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This virtual "flipchart" is designed as a quick reference to Saint Francis University’s emergency procedures. It is Intended to provide guidance to enhance the protection of lives and property. Faculty, staff and students should familiarize themselves with the information in this quick reference guide. Contact University Police to obtain a hard copy to keep it in an area where it can be easily accessed in case of an emergency. 

  • Quick Reference Emergency Response Guide

  • Rave Alert

    RAVE Alert is the University’s emergency messaging system that allows university officials to quickly communicate health and safety-related emergency information through a combination of various methods including text messages and emails.

    • To sign up for RAVE Alert or to update your contact information, visit www.getrave.com/login/francis
    • All students and employees are encouraged to sign up for RAVE Guardian which is free via your smartphone’s App Store


    Power / Utilities Failure

    In the event of a major utility failure occurring during regular working hours IMMEDIATELY notify the Physical Plant at 814-472-3017. If there is a potential danger to occupants, or if the utility failure occurs after hours, weekends or holidays, notify Campus Police at 814-472-3360.

    • If needed, move to areas of the building with emergency lighting
    • It may be necessary to evacuate the building by stairwell
    • If smoke/fire alarm sounds, immediately exit the building
    Medical / First Aid

    If serious injury or illness occurs on campus, dial 911 IMMEDIATELY. Give your name; describe the nature and severity of the medical problem and the campus location of the victim.

    After calling 911, provide first aid care (only trained personnel should provide first aid care such as first aid and CPR).

    1. Keep the victim still and comfortable. DO NOT MOVE THE VICTIM.
    2. Ask the victim, “Are you okay?” and “What is wrong?”
    3. Check breathing and give artificial respiration, if necessary.
    4. Control serious bleeding by direct pressure on the wound.
    5. Continue to assist the victim until help arrives.
    6. Look for emergency medical I.D.; question witness (es); and give all information to the paramedics.

    Every office should have a person trained in the first aid and CPR. Training is available through the Student Health Center.


    Crime in Progress

    DO NOT get involved with trying to prevent a n y crime unless it is self defense. Everyone is asked to assist in making the campus a safe place by being alert to suspicious situations and reporting them promptly.

    Call Campus Police at 814-472-3360 as soon as possible and report the incident , including the following information:

    • Nature of the incident
    • Location of the incident
    • Description of person (s) involved
    • Description of property involved
    • Description of vehicle involved

    If you observe a criminal act or suspicious person, immediately notify Campus Police and report the incident. Assist the officers when they arrive by supplying them with all additional information and ask others to cooperate.

    • You can also send a tip or contact authorities through the RAVE Guardian App


    Explosive Device or Bomb Threat

    If you observe a suspicious object or potential bomb on campus DO NOT HANDLE THE OBJEC T!!!!  

    Clear the area immediately and call Campus Police at ext. 3360.

    If receiving a bomb threat over the phone ask the caller the following questions:

    • When is the bomb going to explode?
    • Where is the bomb located?
      • What kind of bomb is it?
      • What does it look like?
      • Why did you place the bomb?

      Talk to the caller as long as possible and record the following information:

      • Time of call
      • Age and sex of the caller
        • Speech pattern: accent, nationality, etc.
        • Emotional state of caller
        • Background noises

        IMMEDIATELY notify Campus Police at 472-3360 or 911 of the incident.

        Campus Police officers will conduct a detailed bomb search. Employees are requested to make an inspection of their area for a suspicious objects and to report the location to Campus Police. DO NOT TOUCH THE OBJECT. Do not open drawers, cabinets or turn lights on or off.


        Fire and/or Smoke

        In any fire emergency contact Campus Police at 814-472-3360 or ext. 3360 from University phones.

        1. Know the location of fire extinguishers, fire exits and alarm locations in your area and know how to use them.
        2. If a minor fire appears controllable, IMMEDIATELY contact Campus Police. Use a fire extinguisher on the fire by pointing the nozzle at the base of the fire and use the PASS method.
        3. If an emergency exists, activate the building fire alarm. The alarm will also automatically notify the Police Officer on duty and 911.
        4. If a fire is larger and does not appear controllable, IMMEDIATELY notify the campus police department and 911.  Evacuate the building. DO NOT LOCK DOORS.
        5. Assist the disabled in exiting the building.
        6. Do not use elevators in cases of fires.
        7. Once outside of the building move at least 500 feet from the building in the predesignated meeting point.
        8. If requested, assist emergency crews.

        If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available place an article of clothing outside the window as a marker for rescue workers. If there is a telephone in the room, attempt to call 911 and alert them of your emergency situation. If there is not a window stay near the floor where the air is less toxic.


        Natural Disaster Emergency

        Today we have the capability to predict with more accuracy than ever dangerous tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms and floods. We also know areas that are prone to earthquakes and wildfires. The likelihood of some of these things happening in our area are slim, but below are tips that could prevent serious injury.

        TornadoHeavy SnowFlood 
        • Take shelter in steel framed or reinforced building. If outside, travel at right angles to the path of the funnel or lie flat in a ditch
        • If inside, lie under heavy furniture, stay against inside walls in center hallways or go to corner of basement
        • If there is potential danger to building occupants notify Campus Police at 814-472-3360
        • Tornado or high wind emergency warnings will normally force people inside, not out. RAVE Alert will be used Advising to take cover
        • Sever winter storms can occur during autumn, winter and early spring taking the form of ice, snow and freezing rain
        • Avoid overexertion which can cause overheating followed by chilling and frostbite
        • Travel only in an emergency, have a full tank of gas, use main roads and tell others of travel plans
        • If flash flooding occurs, avoid wading in new bodies of water due to quick wash out erosion they may be deeper than you realize
        • Unnoticed water currents can carry you off after footing has been lost causing drowning or battering injuries
        Building Evacuation

        Building Evacuation:

        • All building evacuations will occur when the fire alarm sounds or upon notification by Campus Police.
        • When the building evacuation alarm is activated during an emergency, leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.
        • Assist the disabled in exiting the building. Do not use elevators during the exit of the buildings.
        • Once outside, proceed to the predetermined location listed on the evacuation notice posted in each building. If no evacuation route is posted, clear the area and stay at least 500 feet from the building.
        • Do NOT return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a member of University Police.

        Campus Evacuation:

        • Evacuation of all or part of the campus grounds will be announced via the RAVE Alert system.
        • All persons (Students and Staff) are to IMMEDIATELY follow the instructions provided by the University Police and vacate the campus as directed
        • Do NOT return to campus unless otherwise directed.


        Suspicious Mail / Package
        1. If you discover a suspicious item or powder substance:
          • Avoid breathing any dust
          • Contact Campus Police immediately
          • Use standard universal precautions—gloves, respiratory and eye protection, etc.
          • Immediately put the letter/package in an available container and tie off
          • Leave the package sealed at your worksite
          • Leave the immediate area and immediately wash your hands with hot soap and water
          • Isolate others from the immediate area
        2. The University Police Department will contact the Cambria County Department of Emergency Services and report the finding.
        3. The Police Department will work with the Cambria County Department of Emergency Services, the PA Department of Health and Saint Francis University Student Health Center to address issues involving employee exposure to biological contamination.
        4. Alternate mail delivery responsibilities, including a temporary post office and mail sorting area will be created if the potentially contaminated mailroom remains off-line for an indeterminate period of time.
          1. Campus Police will assist and cooperate with other outside agencies to facilitate the inspection and decontamination of the Saint Francis University mail services area.

          Mail handlers must be alert for:

          • Odd shaped or wrapped packages
          • Discolored or bulky envelopes
          • Sloshy sound within a package
          • Envelopes/packages with no return address
          • Return address from an expected shipper/sender
          • Return address to match postmark
          • Your name & address spelled wrong
          • Obvious misspellings
          • No postage or non-canceled postage
          • Over-paid postage on packages


          Chemical Spill / Release

          Chemical or Radiation Spill:


          1. Any spillage of a hazardous chemical or radioactive material is to be reported IMMEDIATELY to Campus Police at ext. 3360 AND the Physical Plant Department at ext. 3017.
          2. When reporting the incident, please be specific about the nature of the involved material and the exact location.
          3. The key person on-site should evacuate the affected area AT ONCE and seal it off to prevent any further contamination of other areas until the arrival of Campus Police and/or official personnel.
          4. Anyone who may be contaminated by the spill is to avoid contact with others as much as possible. Required first aid clean up by specialized authorities should be started at once.
          5. If an emergency exists, ACTIVATE the building alarm and alert Campus Police.
          6. When the building evacuation alarm is sounded or an emergency exists: walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
          8. Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the building.
          9. If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.
          10. A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up near the disaster site. Keep clear of the Command Post unless you have official business.
          11. DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless told to do so by a University Official.


          Active Threat

          During an active threat on campus, all individuals are solely responsible for their own safety. In response to an active threat on the Saint Francis University campus, the University Police will implement any and all means necessary to stop the threat.


          1. Description: An active threat is defined as any incident that by its deliberate nature creates an immediate threat or presents and imminent danger to the campus community.
          2. Types of active threats:
            • Active Shooter
            • Hostage/barricaded subject
            • Sniper
            • Suicide bomber
            • Known or suspected terrorist threat
          3. Always be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
          4. Make note of the two nearest exits in any facility you work in or visit
          5. If possible get out of the building “RUN”
            • Get out regardless of what others are doing
            • Leave personal belongings behind
            • Help others out, if possible
            • While exiting the building instruct others who may be entering of what is going on
            • Call 911 once you are at a safe location
          6. If in an office, stay there and lock the door “HIDE”
          7. If you are in a hallway, get into the closet room and lock the door
          8. Barricade the door if possible
          9. Silence your cell phone
          10. Hide behind or under large items (desks, cabinets..)
          11. Call 911, if you are unable to talk leave the line open for the dispatcher to listen
          12. Always remain quiet, in order not to draw attention to your location
          13. As a last resort, attempt to the active threat down. “FIGHT”