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An emergency consists of any situation that poses immediate and extreme danger to people, property, or process. Because most emergencies are sudden, severe, and unexpected, it is extremely important to be prepared for a possible emergency. Proper preparation helps ensure safety and survival. A written emergency response or action plan is the best preparation tool for handling emergencies.

To ensure effectiveness, each TAMUS-HSC component is responsible for reviewing and updating their respective emergency response plans regularly. Make sure that each response plan includes the following information:

  • Procedure for sounding alarms
  • Emergency escape procedures and escape route assignments
  • Emergency procedures for employees with special needs
  • Rescue and medical assistance requirements
  • Names of persons or departments to contact for more information on handling emergencies
  • Method for reporting emergencies
  • Provision for training emergency procedures

2. Handling Emergencies

Regardless of the type of emergency in progress, you may call 9-911 and/or sound the fire alarm immediately. Remain calm, notify others, and respond to the emergency as appropriate. Do not attempt to handle any emergency situation in which you do not have training (e.g., fire fighting, first aid, spill response, etc.).

IMPORTANT: Call 9-911 and/or pull the fire alarm whenever a situation poses immediate danger to people, property, or process.

When you call to report an emergency, provide the operator with the following information:

  • Building or area name
  • Location
  • Brief description of the emergency
  • Your name

The following sections offer specific safety guidelines and procedures for handling different types of emergencies.