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In general, NOTIFY emergency personnel as soon as possible by dialing 9-911 from a campus phone
or 911 from a cell phone. Once police or emergency personnel arrive they are in charge.


Always NOTIFY the Director’s Office by dialing 673 on a campus phone or by calling 614-367-9371 as they will notify the Dean’s Office and Lancaster Campus.

 Accident/Injury: Relay exact location and type of emergency to 911 and the Information Office. An AED (automatic defibrillator) is located in the central office area outside the Director’s Office. Notify/Call the staff in the Director’s Office, who will summon staff to use the AED or administer first aid. Call a family member or friend if requested by the injured person. Record pertinent information about the incident and give to an OUPC staff member at the scene.

Bomb Threat: Write down what the caller says and notes about background noise (clues to caller’s location). Contact the Director’s Office or dial 673 on a campus phone. Wait for further instruction from OUPC Staff or the Police Dept. Avoid using cell phones as signal may detonate explosive device; urge others not to use cell phones.


Explosive Device: Report a suspicious package to the Director’s Office. Do NOT touch or remove package. Calmly direct students and faculty/staff away from the area. Do not use cell phones as signal may detonate explosive device; urge others not to use cell phones.

Chemical/Toxic: Observe the general threat and/or condition of victim. Call 911 if victim is in need of immediate medical assistance. Call/notify the Director’s Office. Calmly direct students and faculty/staff away from the area. Report pertinent information about the incident to an OUPC staff member at the scene who will call the Central Ohio Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

Fire: Activate fire alarm to immediately alert Fire Department and evacuate building, making sure restrooms are clear. If you hear the alarm while in a closed room, feel the door before you open it. If hot, LEAVE IT CLOSED and wait for help or exit through an alternate path (window).
Intruder with Weapon or Showing Harmful Intent: Call 911. Do not engage physically or verbally. Direct students and faculty/staff away from area. Notify the Director’s Office. Give a description of the suspect to police when they arrive. If the intruder begins to use a weapon, use your judgment to get out or take cover and urge others to do so.

Power Outage: Director’s office will assess situation/duration and inform the Dean of the outage status. Provided that there is adequate light, keep students in classrooms and buildings until the situation is assessed. Emergency lights in halls and stairways will come on and provide lighting for at least an hour.

 Tornadoes: Pickerington has an emergency siren system for tornado warnings where a tornado has been sited or conditions currently exist for a tornado to form. When siren is heard, move to safe areas designated by tornado signs. 9safe hallways and away from exterior glass) Remain in a designated safe area until instructed to leave.

Parking Lots: Parking lot is equipped with emergency ‘blue light’ telephone station (near sidewalk between buildings) The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department is called by activating the ‘blue light’ telephone.


The Director, Dean or Coordinator of Campus Relations will serve as the only institutional spokespeople.
In case of a life threatening emergency, an individual should CALL 911, proceed to a safe place when applicable, and NOTIFY the Director’s Office.