Do you know what to do in a campus emergency?
(June 18, 2013) DU's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Fire Safety does! Their high standards for planning, training, testing and inspection keep us safe on campus all year long. During National Emergency Preparedness Week, here are some tips on what to do in different types of emergencies, how the University plans for emergencies, basic fire safety information and how to sign up for DU's emergency notification system.
What to do when
No matter what the nature of the emergency, always call 911 and Campus Safety's emergency number: 303-871-3000 (or x1-3000 from a campus phone) first, and move to a safe place if necessary. Visit this website to familiarize yourself with procedures on these different types of emergencies:
- Active shooter
- Fire and evacuation
- Medical emergency
- Bomb threat
- Suspicious package or objects
- Shelter in place
- Utility failure
- Criminal activity
- Chemical spills
- Natural disasters
How DU plans for emergencies
Your department/building has an emergency action plan tailored to your environment, developed by the Office of Emergency Preparedness and your department's emergency liaison. The Office of Emergency Preparedness has also worked with various continuity liaisons across campus to ensure that essential operational functions of the University can go on in the event of an emergency. The University also has a critical incident management plan to be called into action if needed. Click here to learn more about DU's emergency planning.
Traditionally, fires are the most common emergency incidents on university campuses. Every building went through its annual fire drill in the past few weeks; here are some reminders on how to safely evacuate your building:
- Know where your two closest points of exit are.
- Use stairs, never use elevators.
- Walk, don't run.
- Move 50 feet away from the building once outside.
- There is no such thing as a "false alarm." Any time you hear a fire alarm or see flashing fire strobes, evacuate immediately. Do not take time to gather your belongings.
Here are some tips to prevent fires in your area:
- Cook only in designated kitchen areas and never leave a stove or microwave unattended while in use.
- Open flames are prohibited on campus. At home, never leave an open flame unattended and make sure to extinguish all candles when you leave a room.
- Know where the fire extinguishers are in your building.
Learn more about fire safety on campus here.
DU's emergency notification system
It is critical to receive timely and accurate information regarding an emergency. DU's emergency notification system is designed to reach everyone affiliated with the University in a very short period of time.
In the case of an emergency, you will automatically receive an email from the system. You can also opt to receive a phone call or a text if you prefer. Text messages are generally regarded as the best way to reach you in an emergency. Sign up here by clicking the red button on the right side of the screen.
The emergency notification system is used for:
- An impending emergency situation
- An actual emergency situation
- Updates regarding a current emergency situation
- School closures due to weather or other circumstances
(June 18, 2013) Do you work with someone (or an entire department) who goes above and beyond for the University? It's time to recognize their contributions and excellent work during the 2013 Staff Awards. Nominations must be submitted by June 28.
Visit the Staff Advisory Council website for more information and to submit your nominations. Awards will be presented at the 2013 Staff Appreciation Picnic. Contact Cheryl Jackson with your questions: 303-871-2763.