Emergency Procedures

All emergencies, whether fire, medical, or police related, should be immediately reported to the proper authority by dialing "911" from any phone on campus. You will be immediately put in contact with the Luzerne County 911 Center. When reporting any type of emergency it is important to remain calm.

The 911 operator will need the following information:

  • Your name
  • Location or address
  • Details of the emergency situation

Do not hang up the phone unless instructed to do so!

Once you have reported the emergency to 911, notify Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Office of Police & Public Safety at 570-675-9111 or 570-406-2058 (cell).

All incidents that are believed to be of a non-emergency nature should also be reported to the Office of Police & Public Safety.

Bomb Threats

In recent years, the threat of explosive devices has increased at an alarming rate. The majority of bomb threats are received by telephone; therefore, it is imperative that the person receiving the call obtains as much information as possible. NEVER disregard any call related to a bomb scare!

If you receive a bomb threat via the telephone:

  • Make note of the time of the call.
  • Ask the caller to repeat the message and record every word that is spoken.
  • Ask when the device will detonate, where it is located, and what type of explosive device it is.
  • As soon as the caller hangs up, immediately notify the Office of Police & Public Safety at 570-675-9111 or 570-406-2058 (cell).

The Office of Police & Public Safety will then activate the bomb threat procedure as outlined in the Campus Emergency Plan.

Fire Alarms/Building Evacuations

It is vitally important to understand what action needs to be taken should a fire alarm be activated in your building or any other building of which you might be an occupant. In order to assure the safety of all persons who may be using our facilities at the time of the alarm activation, everyone is required to immediately leave the building upon sounding a fire alarm.

Understanding that fire alarms may sound, for whatever reason, at times that are not convenient to everyone, the Department of University Safety nevertheless must request that all faculty/staff and students pay strict attention to them. In order to assure the safety of all persons who may be using our facilities at the time of the alarm activation, everyone is asked to immediately leave the building upon sounding a fire alarm.

The following steps should be taken to assure that an orderly and efficient facility evacuation is conducted when a fire alarm sounds:

  1. Upon sounding a fire alarm, make sure all windows and doors are closed when leaving a room. This helps to eliminate the oxygen needed to support combustion and the wind currents necessary to spread it. Also, by closing the doors the fire will become compartmentalized and hopefully contained to the area of origin.
  2. Immediately move to the nearest exit and leave the building. If your primary escape route is blocked by fire, know and use a secondary exit. When exiting by normal means is impossible you should return to your office or classroom, place something under the door openings to block smoke and the products of combustion and go to a window where you can be seen and wait to be rescued.
  3. Once safely outside the building, move to an area of safety where all supervisors and faculty can take a head count to determine that everyone is out. This will greatly help eliminate the possibility of anyone having to re-enter the building to conduct an unnecessary search. A lot of firefighters and rescuers have been killed needlessly looking for victims who have already exited the building.
  4. Prearranged plans have been made to move all occupants to another building should the need arise. People milling about freely on the grounds could hamper firefighting operations. In case of fire or other emergency where buildings have to be evacuated, occupants of the buildings should move to the designated area for a secondary head count as listed below:
  • Hayfield House → Science Center Auditorium (S-101)
  • Student Commons → Athletic & Recreation Building, Gymnasium
  • Academic Commons → Science Center Auditorium (S-101)
  • Murphy Student Services Center → Academic Commons
  • Nittany Courts Modular ABCDEF → Science Center Auditorium (S-101)
  • Science Center → 105 Hayfield House
  • Bell Center for Technology → Science Center Auditorium (S-101)
  • Athletic & Recreation Building → 105 Hayfield House

During all emergencies or non-emergency evacuations, building occupants should proceed to an area near the exit road via walkways or on the grassy areas away from the building until a safe distance has been reached and shall remain there until a head count can me made. When it has been determined that it is safe to reenter the building, occupants will be allowed to do so.

These plans are all part of a larger Emergency Response Team Plan that has been written by this department and initiated as emergencies arise. It is the hope of the Department of University Safety that we will never have to see how well these evacuation procedures work under a real emergency; however, reality dictates that fires and other emergencies do occur, and if we are unprepared to meet the challenge, the results could be disastrous.

The buildings on this campus are equipped with both automatic fire detection devices that are designed to assure rapid detection of an incipient fire, as well as manually activated pull stations. In order to assure that these devices do what they are designed to do, save lives, we are asking that everyone cooperate by knowing where these alarms are, where the emergency exits are, and what action to take should one of these alarms sound. Your life may depend on it!