These plans outline our corporate approach to managing emergencies.

Emergencies

The University of Newcastle's campuses are known for their beautiful bushland settings, however this does mean that some locations are at heightened risk of bushfire over the summer months.

The University takes this risk very seriously and we have emergency plans in place to respond to a heightened risk of bushfire or bushfire event. Our first priority is keeping people safe and informed. As a result we have developed the UON Bushfire Alert system to assist our bushfire response plan and ensure the safety of our community.

These alerts generally last for 24 hours and can involve multiple channels, including social media, web, email and SMS. It is important that we can reach you in the event of an emergency, so make sure you keep your contact details up to date in MyHub (for students) and HROnline (for staff). Additionally, like UON's Facebook page or follow UON on Twitter. If we deem the risk of bush fire too great we may ask you not to come onto campus. We will endeavour to give you reasonable warning (ideally the night before), however, we ask that you help us notify others by liking, sharing or re-tweeting our posts.

ABC Radio is the national Emergency Broadcaster. 1233AM Newcastle, 92.5FM ABC Central Coast.

How do the alerts work?

Our response plans are based on a daily monitoring of NSW Rural Fire Service fire danger ratings between September and April. There are four levels of Alert, Level 4 being the highest. The alerts are trigged by certain fire danger ratings, and whether there is bushfire activity in the region.

What should I do when I receive an alert?

The action you should take depends on the level of the alert. Please note that alerts might include critical information such as  the closure of certain parts of campus, including some car parks. You might also ask you to consider your transport, work or study options. In the rare event of a bushfire leading to an evacuation of campus, you may also be asked in exceptional circumstances to leave your car to walk to safety.

Your cooperation, particularly with UON Bushfire Alerts, traffic advice and our security team or wardens will allow emergency services the access they need to respond quickly and effectively to ensure the safety of our communities.

The alerts are explained in more detail below.

What you need to do at Alert Level 1

Check your UON email and social media regularly for updates on the situation and/or changes in alert status

Be aware of bushfire dangers and UON emergency procedures on campus

You may be asked to leave your car to walk to safety if the bushfire risk escalates

Make sure your contact details are up to date in MyHub for students and HROnline for staff

What you need to do at Alert Level 2

Some parts of campus, including some car parks, will be closed and you should consider your transport, work or study options

Check your UON email and social media regularly for updates on the situation and/or changes in alert status

Be aware of bushfire dangers and UON emergency procedures on campus

You may be asked to leave your car to walk to safety if the bushfire risk escalates

Make sure your contact details are up to date in MyHub for students or HROnline for staff

What you need to do at Alert Level 3

Alert made during the evening

Alert made during the day

Work or study from home – (insert location) will be closed to all non-essential work.

There will now be a staged departure from (insert location). The campus will be closed to all non-essential work.

Staff remaining on campus for critical activity must register by SMS (phone number will be included on the alert)

Staff remaining on campus for critical activity must register by SMS (phone number will be included on the alert)

Students in residence must register by SMS

Students in residence should return to their accommodation building and register by SMS

Check UON social media and your UON email regularly for updates on the situation and/or changes in alert status

Check UON social media and your UON email regularly for updates on the situation and/or changes in alert status

What you need to do at Alert Level 4

Alert made during the evening

Alert made during the day

(Insert location) campus will be evacuated. Staff and Students should not attend.

(Insert location) campus is now being evacuated. Not even Essential Services staff should attend.

Students in residence should stay at the Accommodation Building, register by SMS and be on standby to evacuate.

Students in residence should return to the Accommodation Building, register by SMS and be on standby to evacuate.

 

A critical incident has been declared.

You can read more about our evacuation procedures here

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/campus-environment/security-and-emergencies/emergency-responses

You can read more about our evacuation procedures here

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/campus-environment/security-and-emergencies/emergency-responses

Check UON social media and your UON email regularly for updates on the situation and/or changes in alert status

Check UON social media and your UON email regularly for updates on the situation and/or changes in alert status

The University has numerous ways of communicating urgent information in the event of an emergency. You should follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and register to receive critical SMS messages if you have not already done so. The ways you will hear from the University include:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • all staff email
  • all student email
  • critical incident SMS sent to staff and students who have registered their mobile numbers to receive such notifications
  • pre-recorded phone message to all staff telephones
  • UON website home page
  • digital message boards in libraries
  • digital traffic boards at main entrances to the University.

It is important that you keep yourself informed via your preferred communication channel during emergency events.

ABC Radio is the national emergency broadcaster, available on 1233AM (Newcastle) 92.5FM (Ourimbah)

You should:

  • remain calm
  • understand the emergency procedures which relate to the buildings you frequently use, including who the Emergency Warden is and where the buildings closest emergency exits and assembly points are. Be aware that in the event of an evacuation you may be asked to leave your car and walk to safety
  • ensure that you check UON social media regularly and read any UON alert emails during times of heightened risk
  • Staff can register to receive UON Bushfire Alerts via SMS - log in to HROnline and go to My HR>Employment>My Staff Directory Details>Critical Incident SMS
  • Students should make sure contact details are up to date in MyHub – include your mobile number to automatically receive UON Bushfire Alerts via SMS
  • understand that you have a responsibility to yourself and to others to obey Wardens, Bushfire Alert advice and general university communications, and Emergency Services advice to keep yourself and others out of harm's way.