Preparedness and Response
The University and Environment, Health and Safety recognizes that planning for different risks and national, regional, and local disasters and events is crifical to protecting its constituents, neighbors, environment and resources. Please use the following information as a resource for your own preparedness.
See also: the EHS Emergency Preparedness web pages.
The 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC recommend a change in the BLS sequence of steps from A-B-C (Airway, Breathing, Chest compressions) to C-A-B (Chest compressions, Airway, Breathing) for adults, children, and infants (excluding the newly born; see Neonatal Resuscitation section). This fundamental change in CPR sequence will require reeducation of everyone who has ever learned CPR, but the consensus of the authors and experts involved in the creation of the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC is that the benefit will justify the effort. Read more in the Highlights of the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC document.
This short video from the University of Arizona illustrates the best demonstration and gives the simplest explanation of exactly what to do if someone near you collapses and is presumably having a heart attack.
Protecting the Physically Impaired During an Evacuation Notice
If you are physically impaired it is important that you learn about fire safety, plan ahead for emergencies, and be aware of your own capabilities and limitations. Outlined below are a number of measures to provide for your protection, if an evacuation notice is given for your building.
Many locations on-campus will allow direct access to the outside from your floor, or you can relocate horizontally to another building or addition. If you are unable to leave a building during an evacuation notice: remain calm, do not use the stairs or elevators.
People unable to leave the building will be directed to an area of rescue. These areas were identified by the Health and Safety Office by training the Departmental Emergency Coordinators and Evacuation Monitors. The Departmental Emergency Coordinators maintains a list of people that are physically impaired and their locations. During an evacuation notice the Departmental Emergency Coordinator or Evacuation Monitors will conduct a floor-to-floor sweep of the building, direct people unable to evacuate to an area of rescue, and provide to Command the locations of persons unable to leave the building.
Areas of rescue are:
- Seek refuge in a room with a window, door, and telephone. Call 911 to report your location, and stay there until help arrives.
- If staying in place poses a threat to safety, seek alternate areas of rescue that include:
- Call 911 to report your location
- Refuge in a corridor remote of incident
- Refuge in a portion of a stairway landing
- Refuge in an elevator lobby with fire doors separating the elevator lobby from the incident
If you need assistance in planning for an evacuation, please call the Fire Safety Officer.
- 2014: Annual Campus Security Report Including the Missing Persons Protocol and Fire Safety Report
- 2013: Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report
- 2012 Fire Safety Report
- 2011 Fire Safety Report
- 2010 Fire Safety Report
Spills on Campus
For chemical spills in labs, please view the environmental fact sheet Clean Up of Laboratory Chemical Spills. Also view the Guide for Chemical Spill Response Planning in Laboratories prepared by the American Chemical Society’s Task Force on Laboratory Waste Management.