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200. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
The intent of this policy is not to restrict university activities, but
to conduct them in the safest manner possible. In addition to the specific
situations listed, the university expects its employees, students, visitors,
and guests to be responsible and to conduct themselves in such a manner
as to promote overall safety on campus.
200.1 Public Safety - Police Divison
The campus Public Safety - Police Division Office can be contacted any
time during the day or night, including weekends, at 273-2712. The Cedar
Falls Police Emergency number is 9-911.
200.2 Fire Alarm / Fire Safety
The fire alarm warning systems are either bells or horns and strobe lights,
along with recorded messages through the annunciator panel. They are activated
by pulling the lever on any one of the manual fire alarm pull stations
within the building. All staff members are expected to familiarize themselves
with the locations and operations of the fire alarm pull stations and
201. In case of fire
If a fire is detected and the fire alarm has not been sounded, the following
steps should be taken:
201.1 Pull fire alarm pull station.
201.2 Call UNI Public Safety - Police Division Office
(273-2712) and identify where help is needed. UNI Public Safety will contact
the Fire Department.
201.3 If a fire is located and can be contained easily,
extinguish flames with the nearest fire extinguisher.
201.4 If fire can not be contained, assist in the orderly
evacuation of the building.
(See Section # 203 - Fire Evacuation Procedure)
201.5 A staff person should meet the Fire Department
and give them the specific location of the fire or fire alarm pull station
and direct them as needed. A fire locator box, which is part of the fire
alarm system, is located inside the door of the southeast entrance. Ordinarily
the Fire Department will enter through this entrance and consult the fire
locator box for the general location of the fire.
202. Responding to a fire alarm
If the fire alarm is sounded in the building, the following steps should
202.1 Identify the fire's location as indicated on the
fire locator box at the SE entrance.
202.2 Once the zone is identified, go directly to the
area indicated and look for signs of fire, such as smoke or flames. The
only exception would be the mechanical rooms, which should only be accessed
by Public Safety - Police Division or Physical Plant personnel.
If mechanical room(s) are indicated as the fire area, immediately begin evacuation proceedings
(See section 203 - Fire Evacuation Procedure)
202.3 If a fire is located
and can be contained easily, extinguish flames with the nearest fire extinguisher.
If surface or handle of any door is hot, do not attempt to open it.
If fire can not be contained, assist in the orderly evacuation of the
building. (See Section # 203 - Fire Evacuation Procedure)
202.5 Public Safety
- Police Division will conduct their own search of the zone and they will
silence and reset the fire panel if no fire is detected.
203. Fire Evacuation Procedure
203.1 Every staff member should be cognizant of the location
of the nearest exit routes from offices/work stations and an alternative
exit route in the event that their best route is obstructed. (See Building
203.2 When you hear or see the fire alarm consider the alarm
to be a warning of a genuine fire and not merely a drill.
203.3 Do not use the elevators during evacuation process.
203.4 All staff members are to assist in the orderly evacuation of the building, instructing students
and other occupants to leave the building as quickly as possible.
203.5 Assist persons with disabilities to the nearest safe exit. Individuals
with disabilities on lower level should go to the nearest stairwell.
University or City Public Safety - Police Division personnel will check stairwells
as soon as arriving at the scene to assist persons with disabilities.
(UNI POLICY, 7.04)
203.6 When leaving rooms, offices, or workstations, lock
up money and registers, turn off lights, and close doors.
203.7 Cedar Falls Fire Department will enter through
the SE entrance. A staff member will meet the Fire Department personnel
and provide any pertinent information.
203.8 Do not return to the building until authorization is given.
204. Discharged Fire Extinguishers
204.1 Take any discharged fire extinguishers
to the Administrative Office to be re-charged.
205. Fire Safety - Open Flame
205.1 The use of open flame is prohibited unless approved
by the Business/Operations Manager and/or Campus Safety Office. The device
and area will be inspected prior to ruling on the request. (See section
# 617 - Decorations)
206. Fire Safety - Electrical Appliances
206.1 All authorized appliances must be UL (Underwriters' Laboratories) approved.
206.2 Building light bulbs shall not be replaced with higher wattage bulbs than those
for which the fixture was designed.
206.3 Room switches and outlets shall not be modified.
206.4 All appliances must be connected directly to wall
outlets and electrical heaters are to be disconnected when no one is in
the room or office where they are allowed. The use of extension cords
207. Emergency Medical Service / Accident Report Forms
207.1 If medical attention is required for an ill or injured person Public
Safety - Police Division should be notified for assistance at 273-2712.
207.2 If a person's medical situation appears critical or life threatening,
call Public Safety - Police Division and request Ambulance Service to
take the injured party to the hospital. The cost of this service is the
responsibility of the injured.
207.3 If a person suffers a seizure, s/he
should be helped to achieve a restful position in which s/he cannot injure
themselves. Remove any potentially harmful objects away from the individual
and allow them time to return to a conscious, coherent state. Stay with
the individual until this time then call the Public Safety - Police Division
for further instructions. A person who is known to experience simple fainting
spells should be treated in the same manner.
207.4 In case of accidental poisoning, contact Public Safety - Police Division
to notify them of situation and request immediate ambulance service.
207.5 It is University policy to obtain a written report
of any acute accident or illness occurring on University property (or
elsewhere if ill or injured party is involved in a UNI related activity).
This policy pertains to employees, students, and visitors. The Accident
Report Forms are located in the Office Operations file in the Administrative
Office and should be completed at the time of the incident.
208. Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Two automated external defibrillator units are located in Maucker Union;
one on the main level at the north wall of the Coffeehouse; the second
on the lower level east corridor between the State College Room and Oak Room.
Cabinets are equipped with an audible alarm that will sound when the cabinet
208.1 The AED is used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. The unit is specifically designed
for trained responders but may be accessed by anyone attempting to assist
in a cardiac emergency.
208.2 Staff/building managers should call for
an AED in any potential cardiac emergency and immediately instruct others
to call Public Safety to request an ambulance and assistance.
208.3 Guidelines and usage of the AED are dictated by each emergency event. If the unit
is used, follow the instructions dictated in the unit and procedure recommended.
208.4 If the alarm sounds and is an actual cardiac emergency, provide
assistance and be sure that Public Safety has been contacted and an ambulance
208.5 If the alarm sounds and it is not a cardiac emergency,
use the key to re-set the cabinet and check to see that the AED is in
operating condition and all supplies are in place. A key is on the building
manager's key ring and a spare key is located in the wall cabinet of the
Administrative Office area.
208.6 Report any tampering with the AED to the Maucker
Union staff and to Public Safety. If anyone is caught tampering with the
device, he/she should be reported to the Director and/or Public Safety
208.7 Building Managers are to make a visual check of
each unit every day that the Union is open and record it in the night
report and on the log sheet on the side of the cabinet. A blinking, green
light indicates the system is operational. Any faulty system should be
reported immediately to the Maucker Union Director and the Unit removed
from the cabinet for service/repairs.
208.8 Staff will make a manual check of the unit and
all of the supplies the first of each month and record it in the log sheet
located in the file in the Administrative Offices.
208.9 Building Managers and staff will review AED procedures at their respective meetings the
first each month.
209. Emergency (Blue Light) Phone
If the emergency phone is activated,
UNI Public Safety - Police Division responds immediately to that area.
Staff/building manager should go to the corridor to attempt to observe
the situation from a safe distance. Do not attempt to intervene or put
yourself at risk for injury.
209.1 The emergency phone is located in the corridor
to Lang Hall and is tested weekly to insure proper operation.
210. Bomb Threat and Evacuation Procedures
Procedures for the person receiving a bomb threat are:
210.1 If a bomb threat is received in writing, notify
Public Safety - Police Division immediately by telephone. Do not use cell
210.2 If a bomb threat is received by telephone attempt
to gather as much information as possible from the caller including the
exact location of the bomb, time of explosion and note any unusual aspects
of the caller's voice. Use template provided by Public Safety - Police
Division. Form is located in the appendix.
210.3 The person receiving the bomb threat should call
Public Safety - Police Division Office (273-2712) and then notify the
Administrative Office (273-2256 or 273-2257) and give as complete a report
as possible. Begin immediate evacuation of the building.
210.4 Public Safety - Police Division representative
will initiate response protocol and assist in determining the need for
210.5 Public Safety - Police Division will take the responsibility for contacting the Cedar
Falls Police/Fire Department as well as other University officials who
need to be contacted.
210.6 In the absence of a Maucker Union staff person
in charge, contact the Building Manager on duty. The Building Manager
will contact Public Safety - Police Division (273-2712) and the Director
of Maucker Union and/or the Business/Operations Manager.
210.7 If an object is found that could be a bomb: Notify
Public Safety - Police Division immediately. Do not attempt to move the
suspicious object or to tamper with it in any way. (UNI Policy 7.03)
210.8 Bomb Threat Evacuation Procedure:
The Public Safety - Police Division Office representative in charge shall
initiate the response protocol identified in their operating procedures.
The priority of response generally will be to secure the building/area,
obtain initial information and determine a response plan.
of a building will be ordered and enforced only if there seems to be a
genuine threat to the safety of individuals in the building. Should the
building not be evacuated, any inspection will be made as inconspicuously
B. Custodians, secretaries, and other members of building
staff who can ordinarily recognize an object which has not been in a room
previously can be especially helpful in a building search and may be asked
to assist in a building search. (UNI Policy 7.03)
210.9 In an emergency situation when time is a critical
factor, the Maucker Union Director or designee shall have the authority
to evacuate the building.
210.10 Do not activate the fire alarm system to evacuate
the building. Do not use radios to transmit information. Radios may be
on to monitor or receive information only. Do not use cell phones.
211. Power Outages / Emergency Lighting
211.1 All Maucker Union staff members are
issued a flashlight for use during a power failure. Each staff member
should check their flashlight regularly to see that it is in working order.
Any problems with flashlights should be directed towards the Business/Operations
211.2 The Administrative Staff or Building Manager will proceed
to scheduled rooms and provide whatever assistance or information that
may be needed during a power outage.
211.3 When power outages occur during
the evening or weekend operations of the building, the Building Manager
will contact Public Safety - Police Division to find out information about
the power outage. The Building Manager will contact the Director of Maucker
Union, or the Business/Operations Manager.
212. Emergency Lighting
212.1 Emergency Battery Light units are located throughout Maucker Union. These
units remain lit for an average of one-half hour. They are not intended
for normal room lighting.
212.2 Lights connected to an emergency generator are
also located throughout Maucker Union. These will automatically engage
in the event of a power failure.
213. Tornado / Threatening Weather
Area Civil Defense personnel will activate the warning sirens in the event of a weather emergency.
Take cover in inside hallways of buildings or in the lower level until the warning cancelled or expires. Stay
away from glass windows and doors.
213.1 In Maucker Union proceed to the lower
level and do not remain in or near stairwells. Specific Emergency Procedure
for the Main Level and Plaza Level are located in the back of this manual.
214. Chemical Safety
214.1 Staff members are required to take
an active role in identifying potential hazards within the building including
physical hazards and/or chemical hazards, and bring them to the attention
of the Business/Operations Manager.
214.2 All spray bottles must be labeled. Spray bottles
must be used for their labeled purpose only.
214.3 Unlabeled bottles should be turned into the Business/Operations
215. UNI Alert
215.1 The UNI Alert System notifies the campus community
of emergencies and threats to physical safety in emergency situations:
tornado, violence, hazardous material incident, cancelled classes, University
closure, etc. Notification is by cell phone, landline phone, e-mail and
215.2 UNI Alert allows UNI administrators to send recorded
emergency messages ("UNI Alerts") to students, faculty, and staff by cell
phone, landline phone, e-mail, and text-message within minutes.
215.3 When a threat or campus emergency is identified, UNI Alert uses contact information
from the University's official directory data (updated via MyUNIverse)
to simultaneously send thousands of messages directly to students, faculty,
and staff using cell phone numbers, home phone numbers, office phone numbers,
and e-mail. The entire campus community can be notified in about 20 minutes.