.
o Notify Campus Patrol at (801) 832-2525.
o Notify you supervisor.
o DO NOT activate the building alarm system to evacuate.
Identifying Suspicious Packages and Envelopes:
Some characteristics of suspicious packages and envelopes include the following:
o Excessive postage.
o Handwritten or poorly typed address.
o Incorrect titles.
o Titles but no names.
o Misspellings of common words.
o Oily stains or discolorations.
o No return address.
o Excessive weight.
o Rigid envelope.
o Lopsided or uneven envelope.
o Protruding wires or tin foil.
o Excessive securing materials such as masking tape or string.
What to do with suspicious parcels:
o Call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 911.
o Move people in the immediate area away, but DO NOT activate the fire alarm system.
o DO NOT move or open the package.
o DO NOT investigate too closely.
o DO NOT cover or insulate the package.
If you are asked to evacuate:
o Check your work area for unfamiliar items.
o DO NOT touch suspicious items; report them to Campus Patrol or other campus authorities on the scene.
o Take personal belongings with you, such as keys, bags, etc.
o Leave doors and windows open; DO NOT turn light switches on or off.
o DO NOT make cell phone calls.
o Use stairs only; DO NOT use elevators.
o Move well away from the building and proceed to the emergency assembly point at Dumke Field.
o DO NOT reenter until authorization to do so is issued by Campus Patrol or other campus authorities.

 
Bomb Threat Checklist

 
o EXACT TIME & DATE OF CALL:
o EXACT WORDS OF CALLER: Ask the caller to repeat the message, if necessary, and write as much as possible.
o KEEP CALM.
o KEEP TALKING.
o DON'T HANG UP.
o SIGNAL A COWORKER TO GET ON AN EXTENSION TO CALL 911.
o NOTIFY CAMPUS PATROL AT (801) 832-2525.
o NOTIFY YOUR SUPERVISOR.
o ASK "WHEN AND WHERE IS THE BOMB GOING TO EXPLODE?"
o ASK "WHAT DOES THE BOMB LOOK LIKE?"
o ASK "WHAT TYPE OF BOMB IS IT?"
o ASK "WHAT WILL CAUSE IT TO DETONATE?"
o ASK "WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?"
o ASK "WHERE ARE YOU CALLING FROM?"
o TRY TO GET CALLER'S FULL NAME:
o TRY TO GET CALLER'S EXACT LOCATION AND PHONE NUMBER:
o LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE VOICE. NOTE WHETHER IT IS A MAN OR WOMAN; LISTEN TO THE PITCH; LISTEN TO THE ACCENT.
o CIRCLE THE FOLLOWING:
Stutter Disguised Lisp Sincere Rapid


Earthquake


WHAT TO DO DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
IF INDOORS:
DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON
o DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn't a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
o Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
o Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
o Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
o Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
o DO NOT use the elevators.
IF OUTDOORS:
o Stay there.
o Move away from buildings, streetlight, and utility wires. Be aware of the potential danger from gas leaks, downed power lines, broken glass, and other hazards caused by the earthquake.
o Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits, and alongside exterior walls.
IF IN A MOVING VEHICLE:
o Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpass, and utility wires.
o Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.
IF TRAPPED UNDER DEBRIS:
o Do not light a match.
o Do not move about or kick up dust.
o Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
o Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.


Fire


If you discover a fire:
1. Stay Calm and above all do not jeopardize your personal safety.
2. Activate the nearest fire alarm and alert faculty, staff, and students in the immediate area about the fire.
3. Call 911 if applicable.
4. Call Campus Patrol at (801) 832-2525 if applicable.
5. Remove anyone in immediate danger.
6. Confine the fire by closing windows and doors, as much as possible.
7. Very small fires (incipient stage) can be put out with a fire extinguisher (ABC).

Evacuation due to fire:
1. If the fire cannot be immediately contained, evacuate the facility. Consider the possibility of toxic fumes or explosions from burning materials and especially from compressed gas.
2. Stay low when moving through smoke.
3. When passing through an exit, move as quickly away from the exit to avoid creating a bottleneck that slows the escape of others.
4. If you are trapped inside a room, keep the doors closed and seal any cracks with wet towels, if possible.
- Open a window for air and call for help. Do not break the glass unless absolutely necessary (outside smoke could be drawn into the room).
- Do not panic or jump.
- Close as many doors between you and the fire as possible.
5. Do not re-enter the building after you have exited, but proceed directly to the designated assembly area at the Dumke Field.
6. Follow the directions of the supervisors present and the emergency personnel at the scene.
7. If someone is missing, do not attempt to re-enter the building. Notify the firefighters or emergency personnel at the scene, and describe where the person was last seen.


Flooding & Water Damage


Serious water damage may result from a variety of causes -- heavy rainstorms, broken pipes, clogged drains, leaky roofs, broken windows or skylights, sprinklers, etc.
If a water leak or flood occurs:
1. Remain calm.
2. If there is any threat of personal injury, dial 911 from all campus locations to summon assistance.
3. Call Plant Operations (801-832-2515) during regular business hours (M-F 8:00 am - 5 pm) or Campus Patrol (801-832-2525) at all other times. In particular, indicate if any valuable objects, art collections, books, or equipment are affected or are in imminent danger.
4. Notify your supervisor, co-workers, and/or housemates.
5. If there are electrical appliances or electrical outlets near the flood/leak, use extreme caution. If there is any potential danger, evacuate the area.
6. If you know the source of the water and are confident of your ability to stop it (i.e. unclog a drain, turn off water, etc.), do so cautiously.
7. Report incident to the Risk Management office. The campus Property Damage or Theft Report may be downloaded from the website -- see Online Forms.


Medical Emergencies

1. Report it: If a medical emergency exists, call for an ambulance. Dial 911 from all campus locations. If you can, dial Campus Patrol at 801-832-2525.
2. Don't touch: Do not move the victim if you don't have to. Keep the victim comfortable. Be cautious -- it's better to call emergency medical personnel and find out later that it wasn't an emergency.
3. First Aid or CPR: Apply First Aid or begin CPR only if trained and qualified. Attempt to find a person trained in First Aid/CPR if it is possible for you to leave the injured person.
4. Drug overdose: Dial 911 from all campus locations. Give the dispatcher all the information you have. Contact Campus Patrol at 801-832-2525.
5. Report the incident to the Risk Management office. Remember that all injuries, minor or serious, must be reported and submitted to Risk Management following the occurrence. The campus Injury Report form may be downloaded from the website -- see Online Forms.


Power Failure


Report all utility interruptions or outages to Plant Operations (801) 832-2515 during regular business hours (M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm). Call Campus Patrol (801) 832-2525 at all other times.


Sexual Assault


Emotional Support: One of the most important actions to take following a sexual assault is to find someone who can provide you with emotional support. Once you feel that you are being listened to and supported, other decisions are easier to make. Choose someone who will support and respect your decisions.

Medical Attention: Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Prompt medical attention may prevent unwanted pregnancy, potential diseases and detect hidden injuries. Additionally, evidence can be gathered at this time for use in the future should you decide to press charges. Do not bathe or shower prior to seeking medical attention. It is also helpful to maintain any articles that could be used as evidence, i.e. clothing, by placing them in separate bags.

Reporting: Report sexual assaults to any of the following:
o Police -- 911 from any campus location.
o Campus Patrol -- 801-832-2525
o Salt Lake Rape Recovery Center -- 801-467-7273
o Counseling Center -- 801-832-2237
o Risk Management Director -- 801-832-2565
o Dean of Students -- 801-832-2233