General Emergency Procedures
This page provides a general emergency procedure to follow in the event of an emergency at the University, and then links to additional resources that can help you develop an emergency procedure more specific to your research area and/or department.
The following types of events should be treated as an emergency:
- If there is a fire and/or explosion, or if you see smoke
- If there is a spill of or exposure to radioactive, chemical, biological materials, or any other potentially hazardous substances.
- If someone has been injured or is experiencing some type of medical crisis. Some symptoms to look for are:
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficult breathing
General Emergency Procedure
- Notify everyone around you of the emergency situation.
- Call 911.
- Be sure to call 911 for any situation similar to those described above, even if you are not sure if the situation is an emergency. The dispatcher can determine if it is necessary to send emergency personnel.
- If you are calling from a non-University phone, ask for the University's dispatcher.
- If the incident involves chemicals, biological materials, or radioactive materials, you should also call DEHS at (612) 626-6002 if it is during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm).
- Be sure to tell the dispatcher of your location, and clearly describe the incident.
- Administer First Aid, if necessary.
- Evacuate the area, if necessary.
If your work facilities appear unsafe (e.g., blocked doors, nonfunctioning emergency showers, etc.), contact your Facilities Management zone by calling (612) 624-2900. You may also visit FM's Web site for more information.
If contacting FM does not remedy the situation, contact your department head about the situation.0
The University's Department of Emergency Management can help you develop an emergency plan specific to your department or situation. Visit their Web site for more information: http://www.dem.umn.edu/. In addition, DEHS has developed more specific emergency procedures for the following: