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University Hospital Emergency Response Codes

Upstate University Hospital utilizes a standard set of Emergency Response Codes for announcing critical events while minimizing the alarm to non-staff present in the hospital. These codes are posted in every department of the hospital and provide staff with information to aid critical response in emergency situations.

Emergency Code
Code Red Fire
Code Blue Adult Medical Emergency
Code White Pediatric Medical Emergency
Code Amber Infant/Child Abduction
Code Yellow Explosive Device or Bomb Threat
Code Gray Patient Elopement
Code Silver Person with Weapon; Hostage Situation
Code Orange Hazmat Incident; Decontamination Needed
Code Black Severe Weather Warning
Code Clear Situation has been Resolved

If a situation corresponds to one of the emergency codes, Incident Command directs the appropriate code announcement by an overhead page. An overhead page is also given to signal the end of an emergency event.

Quick Reference Safety Guide

Upstate personnel in all hospital departments also have easy access to a Quick Reference Safety Guide, provided by the hospital's Office of Environmental Health & Safety. This guide details specific responses for staff to emergencies.

NY-Alert Emergency Notification System

NY-Alert is part of New York State's ongoing commitment to provide New Yorkers with information so that they will understand the risks and threats that they may face and know how to respond accordingly.

Upstate Medical University has implemented NY-Alert in conjunction with the State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and SUNY System Administration. NY-Alert enables Upstate to send out critical emergency information about this campus concurrently through email, phone and text messaging, including instructions and recommended protective actions developed in real-time by emergency service personnel.

When an alert is issued, a brief description of the incident will be included in the message as well as recommended actions to be taken. Messages will be broadcast as soon as the incident can be confirmed and enough information is gathered to give appropriate directions to the community. Messages can be received via cell phone, pager, blackberry, fax, or computer.