Emergencies - What to Do?!

Emergencies - What to Do?!

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An Emergency is any immediate threat to life and/or property that requires immediate response from police, fire or medical services.
Examples:

  • Serious injury or illness
  • Crime in progress
  • Fire or explosion
    If you are unsure if an incident is an emergency, call Public Safety at 305-243-6000 or 911.

To report an emergency or crime in progress on campus:

  • If you are in a safe location, stay there. Otherwise, move to a safe location.
  • Do not attempt to interfere with the situation, except for self protection.
    • Observe the activity from a safe distance.
  • Call Public Safety at 305-243-6000 or 911.
    • Start your conversation with, “This is an emergency.”
  • Tell the Dispatcher:
    • Your location
    • Phone number from which you are calling
    • Nature of the emergency
  • Do not hang up unless your safety is threatened or you are told to do so.
  • Watch for arrival of emergency personnel and direct them.
  • After emergency personnel arrive, stay out of the way but do not leave.

Personal Response to Emergencies that threaten your safety

In any emergency that threatens your personal safety or health, you have three basic options: leave (evacuate), secure yourself where you are (shelter in place), or stay away from the location affected. Use common sense, situational awareness and trustworthy information, such as ENN messages or uniformed emergency personnel, to make your response decision.

Shelter in Place

Shelter

Shelter-in-Place is the term used to refer to situations where it is safest to remain indoors rather than face uncertainty outside. Depending on the emergency, appropriate areas to shelter may vary. In general, when sheltering, occupants should seek safety by placing protection between them and the danger. This could include walls, rooms without windows, locked doors, furniture, etc. If you decided to secure yourself where you are, consider taking the following actions:

  • Find a safe location.
  • Shut all doors and windows.
  • Stay away from areas exposed to the threat.
  • Enact barriers between you and the threat.
  • Await further information from emergency responders.
  • Find the link on the right for the emergency you are dealing with for more specific guidelines.

Evacuate

evac

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The primary purpose for evacuation is to put distance between you and the identified hazard. Depending on the type of emergency, evacuation procedures may vary. If you decided to evacuate, consider taking the following actions:

  • Leave the area immediately. Take personal items (keys, wallet, cell phone etc.) if safe to do so.
  • Assist individuals with disabilities (see Individuals with Disabilities link on the right).
  • Walk, do not run.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Provide relevant information (i.e. unaccounted/trapped persons) to emergency responders.
  • Assist individuals with disabilities (see Individuals with Disabilities link on the right).
  • Do not return until cleared to do so by emergency responders.
  • Find the link on the right for the emergency you are dealing with for more specific guidelines.