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Emergency Procedures

Medical Emergencies | Fire | Bomb Threats | Hazardous Odors or Leaks | Chemical Spills | Tornado/Severe Weather

Phone Numbers

In all emergencies dial 911.

The following numbers are provided for non-emergency situations. Use of these numbers will still provide a prompt response from the responsible agency and keep the 911 lines free for emergencies. All 911 calls are voice and TTY.

Police
(608) 262-2957 voice/TTY
Safety Department
(608) 262-8769 voice
Physical Plant/CARS
(Central Answering & Response Service)
(608) 263-3333 voice (608) 265-4550 TTY
Facilities Access
(608) 262-8419 voice
(608) 263-3021 voice
 

Persons with Disabilities

Individuals with a disability should follow the same procedures as noted above. If you have questions or need further information, please call Facilities Access at 263-3021 or 262-8419. You can also visit the Emergency Response Team's website at www.fpm.wisc.edu/Evacuation/.


Medical Emergencies / Ambulance

  1. Do not move a seriously injured person unless they are in a threatening situation. If the victim must be moved, move as a unit, always supporting the head and the neck. Do not bend or twist the victim's body. Do not approach victims of electrocution or toxic exposure unless they are clearly away from hazard.
  2. Call 911; Be prepared to give the following information:
    • Where emergency is
    • What happened
    • As much information about the Victim(s) as you can provide
    • How many need help
    • What is being done
    DO NOT hang up until instructed to do so by the dispatcher (to avoid giving incomplete information.)
  3. Stay with victim until help arrives.
  4. Stop severe bleeding with direct pressure when possible.
  5. Keep victim warm

Fire

  1. Upon discovering a fire, explosion or smoke in the building, activate the fire alarm system by pulling the nearest fire alarm box.
  2. Call 911 and be prepared to give
    • Building Name
    • Floor
    • Room Number
    • Type of Incident
  3. Do not use elevators during a fire emergency
  4. When fire alarm sounds, complete evacuation is required. Walk, do not run to the nearest stairway exit and proceed to ground level. If stairway contains smoke or fumes, use an alternate stairway exit. Close doors and windows if possible as you leave.
    The alarm may not sound continuously.
    If the alarm stops, continue the evacuation and warn others who may attempt to enter the building after the alarm stops.
  5. Leave the building and move away from it at least 100 feet, leaving the drives and walks open for arriving fire equipment. Do not return to the building until directed to do so by police officers or fire fighters. Persons with disabilities should move at least 100 ft. from the building. If you cannot move far enough on your own request assistance from emergency personnel.
  6. Someone familiar with the situation and who knows the area involved should meet with the fire department. Someone with keys, which may be needed to allow firefighters access to the affected areas, should make themselves available upon arrival of the fire department.
  7. Notify firefighters on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.
  8. Report potential hazards or refer fire prevention questions to U.W. Safety at 262-8769.

Bomb Threats

In most cases bomb threats will be received by telephone. The person that receives the call should remain calm and obtain as much information as possible. Use the attached worksheet to obtain information. Contact University Police by dialing 911.

BOMB THREAT WORKSHEET

Note exact wording of the threat:

Date and time of the call:

Ask and Record the answers to the following questions:

  1. When will the bomb explode?
  2. Where is the bomb?
  3. Which building is it in?
  4. Who is this?
  5. What kind of bomb is it?
  6. Why are you doing this?
Note the following:
  1. Background noise...traffic, music, voices...
  2. Callers voice:
    Calm...laughing...raspy
    Angry...Sobbing...deep
    Excited...distinct...cracking
    Slow...slurred...accent
    Rapid...nasal...disguised
    Soft...stutter...male
    Loud...lisp...female
    Profane...incoherent...familiar*
*If the voice is familiar, whom did it sound like?

The University Police may request people working in the area assist looking for the bomb. This is because people working in the area will be most familiar with what does and does not belong. If a suspicious package or object is located, DO NOT TOUCH IT, immediately notify the police.

If a bomb threat is received via written communication, immediately notify University Police by dialing 911. Do not handle the communication any more than is absolutely necessary and turn the document over to the police when they arrive. Try to determine the following information:

  • Who found it?
  • Who else was present?
  • Where was it found or how was it delivered?
  • When was it found or delivered?
  • Who has touched it?
  • Have any previous threats been received?

Hazardous Odors or Leaks

Report any hazardous gas leak to UW Police

Be prepared to provide the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Building name
  3. Nature of the incident
  4. Floor or area affected
  5. Room number
  6. Type of incident
  7. The name of the chemical or gas

Suspicious Odors or Leaks

Should you detect any suspicious odors or a suspected slight odor of gas, dial 9-1-1 and report it to the UW Police. They will send someone to check on the problem.

IN THE EVENT OF GAS LEAKS OR VISIBLE FIRE FROM GAS CYLINDERS OR PIPING:
  • Evacuate the area and Dial 9-1-1 to notify the University Police of the incident: follow the dispatcher's instructions.
  • If it is an explosive gas (i.e. natural gas), DO NOT use or activate items that can generate a spark in the general vicinity. Light switches, fire alarm pull stations, phones, elevator cars, etc., are all sources that can initiate a spark with resultant explosion.
  • Confine any fire or fumes to the extent possible (close off any doors to the affected area that you can safely do so). This will help limit the impact of the leak or fire.
  • Notify others in the immediate vicinity, if you can safely do so.
Evacuation:
  • If it is necessary to evacuate the building, activate the building's fire alarm and leave the building (note: DO NOT activate the fire alarm if it is an explosive gas such as natural gas).
  • If it is an explosive gas, such as natural gas, exit lower or upper floors via the stairwell. Do not use an elevator.
  • Confine any fire or gases to the extent possible by closing the doors behind you as you leave. This will help limit the impact of the leak.
  • Notify others in the immediate vicinity.
  • Upon exiting the building, get a safe distance from the building (at least 100 feet away). Persons with disabilities should move as far as possible from the building.
  • Remain upwind of the leak.
  • Leave adequate room for police and other emergency responders.
  • Do not return to the building until given approval by fire or police personnel.
  • If you have information about the source of the odor or leak, report in person to any police officer or fire fighter at the scene.

Individuals with a disability that prevents them from evacuating an affected floor or the building should go to an Area of Rescue (AOR). DO NOT go to an AOR close to the leak. If you cannot get to an AOR or if there is no AOR in your building, please follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Proceed to a safe place away from the incident, to a room near stairs.
  • Go to a room with a phone and a window, if possible.
  • Note the room number.
  • Close the door.
  • Call 911. A UW police dispatcher will verify/confirm the room number.
  • If there is no phone, close the door and go to the window.
  • The person assisting you persons with disabilities should inform emergency response personnel that a person with a disability is in the room (number).


Chemical Spills

Immediate Danger
  1. Sound the building fire alarm, If you have bodily contact with the spilled material, immediately remove contaminated clothing and flush all areas of bodily contact with copious amount of water. *With the exception of chemicals that react with water.
  2. Call 911 and be prepared to:
    • Identify yourself and the reason you are calling
    • Identify the exact location of the emergency
    • Identify the nature of the emergency
    • Identify any injuries or symptoms involved
    • Identify all hazardous materials involved if you know them
  3. Evacuate the building to a safe distance (at least 100 ft.) and leave a clear access for arriving emergency personnel. Do not return to the area until instructed to do so by police or fire personnel. Persons with disabilities should move at least 100ft from the building and request assistance from emergency personnel if needed.
  4. Obtain assistance for those injured or exposed to the effects of the spill (safety shower, medical attention, etc). Areas of bodily contact should be rinsed for 15 minutes with copious amounts of water.
  5. For situations that threaten fire or explosion, and spills in which hazardous vapors are present:
    • Evacuate the area and tell others to evacuate.
    • Close, but do not lock doors behind you to isolate the area.
    • If you have time to do so safely, close fume hood sashes.
    • If you have time to do so safely, post a sign to warn others not to enter the area.
    • If evacuation is necessary, DO NOT use elevators.
    • Be available to advise emergency response personnel when they arrive. Someone responsible for the room or building should be present to provide details of the incident.
Not immediately dangerous to life or health
  1. Attempt to confine the spill as much as possible only if you have been trained to confine spills and are thoroughly familiar with the hazards of the spilled chemical. If you have contact with the spilled material, immediately remove all contaminated clothing and flush all areas of bodily contact with copious amounts of water.
  2. Call 911 and be prepared to:
    • Identify yourself and the reason you are calling
    • Identify the exact location of the emergency
    • Identify the nature of the emergency, any injuries or symptoms involved, and identity of any hazardous materials involved if you know them.
  3. Continue to rinse areas of bodily contact with copious amounts of water for 15 minutes.

Tornado/Severe Weather

Know the location of the nearest emergency shelter for your location! Check with your Facility Manager for the location of emergency shelters.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch:

Conditions are right for a severe thunderstorm. Continue with normal activities, but continue to monitor the situation.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning:

Severe thunderstorms are occurring. Be prepared to move to a place of shelter if threatening weather approaches.

  • Remain indoors and away from windows until the severe storm passes. If large hail begins to fall, seek immediate shelter.
  • Report any injuries and damage by dialing 9-1-1.
  • Be prepared to give the following information:
    1. Your name
    2. Building name
    3. Type of injury or damage
    4. The location of any injured person(s) or building damage
    5. Room number you are calling from
Tornado Watch:

Conditions are right for a tornado. Continue with normal activities, but continue to monitor the situation.

Tornado Warning:

Radar or weather spotters have identified a tornado. The emergency siren will sound a steady tone for three minutes or longer if there is danger in the immediate area. Take the following actions:

  • SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER (Individuals with disabilities: follow the same procedures): When warning sirens sound, seek shelter, preferably in a basement or below ground evacuation location. A steel-formed or reinforced concrete building provides some protection.
  • Stay away from outside walls, exterior doors, and glass windows or partitions. Do not open windows.
  • Basements and interior hallways or rooms on lower floors offer good shelter.
  • In a vehicle, get out and seek shelter in a nearby well-built structure. If you cannot find a well-built structure nearby, seek out a ditch or ravine, which can offer some protection. Lay prone; face down, with your hands covering your head.
  • After the all clear, leave badly damaged buildings, if it is safe to do so. Elevators may not work in damaged buildings (the electrical power may be out or there may be damage to the elevator equipment).
  • If you are surrounded by debris, be aware that removing some of it can cause other debris or part of the building to collapse. If it is not safe or possible to leave the area, stay there until assisted out.
  • Do not attempt to return to the building unless directed to do so by University Police. Do not attempt to turn on or off any utilities or other equipment.
  • Report all injuries and damage to the University police dispatcher by dialing 9-1-1.
  • BE PREPARED TO GIVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
    1. Your name
    2. Building name
    3. Type of injury or damage
    4. The location of any injured person(s) or building damage
    5. Room number you are calling from

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