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  • Be able to help a lost child by calling his/her parents

  • How do you tell someone if you are in trouble (what, where, when, how many, other relevant conditions)

  • Know the Emergency Ambulance number, the Emergency Police number and the Fire Rescue Service number

  • The Scout Should be Aware of the School Emergency Procedures

  • Handling Emergency Situations at Home

  • Be able to explain comprehensively with examples what risky behavior is, and what could be done to prevent risky behavior by other Scouts in the Troop

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Police Emergency Hotline

118 / 119

Ambulance / Fire & rescue


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Tourist Police


Police Emergency


Government Information Center


Report Crimes


Emergency Police Mobile Squad


Fire & Ambulance Service


Emergency notification message templates maximize the effect of your emergency preparedness plan.

Critical situations have no schedule. We do not know when they will arise or in what form. The world is unpredictable and at one point or another, there will be a need for emergency communications and alerts. You must be prepared with a plan you can implement quickly and with minimal chance of error. It is crucial to have a well-communicated plan in place should critical situations happen, with everyone involved educated and informed of the emergency communications plan ahead of time.

Communication and information are essential tools in getting people to safety and minimizing the effects of critical situations. The speed and accuracy of information are vital components in determining the effectiveness of communications. Crises like an unplanned outage, active shooter, or inclement weather all require the dissemination of accurate information at a moment’s notice. The success of your emergency response depends heavily on your preparation. If you have planned correctly, the execution of your response will be quick with minimal chance for error

When Reporting any Emergency

  • Stay Calm

  • If you hear a busy signal continue to dial 119 until you get through

  • Answer all questions asked of you some of which may be

    • Provide your location as specifically as possible

      • Street address

      • Building Name

      • Floor

      • Room Number

      • Provide your telephone number in-case it is necessary to contact you again

      • Provide a thorough description of the incident to assure appropriate resources are assigned

Herewith attached a PDF of an emergency guide for your reference

Quick Tips if there is a School Emergency


If a lockdown is initiated by STPS, please move into the nearest secure room, close and lock or barricade the door, shut off the lights, close any blinds on windows, silence phones and stay quiet.


Consider three things: Do I run, fight, or hide?

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that other students and visitors to campus are likely to follow the lead of employees and knowledgeable students during an active shooter situation.

Your response in a shooting

Please note that such incidents are highly unpredictable and your response will depend on the exact circumstances. Your first priority is to have an "out" strategy. If you can do so safely, leave the building or area immediately, via door, window or emergency exit. Move away from the immediate path of danger, and take the following steps:

  1. Notify anyone you may encounter that they should leave the building or area immediately.

  2. Get to a safe area away from the danger, and take protective cover. Stay there until assistance arrives.

  3. Call 119, providing dispatchers your name, the location of the incident (be as specific as possible), the number of shooters (if known), identification or description of the shooter or shooters, the number of persons who may be involved, your exact location, and information about wounds and injuries to anyone, if known.

  4. If you are not immediately affected by the situation, take protective cover, staying away from windows and doors until notified otherwise.

If you are directly involved in an incident and cannot leave the building:

  1. Go to the nearest room or office, close and lock the door, turn off the lights and seek protective cover. If possible barricade the door. Students should scatter when in the same room, rather than huddle in a corner, which can provide an easy target for a shooter.

  2. Keep quiet, act as if no one is in the room, and do not answer the door.

  3. If possible, pull the fire alarm to alert authorities to an emergency situation.

  4. If you have a cell phone at hand and if it is safe to do so, notify 119, providing dispatchers with as much pertinent information as possible.

  5. Wait for police officials to assist you out of the building.

Avoid attempting to drive from the scene. Transportation will be arranged/provided, if deemed necessary. Once the event is contained, retrieval of vehicles and personal belongings will be facilitated by law enforcement.

Things to Remember

  1. Remain calm, use common sense, and provide aid. Take time to think before acting.

  2. Always evacuate the building immediately when you hear an audible alarm or see a visible alarm, when directed by authorities or college staff, or when the building becomes life-threatening, e.g., smelling natural gas.

  3. Proceed to the emergency gathering point for further instructions.

  4. Do not use the telephone or a cell phone for reasons other than emergency purposes.

  5. Do not enter elevators during an emergency. If stuck in an elevator do not attempt to force open stalled elevator doors, use the emergency phone to contact Human Resources.

  6. Know the location of all marked exits from your working area.

Medical emergencies

  1. Summon help by dialing 119 to report the illness or injury.

  2. Provide the level of first aid for which you are trained and equipped.

  3. Whenever possible, have someone meet the ambulance or Safety Officer at a clearly visible location to quickly direct them to the injured person.

  4. Never put yourself at risk to help the injured or ill person.

  5. Whenever possible, have someone accompany the injured or ill person to the emergency care facility.

  6. Inform Human Resources and Student Affairs personnel about the incident to assure proper documentation and investigation of the incident are performed.

Fire emergencies

  1. Know where the fire alarm pull stations are and how to activate them.

  2. Know your evacuation routes and keep them clear at all times.

  3. Never use the elevator to evacuate.

  4. Always evacuate the building immediately when the fire alarm sounds.

If fire or smoke is detected:

  1. Activate the building alarm system.

  2. Evacuate the building moving a distance of at least 200 feet from the building. Check your building evacuation plan to determine your gathering point.

  3. If there is no alarm system, notify others as you leave the building by shouting “fire” and knocking on doors.

  4. If possible, close doors and windows as you leave to prevent the fire’s spread.

  5. If there is smoke in the area, get down on the floor and crawl out of the building.

  6. Feel all doors before opening them. If a door is hot, don’t open it. Move to a second exit, or if one is not available, stay there and try to open a window for fresh air.

  7. Open doors slowly. If you encounter smoke, close the door quickly and stay in the room. Call 119 and give your location. Try to do something to help identify your location from the outside of the building.

  8. Never try to fight a fire alone unless it is required to exit the building.

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