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					University of Washington,

 Emergency Action Plan

        Updated, April 2006
                     TABLE OF CONTENTS
 A) Responsibilities for Emergency Management,
    Command Staff and Essential Personnel:                         2
 B) Expectations for Employees, Faculty, and Staff:
    Faculty is responsible for:
    Supervisors, Staff and Employees are responsible for:          3
 C) Foreword                                                       4

  I Purpose                                                        5
 II. Emergency Communication                                       6
III. Evacuation
         Emergency Campus Evacuation Plan                          7
         Emergency Evacuation Control Area Map                     8
         Assisting People With Disabilities In A Disaster          9-23
IV. Building Wardens & Floor Wardens
         Building Wardens & Floor Wardens’ Responsibilities        24
         Wardens’ List & Locations                                 25-28
 V. UWT Campus Safety Services
         Emergency Priority of Objectives List                     29
VI. Incident Plans
         Fire                                                     30
         Earthquake                                               31
         Bomb Threat/Explosion                                    32
         Bomb Threat Checklist                                    33
         Bomb Threat Notification Card                            34
         Suspicious Packages & Mail                               35
         Alleged Anthrax Threats Advisory (Per CDC & WSDH)        36
         Hazardous Materials Emergencies & Train Derailments      37
         Medical Emergencies                                      38-39
         Civil Demonstrations                                     40
         Floods and Power Failures                                41
VII. Inclement Weather, Suspension of Operations Procedure        42-44
VIII. Emergency Campus Lockdown
         Emergency Campus Lockdown Plan                            45
         Emergency Campus Lockdown Phone Chain                     46
 IX. First Aid Stations and Campus Building Floor Plans
         First Aid Stations                                        47
         Campus Building Floor Plans with Fire Extinguisher,
         First Aid Kit, and Exit Locations                         48-65
                       From campus phones you can now dial 911

Responsibilities for Emergency Management, Command Staff and
Essential Personnel:
The responsibility for emergency management on the University of Washington, Tacoma
is shared across many levels Administration Faculty, Staff and Students. To be successful
in its Emergency Action Plan, the campus must integrate its efforts with the appropriate
local, state, and Federal agencies and organizations. Higher education institutions must
work collaboratively with first responders and emergency managers in their area. They
also must coordinate with state and Federal emergency management organizations
because response, recovery efforts, and mitigation actions are funded and supported in
part by these entities, therefore we need to be able to operate and work with-in the
National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS)

Are public universities, colleges and community colleges required to comply with the
NIMS requirements? What about colleges that don't have a police agency?

Colleges and universities are not first response organizations, however they are important
components of the communities in which they are located. The NIMS Integration Center
highly recommends NIMS compliance at the community level, including NIMS and ICS
training, exercises and evaluation. All educational institutions should be involved in an
emergency planning process. Those persons with emergency responsibilities at the
university should work with the community's emergency response agencies and be
knowledgeable about NIMS and ICS.

What constitutes "full NIMS implementation" or "full NIMS compliance" in FY2007,
starting 10/1/06? Is it just completion of the activities begun in FY2005, or is it
something more than that? What is "full NIMS implementation" supposed to look like at
the state, and local level?

Beginning in FY 2007, which starts on Oct.1, 2006, all federal preparedness funding will
be conditioned upon full compliance with the NIMS. By completing the FY05 activities
as well as the FY06 activities, which are outlined in the State/Territories compliance
matrix on the NIMS Homepage, states and territories will achieve what is considered to
be full NIMS implementation by FY07. Local jurisdictions will achieve what is
considered to be full NIMS implementation by completing the FY06 activities outlined in
the Local/Tribal matrix, which also may be found on the NIMS Homepage at

We understand that “emergency operations plans” must be NIMS compliant, but what
about subordinate documents that support the emergency operations plans? There a great
many plans, annexes, procedures and agreements developed by state agencies that
support the state’s Emergency Operations Plans, (i.e. those plans which are, under state
law, submitted to the governor by the Commissioner of the Dept of Emergency
Management and Homeland Security for approval). These supporting documents are
generally NOT submitted to the Governor or signed by the Governor. What level of
NIMS compliance is required of such documents in FY 06-07? As I read it, NIMS

compliance extends to EOPs, but not to subordinate levels of documents and materials
that support EOPs.

Any plan, procedure, field guide or SOP must support the State EOP and NIMS. SOPs
that are not NIMS compliant will only serve to undermine the EOP’s NIMS compliance.
While no schedule is proposed for EOP elements, they should be reviewed and revised
for NIMS compliance as soon as it is practicable to do so.

Expectations for Employees, Faculty, and Staff:
"Because of the personal nature of safety performance, everyone with supervisory
responsibility will be expected to directly participate in the supervision of programs to
assure that safe working conditions are maintained. Faculty and staff shall be directly
responsible for their own safety, for the safety of students and employees under their
supervision; and for the safety of their fellow employees. This responsibility can neither
be transferred nor delegated. Supervisors shall provide training for accident prevention as
necessary, for those working under their direction."

Ref: "University Handbook," Vol.4; Part VI; Chapter 4, University Safety Programs; Section 1, Statement
of Policy and Responsibilities. (Executive Order No. 55 of the President, last revision April 1994)

Faculty is responsible for:
    1. Familiarizing themselves with the campus Emergency Action Plan, and any
       relevant unit plans.
    2. Providing his or her class or audience with general information relating to
       emergency procedures. This information should be shared during the first week
       of class or at the start of a seminar.
    3. Knowing how to report an emergency from the classroom being used.
    4. Assuring that persons with disabilities have the information they need. Faculty
       should be familiar with the disabled student's plan and be able to direct students
       or visitors with disabilities.
    5. Taking responsible charge of the classroom and following emergency procedures
       for all building alarms and emergencies.

Supervisors, Staff and Employees are responsible for:
   1. Supervisors will make their employees aware of the Emergency Action Plan and
      provide them access to it (by either web address, hard copy locations, or
      information on where to get personal copies).
   2. Familiarizing themselves with the campus Emergency Action Plan, and any
      relevant unit plans.
   3. Participating in drills and training as required.
   4. Orienting and informing students and visitors of procedures to be followed in case
      of a building alarm or emergency. Students should have a brief orientation on the
      first day of class to assure that they are aware that evacuations is required, when
      the alarm system is activated, and that they know where the nearest exits are
      located. Visitors unfamiliar with building procedures should be informed and
      assisted as appropriate.
                       From campus phones you can now dial 911

In the last decade, disasters have affected university and college campuses with high
frequency, sometimes causing death and injury, but always imposing monetary losses and
disruption of the institution's teaching, research, and public service. Damage to buildings
and infrastructure and interruption to the institutional mission result in significant losses
that can be measured by faculty and student departures, decreases in research funding,
and increases in insurance premiums. These losses could have been substantially reduced
or eliminated through comprehensive pre-disaster planning and mitigation actions.

Disaster-related losses in the United States continue to rise. At all levels, organizations
and governments are adjusting their behavior and policies to reflect the importance of
reducing damage caused by extreme events. Hazard mitigation is accepted as good
practice and many government jurisdictions now require it. Higher education institutions
have an interest on many levels to become more disaster--resistant. Administrators,
faculty, and staff are realizing that improving their campus' resistance to disaster will not
only protect their own lives and those of their students, it will also safeguard the campus'
instruction, research, and public service.

The University of Washington, Tacoma Emergency Action Plan has been developed to
provide a coordinated campus-wide response to emergencies. This plan is designed to fit
the unique qualities of the UW Tacoma Campus.

The success of this plan is dependent on the involvement of all campus faculty, staff, and
students. To ensure we are prepared when faced with an emergency, I urge the campus
community to review this Plan. Pre-planning can alleviate some of the fear and panic
that is inherent in any emergency. Please familiarize yourself and your department with
emergency exits, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits. Each department shall
create their own Departmental Emergency Plan. Guidance can be found at the
Environmental Health and Safety website.

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us here at the University of Washington,
Tacoma. I invite you to stop by the Campus Safety Services Office, located in DOU 180,
to meet our officers. They will be happy to assist you in any way they can.


UWT Campus Safety Services Manager                            UWT Safety Committee

                       From campus phones you can now dial 911

The purpose of the Emergency Action Plan is to provide the faculty, staff, and students of
the University of Washington, Tacoma with a plan of action in the unfortunate event of a
natural or man-made disaster. The focus of this Plan is to protect life and property by
encouraging proper planning and preparation.

Every staff and faculty member will be provided a copy of or access to the UWT
Emergency Action Plan. Please read, review and keep as reference for use during
emergencies. If you have specific questions about a specific situation(s), or if at anytime
you feel uncomfortable or threatened, try to remove yourself from the person or area and
call 911 from any Campus phone or any payphone. Then contact the UWT Campus
Safety Services @ 2-4416 from any campus phone or (253) 692-4416 from a pay or
private phone.

When calling 911 or UWT Campus Safety Services to report possible criminal activities,
please try to provide the following information: location of the incident, nature of the
incident, and a description of any person(s) involved. If reporting information on past
criminal activities, please contact the UWT Campus Safety Services for assistance.

UWT will conduct quarterly fire/evacuation drills. When the fire alarm sounds, follow
the procedures in the Emergency Campus Evacuation section. Never second-guess or
assume a fire alarm is false. If there is a person with disabilities in your work area, pre-
plan with them how you can best assist them in evacuating the building
Campus Safety officer(s) on duty monitor the 911dispatch radio and hear the entire
emergency related dispatches to the campus and will be responding as needed.

Additional Emergency and Disaster planning information is available at:
Department of Homeland Security, FEMA’s web site,
provides many educational brochures and information about their regional officer, etc.

FEMA for Kids web site, , has information and games children
can play to learn about weather and other disasters.

                       From campus phones you can now dial 911

                      EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION
     Contact                                Campus Phone            Non-campus Phone
     Police, Fire and Medical Emergencies   911                     911
     UWT Campus Safety Services             2-4416                  253-692-4416
     Environmental Health & Safety          206-897-8000            206-897-8000

                                   Pay Phone Locations
     Pay phones are located throughout the campus. Pay phones can be used in an emergency
     by dialing 911. No coins are needed.
        1. Dougan Building Outside next to the Campus Safety Services Office
        2. Dougan Building inside the main 1st floor entrance
        3. Garretson Woodruff and Pratt Building outside the Enrollment Services and
           Student Affairs office
        4. West Coast Grocery Building outside the copy center
        5. Walsh Gardner Building outside the 2nd floor, Commerce St. Level
        6. Keystone Building adjacent to elevator
     Blue light Emergency Phone outside MAT near 21st St. Cragle Lot area
     Blue light Emergency Phones in the Court 17 parking garage, all floors

                             Resource Contact Information
American Red Cross            (866) 438-4636 (voice)       (800) 526-1417 (TTY)

Federal Emergency                500 C Street SW           (202) 646-4600
Management Agency              Washington, DC 20472

Washington State                 Bldg 20, M/S TA-20
Emergency Management             Camp Murray, WA           (253) 512-7002
Division                             98430-5122  

Resources for Evacuation         Job Accommodation         1-800-526-7234 (voice/TTY)
Equipment                             Network    

                          From campus phones you can now dial 911


1. When an alarm sounds, evacuate the building following the instructions of the
   building and floor wardens. Never second-guess or assume the alarm to be false or a
   test. Failure to evacuate during an alarm either actual or drill is a criminal violation,
   and you can be cited accordingly. Evacuate to an Evacuation Control Area as
   described below. (map on the next page)
   a. The main evacuation control area is the Cragle Parking Lot located on C Street
        next to the Library.
   b. If it is not safe for you to go to the above location, go to one of the following
        areas: the Diamond Parking Lot on Jefferson Street, or the parking lot at the
        South side of the Washington State Historical Museum.
   c. If you find that it is not safe to go to one of these areas, then proceed to a safe
        area as a group. Security Officers will conduct a search of the area to locate you
        and give you any additional directions needed at that time.

2. Do not use elevators. Know, in advance, the closest exits in your area.

3. As you evacuate, assist others and ensure those with disabilities are being assisted.
   When assisting those with disabilities to evacuate, ask them how you can best assist
   them and follow their directions.

4. As you leave, grab proper outerwear and personal items, i.e.: purse, wallet, car keys if
   time and safety permit and without delay.

5. Once you have arrived at the evacuation control area, make sure all persons in your
   work area are accounted for. If someone is missing, advise emergency personnel as
   soon as possible and give them the last known location of that person. Faculty is
   responsible for class attendance for the purpose of accountability in the event of an

The Mattress Factory Building has the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) on the
ground floor outside the Facilities area. Campus Safety Services offices are the alternate
EOC in Dougan 180. If it is not safe to remain in either of those spaces the EOC will be
moved to the Cragle Parking Lot on C Street and if that is found to be unsafe, the EOC
will be located in one of the alternate evacuation control areas.

                       From campus phones you can now dial 911

                          EMERGENCY EVACUATION
                            CONTROL AREA MAP

Metro Parking area
Between Pinkerton and the Spaghetti Factory parking lot
   •   BHS                Keystone

   •   Dougan             Science

   •   WCG                Pinkerton

Cragle Parking lot
Assembly point is by the yellow pay box.
   •   BB                 CP          GWP

   •   KEY (south side)               Library

   •   MAT                WG

Convention Center Parking lot is an alternate if needed.

                          From campus phones you can now dial 911

            Assisting People With Disabilities In A Disaster
People with disabilities who are self-sufficient under normal circumstances may have to
rely on the help of others in a disaster.

Provide Assistance

Do You Know Someone With A Disability?

    •   People with disabilities often need more time than others to make necessary
        preparations in an emergency.
    •   The needs of older people often are similar to those of persons with disabilities.
    •   Because disaster warnings are often given by audible means such as sirens and
        radio announcements, people who are deaf or hard of hearing may not receive
        early disaster warnings and emergency instructions. Be their source of emergency
        information as it comes over the radio or television.
    •   Some people who are blind or visually-impaired, especially older people, may be
        extremely reluctant to leave familiar surroundings when the request for
        evacuation comes from a stranger.
    •   A guide dog could become confused or disoriented in a disaster. People who are
        blind or partially sighted may have to depend on others to lead them, as well as
        their dog, to safety during a disaster.
    •   In most states, guide dogs will be allowed to stay in emergency shelters with
        owners. Check with your local emergency management officials for more
    •   People with impaired mobility are often concerned about being dropped when
        being lifted or carried. Find out the proper way to transfer or move someone in a
        wheelchair and what exit routs from buildings are best.
    •   Some people with mental retardation may be unable to understand the emergency
        and could become disoriented or confused about the proper way to react.
    •   Many respiratory illnesses can be aggravated by stress. In an emergency, oxygen
        and respiratory equipment may not be readily available.
    •   People with epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and other conditions often have very
        individualized medication regime's that cannot be interrupted without serious
        consequences. Some may be unable to communicate this information in an

Be ready to offer assistance if disaster strikes:

If a disaster warning is issued, check with neighbors or coworkers who are disabled, offer
assistance whenever possible.
Prepare an emergency plan.
Work with neighbors who are disabled to prepare an emergency response plan. Identify
how you will contact each other and what action will be taken.

                       From campus phones you can now dial 911

                      Planning for An Evacuation

Knowledge and preparation by both persons with disabilities and persons without
disabilities is essential to reducing the impact of emergency disasters. When
developing a plan the safety needs of persons with disabilities should be
determined on a case-by-case basis because they vary with each individual and
location. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to take responsibility in
developing their own personal emergency evacuation plan and sharing it with
key persons.

Note About Confidentiality

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), federal
disability discrimination laws do not prevent employers from obtaining and
appropriately using information necessary for a comprehensive emergency
evacuation plan. However, employers should follow the EEOC’s guidelines for
obtaining and using this information. See Appendix E for the EEOC’s “Fact Sheet
on Obtaining and Using Employee Medical Information as Part of Emergency
Evacuation Procedures.”

                          Tips For Developing A Plan

      Make 2 plans – 1) when in the company of others and 2) when alone.
      Ask others for input, for example, co-workers, neighbors, and building
      Ask building wardens about areas of refuge.
      Choose 2 evacuation routes for each building (see “Evacuation Options”).
      Set up a buddy system (see “Buddy System”).
      Do not consider using elevators in an evacuation.
      Find out where accessible alternate shelter is located.
      Consider alternative carry and/or communication methods if necessary.
      Have a list of all your medications (name, dose, frequency, and name of
      Attach written instructions to all disability related equipment.
      Think about your needs for disaster supplies kits, such as disability related
      equipment, communication devices, service animal food, and 3 days worth
      of medication.
      Consider using door/window markers so emergency personnel will know
      your location.
                      From campus phones you can now dial 911

   Tips For Developing A Plan (continued)
       Adopt the rule to contact Campus Safety 2-4416. 692-4416 when in office
       buildings after hours.
       Have easy access to emergency contact information at all times.
       If you use a personal care attendant through an agency, check to see if the
       agency would provide services through another location if an evacuation
       were ordered.
       Share plan(s) with your Campus Safety Services and key persons who
       regularly work in the building such as supervisors, Campus Safety, and
       Participate in drills and review effectiveness of plan.

Buddy System
For a buddy system to be effective:
       The person with a disability and a buddy must be able to contact each other
       At least 2 buddies should be assigned.
       The person with a disability should train buddies when a plan is completed.
       The buddies need to be willing and capable of assisting in an evacuation.

Evacuation Options

Horizontal Evacuation:     Use building exits to the outside ground level or that
                           go into unaffected wings of multi-building complexes.

Stairway Evacuation:       Use stairs to reach ground level exits.

Area of Refuge:            Usually the safest area of refuge is an enclosed
                           Vestibules adjacent to exit stairs and open air exit
                           balconies are also potential locations. Go to an area of
                           refuge with a “buddy,” if possible, away from obvious

Stay in Place:             (In sprinkler protected buildings only or if an area of
                           refuge is not available.) Unless danger is imminent,
                           remain in a room with an exterior window, a
                           telephone, and a solid or fire resistant door.

                     From campus phones you can now dial 911

Tips For Persons With Disabilities
General Guidelines – During An Emergency

       Request to be assigned to office, and classes in the most accessible
       locations, if possible.
       Prepare disaster supplies kit ahead of time.
       Follow basic emergency safety guidelines.
       Call emergency personnel, if possible.
       Determine need to evacuate or stay in place.
       If evacuating, inform emergency personnel of area you’re headed to and
       type of assistance needed.
       If unable to contact emergency personnel, move to planned designated area.
       Ask others to notify emergency personnel of need for assistance.
       If trapped, get the attention of others by calling out or making noise with
       If not in immediate danger, stay in place or move to area of refuge until
       emergency personnel determine nature of the situation.
       A person with a disability may not have to evacuate for false alarms or
       isolated and contained fires.

The following are suggestions for specific disabilities in addition to general
guidelines above:

Tips For Persons Who Use Wheelchairs

       Preparedness kits should include:
           Heavy gloves for making your way over glass or debris.
           Extra battery for electric wheelchairs.
           Patch kit for punctured wheels.
       Store a lightweight manual wheelchair, if available.
       Arrange and secure furniture and other items to provide barrier free paths of
       In earthquakes, once in a safe and protected place, lock wheels, bend over
       your knees and cover your head.
       If a small stair landing is chosen as the area of refuge, consider waiting
       until heavy people traffic has passed before entering.
       If you are out of your wheelchair, seek cover under a desk or table.

                     From campus phones you can now dial 911

Tips For Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing Individuals

     Preparedness kits should include:
         Pen and paper and a flashlight to communicate in the dark.
         Extra hearing aid batteries.
         Batteries for TTY and light phone signaler.
     Install both audible and visual smoke alarms in your office and home.
     Be careful of falling things as you leave your home or building.
     Inform neighbors ahead of time of your communication needs during an

Tips For Persons Who Are Blind Or Have Low Vision

     When preparing your evacuation plan ask for needed information in
     alternate formats if needed, such as building evacuation instructions.
     Know where the nearest telephones and alarm boxes are located.
     Know how to describe your location.
     Disaster supplies kit should include:
         Extra folding white cane.
         Heavy gloves for feeling your way over glass or debris.
         Colored cape or poncho worn for visibility by others.
     Know where nearby emergency medical kits are located.
     Mark emergency supplies with large print or Braille, if helpful.
     Practice your evacuation route periodically both with your service animal
     and white cane.
     Make sure evacuation signage is adequately marked for your needs.
     Be cautious of obstructions and falling objects during an earthquake.

Tips For Persons With A Service Dog

  Include instructions in your plan for service animals.
  Some dogs fear metal grated steps. If your evacuation route has these kinds of
  steps, get your dog accustomed to the route.
  If the only stair rail is on your left side where a guide dog should typically be,
  accustom the dog to heeling down the right side if you do not intend to work
  the dog on the steps.
  Be cautioned that if a dog typically stops at each new flight others behind you
  may panic. Heeling the dog may be safer in some instances.

                    From campus phones you can now dial 911

Tips for Persons With Learning Differences
     When you make your plan for an evacuation,
        Ask for information in alternate formats if needed.
        Review general building evacuation guidelines and ask questions if you
        do not understand something.
     See if your evacuation routes have signage that is easy to follow.
     Ask someone to guide you during an evacuation if you feel you need help.
     Ask someone to write down information if you have a hard time
     understanding oral directions.
     Practice your evacuation route(s) regularly, such as every 2 weeks.
Tips For Persons With Limited Communication
     Determine how you will best communicate with others during an
     Consider having evacuation and emergency instructions written down on a
     card, carried at all times, and placed in an easy to view location.
     Have batteries or chargers for communication equipment in preparedness
Tips For Persons With Psychological Disabilities
     Preparedness kit should include at least 3 days worth of needed medication.
     When developing plan, consider strategies to reduce stress of the
     emergency by
        Identifying areas of rescue that have two-way communications devices.
        Making sure directional signage for exits and designated areas of refuge
        in your planned evacuation route is adequate enough to assist you.
Tips For Persons With Developmental Disabilities
     When you plan for an evacuation,
        Review general building evacuation guidelines and ask questions if you
        do not understand something.
        Request evacuation and emergency information in alternate formats if
     Make sure that your evacuation routes have signage that is easy to follow.
     Ask someone to guide you during an evacuation if you feel you need help.
     Practice your evacuation route(s) regularly, such as every 2 weeks.
Tips For Persons With Medical Conditions
     Medical conditions include, pregnancy, respiratory or cardiac problems.
     Ask for assistance walking down stairs.
     Find ways to reduce stress, exertion, and exposure to dust or smoke.
     Remember to bring medication or inhalers when evacuating.
     Consider taking rest periods during evacuation if possible.
                  From campus phones you can now dial 911

      Assisting Persons With Disabilities In An Evacuation
General Guidelines
       Assign office, class, and event locations, if possible, in most accessible
       Ensure egress routes and areas of refuge are always clear and properly
       Participate in and help identify gaps in evacuation plans during practice
       Respect that the person with the disability may be the best authority on how
       to be evacuated.
       Provide adequate notice that a potential danger exists and that evacuation
       should begin.
       Offer assistance but let the person explain what help is needed.
       Carrying a person is not advisable except in the most extreme of
       Be aware that a service animal’s sense of direction may become confused
       during an emergency.
       Do not abandon the person after exiting a building. Lead to a safe place
       with others.
The following are some suggestions that may provide additional assistance for
specific disabilities:
Assisting Persons Who Use Wheelchairs
      Be familiar with designated areas of refuge and location of evacuation
      equipment for wheelchair users.
      If the person is unable to speak clearly, look for a sign on the chair with
      printed instructions.
      Only in situations of extreme danger should untrained people attempt to
      carry a person in a wheelchair.
      Prior to moving the person, check for life-support equipment.
      Be aware that wheelchairs have parts not designed to handle the stress of
      If you and/or others cannot safely carry a person up/down stairs, don't.
           Position the person in the safest place possible according to the
           Alert emergency personnel of person's location.
Assisting Persons With Mobility Limitations – Non Wheelchair Users
      Do not interfere with person’s movement.
      Clear displaced and fallen obstacles from egress routes.
      If the stairs are crowded, you may act as a buffer.
                    From campus phones you can now dial 911

Assisting Persons With Limited Communication
      Look for an instruction card on the person.
      During an evacuation, give clear instructions.
      Maintain eye contact with the individual to insure all directions are heard
      and understood.
Assisting Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing Persons

      Provide the person with a flashlight for their preparedness kit so they can
      signal their location and to help with lip reading in the dark.
      Get attention of the person before speaking and look at them when
      Use facial expressions and hand gestures to communicate.
      Speak using short sentences.
      Use written notes to indicate emergency and instructions, for example,
      “Fire! Go out rear door now!”
      Check to be sure you are understood.
      Be patient, the person may have difficulty understanding the urgency of
      your message.
      Be aware that the person may not be able to hear oral commands issued by
      When out of danger, offer to make phone calls if a TTY is not available.
Assisting Persons Who Are Blind Or Have Low Vision
      In the planning phase,
          Offer emergency information in an accessible format.
          Provide orientation to building evacuation routes and pull alarm
      During an emergency, announce your presence when entering the person’s
      Offer your elbow, do not grab their arm or hand.
      Communicate through the evacuation by describing in advance physical
      barriers or action to be taken such as “Take two steps down.”
Assisting Persons With Psychological Disabilities
      Make sure exits and safe areas are clearly marked prior to an emergency.
      Understand that the person may have difficulties in concentrating, handling
      stress, and initiating personal contact.
      Help reduce stress during an emergency by
          Offering to escort the person through the evacuation.
          Giving clear and simple instructions.

                    From campus phones you can now dial 911

Assisting Persons With Learning Differences
     During the planning phase,
        Offer to provide information in alternate formats.
        Provide adequate signage with simple symbols and review with them
        for understanding.
     When developing printed emergency materials, review to insure easy
     During an evacuation, be patient giving instructions slowly and clearly.
     Offer to accompany them as their sense of direction may be limited.
     Encourage the person to practice their evacuation route(s) regularly.

Assisting Persons Who Are Developmentally Disabled
     Be aware that they may be unable to understand the emergency and could
     become disoriented or confused about the proper way to react.
     During an evacuation, give instructions slowly and clearly.
     Prior to an emergency, make sure designated emergency routes are marked
     with signage that communicates with color and symbols in addition to
     Encourage and assist the person in practicing their evacuation route(s)

Assisting Persons With Medical Conditions
     Medical conditions include, for example, pregnancy, respiratory or cardiac
     Offer assistance walking down stairs.
     Find ways to reduce stress, exertion, and exposure to dust or smoke.
     Remind person to bring medication or inhalers.
     Allow rest periods during evacuation if possible.

Assisting Owners Of Service Animals
     Do not pet or offer food or water without the permission of the owner.
     Plan for the service animal to be evacuated with the owner.
     In the event that you are asked to handle the service animal while assisting
     the individual, hold the leash and not the harness if present.

                    From campus phones you can now dial 911

                                         EVACUATION PLAN

         Personal Information: Name: ______________________________________

     Office Plan

Office Location:   _______________________ Address:                       ______________________

Phone:             _______________________                                ______________________

Supervisor:        _______________________ Phone:                         ______________________

Supervisor Ph#:    _______________________ Cell phone:                    ______________________
         Emergency contact person: _____________________ Phone # _________________
         Type of disability(ies): (Optional)

                Mobility - non-wheelchair                    Communication/ Speech
                Mobility - Electric wheelchair user          Limitation
                Mobility - Manual wheelchair user            Blind
                Deaf/Hard of Hearing – sign                  Low Vision
                language                                     Color Blind
                Deaf/Hard of Hearing – oral                  Developmental
                Learning difference                          Psychological
                Service Animal User                          Other ______________________

         Limitations and information emergency personnel should be aware of
         (including medication):

         Plan: (make one plan for each building you regularly occupy)
         Building: _______________ Time of Day Generally in Building: _______________

         Days Generally In Building/Home: Sun M T W R F Sat

         Date Plan Completed:          ______________

         Effective Dates:      ______________          through    ________________

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Key Personnel To Contact For Assistance in Developing Your Evacuation

            Name:                          Title:                Phone:

Designated Buddies
      Buddy #1 Name: _____________________________________________

      Address/Office: ____________________________ Ph#: _____________

      Buddy #2 Name: _____________________________________________

      Address/Office: ____________________________ Ph#: _____________

Evacuation Routes (include final meeting place)

ROUTE #2 (If route #1 becomes non-accessible during emergency):

Assistance Instructions (Such as medical, equipment, communication and carry

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Plan For When You Are Not In The Company Of Others:

Individuals And Offices Who Will Receive A Copy Of This Plan:

      Name:                                Title:
      ___________________________          _________________________________

      Name:                                Title:
      ___________________________          _________________________________

      Name:                                Title:
      ___________________________          _________________________________

      Name: ______________                 Title:
      _____________                        _________________________________

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Fact Sheet on Obtaining and Using Employee Medical
Information as Part of Emergency Evacuation Procedures
In light of recent events, many employers are developing and re-evaluating their
emergency procedures, to ensure the safe evacuation of all employees. A comprehensive
emergency evacuation plan should provide for prompt and effective assistance to
individuals whose medical conditions may necessitate it. Many employers have asked
how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act affect their
ability to achieve this goal.(1) Specifically, employers have asked whether they may
request information to help identify individuals who might need assistance because of a
medical condition and whether they can share this information with others in the
workplace. As the following questions and answers demonstrate, federal disability
discrimination laws do not prevent employers from obtaining and appropriately using
information necessary for a comprehensive emergency evacuation plan. (2)

   1. May an employer ask employees whether they will require assistance in the
      event of an evacuation because of a disability or medical condition?

       Yes. Some employees may need assistance because of medical conditions that are
       not visually apparent. Others may have obvious disabilities or medical conditions
       but may not need assistance. Employers, therefore, are allowed to ask employees
       to self-identify if they will require assistance because of a disability or medical

   2. How may an employer identify individuals who may require assistance?

       There are three ways that an employer may obtain information:

           After making a job offer, but before employment begins, an employer may ask
           all individuals whether they will need assistance during an emergency.
           An employer also may periodically survey all of its current employees to
           determine whether they will require assistance in an emergency, as long as the
           employer makes it clear that self-identification is voluntary and explains the
           purpose for requesting the information.
           Finally, whether an employer periodically surveys all employees or not, it
           may ask employees with known disabilities if they will require assistance in
           the event of an emergency. An employer should not assume, however, that
           everyone with an obvious disability will need assistance during an evacuation.
           For example, many individuals who are blind may prefer to walk down stairs
           unassisted. People with disabilities are generally in the best position to assess
           their particular needs.

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           An employer should inform all individuals who are asked about their need for
           emergency assistance that the information they provide will be kept
           confidential and shared only with those who have responsibilities under the
           emergency evacuation plan. (See Question 4 below.)

   3. May an employer specifically ask what type of assistance will be needed?

       Yes. An employer may ask individuals who indicate a need for assistance because
       of a medical condition to describe the type of assistance they think will be needed.
       One way that this can be done is by giving all employees a memo with an
       attached form requesting information. The employer also may have a follow-up
       conversation with an individual when necessary to obtain more detailed
       information. For example, it would be important for an employer to know whether
       someone who uses a wheelchair because of mobility limitations is able to walk
       independently, with or without the use of crutches or a cane, in an emergency
       situation. It also would be important for an employer to know if an individual will
       need any special medication, equipment, or device (e.g., an assisted wheelchair
       carrier strap or a mask because of a respiratory condition) in the event of an
       emergency. Of course, an employer is entitled only to the information necessary
       for it to be prepared to provide assistance. This means that, in most instances, it
       will be unnecessary for an employer to know the details of an individual's medical

   4. Who is allowed to have information about employees needing assistance in an

       The ADA has provisions that require employers to keep medical information
       about applicants and employees confidential. These provisions, however, include
       an exception that allows an employer to share medical information with first aid
       and safety personnel. This exception would allow an employer to share
       information about the type of assistance an individual needs in the event of an
       evacuation with medical professionals, emergency coordinators, floor captains,
       colleagues who have volunteered to act as "buddies," building security officers
       who need to confirm that everyone has been evacuated, and other non-medical
       personnel who are responsible for ensuring safe evacuation. These individuals are
       entitled to the information necessary to fulfill their responsibilities under the
       employer's emergency evacuation plan.

1. The ADA applies to private employers with fifteen or more employees and to state and
local government employers. The Rehabilitation Act applies to most federal employers,
and its substantive requirements are the same as those that apply to employers covered by
the ADA.
2. The Commission previously has issued more detailed guidance on related issues
concerning disability-related inquiries and medical examinations of applicants and

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employees. See Enforcement Guidance: Pre-employment Disability-Related Questions
and Medical Examinations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (October
10, 1995) and Enforcement Guidance: Disability-Related Inquiries and Medical
Examinations of Employees Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (July 27,
2000). These and other guidance’s are available on this web site.

More information on emergency preparedness for employees with disabilities can be
found on the President's New Freedom Initiative Disability Direct web site and on the Job Accommodation Network's web
site at

Source: EEOC’s website (10/31/01)

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Building wardens and floor wardens are volunteers who will assist in evacuations during drills
and actual emergencies. They will be wearing orange vests, hats, and whistles. Wardens will
receive training upon acceptance of their position and review training yearly or as needed with
changes to our Emergency Action Plan. .

When the alarm sounds, the Campus Emergency Evacuation Plan calls for wardens to
immediately begin evacuation while assessing the situation, determining if the cause of
the alarm is in the warden's area. The warden will determine whether there is a need to
arrange aid for people who need assistance and people with injuries. The floor warden
will gently but firmly direct people to leave the building by the pre-arranged exit and to
proceed to the designated Emergency Evacuation Control area. During an emergency
evacuation, no one will use an elevator except under the direction of a fire fighter. If for
some reason the pre-arranged exit cannot be used, the floor warden directs the occupants
to a safe, alternate exit, or place of refuge. The floor warden will report the location of
persons needing assistance to the building warden, who will then relay the information to
responding emergency aid workers.
As people vacate the area, the warden checks each room to ensure that no one has been
left behind. Particular attention should be paid to washrooms or other locations where
people might not have heard the alarm. Special pre-arranged procedures may be needed
for building occupants who, because of a disability or some other reason, may need help
to exit safely from the building.
Locked rooms pose a particular problem. The warden is unlikely to have keys on hand at
the time of an alarm. Even with the keys, checking each locked room would unwisely
delay the evacuation. The warden should knock loudly on locked doors to alert an
occupant to the situation, and note locked rooms on their clipboard.
The floor warden normally follows the last occupant from the area out of the building,
closing doors en route. Once the warden is outside of the building, the second phase of
the plan begins. One warden normally remains outside the exit to keep people from re-
entering the building until the emergency is over and the building is deemed safe by
proper authorities. It is often necessary to insist that people move the minimum 50 meters
from the building to make sure that an explosion or falling objects do not injure by-
standers. It is also important to keep entrances clear so fire fighters, ambulance attendants
and other emergency personnel can easily carry out their duties.
Once the building is evacuated, wardens will secure exits in a way that does not
compromise their own safety. While one warden secures an exit, other wardens will
report to the building warden. Taking up a position at a predetermined area, the building
warden will gather information from the floor wardens. The building warden will then
brief the arriving emergency response agencies on the nature of the emergency and the
evacuation status of the building.

                   BUILDING & FLOOR WARDENS LIST

      BB                          Primary                               Alternate

Building            Linda Spence-Noyer               Dan Garcia

BB 1st Floor        Dan Garcia, Linda Spence-Noyer

     BHS                          Primary                               Alternate

Building            Julie Buffington                 Keith Ward

BHS 1st floor       Keith Ward

   Cherry                         Primary                               Alternate

Building            Dana Madden                      Nan West

Cherry Parks
                    Student Workers
ground floor

Cherry Parks 1st
                    Rachel Montague                  Jennifer Russell

Cherry Parks 2nd
                    Cormac McGaughey                 Carmelita Calo

Cherry Parks 3rd
                    Laurie McKay                     Crystal Perrine

   Dougan                         Primary                               Alternate

Building            Naarah McDonald                  Julia Smith

Dougan 1st floor    Campus Safety

Dougan 2nd floor Campus Safety

Dougan 3rd floor    Sharon Stewart

Dougan 4th floor    Julia Smith

     GWP                          Primary                         Alternate

Building            Linda Spence-Noyer           Dan Garcia

GWP 1st floor       Dan Garcia

GWP 2nd floor

GWP 3rd floor       Noreen Slease                Shelby Fritz

GWP 4th             Brian Anderson

   Keystone                       Primary                         Alternate


Keystone 1st floor Campus Safety

Keystone 2nd floor Campus Safety

Keystone 3rd floor Carolyn Maxson

    Library                       Primary                         Alternate

Building (day)      Don Higgins

Library Building
                    Dale Goodvin

                    Marcia Monroe

Library 1st floor
                    Marcia Monroe

Library 1st floor
                    Dale Goodvin

Library 2nd floor

   Mattress                       Primary                         Alternate

Building            Tessa                        Oliver Dunagan

Mattress Factory
                      Tessa                         Oliver Dunagan
ground floor

Mattress Factory
                      Judy Colburn                  Shellie Jo
1st floor

Mattress Factory
                      Dana Clark                    Tim Kapler
2nd floor

Mattress Factory
                      Leo Aguiling                  Jan Rutledge
3rd floor

  Pinkerton                          Primary                          Alternate

Building              Jessica Roshan

Pinkerton 1st floor Carmelita Calo

Pinkerton 2nd floor

Pinkerton 3rd floor Ed Hong

    Science                          Primary                          Alternate

Building              Lia Wetzstein                 James Gawel

Science 1st floor

Science 2nd floor     Lia Wetstein

Science 3rd floor     Jim Gawel

     WCG                             Primary                          Alternate

Building              Julie Buffington              Terri Simonsen

WCG 1st floor         Keith Ward                    Campus Safety

WCG 2nd floor         Deana Homes                   Sandy Larson

WCG 3rd floor         Kim Davenport                 Sarah Contraras

WCG 4th floor         Linda Kachinsky               Karin Dalesky

      WG                     Primary                           Alternate

Building       Forrest Tyree                  James Woods

               A.M. Chan Mom
WG 1st floor                                  A.M. and P.M. Student Workers
               P.M. Justen VanGrinsvin

WG 2nd floor   James Woods                    Forrest Tyree

WG 3rd floor   Patrick Pow

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                 OBJECTIVES LIST

1. Establish emergency communications.
2. Disseminate critical emergency information and instructions to the campus.
3. Isolate all damaged areas and buildings until judged safe for re-entry
4. Identify and locate trapped or seriously injured individuals.
5. Track status of all missing faculty, staff and students.
6. Evacuate damaged campus buildings pending assessment.
7. Conduct the initial overview of damage, injuries and location of major problems.
8. Begin documentation of damage to the campus.
9. Provide security to damaged facilities vulnerable to property loss and re-entry.
10. Provide space for needed external agencies if necessary.

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                              FIRE EMERGENCY
Sound a fire alarm immediately if you see fire or smoke. When a fire alarm is activated
the Fire Department is automatically notified. Campus Safety Services and Facilities
personnel will respond to assist as needed.

When the alarm sounds:
1. Evacuate the building immediately, following the guidelines of the Emergency
   Campus Evacuation Plan found in this guide. Follow instructions of the Building and
   Floor Wardens.
2. When exiting a room, always use the back of your hand to test the door for heat. If the
   door is hot do not open it, change direction and find another exit.
3. When smoke is present stay low and crawl to your exit if needed.
4. Use stairways to evacuate. The elevators will go to the bottom floor and cease to
5. Assist those with disabilities to the best of your ability. Ask what you can do for
   them, but do not put yourself at risk. If you are unable to assist them, notify
   authorities of their location as soon as possible.
6. If another person is on fire, yell---STOP---DROP---ROLL.
7. If you are on fire, STOP---DROP---ROLL.
8. If assistance is needed, immediately call 911 from any Campus phone or payphone in
   a safe location. Notify Campus Safety Services at 2-4416 from a Campus phone or
   (253) 692-4416 from all other phones.
9. When you arrive at the evacuation control area do a head count of employees, staff
   and students from your area. Let emergency personnel know if someone is missing
   and their last known location as soon as possible.

If you find a fire:
1. Pull the nearest fire alarm.
2. Use fire extinguishers only if the fire is small (waste basket size) and you feel
    comfortable using the extinguisher.
    To use the extinguisher:
        a. Pull the pin.
        b. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
        c. Squeeze the handle and spray in a side-to-side motion.

If you are trapped in a room:
1. Close doors and place material under them to prevent smoke from coming in.
2. Do not open a window unless you need to in order to escape. Oxygen can fuel the
3. Use a phone to call 911 to advise if you are trapped. If there is no phone, motion
    through a closed window, bang on a wall, the floor or a desk until you are found.

Do not try to save UWT campus or personal property if it puts you or others in an unsafe
situation. Your health and safety is of the utmost importance to your family and us.

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While inside a building:
1. Take cover under a desk or table or brace yourself in a doorway, keeping your head
   and neck protected.
2. Stay clear of windows or glassed-in areas, cabinets, or equipment that may fall.
3. Do not leave the building during the earthquake, as there is extreme danger leaving or
   entering buildings.

While outside a building:
1. Remain outside, preferably in a vehicle.
2. Stay clear of electrical wires, poles, trees, or anything that might fall.

After earthquake:
1. Evacuate the building immediately, following the guidelines for the Emergency
   Campus Evacuation Plan found in this guide. Follow the instructions of the Building
   and Floor Wardens. If you deem it unsafe to leave the immediate area because of
   debris or fallen power lines blocking the exit, stay where you are and wait for
   emergency personnel to locate you. If you can exit the building, watch for falling
   bricks and other falling debris coming off the surrounding buildings.
2. Stay clear of windows or glassed-in areas.
3. Do not allow people to re-enter buildings until the buildings have been inspected for
   hazards or structural damage.
4. Be prepared for aftershocks.
5. Give first aid to the injured. Do not move an injured person except to protect them
   from further injury. Provide first aid at the site only when it is safe to do so.
6. Notify emergency personnel if someone is trapped or missing.
7. If you are trapped in a building, bang on a desk, wall or exposed piping as loudly as
   you can so emergency personnel can hear it and respond to you.

The Pacific Northwest is an earthquake prone area. We can experience earthquakes that
cause significant damage to buildings and road services. Keep in mind that damage from
a major earthquake can disrupt emergency services due to phone system and power
outages or blocked roadways. It can also block the path to our established evacuation
control areas. If this should occur, do all possible to stay in a safe area as a group and
await emergency assistance. Emergency services personnel will let us know if or when it
is safe to re-enter a building.

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                       BOMB THREAT / EXPLOSION

If you are the person receiving a Bomb Threat remain calm, and talk to the person
as long as you can.
Wave the bomb threat card in the air to get the attention of someone in the area.
Give the card to the first person to respond to you. The yellow card gives a
complete description of what is taking place and the procedures to follow. An
example bomb threat card can be found after the bomb threat checklist sheet.
1. The person receiving the call should try to keep the caller on the line, obtaining as
   much information as possible.
2. Ask for specifics such as time of detonation, description of bomb, location, etc. Use
   the pinkish or red forms located by the phone. If there is not a form by the phone, use
   the one on the next page of this Plan.
3. After the caller has hung up, assure 911 has been called. Then notify Campus Safety
   Services @ 2-4416 or 253-692-4416 and relay all of the information you have
4. Searching for an alleged bomb: Ordinarily, persons working in the area of a
   threatened bomb will be best qualified to expedite a search for a suspicious package
   as they are the most familiar with their work area. Emergency personnel will request
   someone to assist them with the search.
5. If an evacuation is needed, the Chancellor, Emergency Services personnel or Campus
   Safety Services, will initiate it at the direction of the Office of the Chancellor.
History has shown that most bomb threats are false in nature. Actual bombings usually
occur without warning. However, all bomb threats will be taken very seriously.


1. In the case of an explosion, evacuate the building immediately. Follow the guidelines
   for Emergency Campus Evacuation Plan found in this guide and the instructions of
   the Building and Floor Wardens. Be aware that a fire can be associated with an
2. Call 911 or pull a nearby fire alarm to notify authorities.
2. Assist the injured and disabled, only if you can do so without jeopardizing your own

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                      BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST

Receiving a phone threat is not an everyday event. Use this form as soon as you
recognize the call as a threat. Keep this form on your desk for reference, and fill in the

 1. When will bomb explode?
 2. Where is the bomb now?
 3. What does it look like?
 4. What kind of bomb is it?
 5. What will cause it to explode?
 6. Why is it here?
 7. What is my name?
 8. What is your name?
 9. What is your address?
10. What was the EXACT wording of threat?

11. Sex of Caller?            Race?               Age?        Nationality?
   Length of Call?            Number where call was received?
   Time?                      Date?               Who Received?
12. The Caller Was: Calm     Angry         Excited       Slow          Rapid
  Soft                 Loud         Laughing      Crying         Normal
  Distinct     Slurred       Nasal         Lisp          Stutter       Deep
  Ragged       Disguised            Familiar Voice       Accent        Type of
  Accent               Deep Breathing
13. Background Noises?               Voices         PA systems            Music
   Bar         Motor                 Traffic        Office                Static
   Clear              Machines               Local                  Long Distance
14. Threat Language? Well Spoken             Foul                   Irrational
    Taped message            Prepared Message                       Incoherent
15. What observations did you notice about call and caller?

16. Your Name                                        Title
  Office Number                                      Date
17. Who did you notify?                                      Time

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                            “REMAIN CALM”
           If you are being handed this card by someone on the phone
                       They are receiving a Bomb Threat.

                                    Call 911
       Give the location of the person receiving the call, and any additional
                           information you can gather.

   Contact: Campus Safety Services at 2-4416 from any Campus phone or at
           (253) 692-4416, as soon as you are finished talking with 911.


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If you find a SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE do not handle it.
If you suspect that the package could be explosive, evacuate the area and call 911 from a
safe location. If you see wiring, or hear noise coming from the package, the weight of the
package is odd for its size, there is liquid or powder leaking from the package, a chemical
odor is present, there are odd stains on the package, or there is excessive packaging, this
should alert you that it could be explosive.
Avoid the use of radios and cell phones near any suspicious package(s) as it has been
shown that the radio waves can detonate an explosive device.

If you find a SUSPICIOUS LETTER do not handle it.

If you receive a suspicious letter evacuate the area and call 911 from a safe location. If
you see wiring, the weight of the letter is odd for its size or lopsided, the envelope is
stained, there is powder or liquid leaking from the envelope, a chemical odor is present, a
foreign return address, or no return address, this should alert you that the letter may
contain dangerous materials.

If the letter or package has already been opened, and a powder or other substance has
spilled from the package or letter, DO NOT CLEAN IT UP. Leave it where it is,
evacuate the area, wash your hands with soap and water, and call 911 from any Campus
or payphone. Notify the UWT Campus Safety Services when possible at 2-4416 from
any Campus phone or (253) 692-4416 from any payphone.

Due to the recent alleged anthrax threats in the United States, the Washington State
Health Department and Center for Disease Control have put out guidelines to follow if
you suspect a letter could contain dangerous substances. The guidelines sent out by these
agencies are on the following page. CDC web,

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The following information is from the Center for Disease Control and the
Washington State Department of Health. CDC web, .

Dealing with Suspicious Letters and Packages
   DO NOT open the package
   Call 911 to request police and fire
   If the package has already been opened, and a powder or another substance spills out,
   DO NOT clean it up
   Keep others away from the area
   Evacuate the immediate area
   Immediately wash your hands with soap and water
   Notify the UWT Campus Safety Services
   Ensure that all persons who have handled the letter/package wash their hands
   Wait for the police and fire personnel to arrive
   Start a list of names and telephone numbers for all persons who have handled the
   letter and who were in the immediate area when the letter/package was opened

Police and fire personnel
   Will secure the area
   Will assess and determine whether a credible threat exists
   Secure the letter/package
   Contact appropriate public health and other response officials
   Decontaminate people and their clothing as appropriate

People with Probable or Known Exposure
   Will be directed to seek immediate medical attention
   Will be monitored by local public health to ensure appropriate treatment and follow-

People without a known exposure

   Should be assured that infection without known exposure is rare
   Should seek medical care for further concerns following the incident
   Should understand that there are not routine screening tests available to detect
   Anthrax infection in persons without know exposure to Anthrax spores

Clean-up After the Spill of a Powder or Other Substances
If police and fire deem that there is no credible threat
    Clean up by Facility personnel should be accomplished by following established
    protocols for cleaning spills
    Facilities with out protocol should use a 1:10 solution of household bleach in water
    Wetting powders before disturbing them during clean-up
If police and fire deem there is a credible threat
    They will determine who will clean the affected area before personnel will be allowed
    to return


Hazardous Materials Emergency

Personal Injuries:

1. If you or someone in your area are injured by hazardous materials call 911
   immediately. An injury may occur when chemicals are inhaled, ingested, or come in
   contact with skin or mucus membranes.

2. Locate Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), which contains information about the
   chemical properties and hazards.

3. Only administer first aid if the MSDS is available and has clear instructions for
   administering first aid or if 911 personnel give you instruction to do so. There are
   some chemicals that intensify in effect when water is added to them.

4. After 911 has been contacted & you are in a safe area notify Campus Safety Services
   office @ 2-4416 from campus phones or (253) 692-4416.

Hazardous Material Spills/Odors

1. If you see a hazardous material spill or smell chemical odors such as natural gas,
   evacuate the area and call 911 from a safe place. Give as many details as possible.

2. Locate MSDS if available.

3. Extinguish any open flames and cigarettes.

4. Contact the UWT Campus Safety Services.

5. Do Not Attempt to Clean Up Spills. Adding water or other chemicals can change or
   intensify the effect of the material spilled. Clean-up procedures will be determined by
   emergency personnel.

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                         MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

1. Don’t panic. Assess the situation. Look for a Medic Alert bracelet or necklace on the
   person requiring help.
2. Have someone call 911. If you are alone, yell as loudly as possible for help. If you
   are unable to summon help, you may have to call 911, then return and assist the
   person to the best of your ability.
3. Give the 911 operator as much information as possible, i.e. type of emergency, what
   help is needed, exact address, building name, room number, telephone number,
   information from Medic bracelet or necklace, and victim information. Don’t hang up
   until you are told to do so by the 911operator.
4. Do not move the victim.
5. Give first aid if needed until emergency personnel arrive.
   a. If the victim is unconscious:
            Check the airway and clear if needed. Check for a pulse.
            Begin CPR if needed. If you do not know CPR, cards are located in the first
            aid kits or ask the 911operator for directions.
   b. If the victim is choking:
            Make sure they are coughing and getting air.
            If the victim cannot speak or cough, and you think something maybe lodged
            in their throat, from behind, slip your arms around the victim’s waist. Make
            a fist with one hand and grasp with the other hand. Place your fist right
            above the navel area. Press into the abdomen with quick upward thrust.
            Repeat until the object is removed, or the victim starts breathing or
   c. If the victim is bleeding:
            Use rubber gloves (contained in the first aid kit) and apply pressure to the
            If possible, elevate bleeding area above level of the heart.

6. There is a First Aid and CPR guide located in all first aid kits. These guides give
   detailed steps in the event of heart attack, CPR and infant CPR, choking, bleeding,
   poisoning, and burns, as well as other injuries. For the locations of first aid kits see

Animal Bite Procedures
1. Whenever possible get an exact description of the animal (kind, breed, color, size, and
   other characteristics like the condition of the animal and its behavior.) Obtain the
   owner name, if possible.

3.   Call Campus Safety Services at 2-4416 and give your name, telephone number,
     location and nature of the emergency. Seek professional medical attention as soon as
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Poison Procedures
These procedures are taken from the American Association of Poison Control Centers
   1. Stay calm.
   2. Call 911. Try to provide information about what material may have caused the
      poisoning. Have the container or data sheet available for emergency responders.
   3.   While Medical Aid and Campus Safety Services respond quickly on campus,
        someone in the area can call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 for
        further instructions.

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                          CIVIL DEMONSTRATIONS
Most demonstrations are pre-approved through the Use of University Facilities
Committee. With advanced planning there should not be a disturbance or disruption to
the normal campus schedule or activities. Should you find that a demonstration is
causing a disruption on our campus, contact Campus Safety Services at 2-4416.
In the unlikely event that a demonstration becomes destructive, get away from the area of
potential harm and call 911. Then notify Campus Safety Services as soon as possible.

       1. Get a description of the person(s) causing the disturbance.

       2. Gather key details of what happened.

       3. Call Campus Safety Services @ 2-4416 or 911, give your name, telephone
       number, location and the nature of the disturbance.

Actions Faculty Can Take for Classroom Disturbances

       1. Direct the disruptive person(s) to leave the classroom.

       2. If the person(s) does not leave, have the situation reported to Campus Safety
       Services @ 2-4416 or 911 giving the name of the caller, telephone number,
       location, and nature of the disturbance.

       3. If the safety of the others is threatened, dismiss the class.

Threats and/or Workplace Violence Policy and Procedures
If a threat is made against any university student, staff, faculty or property,
observers should take the following action:

       1. Note the nature of the threat.

       2. If possible, write down the exact words of the threat.

       3. Call Campus Safety Services @ 2-4416, your name, telephone number,
       location, and nature of the threat.

       4. Meet the responding Safety officer to provide details of the incident and point
       out other witnesses.

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Flood Procedure
If you encounter high water, do the following:

1. Move to higher ground.

2. Do not get under tall trees during rainstorms, lightning may strike.

3. Avoid fast flowing water, even in your vehicle.

4. Do not walk in flooded areas (water depth is not always obvious).

5. Avoid contact with, and DO NOT USE electrical devices.

1. Be especially careful with high water at night, as darkness may hide other hazards.

Power Failure Procedures
If there is a power failure, you should do the following:

1. Call Campus Safety Services @ 2-4417 and Campus Facilities @ 2-5700 from any
campus phone and give your name, telephone number, location.

2. A Campus Safety officer will notify appropriate university officials.

3. Representatives of Facilities will verify the failure and its cause.

4. In cases where power failures will affect classes or other University activities for
extended periods, university officials will determine what action(s) will be taken.

                       From campus phones you can now dial 911

                 INCLEMENT WEATHER

This procedure applies to the closure of the University of Washington, Tacoma and
provides operational guidelines to implement the University Suspended Operations
Policy (University Handbook, Executive Order #27). Please note, the decision to suspend
operations on the Tacoma campus is made independently of the decision for the Seattle or
Bothell campuses.

All faculty, staff and students should assume UWT is open and holding classes unless
notified to the contrary in accordance with these procedures.

This procedure will be implemented whenever emergency conditions require that the
University of Washington, Tacoma suspend operations. Day of business decisions
should be made by no later than 6:00 a.m. Mid-day decisions should be made by 2:00
p.m. to accommodate evening classes. These times could shift due to unexpected
weather conditions.

The Facilities Office will continue to be operational and staffed regardless of suspension
announcements, but may operate on a reduced schedule or scope of activities. In
addition, each major unit of UWT has designated an individual who will be considered
“essential” during suspended operations and will be responsible for updating voice-mail
or e-mail communications in that unit.

Suspension of operations is the temporary discontinuance of normal work activities,
academic programs and other campus events. When operations are suspended due to
emergency, the following will occur:

2. Assessment of conditions and potential to seriously disrupt the operations of the

3. Decision to suspend operations.

4. Activation of notification system to inform faculty, staff and students of suspension

5. Application of compensation guidelines for time off during suspended operations
   (University Handbook, Executive Order #27).

                      From campus phones you can now dial 911

                 INCLEMENT WEATHER
General Responsibilities:

Chancellor                  Authorize suspension of operations in consultation with
                            Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

Vice-Chancellor for         Authorize suspension of operations if the Chancellor is not
   Academic Affairs         available.

Vice Chancellor for Finance Monitor severity of conditions for effect on
  & Administration          UWT facilities. Makes the following contacts to determine
                            weather conditions:
                                Washington State Patrol           (253) 536-6210
                                Pierce Transit                    (253) 581-8113
                                Tacoma Police                     (253) 591-5952
                            Morning TV news programs and the Internet are also
                            helpful in determining weather conditions.
                            Notify the Executive Vice President of suspension
                            Notify UWT Public Relations and
                            Communications Officer.
                            Notify Communication Technologies so that SNOW
                            message for UWT will be activated.

Manager, Facilities         Monitor severity of conditions for effect on campus
                            Implement Facilities Inclement Weather procedure.
                            Procedure to be prepared by Facilities Manager in the
                            near future.

Public Relations and        Lead role in assessing the impact of a suspension decision
Communications Officer      on campus activities.
                            Notify media.
                            If the campus suspends operations on a Friday, special
                            events scheduled for the weekend may be affected:
                                 Clarify the status of the campus’s weekend operations.
                                 Disseminate information to the media regarding
                                 special events.
                            Confirm hours of Library and Computer Lab operations
                            and notify media.

Communication               Activate message on (253) 383-INFO.
                      From campus phones you can now dial 911

                    INCLEMENT WEATHER
Faculty                      Call the snow # (253) 383-INFO to determine whether
                             campus operations have been suspended.
                             Update office voice-mail/e-mail with information regarding
                             status of class schedule and/or handling of assignments.

Staff                        Call the snow # (253) 383-INFO to determine campus
                             operations have been suspended. If not, assume normal
                             hours of operation.

Directors                    Develop internal procedures and guidelines for dealing
                             with campus-wide inclement weather policy.

“Essential” Unit Personnel   Assume responsibility for regularly checking unit office
                             voice-mail and updating voice mail as additional
                             information is made available.
                             Assume responsibility for regularly monitoring e-mail and
                             providing up-to-date information on uwtline as it becomes

Students                     Call the snow # (253) 383-INFO to determine whether
                             campus operations have been suspended. If not, but
                             driving conditions remain problematic; call professor’s
                             office number. This number should provide information on
                             whether a particular class will be held or not, and/or the
                             status of pending assignments. If the first two numbers
                             have been contacted and the student is still unable to
                             determine whether a class(s) will be held, or the student has
                             a part-time instructor who does not have an office phone or
                             contact number, call the program office number for updated

Human Resources              Advise campus departments and employees of
                             compensation practices in the event of a full or partial
                             suspension of operations.

                     From campus phones you can now dial 911

The decision to have an emergency campus lockdown will only be made if there is a
serious risk of danger to the staff, faculty, and students of the UWT from an armed or
dangerous person(s) on campus. The lockdown will only be at the discretion and
direction of the Office of the Chancellor. In the event of an emergency campus
lockdown, it is recommended that you stay in your work area with all doors locked until
you are notified it is safe to leave.

Each department will be notified via the Emergency Campus Lockdown Phone Chain
found on the next page and the Public Address System in those buildings having one.
The initiation of the phone chain is the responsibility of the UWT Campus Safety
Services. An officer will contact the first department on the chain and give brief
instructions. When you receive a call it will be your responsibility to call the next
department on the chain. The last person on the chain will then contact the UWT
Campus Safety Services, notifying them that the end of the chain has been reached. We
recommend that you familiarize yourself, in advance, of your position on the chain. We
also recommend that you make a copy of the emergency phone chain and post it next to
your departments’ phones.

In order to expedite this process, if a department you are calling does not answer after
four rings, move to the next department on the chain. Instruct them to secure their area
for “lockdown”; keep the call as short as possible. If you have skipped a department due
to no answer, continue to try contacting them once you have contacted the next
department on the list.

When you receive a lockdown notification call, let others in your area know. Every
effort should be made to lock access doors and close window coverings in your area
without compromising personal safety.

                      From campus phones you can now dial 911


Safety and Security                      2-4416
Chancellor, Office of the                2-5645
Facilities                               2-5700
Enrollment Services & Student Affairs    2-4400
Library                                  2-4440
Copy/Mail Center                         2-5787
Career Services                          2-4421
Finance and Administration               2-5660
Academic Affairs                         2-5646
Teaching and Learning Center             2-4417
Science                                  2-5657
Education                                2-4430
Business Administration                  2-5630
Computer Services                        2-5610
Social Work                              2-5820
Nursing                                  2-4470
Urban Studies                            2-5880
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences        2-4450
Information Technology                   2-5616
Media Services                           2-4419
Institute of Technology (CSS)            2-5860
Book Store                               2-5784
Autism Center                            2-4721
Safety and Security                      2-4416

As the UWT campus expands, the phone chain will be updated.

                    From campus phones you can now dial 911

                        FIRST AID STATIONS
    The primary First Aid Station is located in the Campus Safety Services
    office, DOU 180. Other First Aid Stations are located in each office suite
    on campus, including the Library, Student Computer Lab (WG 108), the
    Science Building rooms 215 & 315.
    Each First Aid Station contains a guide for first aid, CPR instructions, and
    a CPR mask.
    Campus Safety Services has 3 trauma kits and burn gels on hand for
    emergency use. Burn kits are also located in the Science Building, rooms
    215 & 315. Each kit has a first aid reference guide located inside for use
    during emergencies. There are two AED’s (Automatic Emergency
    Defibrillators) available for use by CPR / AED trained personnel. One is
    kept in the Campus Safety Office and the other is at the front desk in the
    For general first aid services of non-emergency nature, call the Campus
    Safety Services officer on duty for first aid response by dialing 2-4416.
    Students in need of first aid supplies for minor injury treatment should be
    sent to the Campus Safety Services office.

    Any person who experiences an accident with or without injury on
    campus, minor or severe, must fill out an Accident/Incident Report
    available on-line at as soon
    as possible.

                   From campus phones you can now dial 911

Academic Building- 1st and 2nd Floor

Academic Building-3rd and 4th Floor

Dougan-1st and 2nd Floor

Dougan-3rd and 4th Floor

Keystone-1st and 2nd Floor

Library-1st and 2nd Floor

Science-1st and 2nd Floor

Science Building-3rd Floor

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