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Actions During Crisis

ACTIONS WHEN THERE IS A POWER OUTAGE

  1. Ensure you have access to flashlights and batteries in your work areas.
  2. In the event of a power outage, remain calm and take steps to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
  3. Read print media for information about prolonged outages.
  4. If in doubt about the safety of an area, evacuate immediately.
  5. Do not use candles or open flames as a light source.
  6. In areas with poor natural lighting, evacuate immediately.
  7. Do not use elevators.
  8. Call one of the following to report a minor, localized power outage:
  9. “CALL 999, KU SECURITY OFFICE: 0725 471487 / 0723 3772305 AND FIRE EMERGENCY: 0721 820724 / 0721 813481”.

ACTIONS TO TAKE ON SUICIDE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CRISIS

Preemptive measures against Suicide and Psychological Crisis

  1. Participate in training and workshops related to mental health available through the University Counseling and Testing Center.
  2. Be familiar with campus resources such as hotline numbers.

Actions on a likely Suicide and Psychologically challenged Victim

i.Be alert for signs of suicide or distress:
a. Talking about killing oneself, ending everything, or being unusually preoccupied with death.
b. Giving away personal possessions or tying up loose ends.
c. Expressing hopelessness or worthlessness.
d. Sudden changes in behavior, personality, or self-image.
e. Talking about getting access to means of suicide.
ii.Remain calm.
iii.Express your concerns to the person, share what you are noticing that causes you to be concerned, and offer to listen to what they have to say. Encourage them to seek professional help and offer to help them do so.
iv.If you believe the person might be considering suicide, ask them directly if they are thinking about killing themselves.
a. If someone else is at imminent risk of injuring or killing themselves, call 999 or Hot Lines immediately. Do not try to physically stop them.
b. If the risk is not immediate, encourage the person to call the University Counseling and Testing Center or visit the Health Unit.
c. If you are dealing with suicidal thoughts or any other crisis, call the University Counseling and Testing Center crisis line.

Actions with a person in crisis

i.If the person in crisis is a student, call the Office of the Dean of Students.
ii.If the person in crisis is a faculty or staff member, call Human Resources.
iii.After assisting someone else with a crisis, take time to help yourself by relaxing and talking with friends or family about what you experienced.

ACTIONS DURING EVACUATION (STAY OR GO)

Before Evacuation
i.Identify at least two evacuation routes from the building or spaces where you spend time.
ii.Practice evacuating using both routes.
iii.Identify a location where you can secure or shelter-in-place and secure-in-place.
iv.If you anticipate needing special assistance with evacuation, students may contact the Directorate of Disability or Directorate of Security.
v.Plan with members of your building who will take a head count after evacuation to ensure everyone is safely evacuated.

EVACUATION PROCEDURE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY

i.On activation of emergency alarm collect the belongings that may be required in evacuation.
ii.Remain at your work station, place of study if you require assistance.
iii.Once your assistance arrives (or if you don’t require assistance) make you way through the emergency exits.
iv.With your assistant move to assembly point for further instructions.
v.At assembly point you or your assistant must report your presence to the person in charge of evacuation.
vi.Remain at the assembly point until you are told to return to the building by the person in charge of the evacuation.