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In the event of a major emergency affecting the campus, check the status of the Institute by using one of the methods below:
Green: Normal. No emergency
Yellow: Caution. An event involving an entire floor or building and affecting many people; may involve large-scale evacuation and include the need for off-campus emergency response resources
Red: Emergency. Campus-wide emergency, such as a strong earthquake, which overwhelms available resources and personnel, causing widespread damage and injuries
What is an "emergency" or "crisis" situation at Salk?
A crisis is any situation or event that the Salk identifies as having a major impact on the campus community, such as an earthquake/natural disaster, fire, health and safety epidemic, explosion, hostage situation, campus danger, or terrorist incident. The following priorities will direct Salk’s course of emergency management and our course of action:
Departments' play a key role through the development of department-specific emergency response plans to ensure that all personnel can:
In the case of an emergency, activation of the emergency plan will be declared by the President, Executive Vice President or his/her designee whenever there is a threatened or actual condition of disaster or extreme peril which cannot be managed by ordinary campus procedures.
The Plan is activated in the following sequence:
Business hours call back:
If the emergency occurs during normal business hours, all designated emergency management personnel will report to the designated Emergency Operations Center as soon as possible. Concurrently, key members of the various departments will also report to their designated areas as outlined in the department-specific emergency response plans.
After hours callback:
If the event occurs after normal business hours, Emergency Operations Center personnel will be called back to campus or gather remotely depending on the situation. A contact list of key departmental personnel is maintained at the dispatch office and those persons will be notified of next steps. If the event is so large as to unquestionably have a profound impact on the campus, yet it is safe to be on site st Salk, all key Emergency Operations Center personnel and essential departmental personnel will be instructed to return to Salk as soon as possible without waiting for a callback.
Upon arriving, damage assessment surveys of all facilities will be initiated. Essential departmental personnel will focus on utility line ruptures and structural building damage in their assigned areas, as well as possible release of hazardous materials. Immediate assistance will be given to injured persons as necessary. Damage estimates will be communicated to the Emergency Operations Center. Essential departmental personnel may remain in their assigned areas to help facilitate regional recovery efforts or be redirected to other areas of the campus requiring additional response attention.
Security will clear all personnel out of structures as soon as possible. Evacuated personnel should move toward the designated assembly areas. In addition to Nixle alerts via SMS messaging and email, the Salk home page, salk.edu, will broadcast emergency-related information. Elements of the message may contain any and all of the following components:
If the level of emergency requires the proclamation of a campus state of emergency, Salk officials will state that via the web and/or Institute-wide notification.
All inquiries from the press should be sent to the Communications Office. The Communications Office will manage all of Salk's official comments and requests from media.
Phone: 858-453-4100 x1371