Emergency Information:
What Should You Do?

Act of Violence

If you receive a text of an act of violence in your immediate area (ie. active assaulter, campus violence, etc.):

  • Go to a room if you are not in one.
  • Lock and block doors.
  • Turn out lights and stay low.
  • Put phone on vibrate.
  • Remain quiet and calm; listen for activity, signs of help or direction.
  • Local police or university officials will secure the scene and make announcements through Emergency Notification system.

Chemical Spill

  • Stay inside and look for lowest level room with interior walls. Stairwells, bathrooms and closets are locations.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the exterior of building.
  • Avoid interior and exterior doors.
  • Move away from areas where cleaning supplies (any chemicals) or fuel is stored.
  • Secure all doors.

Evacuation

For any number of incidents including fire, chemical spill, gas/utility leak, or severe weather:

Fire

The University does conduct fire drills and will be coordinating them throughout the year on campus to prepare our community. Our process is as follows:

  • Activation of the notification system: Pulling of the fire alarm.
  • Response of the community:
  • Response of trained designated emergency responders: Evaluate and address situation.
  • End of incident: When notified by emergency personnel, community members return to normal activities.

Medical Attention

If someone is in need of medical attention:

  • Remain calm.
  • Call Public Safety at 215-572-2999/cell or x2999/campus phone. For off-campus medical emergencies, call 911. Public Safety will respond to a situation in which any staff member, student, or visitor of the University requires emergency medical assistance.
  • Unless it is unsafe to do so, remain on the scene until Public Safety arrives.
  • Do not move the injured person unless there is danger of further harm.
  • Keep the injured person warm.
  • Do not exceed your training or knowledge when attempting to render first aid.

Power Outage (Non-Residential Buildings)

  • Remain calm, and stay where you are.
  • Evacuate ONLY if instructed to do so by emergency personnel or supervisor.
  • Call Public Safety at at 215-572-2999/cell or x2999/campus phone and describe:
    • Your location.
    • What areas are affected by the power outage.
    • How long the power has been out.
    • Any significant water damage, flooding, gas leak, or any other major utility failure.
    • Any injuries.
    • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher.
  • Turn off all electrical devices such as computers as damage can occur once power is restored.
  • Laboratory personnel should secure all experiments and unplug electrical equipment before leaving.
  • All chemicals should be returned to their proper storage place.
  • Provide appropriate ventilation by opening all windows and doors.
  • Evacuate immediately if you are unable to provide appropriate ventilation for chemicals; call Public Safety.
  • DO NOT open cold-rooms, refrigerators, or other temperature-sensitive areas.
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS
    • If caught inside an elevator during a power outage:
    • Remain calm.
    • DO NOT attempt to open the elevator door by shaking, jarring, or prying open the elevator door unless directed to do so by emergency personnel.
    • Press the emergency button or call Public Safety at 215-572-2999/cell or x2999/campus phone and tell the dispatcher: Your location; What floor you are near; Any injuries; Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher.

Suspicious Package

  • Remain calm.
  • Stay away from the package.
  • DO NOT allow anyone to handle or go near the package.
  • If a suspicious package is discovered while handling, avoid dropping, throwing, or any other abrupt movement; gently set the package down in a secluded area that has been evacuated.
  • DO NOT use any cell phones, radios, or other wireless devices around the package.
  • MOVE AWAY FROM THE PACKAGE and call Public Safety at at 215-572-2999/cell or x2999/campus phone.
  • State the location of the package and provide a description.
  • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher.
  • If you touched the package, immediately wash your hands, arms, etc. with soap and water for 15 minutes.

Tornado

  • Stay inside and look for lowest level room with interior walls. Stairwells, bathrooms and closets are locations.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the exterior of building.
  • Avoid interior and exterior doors.
  • Move away from areas where cleaning supplies (any chemicals) or fuel is stored.
  • Secure all doors.
  • Secure or remove from your shelter all items that are not secure (office supplies, items on shelves, knives, scissors, etc.)

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