General Information on Reporting Emergencies

Emergency situations can be triggered by a variety of factors, which in most instances cannot be anticipated.  Knowing what to do and perhaps more importantly what not to do is paramount in dealing with the crisis at hand. In many instances it’s just a question of notifying the proper individuals or campus department.  Sometimes, however, certain immediate action on your part may be necessary.  Whichever the case, it is important to remain calm and not panic.  Take a few seconds to compose yourself to avoid acting irrational.  Those first few seconds are important, since most injuries and deaths occur because of irrational or illogical first response.  This easy to use guide has been developed to help you deal with most emergency situations that might occur on campus.  Rest assured that there are many trained individuals to give you direction and to assist, but they need to be notified and supplied with the proper information.  Keep this CAMPUS EMERGENCY PROCEDURES GUIDE nearby to assist you in dealing with emergency situations. Also, remember that people with disabilities may need special assistance.  Preplan the assistance needed if a disabled individual is part of your department or in your class.

The following general information is important when reporting emergencies on campus.  Remember---
STAY CALM, DON’T PANIC, HELP IS ON THE WAY.  NEVER PUT YOURSELF AT RISK!

  • Call YSU Police at (330)941-3527 or from a campus phone, dial 911.
  • If fire or ambulance response is needed, dial 911 on a campus phone, this will connect you to the University Police Emergency number.
  • If you dial 911 on a non-university phone you will be connected to Youngstown City’s 911 Emergency Response Center.
  • WHEN POSSIBLE USE A UNIVERSITY PHONE AND GO THROUGH THE YSU POLICE DEPARTMENT.

When reporting an emergency be sure to speak in a clear voice and be sure to give the following information.

  • Your name and your location
  • A brief description of the emergency situation
  • If there are people injured
  • Any additional information which might be beneficial

DO NOT HANG UP UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE DISPATCHER