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Emergencies: What to Do?

Your time at UCT should be an exciting opportunity to travel, learn new languages and experience new cultures. UCT acknowledges the advantages of students stepping outside their comfort zones and immersing themselves in a new city. While in Cape Town and enjoying everything that the University and the city offers, we urge you to continue following the safety information, and to take the precaution to protect yourselves. Read more about campus safety and security at: http://www.students.uct.ac.za/students/support/campus-safety

Top 10 Safety Tips

  1. Keep the UCT International Office (IAPO) emergency number stored on your phone. The 24/7 emergency no.: +27 (0) 76 346 2397. Use this number in the event of an emergency, or to report an incident after it occurred.
  2. Find out the safest means of transportation ahead of your journey.
  3. Do not use unregistered private taxis/minibus taxis. Use registered, reliable transport providers.
  4. Do not walk in quiet streets by yourself; take the safest route not the fasted route, and try to walk with a friend.
  5. Use the recommended routes on campus and around your neighbourhood, avoid walking alone, especially at night time. Contact CPS for an escort on campus at night. The CPS 24/7 emergency no.: +27 (0) 21 650 2222
  6. Share your contact information with your landlord, housemates and friends so that you can keep in touch with them and let them know your whereabouts if you do venture out. Remember to update the IAPO team about your vacation travel plans when you travel outside of Cape Town, by sending a short email to iapo@uct.ac.za
  7. Store your passport and other forms of identification in a secure place. Make copies of your passport and other important documents and email the scanned version to your own email address, for safe keeping.
  8. Do not accept drinks from strangers and do not leave your drink unattended.
  9. Do not appear distracted by wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone in public areas, stay alert of your surroundings and the actions of people around you.
  10. Walk away from people who make you feel uneasy or uncomfortable.

Medical Incident

  1. Make sure that emergency First Aid is given immediately. Summon the nearest first aider
  2. Do not move the patient if they have serious injuries.
  3. Summon an ambulance if necessary. (Have the following information available)
    1. - Exact location
    2. - Nature of injuries
    3. - Number of casualties
    4. - Kind of assistance that is required
  4. Inform Campus Security 021 650 2222/3

Hazardous Chemical Spill

  1. If not sure, isolate the area.
  2. Treat any casualties.
  3. Inform Campus Security 021 650 2222/3; they will come to assist you.
  4. Inform the UCT Environment Risk Officer: 021 650 3487 (S/Code 8056).
  5. Inform the Safety, Health and Environment Department: 021 650 3552/2246/3873/2660

Radiation Spill

  1. Contain the spill if possible. Cordon off the area.
  2. Treat any casualties and isolate them.
  3. Inform Campus Security 021 650 2222/3; they will come to assist you.
  4. Inform the UCT Environment Risk Officer: 021 650 3487 (S/Code 8056).
  5. Inform the Safety, Health and Environment Department: 021 650 3552/2246/3873/2660

Power Failure

  1. Check if the power failure is campus wide.
  2. Inform Campus Security 021 650 2222/3.
  3. Check lifts for persons that may be stuck.
  4. Assess the amount of natural light in the building.
  5. Evacuate the building if there is not enough light to do hazardous work.
  6. Keep an account of all staff in the working environment.
  7. NB! The emergency lights only have limited life.
  8. NB! The fire evacuation systems only have limited life.
  9. Obey all instructions from the building Emergency Controller.

Fire

  1. Determine the location of the fire.
  2. Inform Campus Security 021 650 2222/3 (they will inform UCT emergency personnel and call the emergency services).
  3. Inform the building Emergency Controller.
  4. Determine the seriousness of the fire.
  5. Apply basic fire fighting if possible.
  6. If the fire spreads, decide on evacuation.
  7. Assemble at the closest assembly point.
  8. Roll call should take place here.
  9. Obey all instructions from emergency personnel.

Bombs

Suspicious Parcel

  1. Establish the exact location.
  2. Establish appearance.
  3. Inform the building Emergency Controller.
  4. Inform Campus Security 021 650 2222/3 (they will call the emergency services).

Bomb Threat

Try to determine from the caller:

  1. When detonating?
  2. Where is the bomb?
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Why was it placed?
  5. How many devices?

Explosion

Determine:

  1. If any casualties?
  2. If any fire?
  3. What emergency services are required?

Important numbers to take note of: 

All emergencies (From a cellphone) 112
All emergencies (From a landline) 107
South African Police Services (SAPS) 10111
UCT students and staff emergencies 021 650 2222/3
Netcare Private ambulance  082 911
ER24 Private ambulance 082 124

If you have any safety concerns or need more detailed advice, contact the IAPO Emergency phone: 076-3462397 or visit the IAPO during business hours. Address:  Level 3, Masingene Building, Cross Campus Road, Rondebosch | Business hours: Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-16.30pm and Friday, 8.30am-16:00pm