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What to do in an Emergency at Pitt-Johnstown

Emergency Phone Numbers

To report any police, fire, or medical emergency, call:
  • From campus: X7222 or 911From a cell phone: 911 or 814-269-7222
  • Off campus: 814-269-7222 or 911
  • Stay on the line with the dispatcher.
  • Provide the location of the building involved and your exact location. This is especially critical if you are calling from a cell phone.
  • Provide a thorough description of the incident to ensure that proper resources are dispatched. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.

  • Evacuation of Mobility-Impaired Persons

    In case of a fire alarm situation in any Pitt-Johnstown building, contact the campus police at x7222 or 814-269-7222. MOBILITY IMPAIRED PERSONS are to exit the building via the nearest exit; however, if the mobility-impaired persons are on a floor that has no direct exit to the outside, they should go to the Emergency Assistance Area (EAA) (refer to Location-Specific Information sheet in this flip chart) and await evacuation by trained rescue personnel (Richland Township Fire Department and/or Police).


    Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms, and be prepared to seek shelter.
    Tornado Warning means a tornado is imminent or has been indicated by Doppler radar or reported by storm spotters. Move to a place of safety (refer to Location-Specific Information sheet in this flip chart) immediately!
  • Move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement. Assist those with special needs in getting to the shelter area (See Evacuation of Mobility-Impaired Persons ).
  • Do not activate the fire alarm, as this will cause people to go outside.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use arms to protect head and neck. Stay away from windows and open spaces. Stay there until the danger has passed.
  • If there is no basement, go to an interior room on the lowest level (closets, interior hallways, or restrooms). Do not open windows.
  • In a taller building, go to a small, interior room or hallway with no windows on the lowest floor possible.
  • Do not call 911 unless you need to report an emergency, such as a fire, medical emergency or severe building damage. 911 lines need to be kept open and available for emergency calls.

  • Flooding and Water Damage

    Do not enter wet areas because of the danger of electrocution! If there is any possible danger, evacuate the area. Call 911 (X7222 from a campus phone).

    If there is no danger, call Facilities Management at 814-269-7130 or Campus Police at 814-269-7222 and advises the dispatcher of the problem, including:
  • Location of the leak/flooding
  • Severity
  • Whether any valuables, equipment, or books are involved or threatened.
  • If you know the source of the water and are confident in your ability to stop it (i.e., unclog the drain, turn off water, etc.) do so cautiously.

    Be prepared to assist, if directed to do so, in protecting University and personal property that is in jeopardy. Take only those steps that are needed to avoid or reduce immediate water damage: cover large objects with plastic sheeting; carefully move small or light objects out of the emergency area.

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    Suspicious Package

    Do not use a cell phone or 2-way radio within the area of the suspicious package. Do not use the building fire alarm system.

    DO NOT TOUCH IT OR MOVE IT! Obtain a good description of the package and LEAVE the room. CLOSE the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering. WARN others away. WASH hands with soap and water if you have touched the object.


    Calmly state:

  • Your name
  • Nature of emergency
  • Building and exact location of suspicious package
  • Description of the object
  • Your phone number
  • List all people who were in the room/immediate area when this suspicious letter or package was first observed and give the list to the Pitt-Johnstown Police.

    Gas leak—Fumes—Vapors

  • Call X7222 or 911 from any campus phone or 814-269-7222 or 911 from a cell phone or from off campus to report the situation.
  • Clear the area immediately if instructed to do so by the emergency dispatcher, providing assistance to those with special needs (See Evacuation of Mobility-Impaired Persons ).
  • Provide your location and the location of the odor to the dispatcher.
  • Provide as many details as possible to the dispatcher.
  • If a building or area evacuation is ordered by the emergency responders:
  • Pull fire alarm
  • Leave all ventilation systems operating unless instructed otherwise by emergency responders.
  • Leave the area immediately, avoiding the use of elevators unless necessary.
  • Identify those persons with special needs, and provide assistance if possible. Otherwise, provide their location to emergency responders (See Evacuation of Mobility-Impaired Persons ).
  • Report to those buildings designated Outdoor Assembly Area to be accounted for.

  • Observation of Crime

    Do not get involved in trying to prevent the crime unless it involves self-defense. If the suspect is armed, see Violence / Active Shooter.

    Observe as much information as possible about the criminal: height, weight, sex, age, clothing, vehicles involved, whether the individual is armed. If possible, evacuate to a safe location.

    Call 814-269-7222 or 911 from a cell phone or off-campus, X7222 or 911 from an on-campus phone, and calmly state:
  • Your name
  • Type of crime
  • Exact location of crime
  • Your phone number
  • Answer any questions from the dispatcher; do not hang up until told to do so.
  • If you are safe, stay where you are until authorities arrive.

    Suicide Threat/Psychological Emergency

    If it appears an individual may cause harm to themselves or to others,
  • Call X7222 or 911, from a campus phone, immediately or 814-269-7222 or 911 from an off campus or cell phone.
  • If the individual has threatened others or appears to be armed, go to Violence / Active Shooter.

  • Demonstration/Civil Disturbance/Riot

    In the event of a civil disturbance:
  • Call X7222 or 911 from any campus phone or 814-269-7222 or 911 from a cell phone or from off campus. Do so from a safe location.
  • Provide the address, location, and all possible details to the dispatcher.
  • Do not provoke or become involved in the disturbance.
  • Secure your work area, log off computers, and secure sensitive files, if safe to do so. If the disturbance is outside, stay away from doors and windows. Remain inside.

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    Chemical/Biological/Radiation Spill

    Chemical/Biological/Radiation Spill—Small
    Employ departmental containment/spill procedures in the event of a release that does not pose a serious threat to people or to the environment.

    Chemical/Biological/Radiation Spill —Large
    If release cannot be abated with on-site containment procedures;
    Evacuate the building
    Call 911 or 814-269-7222 from a cell phone (x7222 or 911 from campus phones)
    Calmly state:
    Your name
    Nature of the emergency
    Building and exact location of the release
    Quantity and type of hazard released (Chemical/Biological/Radiation).
    Your phone number

    Chemical Emergency First Aid
    If someone has been splashed with the chemical, immediately flush the contaminated area with water.
    Assume the person needs medical assistance unless told otherwise by someone knowledgeable about the chemical.

    Quickly try to determine what was spilled; however, do not come into contact with the substance or inhale fumes.

    Violence / Active Shooter

    If possible, call 911 or 814-269-7222 (X7222 or 911 from a campus phone). Remain calm and answer the dispatcher’s questions.

    If safe to do so, give a good description of the violent individual: height, weight, sex, race, approximate age, clothing, name if known, location or direction of travel.

    An individual must use his/her own discretion during a violent/active shooter event whether to run to safety or shelter in place; however, best practices for an active shooter situation are listed below:


  • Stay inside the classroom/office and silence cell phones.
  • Close and lock the inside door to the room; barricade the door with furniture.
  • Close the blinds, turn off the lights, remain quiet and move behind available cover.
  • Stay on the floor, away from doors or windows, and do not peek out to see what may be happening.
  • If you have an outside window, use the red or green cards attached to this information, put the appropriate color (green for okay and red for in danger) in the window to alert responders to an active threat in your area.


  • An individual must use his/her own discretion about when he/she must engage a shooter for survival.
  • Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the suspect except for self-protection.
  • Make the determination of whether to run, hide, or fight AND COMMIT TO IT.
  • Run: if there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate
    • Evacuate whether others agree to or not
    • Leave belongings behind
    • Help others escape if possible
    • Prevent others from entering area
    • Call 911 when safe
  • Hide: if evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide
    • Lock and/or blockade the door
    • Silence your cell phone
    • Hide behind large objects
    • Remain very quiet
    • Hiding place should: be out of shooters view; provide protection from shots fired in your direction; not trap or restrict your options for movement
  • Fight: as a last resort and only if your life is in danger
    • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
    • Act with physical aggression
    • Improvise weapons
    • Commit to your actions

    When Law Enforcement Arrives
  • Remain calm and follow instructions
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid pointing or yelling
  • Know that help for the injured is on its way

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    Power or Utility Outage

    Notify Facilities Management at 814-269-7130 or Campus Police at 814-269-7222.

    Identify critical areas. (Critical areas may be elevators, research experiments, temperature-sensitive chemicals, or any area where a prolonged power failure could adversely affect health or property.

    Wait for instructions from University Police or Emergency Responder.

    Be prepared to evacuate if circumstances necessitate (See Evacuation of Mobility-Impaired Persons ).

    Facilities Supervisor, and/or responding Campus Police Officer shall remain on site to advise emergency personnel.


    When smoke/fire is first discovered, immediately sound the nearest building fire alarm and evacuate the building.


    Contact Campus Police at X7222 or 911 from a campus phone or 814-269-7222 or 911 from a cell phone and calmly state:
  • Your name
  • The building and exact location of fire
  • Any other information requested by the dispatcher
  • Locate those persons with special needs, and provide assistance if possible. Otherwise, provide their location to emergency responders. (See Evacuation of Mobility-Impaired Persons ).

    Report to your building’s Outdoor Assembly Area to be accounted for.

    Do not reenter building until all clear is given by appropriate personnel.

    If caught in smoke:
  • Do not breathe the smoke
  • Drop to your knees and crawl to the closest safe exit
  • Breathe through your nose and use a shirt or towel to breathe through, if possible
  • If trapped in a building:
  • Close all doors and windows
  • Wet and place cloth material around and under the door to prevent smoke from entering
  • Attempt to signal people outside of the building. Call for help using a telephone or cell phone.
  • NOTE: In the case of a small fire, you may, if you have had the training and confidence to do so, extinguish it with the nearest fire extinguisher. (You must use the proper type of extinguisher.) If you have any doubts as to whether you will be able to contain the fire, do not attempt to do so.

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    Bomb Threat

    Try to keep the caller on the phone.
    Be Calm, Be Courteous, Listen and Do Not Interrupt or Hang Up

    Call Received: ________________ _______ Call Ended: ________________ _______
                                              Date                  Time                                           Date             Time

    Person Receiving Call _____________________________ ________________________
                                                                                  Name                                 Phone Number

    Write Down Exact Wording of the Threat:

    Listen while the caller talks and try to ask the following questions:
    When is the bomb going to explode?
    Where is the bomb right now?
    What kind of bomb is it?
    What will cause it to explode?
    Did you place the bomb?
    Why was the bomb placed?
    What is your name?
    What is your address?
    Where are you calling from?
    What is your phone number?
    Are you calling from a pay phone?

    Gender of Caller: _______
    Impression of Race of Caller: _______
    Impression of Age of Caller: ___

    Caller’s Voice/Threat Language Background Noises/Location (Circle ALL that apply):
    Calm, Excited, Angry, Slow, Rapid, Street noise, Voices, Music, House noise, Soft, Loud, Normal, Distinct, Slurred, Laughter, Crying, Motor, Office, Factory, Nasal, Stutter, Lisp, Deep, Deep Breathing, Kitchen noise, Animal noise, Static, Phone Booth, Cell phone, Ragged, Cracking voice, Clearing throat, Long distance, Taped Clear, Local, Disguised, Foul Language, Well Spoken, Male, Female, Raspy, Coughing, PA system, Message read, Irrational, Incoherent Accent
    Did the caller seem to be reading the message? _____
    Was the voice familiar? ____
    If so, whom did it sound like? _________________________________

    Call Pitt-Johnstown Police at 814-269-7222 and give them the above information. Notify your supervisor, professor, resident assistant, or nearest University authority.

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