Emergency Preparedness at UWS


University of Western States campus safety is committed to providing a safe campus in cases of emergency.

Instructions below are given as a guideline to follow in case of emergency. Campus safety can be reached at 503-206-3206 or 211 from a campus phone.

ACTIVE SHOOTING

Active shooter refers to anyone armed and shooting at civilians, police or into an area where persons could be struck by random fire. As soon as it is safe to do so, call 911 to notify police.

In a classroom, clinic or office

  • STAY THERE. If you are in a safe place, stay put. 
  • Secure the door. If the door has no lock and the door opens in, use heavy furniture to barricade the door.
  • Cover windows. If the door has a window, cover it if you can. Depending on the shooter’s location, consider exiting through windows. Have someone watch the door as you get as many out the windows (ground floor) as calmly and quietly as possible.
  • Stay low. If you can’t exit through the windows, get out of sight from the door and stay low and quiet.
  • Silence cell phones and other electronic devices.
  • If no police units are on scene, move away from the shooter. Find safe cover and wait for the police to arrive.
  • When officers arrive on scene, move toward any law enforcement personnel or a police vehicle when it’s safe. Keep your hands visible to police at all times.
  • Follow all police directions exactly.

In hallways or corridors

  • Get to a nearby room and secure it. Unless you are close to an exit, do not attempt to run through a hallway, you may encounter the shooter.

Open spaces

  • Stay alert and look for cover, such as brick walls, large trees, retaining walls, parked vehicles or any other object that may stop gunfire rounds.

Trapped with the shooter

  • Do not provoke the shooter. If no shooting is happening, do what the shooter says and do not move suddenly.
  • If the shooter starts shooting, try taking one of these decisive actions:
    • Freeze and stay very still.
    • Run for an exit while zigzagging. A moving target is harder to hit than a stationary one.
    • Attack the shooter. This is very dangerous, but it may be less dangerous than doing nothing at all. The last thing the shooter will expect is to be attacked by an unarmed person.

Active Shooter Incident Downloadable Instructions

AIRCRAFT CRASH

If you witness an aircraft crash on or near campus, follow these emergency procedures.

Incident on campus

  • Call 911.
  • Evacuate the impacted area if safe to do so, following plans and procedures for evacuation.
  • Call campus safety as soon as you are safe at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone.
  • Follow directions of emergency responders.

Incident near campus or UWS clinic property

  • Call 911.
  • Call campus safety at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone.
  • Follow directions of emergency responders.

In the event of an aircraft crash, university officials will base their response on lifesaving efforts and gaining accountability of all personnel on campus. The university will not assume incident command at any time; local fire, EMS and police will coordinate with state and federal agencies to determine incident command.

Aircraft Crash Downloadable Instructions

BOMB THREAT

Report any threatening phone calls, mailed threats or suspicious packages immediately to 911 and campus security at 503-206-3206.

Bomb threats

By phone
Get as much information as possible.

  • Attempt to learn the location where the bomb is now or is going to be planted.
  • Try to listen for information about the caller.
    • Listen for gender, accent and any other details.
    • Note any background noise that may indicate the location of the caller.
  • Write down the time of the call, phone number where it came in and who took the call.
  • Make note of the phone number used to call you if your phone has caller identification.

In writing 

  • Block off area and preserve the scene.

Electronic

  • Take a screenshot of the threat but do not forward the message. 

Report threat to police

  • Call 911 and report the threat and details to police
  • Follow instruction provided by police.
  • Report the threat to your supervisor.

Suspicious device found

Report threat to police and campus safety

  • Do not touch or move the device.
  • Call 911 and report the threat and details to police.
  • Follow instruction provided by police.
  • Report the call to your supervisor.
  • Direct everyone to evacuate the area, moving toward the opposite side of the device.

Suspicious packages or mail

Look for these signs:

  • No return address.
  • Sealed with excessive amount of tape.
  • Marked “Personal
  • Incorrect or misspelled address.
  • Oily stains, discolorations or crystals on the wrapper.
  • Strange
  • Odd weight or size.

If you receive a suspicious package:

  • Do not touch or move the package
  • Isolate the package and call 911 to ask for advice
  • Evacuate the area
  • Follow instructions provided by police

Bomb Threat Downloadable Instructions

BUILDING EMERGENCIES

Adverse weather or broken pipes can lead to leaks, floods and other plumbing problems. Serious water damage to university buildings not only disrupts campus operations.

Flooding

  • If you come upon flooding inside a university facility, notify facilities at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone.
  • Be aware of electrocution hazards around water.
  • Stop using electrical equipment immediately.
  • Turn the equipment off if you can do so safely.
  • Evacuate and call 911.
  • If chemical or biological hazards are involved or suspected, contact facilities at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone.

Water service interrupted

  • Notify facilities at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone.
  • Stop food service operations if proper sanitary facilities and hand washing stations are unavailable. Sanitary hot water must be available to process food.

Power outage 

  • Assess the extent of the outage in your area.
  • Remain calm; provide assistance to others if necessary. Help co-workers in darkened work areas move to safe and lighted locations.
  • Exits may be indicated by lighted signs if the emergency power is operating.
  • Report the outage to facilities at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone.
  • Open blinds for additional light.
  • Open windows for improved ventilation, if needed.
  • If possible, shut off power to machinery and equipment that could restart unattended.
  • Follow close-down procedures in specialty areas such as a lab or mechanical area. Attempt to preserve lab materials and avoid hazards from tools, chemicals, heat sources, biohazards when power is restored.
  • DO NOT use candles, lanterns, charcoal, grills or anything that uses fuel in buildings.
  • DO NOT bring emergency generators indoors or near building doors or windows.
  • Evacuate if power is anticipated to be out for an extended period of time and work conditions are not safe or exit pathways are not lighted.

Building Emergency Downloadable Instructions

CRIME ON CAMPUS

University of Western States is committed to providing a safe environment that is free from criminal activity.

If you witness a crime in progress

  • Whenever possible, do not put yourself in physical danger to stop a crime in progress.
  • If there is a threat of violence related to the crime, e.g. weapon in hand, expressed intent to do harm, call 911 immediately.
  • Contact campus safety at 503-206-3206 or through TIPS Reporting to alert the university of the situation.
  • Be aware of the situation and help keep others from getting into harm’s way.
  • Document the specifics of the situation (description of perpetrator, photograph situation, license plate number, description of the act, etc.).
  • Work with campus safety and the local authorities to file a report of the crime and support any related investigations.

If you discover that a crime has been committed after the fact

  • Contact campus safety at 503-206-3206 or through TIPS Reporting to alert the university of the situation.
  • Document the specifics of the situation (give a description of perpetrator, photograph or video record the situation/action, record license plate number, create a description of the act, etc.).
  • Work with campus safety and the local authorities to file a report of the crime and support any related investigations.

Crime on Campus Downloadable Instructions

EARTHQUAKES

The danger and risks of earthquakes can be reduced if people know what actions to take before, during and after an earthquake.

If inside a building

  • Drop, cover and hold.
    Under a desk, table or chair.
    • In a corner or along the wall in a hallway away from windows.
    • Near structurally-strong locations such as a hall by a pillar.
  • Watch for falling objects such as light fixtures, bookcases, cabinets, shelves and other furniture that might slide or topple.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Do not run outside. Exits may be damaged and the building’s exterior brick, tile and decorations may be falling off. Be cautious; maintain awareness of your surroundings.

If outside a building

  • Stay outside. Stay clear of electrical wires, poles, trees or anything that might fall.

After a major earthquake

  • Check for injuries to people in your area. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger. Provide first aid if qualified, and call 911. Be prepared that emergency services may not be able to respond immediately.
  • Open doors as soon as possible to prevent jamming. Leave doors open if possible.
  • Calm and reassure upset employees and students.
  • Keep everyone off of cell phones after they have contacted family, to prioritize system resources for responders.
  • Avoid areas of hazardous material spills, gas leaks, fires, and fallen objects.
  • Turn off ignition and heat sources if it is safe to do so.
  • Exit the building, taking emergency/first-aid kit and personal belongings. Go to your evacuation assembly point. Report building damages, and potentially hazardous conditions via phone or TIPS Reporting. See posted evacuation map if you do not know the location of your EAP.
  • Do not re-enter a damaged building until it has been declared safe by the university’s facilities team or other trained professionals. Leave buildings and rooms unlocked to assist search and rescue efforts, and building sweeps.
  • Expect aftershocks.

After a minor earthquake

  • Calm and reassure upset employees and students.
  • Exit the building, taking emergency/first-aid kit and personal belongings. Go to your evacuation assembly point. Report building damages, and potentially hazardous conditions via phone or TIPS Reporting. See posted evacuation map if you do not know the location of your EAP.
  • Do not re-enter a damaged building until it has been declared safe by the university’s facilities team or other trained professionals. Leave buildings and rooms unlocked to assist search and rescue efforts, and building sweeps.

Earthquake Downloadable Instructions

FIRE ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

All fire alarms should be taken seriously. Never assume that it is a false alarm. Always assume that a sounding alarm is an actual emergency, and building occupants must evacuate when the alarm sounds.

Fire/Explosion

  • For all fires, use the pull station if nearby to activate the fire alarm then call 911. Communicate the details you know. Begin the evacuation process to get to a safe location and alert campus safety by calling 503-206-3206.
  • If the fire is small with no risk of personal injury, use a fire extinguisher if available. Before you fight a fire, make sure that you have:
    • Called 911 or pulled the fire alarm.
    • Have an evacuation route
  • If trapped by smoke or fire; stay low and try to cover your mouth with a wet cloth.
    • Find a room where you can seal the cracks under the door and call 911
    • If near a window, open but do not break the window. Wave or hang something outside to alert fire personnel.
  • If your clothes catch fire; STOP, DROP and ROLL to smother the flames.

All fire alarms

  • If you hear the fire alarm, evacuate the building or area. Close all doors as you go.
  • Do not use elevators. Evacuate using the nearest stairwell.
  • Go to your evacuation assembly point (EAP). See posted evacuation map if you do not know the location of your EAP.
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized by emergency personnel.

A fire in a building without a fire alarm

  • Call out “Fire – get out” loudly, using your voice to inform other occupants.
  • Call 911 and report the building name, address and specifics of the emergency.
  • Follow the general procedures listed above.

Once you have reached a safe location, be prepared to work with emergency personnel and/or campus safety as directed.

Fire on School Property Downloadable Instructions

HAZMAT EMERGENCY

If you cause or witness a hazardous material spill that endangers people or may lead to a fire, follow these emergency procedures.

Incident on campus/UWS clinic property

  • Activate the fire alarm system. Pull the nearest fire alarm to evacuate the building.
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN UP OR TOUCH.
  • Call campus safety, as soon as you are safe, at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone. Report any details you know about the spill.
    • Any injuries
    • Material and hazardous characteristics
    • Quantity spilled
  • Follow plans and procedures for evacuation if safe to do so.

Incident near campus/UWS clinic property

  • Call 911.
  • Call campus safety at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone.
  • If chemical is airborne and thought to be harmful, go into lockdown and shut down forced air units and fans if possible.
  • Follow directions of emergency responders until given an all clear to evacuate.

Injuries from spills and releases

  • For a chemical spilled on you or in your eyes, use the eye wash or safety shower for a minimum of 15 minutes. Remove contaminated clothing while under the safety shower, to avoid spreading contamination.
  • Let emergency responders know about any injuries when they arrive.
  • After the incident, schedule an exposure assessment through your personal health care physician.
  • Submit an accident report through TIPS reporting.

Non-emergency spills

If the spill is contained and not endangering anyone, contact campus safety at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone and wait for further instructions.

Hazmat Emergency Downloadable Instructions

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

Heart attack, choking, bleeding, poisoning and burns, as well as other serious medical conditions can happen anywhere. Prompt action and clear communication is vital when providing help.

In the event of a sudden medical emergency

  • Assess the person. Look on wrist, ankle, or around neck for a medic alert bracelet or necklace.
  • Call 911 or have someone else do it. If you are alone, yell loudly for help. If you are unable to summon help, call 911 first before assisting the person.

Give the operator as much information as possible, including:

  • Type of emergency
  • What help is needed
  • Exact address or building name: University of Western States, 2900 NE 132nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230
  • Room number or area
  • Your telephone number
  • Any information from medic bracelet or necklace
  • Victim information such as age and symptoms
  • Don’t hang up until you are told to do so by the 911 operator.
  • Do not move the victim unless absolutely necessary. In many cases, moving the victim may cause additional trauma.
  • Administer First Aid or CPR if you are qualified and current with your training.
    • If this is a cardiac emergency, follow CPR protocols:
      1. Assess the surrounding area for safety
      2. Check for responsiveness
  • Call for help:
    1. If alone, call 911, get the AED (Hampton Hall lobby, east Gym stairwell, CHC lab).
    2. If there are bystanders, assign someone else to call 911, get the AED, and call campus safety at 503-206-3206 or 211 from a campus phone.
    3. Designate campus security or bystanders to direct emergency responders to your location.
  • Follow universal precautions. Treat all blood and body fluids as if they were known to be infectious for HIV, HBV and other blood borne pathogens.
    • If blood is present, wear gloves.
    • If CPR is needed, use a face shield for providing respirations.
  • Work with emergency responders upon arrival and follow their instructions.

Report the incident. Submit an accident report using the TIPS Reporting Tool.

Medical Emergency Downloadable Instructions

NATURAL GAS LEAKS

Natural gas is flammable and leaks can lead to fire and explosion. Natural gas has a compound added to it that smells like rotten eggs. This allows you to smell leaking gas when it’s at very low concentrations. All natural gas odors should be treated seriously and need to be reported.

If you smell natural gas:

  • Turn off all sources of ignition such as open flames or electrical equipment.
  • Call facilities at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone to investigate building systems and equipment for leaks.

Strong, widespread or quickly worsening natural gas odor:

  • Evacuate the area turning off all sources of ignition (i.e. open flames, electrical equipment) as you exit.
  • Activate fire alarm. If the building is equipped with a fire alarm system, activate the alarm at a pull station.
  • STAY OUT. Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by the on-scene authority (fire department, police department or other personnel).

Other strong odors

  • Contact facilities at 503-206-3206 or 211 from any campus phone for any strong or unknown odors.

Natural Gas Leak Downloadable Instructions

UNAUTHORIZED VISITORS

All students, faculty, staff and guests are required to wear valid ID on campus and display identification when requested. Guests may sign in and receive a temporary guest ID badge in admissions, the office of the president, the library and the campus store.

Interacting with unidentified guests on campus

  • Ask the person if they have a ID badge. “Welcome to UWS, can I direct you to the nearest location to check in and get a visitor’s badge?”
  • Stay out of arm’s reach of the unidentified guest until their genuine purpose has been made clear.
  • If you are uncomfortable addressing the guest, call campus safety at 503-206-3206 or 211 from a campus phone.

If the guest becomes agitated

  • Step away from the visitor, noting their appearance and location or direction.
  • Call campus safety at 503-206-3206 or 211 from a campus phone.

When to call 911

  • If there is a disruption to teaching, research or work.
  • If visitors obstruct sidewalks or doorways.
  • If you feel threatened or passers-by are being harassed.
  • If you see suspicious, criminal or destructive activity.
  • If violence appears imminent or has erupted

Unauthorized Visitor Downloadable Instructions