Student Handbook

In Case of Emergency

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Overview

As much as we may try to avoid them, accidents do happen. Therefore, it’s extremely important
to have a plan in the event of an injury on a project—and that everyone knows what the plan is. Without preparation, emergencies can result in panic, disorganized responses, and/or further injury.

When an emergency does happen, it is critical that you:

  1. Recognize that an emergency exists.
  2. Decide to act.
  3. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency telephone number for an ambulance.
  4. Call Campus Safety if on campus at (661) 253-7815 or (661) 222-2702 (see below).
  5. Provide care until help arrives.

How and When to Call 911

Calling for help is often the most important action you can take to help the person in need of aid. If the person is unconscious, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Sometimes a conscious person will tell you not to call an ambulance, and you may not be sure what to do.

Call for an ambulance anyway if the person:

Call for an ambulance anyway if the person:

  • Is or becomes unconscious.
  • Has trouble breathing or is breathing in a strange way.
  • Has chest pain or pressure.
  • Is bleeding severely.
  • Has pressure or pain in the abdomen that does not go away. Is vomiting or passing blood.
  • Has seizures, a severe headache or slurred speech.
  • Appears to have been poisoned.
  • Has an injury to the head, neck or back.
  • Has possible broken bones.

If you can’t sort the problem out quickly and easily or you have doubts about the severity of the illness—call 911.

Reporting an Emergency on Campus

To report an emergency while on campus contact: 

  • Campus Safety Office: (661) 253-7815 or (661) 222-2702
    • On an internal phone dial extensions: 2222, 2113, or 2114
  • For the Fire Department, Sheriff, or Paramedics using an internal CalArts phone dial 9-911
    • Say: “This is an emergency.”
    • Say the nature of the emergency
    • Your name
    • Phone number that you are calling from
    • Location (CalArts address: 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355) and room number
    • Do not hang up, unless there is an immediate threat to your safety.
  • After notifying emergency personnel, watch for the arrival of emergency personnel and assist them to the appropriate location. 
  • If it is a medical emergency, call Campus Safety. Report the nature of the medical problem, your name, and the location of the victim. The dispatcher will call the paramedics, and Campus Safety Officers will guide them to the location as quickly as possible.
    • Do not move the victim unless an imminent hazard makes it unavoidable.
    • Keep the victim comfortable.
    • Have someone meet and escort Campus Safety and medical personnel to the victim. 
    • CalArts employees should report injuries immediately to their supervisor.

Closest Hospital

The hospital closest to the CalArts campus is:

Henry Mayo Hospital
23845 McBean Parkway 
Valencia, CA 91355 
(661) 253-8111 

If you will be shooting on or near the CalArts campus, include this information on your Call Sheet.