Emergency! A word that strikes terror in the hearts of many, or challenges others to take necessary, at times heroic, action. Everyone reacts differently when confronted with an emergency, which may be defined as an unforeseen set of circumstances that are likely to result in injury, death, property damage or disruption of essential activities.

Nature has provided us with several involuntary physiological reactions when we feel we are in danger. The rapid heartbeat, deep breathing and heightened sensory perceptions that we experience are intended to assist us in a challenging situation. Do not fear these involuntary responses or try to suppress them. Rather, use them to guide you safely and reasonably through the situation that challenges use.

Your individual response to an emergency will vary, depending on your experiences, your training and your personality. Please use these guides to help you through the initial, often frightening and confusing, moments of an emergency. Read it, discuss it with your co-workers and colleagues, and keep it accessible in the workplace.

Remember: Your safety begins with you!

911 or x3177? An Important Choice in an Emergency

911 may be the single most important Public Safety technology in our history. It has undoubtedly saved countless lives. We now have an entire generation of people who use 911 instinctively in the event of an emergency. However, until technology upgrades are completed, a call to 911 from either campus provides the call taker with a generic address only, either 140 New Scotland Avenue or 65 First St. Responding emergency personnel may not be familiar with all of our buildings by name. Therefore, a call to x3177 may result in a quicker response. Our internal phone system will identify for Public Safety the exact location of the caller and a Public Safety Officer, already on campus, will be dispatched immediately to your location.

But if your choice in an emergency is 911, please remember to call Public Safety at x3177 immediately after your call to 911.

And remember, a cellular phone call to 911 may not connect you to local emergency services.