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Emergency Procedures

Emergency Telephone: 303.871.3000

Department: Law
Building Name: Ricketson
Address: 2255 East Evans
Molly Keegan Telephone #: 303.871.6107
Joanna Patrick Telephone # 303.871.6153

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Summary of Emergency Procedures

  • Fire
    1. Pull fire alarm.
    2. Notify Campus Safety – x13000
    3. Close doors, windows, exit
    4. Do not use elevator
  • Tornado
    1. Go to basement or interior room
    2. Move away from windows
    3. Do not exit building until warning sirens stop
  • Bomb Threats
    1. Call Campus Safety – x13000
    2. Coordinate with Campus Safety to search premises
    3. Complete bomb threat report
  • Gas Leak/Chemical Release
    1. Call Campus Safety – x13000
    2. Evacuate the building
  • Hailstorm
    1. Do not leave the building
    2. Move away from windows
    3. If outside, look for cover
  • Earthquake
    1. Take cover under table/desk
    2. Move with table, hold legs
    3. If outdoors, stay in open space
  • Work Place Violence
    1. Call Campus Safety – x1300
    2. Locate ‘safe’ area
    3. Warn other occupants
    4. Stay calm – DO NOT confront aggressor

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Emergency Procedures

Campus Emergency 911 then x13000
Off-Campus Emergency 911
DU Department of Campus Safety 400 So. Gaylord (Gaylord and Wesley
Safety Dispatch (24 hours) x12334
Safety Administration x12139
Crime Prevention Resource x13132
Lost and Found Law School – x16106
Parking and Traffic x13210
Campus Operator 0 or x12000
Driscoll Information Center x14232
Health Center x12205
Mental Health x12205
DU SafeRide Shuttle Service x12334

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Basic Emergency Plan

  • Non Work-Related Medical Injury or Illness
    In the event of an accident or serious illness to an employee, student, or visitor:
    • If life threatening – call 911.
    • Call Campus Safety Emergency 303.871.3000 to report the injury or illness.
    • If necessary, Denver Campus Safety will contact the Fire Department and/or ambulance. (Campus Safety has a direct link to 911 and will dispatch DCS Officers immediately).

      Stay on the line while the dispatcher speaks with 911. Be able to provide the dispatcher with the following information:
      • Your name and phone number
      • Building name
      • Building address
      • Floor or location of emergency
      • Any details available on the accident or illness (i.e., name of person requiring emergency services.)
    • DO NOT move the injured or ill person. Try to make them comfortable.
    • Have someone meet DCS or other emergency personnel at the main entrance. Only if qualified, provide First Aid as needed or find a qualified assistant.
    • Assist DCS with obtaining a full report of the accident or illness.

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Disaster and Emergency Situations

Disasters and emergencies affecting large areas and many people can sometimes develop quickly. Flash floods and earthquakes, for example, can strike with little or no advance warning. There are certain things you can learn and do, which will help you get ready for, and cope with, almost any type of emergency. Perhaps the most basic thing to remember is to keep calm and take time to think.

Your State Office of Emergency Preparedness will activate warning signals in the affected areas. Whenever a major storm or other peacetime disaster threatens, keep your radio and/or television set tuned to those channels that will enable you to hear weather reports and forecasts (issued by the National Weather Service), as well as other information and advice that may be broadcast by your local government.

Use your telephone only to report important disaster events to authorities and DU Campus Safety. If you tie up the telephone lines simply to get information, you may prevent emergency calls from being completed.

Stay away from disaster areas and follow the advice and instructions from your floor’s safety representative. Your floor’s safety representative will direct you if evacuation is required. In the event you are instructed to evacuate, remain calm. Close all doors as you leave and proceed to the nearest practical fire stairwell and form a straight evacuation line. Following the instruction of the safety representative on your floor, proceed down the stairwell keeping to your right so that emergency personnel may use the stairwell. Request help for persons with disabilities from emergency personnel. Do not return to the evacuated floor or building until so instructed by the Fire Department or authorized DU personnel.

  • Tornado Procedures
    • Tornado Watch
      When a tornado watch is announced, this means that tornadoes are expected in, or near you area. Keep your radio and/or television set tuned to a local station (KOA AM 850) for information and advice from your local government and the weather service. If you spot cloud rotation or a forming funnel, report them immediately by telephone using the 911 emergency number.
    • Tornado Warning
      When a tornado warning is issued, it means that a tornado has actually been sighted, or has been indicated by radar, and this or other tornados may strike in your vicinity. A public warning will be announced over the radio, television and/or Civil Defense warning sirens will be sounded.
    • Actions to Take
    1. Stay away from the perimeter of the building and exterior glass.
    2. Do not go to the first floor lobby or leave the building.
    3. Close drapes, blinds, etc., if time permits.
    4. Leave your office if located on the building perimeter and close the door behind you.
    5. Proceed to the center corridor or basement of the building, if possible. Sit down and protect yourself by putting your head as close to your lap as possible, or kneel protecting your head.
    6. Keep your radio and/or television set tuned to a local station for ongoing information.
    7. Only use the telephone for an emergency situation.
    8. Follow the directions given by your department Safety Director or floor representative.
    9. If you are trapped in an outside office, seek protection under a desk.
  • Fire Procedures
    Any attempt to fight a fire should be limited to the discharge of one handheld fire extinguisher, if properly trained. Know in advance where fire extinguishers are located throughout the building. Also determine in advance, the nearest exit to your work location and the route you will follow to reach that exit in the event of an emergency. Establish an alternate route to be used in the event your first route is blocked or unsafe to use (i.e., heavy smoke).

    Should you encounter heavy smoke, the smoke may camouflage the exit signs above the doors. If you know in advance how many doors you will have to pass, you can then crawl or crouch low with your head below the smoke (watching the base of the wall) and count the doors you pass so you will know when you reach the exit door.
    • The name of each floor’s safety representative and evacuation route are posted in the middle of each floor. Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes and the name of each floor’s safety representative.
    • Using the designated EVACUATION ROUTE, immediately leave your area, closing all doors behind you. Immediately call Campus Safety at 871-3000, x13000 as Campus Safety is in direct contact to the Fire Department. Report the following information:
      • Street address
      • Nearest cross street
      • Suite number
      • Other pertinent information about the fire emergency
    • Should your clothes catch on fire – STOP…DROP…ROLL.
  • Earthquake
    • Earthquakes may last only a minute or two, but aftershocks may continue for several hours, days, weeks or months.
    • Be aware that there are many potential hazards during an earthquake or aftershock.
      • Falling objects (pictures, bookshelves, ceiling tiles and fixtures, furniture and filing cabinets).
      • Swinging doors and broken windows.
      • Electricity may be cut off disrupting lights, telephones, elevators, heat and air conditioning, as well as presenting electrical shock hazards.
      • Fires may be a possibility as a result of broken natural gas lines, electrical short circuits, or other causes.
      • As motion from an earthquake may be severe, you may be thrown to the ground if standing.
    • Protection during an earthquake:
      • Take cover under a desk or table.
      • Protect your head and neck from falling objects.
      • Face away from the windows and get out of their proximity.
      • Do not leave the building.
      • If outdoors, stay in an open area. Do not enter a building.
      • If operating an appliance, turn it off immediately.
    • Additional information
      • The sprinkler system may become activated during an earthquake.
      • When the earthquake stops, follow the directions of your floor safety representative or local procedures.
      • Do not use the elevators.
  • Power Failures
    Follow the direction of emergency personnel and, if available, turn on a battery powered radio to find out what is happening in you area. If you are familiar with and assigned to do so, go to the box labeled Emergency Power and turn on the breaker for emergency lights.
  • Bomb Threats
    • All bomb threats must be taken seriously! If the caller is familiar with the building and specific about the location of the bomb, the call should be regarded with a high degree of urgency. Do not discuss a bomb threat with anyone other than the dean and/or assistant deans, Campus Safety, or your supervisory personnel. Campus Safety will ask an employee who is familiar with the building to assist in the search
    • In the event of a bomb threat, the person receiving the call should do the following:
      1. Do not try to transfer the call
      2. Ask the caller:
        • When is the bomb going to explode?
        • Where is the bomb now?
        • What type of bomb is it?
        • What does it look like?
        • What will cause it to explode?
        • Did you place the bomb?
        • Why?
        • What is your address?
        • What is your name?
      3. Notify Campus Safety at x1300.
      4. Do NOT touch suspicious objects.
    • Additional Instructions
      • Campus Safety will advise others on campus, as appropriate, that a bomb threat has been made on the building.
      • Employees are not encouraged to leave their office except at the direction of DU Campus Safety, the Police and/or Fire Department.
      • If you are to evacuate, please take purses and briefcases out of the building with you to facilitate the search for the unusual item.
      • Follow the directions of your floor’s safety representative during the evacuation.
    • Bomb Threat Report
      If you receive a bomb threat, try to record the following information:
      1. Time of call
      2. Date of call
      3. Time when call terminated
      4. Exact words of caller
      5. Male or Female
      6. Race
      7. Approximate Age
      8. Number at which the call is received
      9. Specific information about the call:
        • Is the caller intoxicated?
        • Is the voice familiar? If so, who did it sound like?
        • Note specifics about the callers voice. For example, is the caller’s voice calm, excited, disguised or raspy. Does the caller have an accent, etc.
        • Note any background sounds. For instance, is there static on the line, music, street noise, animals, other voices, etc.
        • Note the type of language the caller is using. Is the caller threatening, well spoken, irrational, coherent, etc.

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Emergency Telephones and Usage

Emergency phones can be used for contacting Campus Safety/police assistance, fire alert, motorist aid, medical help, or other Campus safety services and emergency information. Use these emergency phones when you discover or observe any actual or suspected criminal activity, when any medical emergency happens or any other emergency assistance is required on campus. Stay on the phone, if possible, until the dispatcher has all the necessary information regarding the situation you are calling about.

To use a HOT LINE phone (with receiver), you simply pick up the receiver and you will automatically be connected with Campus Safety Dispatch. No dialing is necessary. The HOT LINE phones are identified with a BLUE LIGHT at the top of a cranberry colored stanchion.

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Campus Safety Programs

  • Campus SafeRide Shuttle Service
    • DO NOT WALK ALONE AT NIGHT!
    • Use the buddy system and;
    • Contact the Campus SafeRide Shuttle Service at 303.871.2334 or x12334.
      Service is provided from dusk to dawn, seven days per week.
  • Whistle Stop Program – “Blow the Whistle on Crime”
    The Whistle Stop Program attempts to provide an added sense of security for students on campus. It is a way for you to invest in your personal security and the safety of others. The Police say a loud noise is one of the best deterrents against crime. The simple blowing of the whistle can create a diversion and enable you or others to run to safety. In addition, people within audible range will be drawn to your call for assistance.
    • The whistle should be used only in emergency situations. If you’re held up, don’t resist, don’t take risks, and blow the whistle only after you are out of danger. Blow the whistle to assist someone else, if you observe that they are in danger. Do not blow the whistle for fun. This could cause confusion when a legitimate emergency is at hand.
    • If you hear a whistle, call Campus Safety at x13000; give your name and the location where you heard the whistle. If you feel comfortable, gather a group of people and ago the location where the whistle was blown. If you are in sight of the victim in danger and the victim cannot continue to blow their whistle, blow you whistle to attract security personnel to the scene. Do not attempt to intervene in the situation. Stay at a safe distance and direct security personnel to the location.

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Personal Safety

  • Bicycles
    • U-Shaped locks, casehardened chains, and padlocks do deter thefts. Buy the best devices you can find – quality and thickness are important.
    • Always use bicycle racks. They are provided all over the campus for your use.
    • All bicycles parked at campus bike racks should be registered with parking Services. Registration is free and can be accomplished at the Campus Safety Center, Parking Office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday). Keeping your bill of sale and a color photograph is also helpful.
    • Join Operation Identification by calling 303.871.2334.
  • Car Security Tips
    • Decrease the risk of thefts by removing all valuable personal property from sight (i.e., watches, textbooks, purses or wallets, tap deck radar detectors, CD’s, etc.).
    • Secure all doors and windows.
    • Install an audible security alarm system on your vehicle.
    • Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area.
    • Participate in Operation Identification. Mark your property with your own personal I.D. number. Contact Campus Safety at 303.871.2334 to borrow an electric marking pencil.
    • Never hide a key on the exterior of your car. We recommend that you tape an unmarked car key to the inside bottom of your purse or back pack.
    • Always keep your keys in a secure place.
    • Mark your Social Security number on your car somewhere out of sight (wheel well or trunk).
    • Always look inside and around your care before getting into it.
    • Report any suspicious or abandoned cars to DU Campus Safety immediately.
    • Report any theft or tampering to DU Campus Safety immediately. Be prepared to give your vehicle registration information as well as any other details that might help determine the time of the incident.
  • Personal Property Protection
    • Record serial numbers, account numbers, model numbers, brand names, and descriptions of valuables, credit cards, etc. Keep a duplicate copy in a separate location.
    • Personal property, purses, briefcases, etc. should never be left unattended, not even for a short time. Wallets and purses should be locked in a desk or drawer when not carried.
    • Always lock your office when you leave.
    • Never loan equipment, property, or keys to people you don’t know well or to people who have no right to use them.
    • Leave expensive items at home.
    • Never keep large amounts of cash or checks in your office.
    • Report stolen property immediately to DU Campus Safety.
  • Criminal Activities
    When you discover or observe any actual or suspected criminal activity or other emergencies on campus, call Campus Security immediately at 303.871.3000 or x13000.

    Stay on the line with the dispatcher. Be able to provide the dispatcher with the following information:
    • Your name and phone number
    • Location of incident
    • If there are any injuries
    • If the perpetrator is still there
    • Where the victim of the crime can be located.
    • A description of the suspect
    • Suspect’s last known direction of travel.

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Guidelines for the Emergency Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities may need assistance during an emergency evacuation. Departmental evacuation procedures should include provisions not only for people using wheelchairs or other mobility assistive devices, such as walkers, crutches, etc., but also for those who are deaf/hearing impaired, blind/visually impaired, and those who may have chronic health conditions that my preclude safe evacuation (an example may be someone using portable oxygen.)

  • Never attempt to carry someone down stairs unless there is imminent threat of injury or death. The use of improper carrying techniques can result in injury to all persons involved. If possible, notify rescue personnel of the whereabouts of a disabled person as well as the disability involved.
  • Disabled individuals can be evacuated through any of the handicap accessible entrances on the first floor of the Law building.
  • If a disabled individual is unable to move or be moved to the first floor, they should be taken immediately to any one of the stairwells in the building. Each floor has adequate space to accommodate numerous people and is equipped with a sign on the inside of the stairwell, which notes ‘Area of Rescue Assistance’. A call box is also located on each floor of the stairwell in order to notify rescue personnel of the need for assistance and the individual’s location.
  • Persons who are profoundly deaf cannot hear alarms. If deaf persons are known to be in a specific area of a building, and no sign language interpreter is with the, write on a piece of paper “fire drill – follow me.” Do not expect them to “lip read”. Safety Department Officers and fire officials will “sweep” the building including restrooms where persons who are deaf may be located. If there is a probability that there is a deaf person in the building whose whereabouts is unknown, notify Safety Department Officers and other emergency personnel at once.
  • Assistance dogs (for the blind, deaf, or mobility limited) may become disoriented or panic during an emergency evacuation, especially if it is dark or smoky. Note that these animals have been trained to cope with similar situations, but fear may override training. Be aware that both the person and the animal may need help, but always volunteer assistance rather than taking over immediately. If there is imminent danger of serious injury or death, the person is the primary concern. Do not attempt to evacuate an uncontrollable animal. If possible, leave the animal in a room and close the door. Let Fire and/or the Safety Department officials know the whereabouts of the animal, so they can initiate rescue efforts.
  • If someone experiences a sudden, acute medical condition that causes immobilization, such as a seizure, heart attack, etc. during an evacuation, notify officials at once. Assistance may be given by a person(s) at the scene unless there is imminent danger of injury or death to the person(s) providing assistance. Once Safety or Fire officials reach the immobilized person, the “assistant(s)” should evacuate the building immediately.

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