Emergency Procedures

Emergencies, disasters, accidents, injuries and crimes can occur without warning at any time. Being prepared to handle unexpected emergencies is both an individual and organizational responsibility. The best thing you can do is to familiarize yourself with Western's Emergency Procedures.

If you have questions concerning a unique situation not covered on our site or need additional information, please contact Emergency Management at (360) 650-6511.

What You Can Do Now To Prepare

  • Keep a 72-hour kit or at least some emergency supplies in your office or area (medications, flashlight, comfortable shoes, bottled water, batteries, and portable radio). Keep a 72-hour comfort kit at home.
  • Insure all employees are aware of this Emergency Guide
  • Become familiar with multiple exit routes from locations where you spend time and multiple routes home.
  • Locate the nearest fire extinguisher and pull station. Request fire extinguisher training at (360) 650-3064.
  • Register for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid training at the WWU training website or call (360) 650-3064.

When an Accident Occurs at WWU

Accident Reporting

All University-related accidents, including work-related accidents and occupational illnesses, are to be reported immediately. Notify supervisory personnel as quickly as possible, preferably within 24 hours. Supervisory personnel investigate accidents and injuries occurring to persons for whom they are responsible. 

The accidental injury/illness report form and reporting procedure are available from the Environmental Health and Safety office or website. Work-related fatalities or multiple hospitalizations of employees must be reported as required to the Department of Labor and Industries by the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office within 24 hours. Call EHS at (360) 650-3064.

Workers’ Compensation

The University purchases workers’ compensation insurance from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Coverage is provided for all paid faculty, staff, and student employees who are injured or develop a work-related illness while acting within the course and scope of their duties. Volunteers registered with the Human Resources office are also covered for medical treatment.

Liability and Property Claims

WWU participates in the Washington State Self-insurance Liability Program which provides liability insurance protection for WWU and its employees. Individuals seeking recovery of damages may file a tort claim with the State of Washington. Contact the Risk Management Office at (360) 650-3065 or the Risk Management web site for information.

Incident, Potential Hazards

University employees are expected to report unsafe conditions, equipment, practices, or assignments to their supervisor, chair, or director. Issues may be reported to the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office or the Central Health and Safety Committee as well.