Procedure 7-1

Emergency Communications

Responsible Officer: Vice President for Administration and Campus Operations

Sponsoring Department: Emergency Procedures

Revision Date: 21 October 2004

Errors or changes to:

  1. The information that an emergency exists (fire/chemical spill) or is developing (tornado warning) could come from several sources. The University Police will be the focal point for emergency communications. Depending on the nature and urgency of the situation they might use personal contact, telephone, building public address system, police vehicles (sirens and vehicle public address unit) or building fire alarm (should be used ONLY to evacuate the building). Other means of alerting could be by contact from University administrators, Physical Plant personnel, Environmental Health & Safety staff or the Arlington Fire Department. However notified, it is imperative that persons in authority (department heads, supervisors and faculty members with students) establish specific policies for notifying all personnel in offices, laboratories, classrooms, workshops and work areas and that such policies are consistent with the University's Designated Safety Liaison (DSL) Program.