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What to do in an emergency

Staff and students should liaise with their supervisor/ manager/HOD. For more information, follow the links below.

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What to do in case of a fire emergency on campus

  • Raise the alarm & immediately call CPU EMERGENCY NUMBER 8999 - no matter how small the fire.

RU Emergency Contact Numbers: List of emergency numbers for your noticeboard - add names of contacts in your building.

  • In residences, inform the Warden or any other authorised person on duty as soon as possible.

  • Follow the building evacuation procedure (see below) and try check that everyone is out the building.

  • Only attempt to extinguish the fire if you can do so without endangering yourself.

Responsibilities:

Managers or heads of department (or their designees) are responsible for ensuring the following are addressed in their areas: 

Senior Management is responsible for planning and devising a coherent strategy for the university as a whole:

Emergency Numbers:

The new Rhodes University PBX system treats the following as emergency numbers – these numbers are not barred, and can be dialled from any phone on campus.

On-campus emergencies: 8999  = CPU 24-hour Emergency Line

(save this number on cell phones and emergency lists)

NOTE: CPU will summon police / other emergency services as required. 

CPU is not equipped/qualified to transport injured/ill staff or students to hospital.

All numbers listed below as per RU Emergency Contact Numbers.

Rhodes University

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
AMBULANCE: CAMPUS PROTECTION UNIT: FIRE:

Private service - ER24 (RUMED):

084 124

Private service - Gardmed:

073 065 6660

Provincial service:

046 622 9102        or 10177 

Central RU Emergency Number:

8999

 

General contact:

046 603 8146 or 8147

Makana Fire & Rescue Services:

046 622 4444

or toll-free:

080 111 4444

HOSPITAL: POLICE: POISON:

Settlers Hospital:

046 602 5000

Fort England Hospital:

046 602 2300

Grahamstown SAPS:

046 603 9146

or 9147 / 9152 

Unitas Hospital Poison Centre:

0800 333 444

Red Cross & Tygerberg Hospital Poison Info Helpline:

0861 555 777

 RU HEALTH CARE: STAFF/STUDENT CONCERNS:  RU WELLNESS:  

RU Health Care Centre

after hours:

082 801 1409

General contact:  046 603 8523

Human Resources Division (Staff):

046 603 8112

Division of Student Affairs:

046 603 8181

RU Counselling Centre

after hours:

082 803 0177

General contact:  046 603 7070 

NATIONAL EMERGENCY  CALL CENTRES and TRAUMA COUNSELLING:

National police emergency:

10111

National toll-free emergency number:

112

Mobile App - www.mysos.co.za  (requires registration):

mySOS SA

Lifeline national (sharecall):

0861 322 322

SA Institute for Traumatic Stress:

011 648 7376 / 77

 Last update 2017/03/07

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Last Modified :Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:50:03 SAST