Emergency Operations Plan

The departmental emergency operations plan seeks to accomplish the following:

  • Provides emergency evacuation routes and plans.
  • Emergency response procedures for fire and earthquake.
  • Assigns an Emergency Assembly Point.
  • Supplies emergency phone numbers and equipment lists.

Departmental Safety Representatives

  • Lynne Pritchard, MSO, x2857, Room 1820 Psychology East
  • Brittany Boxley, AP Coordinator, x2858, Room 1821 Psychology East

Emergency Information Files

The Psychology department requests that all personnel (Staff, Faculty, Postdocs, Faculty Visitors and Graduate Students), submit Emergency Contact Information to the department. All information is confidential and will be used only in case of emergency. You can submit the information by sending an email to wwwsafe@psych.ucsb.edu.

Emergency Assembly Point

An Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) is assigned to each department on campus and is the location where each department's personnel should go in response to an emergency evacuation. Its location is kept on file at EH&S and the campus Fire Department. For Psychological & Brain Sciences personnel, our EAP is the sidewalk in front of Psychology (Bldg 551) next to UCen Road. If there are emergency vehicles and personnel in that location, please stay out of their way. Once assembled, staff members will account for those present and report missing personnel to the authorities and wait for further instruction from emergency personnel.

Safety Information

Safety manuals containing all University and Psychology departmental safety program information are located in the main office (room 1814 Psychology East) and shop (room 1304 Psychology)

Evacuation of the Disabled

Disabled personnel are asked to meet with a Staff member to determine the best method of evacuation. In most cases a staff person will be assigned to assist in an evacuation. For those using a wheel chair, and who work on the second or third floors, the procedure is for that person to move into stair well #2 (northeast corner), and wait for assistance to exit the building. If the person has a cell phone, the number should be shared with Staff and co-workers to assist with an evacuation.

Emergency Lighting

An emergency lighting system is activated in case of power failure. In the Psychology building this system is battery powered and is to be used for evacuation purposes. These lights will stay on for approximately 2 hrs.

What to do in case of a fire?

  • Activate the nearest fire alarm.
  • Evacuate the building immediately using the emergency evacuation routes. Upper floors use stairwells. *Do not use elevators.
  • If you need to open a door to exit, check the door near the top for heat. If it is warm to the touch, do not open the door, stay where you are and proceed to an exterior window and call for help.
  • Close all doors as you leave to confine the fire.
  • Get yourself to safety, then call 9-911.
  • Meet at the Emergency Assembly Point to account for missing personnel.
  • Do not go back in the building until it is cleared for re-entry by the Fire Department or Facilities.

What to do in case of Earthquake?

  • Most injuries result from falling objects. Survey your workplace; remove heavy overhead objects. Contact the Technical Staff to have objects secured.
  • When the shaking starts:
    • Get away from windows. Duck under something if possible. If you are in the hallway, stay there. This is the safest place to be. Protect your head. Be aware that overhead lighting fixtures may fall.
    • Wait until the shaking stops, then exit the building using the emergency evacuation routes, and meet at the Emergency Assembly Point to account for missing personnel. Exit Bldg. 551 (main Psychology building) using the UCEN Rd. exit. Avoid the large cement portico between the Psychology building and the Lecture Halls.
    • Call 911 to report fires and missing persons.
    • Do not go back in the building until it is cleared for re-entry by Facilities Management or the Fire Department.

Injury Reporting

  • For severe injury or personnel that are unconscious, call 9-911.
  • For less severe injuries, employees and students may be treated at the Student Health Center. You may choose to be treated by your own physician. Worker's Compensation Insurance will cover the costs associated with all work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • Report all injuries to your supervisor. Supervisors are responsible for reporting all work-related accidents and illnesses to the MSO, Lynne Pritchard. The form must be completed within 48 hours of the injury (or ASAP) and be signed by your supervisor.
  • The MSO will assist you in complete all injury forms including Worker’s Comp.