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Emergencies: What to Do?

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?

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.

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