Emergency Prepardness/Procedures

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

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This section contains instructions about how you should respond as a University Housing resident when facing several different possible emergency situations. 

To reach the Public Safety / University Police

Using a campus phone Dial 911. 

Using a non-campus phone, dial (916) 278-6851. 

During an emergency, remember to first follow any instructions given through the University’s Emergency Notification System (such messages can arrive via loudspeaker system, text message, e-mail and campus electronic bulletin boards). 

Evacuation Plan /Location

Fire-detection systems are located in each building. If an alarm sounds, use the closest outside exit and retreat to the grassy Housing Quad area in the center of the residence hall complex. This will ensure a clear thoroughfare for emergency vehicles arriving at the building. 

Evacuation Procedure :

• Evacuate the building to designated area Housing Quad area in front of the Dining Commons.
• In the event of an emergency, Residence Life staff may take attendance in the quad in order to give emergency personnel a list of  individuals who may still be in the building and may need assistance exiting it. You should notify appropriate emergency personnel if you know of anyone still inside of the halls.
• Do not return to the building until instructed by the Fire Department/Police or Designated Housing Personnel.

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IN CASE OF ACTIVE SHOOTER

Dial 911 or Public Safety/University Police (916) 278-6851.

If an active shooter is inside or outside a residence hall building, you should shelter in place immediately. Do the following:

• Remain calm.
• Proceed immediately to a room that can be locked or barricaded.
• Lock and barricade the door or windows.

Turn off the lights and close the blinds.

• Turn off radios or any other devices that produce sound.
• Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover or protection, e.g., behind concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets (get down on the floor and away from the windows).
• Silence cell phones.
• Notify police of the situation and give them your location.
• Do not leave your location until you have been given an “all clear” by the Police or University Administrator.

IN CASE OF BOMB THREAT

What to do in case of Bomb Threat

  • You and anyone you hear of receiving a bomb threat, should REPORT ANY BOMB THREAT by dialing 911. If you receive a bomb threat yourself via phone, you should try to keep the caller on the phone as long as possible. Though you are in a difficult position receiving a call like this, listen carefully and try to determine and record the following:

    • Date and time of the call
    • Exact words of the caller
    • Speech pattern or accent
    • Emotional state
    • Age and gender of the caller
    • Background noises (e.g., traffic)

IN CASE OF EARTH QUAKE

There is possibility for a serious earthquake in all California counties. Therefore, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the following earthquake evacuation procedures: 

DURING THE TREMORS

If you are inside :

• Stay indoors and take cover under a table, desk, or within a door frame. Stay away from glass. 

If you are OUTSIDE:

• DO NOT enter buildings.
• Stay clear of buildings, trees and power lines. 

AFTER SHOCK SUBSIDES:

  • Remain calm and exit building quickly to clear area.
  • Go to Central QUAD (take your keys, wallet, etc.).
  • DO NOT ignite matches or lighters or turn on electrical switches.
  • DO NOT re-enter building until directive is given by University staff.
  • Emergency evacuation procedures are posted near each residence hall room that is adjacent to emergency exits. The signs are bright orange, 8-1/2” x 14.” These procedures must be visible at all times. It is a violation of Housing policy for any resident to tamper with, deface or remove evacuation procedure signs. 

IN CASE OF FIRE

For a fire INSIDE RESIDENT ROOMS

• Dial 911 or Public Safety/University Police (916) 278-6851.
• Communicate exact room location.
• Describe what is burning.
• If residents cannot safely extinguish the fire — EVACUATE THE AREA.
• Close windows (if possible)—CLOSE AND LOCK DOOR AND TAKE ROOM KEY.
• ACTIVATE THE FIRE ALARM AFTER EXITING. 

For a fire OUTSIDE RESIDENT ROOMS, (when you are inside your room, or another indoor residence hall area) you should:

• Carefully feel the exit door—if it is hot, DO NOT OPEN IT.
• If door is cool, OPEN CAUTIOUSLY AND EVACUATE.
• Dial 911 or Public Safety/University Police (916) 278-6851.
• Seal the bottom of your door with a towel or other material to keep out smoke.
• ACTIVATE THE FIRE ALARM AS YOU EXIT.
• Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
• IF SMOKE IS PRESENT, STAY LOW TO FLOOR—heat and smoke rises.
• Evacuate building to the designated area, the HOUSING QUAD.
• Report your name to staff and await directions. 

Fire Extinguis her Usage and Operation

Each fire extinguisher contains operating instructions, warnings and maintenance instructions. Read instructions carefully and understand them thoroughly before a fire occurs.

1. Hold extinguisher upright.
2. Pull ring pin (to snap safety seal).
3. Stand back 10 feet from the fire.
4. Aim at base of fire.
5. Squeeze lever and sweep from side to side.

IN CASE OF FLOOD

IN CASE OF FLOOD—NO ADVANCE WARNING

If you are INSIDE

• Close all exterior doors and call University Police at (916) 278-6851, 911 from a campus phone, or call or Sacramento Police Department at 911 from a cell phone.
• Check in with a staff member as soon as possible.
• ENSURE EVACUATION OF RESIDENTS WITH DISABILITIES TO UPPER FLOORS.
• DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LEAVE CAMPUS UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO BY APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES.
• DO NOT TAKE REFUGE NEAR WINDOWS AND DOORS.
• Remain calm.
• Take shoes, keys, ID, wallet, medication and flashlight to 2nd or 3rd floor.
• Move food, drinks and water to upper floors. 

If you are outside

Go into the nearest building and check in with a staff member. 

IN CASE OF FLOOD—ADVANCE WARNING

If you are inside

• Close all exterior doors.
• Check in with a staff member as soon as possible.
• ENSURE EVACUATION OF RESIDENTS WITH DISABILITIES TO UPPER FLOORS.
• DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LEAVE CAMPUS UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO BY APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES.
• DO NOT TAKE REFUGE NEAR WINDOWS AND DOORS.
• Remain calm.
• Take shoes, keys, ID, wallet, medication and flashlight to 2nd or 3rd floor.
• Move food, drinks and water to upper floors.

If you are OUTSIDE

• Go into the nearest building and check in with a staff member.
• AFTER FLOODWATER RECEDES, FOLLOW STAFF AND POLICE DIRECTIVES FOR SAFE DEPARTURE.

IN CASE OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILL, LEAK, FIRE OR EXPLOSION

SHELTER IN PLACE.

Stay in your room or a location designated by Emergency Response personnel (fire, police or Housing staff).

• Tightly close all windows and doors. Place a wet towel at the base of the door. If possible, use tape to seal any  cracks.
• In Desmond, Draper and Jenkins Halls, turn off your Heater/AC.
• DO NOT LEAVE until instructed to do so by fire, police or Housing staff.
• NEVER walk or drive through a released product in any form—SOLID, LIQUID, OR GAS.

 
IN CASE OF SEVERE WEATHER

A TORNADO WATCH means that conditions are such that a tornado could develop. Monitor TV and radio weather bulletins and take necessary precautions. 

A TORNADO WARNING means a tornado has been sighted in the immediate area. Listen to local radio or TV stations for information. Take shelter at once and follow procedures below for protection. Do not go outside to look for a funnel cloud. 

If you are outside

• Go inside the nearest building if possible (get into an area on the first floor without windows).
• Get down in a sheltered spot and cover your head with your arms.
• Stay away from windows.
• Do not get in a vehicle and try to outrun the tornado. 

If you are inside the hall

• Monitor severe weather reports from TV/radio and possibly the Housing Office/campus personnel.
• Follow staff directives regarding what to do and where to go in the hall.
• Unplug major appliances and close windows and window coverings (if time permits).
• Evacuate to lower floors within the hall and go into closets, corridors or stairwells (away from windows or glass doors).
• Use a pillow, heavy blanket, etc. to protect your body from falling objects.
• Remain in the designated safe location (first-floor corridors and stairwells) until the “all clear” signal is given by the media or University emergency personnel/staff.