San Jose Emergency Procedures

A Campus Emergency Response Plan (including a Pandemic Influenza Plan) will be published and updated annually. Routine emergency response and evacuation drills will be conducted and a log kept confirming compliance.

The following procedures should be followed in the event of emergency:

Health Emergencies

If obviously life-threatening such as heart attack, choking, severe bleeding or severe injury, dial 911. Give specific information as to the problem and the specific location of the person.


If you have good reason to think there is a fire:

  1. Dial 911. Give specific information about the problem and the specific location.
  2. IF YOU ARE NOT JEOPARDIZING YOUR SAFETY, locate the nearest fire extinguisher and follow directions on the extinguisher. Fire extinguishers suitable for all types of fire are located in each building on each floor. The three basic ways to put out a fire are: take away its fuel, take away its air (smother it), and cool it with water or fire extinguishing chemicals. Never use water on anelectrical fire. Use only fire extinguishing chemicals.
  3. Follow Fire Escape plans (posted throughout the facility).


  • If you are inside, stay inside; if you are outdoors, stay there. In earthquakes, most injuries occur as people are entering or leaving buildings.
  • If indoors, take cover along side a heavy desk, table, bench, or in a supported doorway or along an inside wall. Stay away from glass.
  • If outdoors, move away from buildings and utility wires. The greatest danger from falling debris is just outside doorways and close to outer walls.
  • If you smell gas, pull the fire alarm, leave the building, and notify the maintenance department or an administrator. Do not re-enter the building until an administrator says it is safe.
  • If you are in a moving car, stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, overpasses, and utility wires.
  • If there are injuries, follow emergency procedures above. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in danger of further injury.

Person Exhibiting Threatening Behavior

  • If a stranger is obviously menacing, threatening, out of control, displaying a weapon, etc., dial 911 for the police.
  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times.
  • If leaving valuable (or non-valuable but tempting) items in your car, place them in an area where they are not immediately visible. Your best option is to put them in the trunk.
  • Do not leave personal items of value lying around campus (in classrooms, Student Center, etc.) unattended. Western Seminary is not responsible for lost or stolen items.