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Wilson Dental Library Student Worker Training Guide

Campus-wide Emergencies

In the event of a campus-wide emergency, up-to-date information will be available through several communication vehicles:

USC Emergency Procedures Video

Bomb Threat

You should get as much information from the caller as possible and report it immediately to DPS at 213-740-4321. Also report bomb threats through mail or other means immediately to the same number. This information sheet has more information about what questions to ask and how to describe the incident.

Power Outage

Response to a power outage will depend on the circumstances.  If possible, information should be obtained from Facilities Management Services on the extent and likely duration of the outage.  However, in many cases, the likely duration cannot be determined.

In most campus buildings, emergency power is provided only for emergency systems, and does not provide power for equipment or normal electrical outlets. 

  1. Assess the extent of the outage in your area.
  2. Report the outage to DPS at 740-4321 DPS will notify FMS.
  3. Help persons in darkened work areas move to safety.
  4. Check elevators to determine if anyone is trapped inside.  If so, immediately call for help; do not attempt to force open doors and rescue them.  Wait for a qualified elevator mechanic.
  5. Unplug desktop computers, equipment, and appliances during the outage, especially if not connected to a surge protector. 
  6. Shutdown any equipment or process that could be hazardous if the power suddenly returns.
  7. If practical, secure current experimental work, then move it to a safe location.  Get assistance – hazardous spills are a significant risk during transport of chemicals on carts.
  8. Keep lab refrigerators and ultra-low freezers closed during the outage.  Take any steps possible to protect materials dependent on power.
  9. Check to ensure appropriate personnel have been notified if there are critical areas that need power, such as animal areas or other special needs.
  10. Request direction from response teams regarding whether to evacuate or stay in place.


If you discover a fire:

  1. SOUND THE ALARM. Warn other occupants by knocking and shouting a warning as you leave.
  2. LEAVE THE BUILDING. Do not gather your belongings, close doors behind you as you exit, and help others of if you can do so safely
  3. CALL FOR HELP. Call 213-740-4321 to report the fire. Give as much information as possible.


If the fire is right outside your room:

  1. Feel the door with your hand before opening. If it is hot, there is fire and smoke in the hallway, so do not open the door.
  2. Remain in your room.
  3. Put a wet towel at the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.
  4. Call 213-740-4321 or 911 so emergency responders know that you are there.


If you hear a fire alarm:

  1. Go the nearest and safest exit immediately.
  2. If there is smoke in the air, stay low. If necessary, cover your mouth and nose with cloth.
  3. Never use an elevator.
  4. Assemble with others outside, at least 100 feet away from the building.
  5. Confirm that someone called for help.

ALWAYS leave the building when a fire alarm sounds!

Active Shooter

If you receive warning of a shooting on campus:
  • Take shelter.
  • Close and lock doors and windows.
  • Turn off lights and close window blinds/curtains.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Remain inside until the “all clear” is given by campus officials.

If you hear shots fired in your building:

  • Close and lock or barricade doors.
  • Turn off lights and close window blinds/curtains.
  • Silence cell phones, pagers, computers.
  • Call DPS at 213-740-4321 to report incident.
  • Remain quiet. Do not answer the door.
  • Follow directions of law enforcement when they arrive.


If there is an earthquake:

  1. DROP to the floor. Avoid falling objects and toppling furniture.
  2. Take COVER under a sturdy desk or table. Protect your head with your arms. Avoid spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors, and tall furniture.
  3. HOLD ON to something sturdy and be prepared to move with it. Hold this position under the ground stops shaking or it is safe to move.


  • Do not run outside.
  • Do not run to a doorway.

When the shaking stops:

  1. Check for injuries to people in your area.
  2. Call for medical assistance and render basic first aid if needed.
  3. Check the area for hazards such as building damage, fires, or gas leaks. If the building appears to be unsafe, leave the building and report this to authorities.