Emergencies can happen at any time. Your response is dependent on how well prepared you are. In the links below, you can find information for emergency situations. Additional information can be found on the Campus Emergency Preparedness website.
If you observe a suspicious object or potential bomb on campus, Do Not Touch The Object. Clear the area and immediately call University Police. Refer to steps 7 through 13 below for further instructions.
Any person receiving a phone call that a bomb or other explosive device has been placed on campus is to ask the caller:
- When is the bomb going to explode?
- Where is the bomb located?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What does it look like?
- Why did you place the bomb?
Keep talking to the caller as long as possible and record the following:Immediately notify University Police and supply them with information outlined above.
- Time of call
- Age and sex of caller
- Speech pattern, accent
- Emotional state
- Background noises
Immediately Notify University Police with the above information.
If the bomb threat is received by mail, do not further handle the letter, envelope or package. Report to your supervisor, and call University Police.
University Police will coordinate a detailed bomb search. Employees may be requested to make a cursor inspection of their area for suspicious objects and to report the location to University Police. Do Not Touch The Object.
If an evacuation is warranted, University Police will activate the building alarm.
Evacuate the building by quickly walking to the nearest exit and calmly direct others to do the same. Leave all elevators for use by the disabled and assist them as necessary.
Building marshals will assist in evacuation of all building occupants.
Once outside, move to a clear area at least 150 feet away from the affected building. Keep walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
To the best of your ability, and without reentering the building, assist University Police in their attempt to determine that everyone has evacuated safely.
A University Police emergency Command Post will be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have important information to report.
Do not return to a building until University Police tell you to do so even if the alarm has ceased.
Chemical spills can happen anywhere on campus and have the potential of causing serious injuries and illnesses. Please follow the Chemical Spill Guidelines for any spill of potentially unsafe chemicals.
Civil Disturbance or Demonstration
Most campus demonstrations are peaceful and everyone should attempt to carry on business as normally as possible. Avoid provoking or obstructing the demonstrators.
Supervisors should evaluate the situations and either try to calm the disturbance, or call University Police. To avoid causing further trouble, make the call from a private area.
A threatening disturbance should be reported immediately to University Police by land line, cell phone, or use a blue emergency phone. The following action should also be taken:
Alert all employees in the area to the situation.
Lock all doors, secure all files, documents, and equipment.
If necessary, cease operations and evacuate all personnel.
Instruct all employees to contact University Police for further instructions if evacuated.
University Police and the administration will assess the situation. Participants who refuse to leave may be arrested for a violation of the State Penal Code. If a class or lecture is disrupted, the offending person(s) should be requested to leave. If they refuse, call University Police.
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Before an earthquake:
- Develop an emergency plan for your home. Roads may be blocked and phone lines may be inoperable, impeding your ability to go or call home immediately following an earthquake. Include provisions for your pets in your plan and check on your children's school plan.
- Designate an out-of-state contact. Long distance lines may be operable earlier than local lines.
- Plan an escape route and an alternate. Discuss and practice this with your family. At work, locate the stairwell exit nearest you and an alternate in case the first is blocked. Keep a flashlight handy.
- Keep personal supplies in your car or desk. A change of clothing, shoes, medication, water, and blanket are just a few things to have available.
- Secure tall furniture to the wall. Keep heavy items on the bottom of shelves. This applies to both home and work.
- Store chemicals properly. Separate incompatible chemicals and keep them on shelves with protective barriers or behind cupboard doors that lock.
- Learn how to use a fire extinguisher. Take a CPR/First Aid course. Call Environmental Health and Instructional Safety for the next scheduled class.
- Vital records. Keep copies of your most important papers in a file or safe that you can easily reach after a quake. Back up on CD or flash drive important publications, equipment inventories, staff and class information.
During the quake:
Remain calm.This is, of course, harder to do than say. Just remember to Drop, Cover, and Hold! Get under a table or desk, keep your back to the windows and cover your head.
- When you are in a campus building, drop and cover under furniture or between rows of seats. The interior walls of rooms or halls are good places to crouch against.
- If you happen to be outdoors or in a vehicle, move to an open area, if possible--stay away from buildings, power lines, block walls, and overpasses.
After the shaking stops:
- Check for personal injuries. Grab your flashlight, if necessary, and first aid kit. Assist injured and the disabled. Extinguish small fires.
- Evacuate. Follow instructions of the Building Marshal. Do not use elevators. Meet in a designated spot with your department or class a safe distance from the building. Remember, aftershocks will further damage an already weakened structure.
- Notify. Advise a Building Marshal or University Police Officer of any people trapped or injured requiring evacuation, fire or hazardous material spill. At home, do not call 911 unless there has been a serious injury OR place red-Help!/green-OK cards in street-facing window alerting Police and Fire of your status. Check on your neighbors.
- Navigating the roads. Do not leave campus until you know the conditions of freeways and surface streets. When at home, stay there and listen to your portable radio.
- Volunteer. If you can not get home right away, your time as a Disaster Service Worker will be gratefully accepted.
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In the event of a building evacuation or emergency, elevators are reserved for police and fire personnel only. Walk to the nearest exit and assist the disabled, as necessary. Please follow the Elevator Emergency Procedures if you are either in or outside a malfunctioning elevator.
Evacuation of Disabled Persons
In the event of an emergency, everyone including disabled persons should observe the following procedures for evacuation:
- All able-bodied persons shall move toward the nearest marked exit corridor and/or stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR.
- Disabled persons should seek refuge near the closest exit stairway and request assistance from others. Do not obstruct the stairway or door leading to the stairway. If the location becomes unsafe, move to different exit stairway and call for help until rescued.
- Able-bodied persons should assist in the evacuation of the disabled. That assistance may be in the form of the following:
- Be familiar with the disabled persons who are routinely in your area.
- Inform hearing impaired/deaf persons that they should evacuate.
- Assist visually impaired/blind persons to an exit stairway.
- Assist persons in wheelchairs to a location close to an exit stairway.
- Inform University Police (Command Post outside building or call 911) of disabled persons located inside the building that you are unable to evacuate safely.
- In the extreme case where you must physically evacuate a disabled person, you should ask that person how to safely carry/assist them.
Evacuation chairs are provided in the following locations:
- McCarthy Hall 144 - Fan room
- Humanities 130 - Custodial Hopper Room
- Library South - under stairs
- Library Atrium - behind Information Service Desk
- Library North - inside 'staff only' door behind reference desk
- DBH - near Men's Restroom room 105
- University Hall - South end First Floor lobby
- Langsdorf Hall - South lobby
- Visual Arts - Room 106
- Engineering - First Floor North stairway
- Computer Science - outside Women's restroom room 105
- Education Classroom - Basement Southwest stairway
- Performing Arts - Northeast entrance near room 156
- College Park - 1st floor, behind security desk
- TSU - Room 204
NOTE: It is suggested that disabled persons prepare for emergencies ahead of time by learning the locations of exit corridors and exit stairways, by planning an escape route, and by showing a classmate or instructor how to assist him/her in case of emergency. In addition, disabled persons who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or have some other means for attracting the attention of others.
All exit corridors and stairways are marked with exit signs and are protected with self-closing fire rated doors. These are the safest areas during an emergency. Rescue personnel will first check all exit stairways for trapped persons.
Information about evacuating campus buildings can be found at the Emergency Preparedness website.
Explosions, Plane Crashes and Similar Incidents
In the event a violent incident, such as an explosion or plane crash, occurs on campus that could render a building or area unsafe, take the following action:
- Immediately take cover under tables, desks, and other such objects, which will give protection against glass or debris.
- After effects of the explosion have subsided, notify University Police. Give your name; describe the location and nature of the emergency.
- If necessary or directed to do so by University Police, activate the building alarm system.
- Notify your supervisor, and then evacuate the immediate area of explosion.
- Be aware of structural damage.
- Stay away from glass doors and windows.
- Do not touch or move any suspicious object.
- Assist others, especially the injured and disabled in evacuating the building. Do not move the seriously injured unless conditions so dictate.
- Building marshals will assist in evacuation of all building occupants.
- Once outside move to a clear area at least 150 feet away from the affected area. Keep walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
- To the best of your ability, and without reentering the building, assist University Police in their attempt to determine that everyone has evacuated safely.
- A University Police Emergency Command Post will be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have important information to report.
- Do not return to a building until University Police tell you to do so even if the alarm has ceased.
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Things you need to know before a fire:
- Location of fire alarms and fire extinguishers. Familiarize yourself with the locations of all the nearest fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull stations. Learn to use the extinguishers. At home, use smoke detectors on each floor to alert you and your family to a fire.
- Chemical safety. Follow procedures established for safe handling and storage of flammable liquids and gases. Read the warning instructions on the containers before using.
During a fire:
- Remain calm. Activate the nearest fire alarm; it will automatically alert University Police. Close, but do not lock, the doors in your work area.
- Personal Safety. Your life is more important than the property. If you cannot control the fire with a fire extinguisher, abandon your efforts and leave the area.
- Evacuation. Turn off all equipment, take your personal belongings and proceed to the nearest exit. Before exiting a door, check the handle and door for heat. Remember, heat and smoke rise, so the best air is closest to the floor. In a smoke filled room, crawl to the exit.
- Large-scale fires. Cal State Fullerton will never experience a wild land fire, but could encounter several buildings on fire at once. After evacuating, move far away from all structures.
If your neighborhood is involved in such a fire, gather your favorite mementos, important papers, pictures of all your property, and your pets and follow evacuation procedures given by your county or city.
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First Aid Procedures
- Place victim on back.
- Tilt victim's head back to open airway.
- Check for breathing for 10 seconds.
- If not breathing, pinch victim's nostrils closed with fingers.
- Exhale your breath into victim until their chest expands.
- Repeat every 1-2 seconds after chest deflates.
- Keep trying until help arrives.
If unable to give breath, check victim for airway obstruction.
Severe Bleeding and Wounds
- Apply direct pressure on wound.
- Use gauze pads, clean cloth or hand.
- Elevate body part.
- Add more cloth if blood soaks through. Never remove bandage once applied.
Keep pressure on wound until help arrives.
Fainting, Unconsciousness, and Shock
- Have victim lie down and rest.
- Keep victim comfortable, not hot or cold.
- Ask or look for emergency medical I.D.
- Treat other injuries as necessary.
Choking and Airway Obstruction
- If victim is coughing, or able to speak, stand by and allow victim to cough up object. If unable to speak, apply five back blows and five abdominal thrusts (Heimlich Maneuver).
- If unconscious, give 30 compressions followed by 2 breaths.
- Check victim's mouth and remove foreign matter only if you see some.
Burns (Thermal and Chemical)
- Immerse burned area in cold water.
- Flood chemical burn with cool water for 15 minutes.
- Loosely cover burn with dry bandage.
- Keep victim quiet and comfortable.
Poisoning and Overdose
- Determine what substance is involved and how taken.
- Call Poison Control Center (800-222-1222).
- Stay with victim and assist as directed by Poison Control.
- Use gloves when making contact with potentially infectious material.
- Use good hand washing procedures or disinfectant wipes to control contamination from blood or other bodily fluids.
- If exposed to potentially infectious material through a skin puncture or splash to the eyes:
- Skin exposure: Vigorously wash affected skin with plenty of soap and water.
- Eye exposure: Wash eyes for at least 10 minutes with large amounts of water, lifting the upper and lower eyelids occasionally.
- Notify Environmental Health and Safety.
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Before a flood
- Do you live at the beach, in a floodplain or below a dam? The cliché "A picture is worth a thousand words" is a relevant phrase. Check with your insurance carrier about a flood insurance policy. Take pictures of your belongings, important documents, and keep them safe for insurance purposes.
- Disaster supply kit. As with earthquakes, "Be Prepared" by packing clothes and other important supplies ahead of time in case you need to head for higher ground. Identify where you will go if told to evacuate--friend's, motel, Red Cross shelter.
- Leaking building. Report any leakage around windows, ceilings, basements, pool to Facilities Management Service Center as soon as you detect a problem. However, following rain, work will be delayed until the area dries out.
When a flood occurs
Leaving campus. If we are receiving a tremendous amount of rain at one time during the work day, only a Presidential declaration will allow for a campus closure. Since there is a chance that streets will be flooded, plan alternate routes and to arrive home late. Try not to drive through water of unknown depth covering a street. If you are caught and stall in rapidly rising water, and it is safe to leave your vehicle, abandon it and get to higher ground.
Following the flood
- Food and water. Don't eat food that has come in contact with flood waters and drinking water should be tested before using.
- Be cautious when driving. Chances are we will all return to work the day following a heavy rain. Try and avoid flooded areas.
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Medical Treatment for Serious Injuries
In the event of a serious injury or illness on campus, immediately call University Police. Use a blue emergency phone if not within a building. Give your name, describe the nature and severity of the medical problem, and the campus location of the victim.
Note:University Police has a direct line to the paramedics. Officers are trained in CPR and First Aid.
- Check the person. If the victim is conscious, scan for bleeding and other injuries.
- Keep victim still and comfortable. Have them lie down if necessary.
- If victim is unconscious, check for breathing. If breathing is not detected, start compressions.
- Control serious bleeding by direct pressure..
Continue to assist the victim until help arrives.
- Determine extent of injury or probable cause of illness.
- Protect from all disturbance, reassure the victim, and do not move unless absolutely necessary.
- Look for emergency medical I.D., question witnesses and give all information to University Police.
- In case of a minor injury or illness where non-emergency medical treatment is needed, go to Seeking Non-Emergency Medical Treatment.
- Environmental Health & Safety coordinates CPR & First Aid classes held periodically on campus. To find out when the next class will be held, go to the Employee Training Center or call EHS at X7233.
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Any emergency involving a radiation incident (spill, injury, contamination), must be reported immediately to the Radiation Safety Officer ext. 7233. If after normal business hours notify University Police by calling 911.
When reporting, be very specific about the nature of the involved material, the people exposed, and the campus location. Give a contact name and a phone number where you may be reached.
Take any steps necessary to protect human life (without severely endangering your own). Your priorities should be:Decontamination of facilities and personnel will be directed by the Radiation Safety Officer and/or other qualified personnel. Further information regarding medical treatment of individuals and decontamination techniques are available in the Radiation Safety manual.
Safety of injured: Remove any injured from area with as little personal contact and spread of contamination as possible. Before transporting injured to hospital, decontaminate under direction of Radiation Safety Officer or other qualified individual. Provide emergency response personnel with as much information as possible regarding the radiation hazards.
Disaster Management: In all disasters involving unsealed sources of radiation, use procedures detailed in other sections of this chart, but treat all equipment and yourself as contaminated after you are finished.
Contamination control: Vacate the immediate area and, if possible, isolate injured and/or contaminated individuals to a secure area. Prohibit them from eating, smoking, drinking, or physical contact with others. Do not leave the area, or allow anyone to re-enter the contaminated area until instructed to do so by campus safety personnel.
Shelter in Place
There are times when evacuation of a building could cause more harm than staying inside. Shelter in Place procedures can be found at the Emergency Preparedness website.
- In the event of a major building utility failure occurring during regular working hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday), immediately notify the Facilities Management Service Center x3494. After hours, call University Police at X2515 or if it's an emergency, call 911 on any campus phone or cell phone.
- If there is potential danger to the building occupants, or if the utility failure occurs after hours, weekends and holidays notify University Police.
- If necessary or if directed to do so by University Police, activate the building alarm system and take the following steps.
- Evacuate the building by quickly walking to the nearest exit and direct others to do the same. If operational, leave all elevators for use by the disabled and assist them as much as possible.
- Building Marshals will assist in evacuation of all building occupants.
- Once outside, move to a clear area at least 150 feet away from the affected building. Keep all surrounding walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
- To the best of your ability, and without re-entering the building, assist University Police in their attempt to determine that everyone has evacuated safely.
- A University Police Emergency Command Post may be set up near the emergency vehicles. Keep clear of the command post unless you have important information to report.
- Do not return to the building until University Police tell you do so even if the alarm has ceased.
Electrical/Light Failure: All major campus buildings are equipped with an emergency lighting system that will provide minimal lighting in main corridors and stairways for safe exiting. Emergency lighting will not be sufficient to continue working. It's advisable that your departments have flashlights available to aid in evacuation.
Elevator Failure: All campus elevators are equipped with emergency phones connected directly to University Police; however, if you discover trapped occupants in an elevator, phone University Police immediately.
Plumbing Failure/Flooding: Stop using all electrical equipment, notify your supervisor and vacate the area. Call the Service Center at Ext. 3494.
Ventilation: If smell smoke or a burning odor coming from the ventilation system, report it to University Police and Service Center at Ext. 3494.
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Violent or Criminal Behavior
Everyone is asked to assist in making the campus a safe place by being alert to all suspicious situations and by reporting them as outlined below.
- If you are the victim or are involved in any on-campus violation of the law such as assault, robbery, theft, overt sexual behavior, etc. notify University Police as soon as possible and supply them with the following information:
- Nature of incident.
- Campus location of incident.
- Description of person(s) involved.
- Description of property involved.
- If you witness any on-campus violation of the law, immediately notify University Police or use a blue emergency phone and give them information outlined above.
- Assist University Police when they arrive, by supplying them with additional information and ask others to do the same.
- University Police will conduct the required campus search and will evacuate areas as necessary. Follow their instructions.
- Everyone is asked to report to their department office the existence of anyone loitering or soliciting on campus. These people may be asked to leave if they do not have either permission or a proper reason for being on campus. University Police are to be called if they refuse to leave when asked.
- Use the following preventative measures to minimize the risk of violence in the workplace:
- Careful and thoughtful management of people is the best tool to avoid incidents of workplace violence. Handle problems with and between employees quickly, fairly, and consistently.
- Maintain open lines of communications with employees. Keep all employees informed of pertinent workplace issues. Conduct open meetings with staff when practical. Ask your employees for safety suggestions and implement them as soon as possible.
- Lock doors that lead to non-public work areas. Only lock doors from the outside, so that emergency exits are not obstructed.
- Design work areas so there is a secondary escape exit.
- Provide out-placement referrals or services to employees if layoffs become necessary.
- Coordinate all phases of the termination process through Human Resources. Improperly handled terminations can cause serious humiliation and anger.
- Plan ahead and boost security prior to a visit from an individual who is a known threat.
- Establish a code work/distress signal that can be used to convey the need to summon University Police Officers.
- Take all threats of violence seriously. Watch for and document the "warning signs" of unusual/suspicious behavior.
Does the campus have a written Emergency Plan?
The campus has an Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Action Plan.
Emergency Operations Plan
The University's Emergency Operations Plan describes the campus' response and management of emergencies. This plan was developed by University Police.
Emergency Action Plan
The Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is a written document required by Cal/OSHA and used to facilitate and organize employer/employee actions during University emergencies.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Governor's Office of Emergency Services
- Orange County Health Care Agency
- ReadyOC Emergency Preparedness
- Southern California Earthquake Data Center
- USGS Earthquake Hazards Program for Southern California