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IMMEDIATE ACTION (Student, WashU Employee, Director/On-Site Coordinator):
- Attend to the immediate needs of the individual(s) involved.
- Remove yourself and others from danger, if possible.
- Contact (as appropriate) local medical officials, law enforcement, your local program contact and/or the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.
- IMPORTANT: Contact the WashU Police Department at (314) 935-5555 as soon as feasible so that the Emergency Management team can coordinate support for you.
The WashU Police dispatcher will likely ask for the following information:
- Your name
- Identity of individual(s) involved – if applicable
- Brief description of the accident, illness or emergency
- Your location – address, city, country
- Location of the accident or emergency; proximity to WashU students (if not directly affected)
- Phone number where you can be reached
- Verify calls have been placed to emergency response services and to the U.S.
- Embassy/Consulate, if appropriate
- Information that has been released to the media
If the emergency is a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or act of war, you may be asked for the following information:
- What is the nature of the emergency?
- What is the intensity of the emergency?
- Are there military or emergency personnel at the site of the emergency?
- What is the advice of the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate?
- What impact has the emergency had on availability of food, water and medical supplies?
Definition of an emergency abroad:
1. A death or serious injury/illness that may require hospitalization of a student or employee; or one that makes it impossible for the student or employee to continue with the program.
2. An emergency may also be (but is not limited to) a situation involving a criminal act against one or more program participants; an act or threat of terrorism that poses a threat to the security of the program participants; a natural disaster; an act of war; or any event that causes or threatens harm to one or more program participants.