South Korea was ranked #4 in ALL Asia as the safest place to be*. We have great pride in that Songdo is one of the safest cities in both South Korea and in the world.
Though it is unlikely to happen, it is always best to be prepared for emergencies. The best way to minimize potential loss from emergencies is to plan ahead. This will provide a brief overview of the practices and efforts to provide for a safe and caring environment for students, faculty, and staff here on campus.
*The 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index (Safety and Security)
- Fire Alert
1) Preplan Your Escape
① Know the location of fire alarm pull box locations.
② Locate at least two ways out of the building.
③ If you are disabled and have special needs for evacuation, see additional planning for people with physical disabilities.
④ Check the fire exits to make sure they are usable.
⑤ Do not use the elevators in an evacuation.
⑥ Know the location of fire rated stairwells.
⑦ If you have fire blankets in your area, know how to use them.
2) If there is a fire, evacuate everyone!
① If you discover a fire or smoke condition, sound the building alarm by activating the nearest pull station.
② Try to help others if you can do so safely. Unless unusual conditions dictate otherwise, the best evacuation route is the nearest stairway and out the nearest exit.
③ When leaving, close (do not lock) your door behind you.
④ Once outside, meet at your assembly point and take a head count to make sure everyone is out and accounted for. Never attempt to re-enter the building to search for someone missing, let a Fire Marshal know.
3) Keep this in your mind when you are trying to evacuate
① Before opening a door, you should make sure there is no fire on the other side by using the back of your hand to touch the door, door knob or door frame. If it feels hot, don’t open it, there’s probably fire on the other side. If cool, open the door slowly, leave area and close the door behind you.
② Stay Low When There is Smoke
• If you encounter smoke while escaping, crawl or get as low as you can. The cleanest air will be 1 to 2 feet from the floor. If the main exit is blocked by fire or untenable smoke, you should use your alternate route. If this is not feasible, go back in your room to wait for rescue.
③ If You Cannot Escape
• Close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff cloth in the cracks of the doors to keep the smoke out. Call (032) 626-1142 or 119 to notify them of your location. While waiting for rescuers, signal from a window by hanging clothes out the window, waving an object or shouting.
- Severe Weather
1) Snow storm, flooding
In the event of high winds and extreme snow storms or flooding, it may be necessary to remain on campus for a period of time until it is safe to leave. Should such a situation occur the following procedures would go into effect:
① The President or designee will establish and maintain a central command post in the Administration Building Board Room for the purpose of coordinating communications and tracking support efforts.
② Each building office will be notified to keep students in the buildings in order to avoid injury.
③ When it becomes safe to evacuate the campus (day or night) you will be notified to follow the evacuation procedures of fire safety.
2) Safety Procedures during the typhoon
Follow the instructions of University Staff, Fire fighters, and emergency personnel.
Resident students, follow the instructions of campus residence staff.
① Stay indoors until advised to exit.
② Stay in interior hallways and keep doors closed.
③ Do not open windows or doors to see what is happening outside.
④ Beware of the “eye” of the storm. The “eye”is the center of the typhoon, which may bring a temporary period when the air may be calm. Do not leave your safety or shelter until advised by emergency personnel. Residential students will be notified by campus residence staff.
⑤ When the “all clear” is given, exit your location with extreme care. Beware of electrical wires, broken glass, and falling or fallen objects.
⑥ Do not enter structures, vehicles, or areas that are damaged; many people are electrocuted after a typhoon.
- Personal Checklist for Emergency
1) Disaster plan checklist
① Develop and practice a disaster plan checklist with other students to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency.
② Decide where your dorms will reunite after a disaster. Identify two places to meet; one close to your dorm and another outside your immediate area, such as the library, cafeteria, or a friend’s dorm
③ Practice using all possible exit routes from your dorm room and building.
④ Designate an out-of-campus friend or relative who you can call during a disaster to confirm you are safe. If phone circuits are busy, public phone calls may be easier to make.
⑤ Account for everybody’s needs, especially people with disabilities.
※ Familiarize yourself with the emergency plans of buildings you visit often, such as your classes, cafeteria, and library.
2) Emergency supply kit checklist
Keep enough supplies in your dorm to survive for at least three days. Store these materials in an easily accessible container or cupboard, and update them twice a year at daylight-saving times. Suggested items are available online or at your local grocery, drug, or army supply store.
Suggested items include:
a. One gallon of drinking water per person per day
b. Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener
c. First aid kit
e. Battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries
h. Child care, pet care or other special items
3) ‘GO BAG’ checklist
Every student should assemble a Go Bag – a collection of items you can use in the event of an evacuation. Each Go Bag should be sturdy, lightweight and portable, such as a backpack. A Go Bag should be easily accessible and ready to go any time.
Suggested items include:
a. Copies of your important documents in a dorm. waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, passport, foreign resident ID, etc.)
b. Extra set of car and house keys
c. Copies of credit and ATM cards and cash
d. Bottled water and non-perishable food, like energy or granola bars
f. Battery operated radio, and extra batteries
g. List of the medications you take and their dosages, or copies of all your prescription slips, with doctor’s names and phone numbers
h. First aid kit
i. Lightweight raingear and Mylar blanket
j. Contact and meeting place information for your dorm, and small regional map
k. Child care, pet care, or other special items
- Political Unrest
1) Political Unrest
In Korea, the sirens are ONE METHOD of notifying residents of the presence of a civil war warning. Sirens are designed for persons who are indoors and outdoors. Persons indoors are expected to be aware of the civil war and to evacuate to an appropriate shelter. If the siren has sounded and stopped, it should NOT be construed as an all clear. Rather, evacuate and wait for the media to issue the all clear.
① Alerts types and evacuation plan
a. Preliminary Alert
• When enemy attacks by aircraft, missile or army/navy are expected, Preliminary Alert will be given through TV and radio broadcasts.
• Evacuate immediately to cafeteria which is located in B1 (first basement level)
• When preliminary alert shifts to air-raid alert due to actual enemy attack, evacuate to parking areas in 2nd basement level.
b. Air-raid Alert
• When enemy attacks by aircraft, missile or army/navy including ABC weapons are impending or in progress, Air-raid announcement will be given through TV and radio broadcasts after three minutes of siren with the wavy pattern of sound
• Evacuate immediately to B2 (second basement level) parking areas located under Multi-Complex
c. Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Alert
• When NBC attacks from the enemy are expected or already in progress, an announcement will be given through TV and radio broadcasts right away.
• When preliminary alert rings, evacuate to cafeteria in 1st basement level
d. Link for Sample Sound
① Types of explosions include:
② If you receive a bomb threat via telephone:
a. Remain Calm
b. Take note of the time of call
c. Write down the words of the caller
d. Keep them on the phone by asking questions like:
• When is this going to take place?
• Where is it located?
• What kind of bomb is it?
e. Recording or take note of the callers voice and background noises
f. Call 112 or have someone close by call 112 from any campus phone
③ Upon discovery of a potential explosive device:
a. If a suspicious delivery is spotted, do not touch it, and don’t allow anyone else to touch it.
b. Evacuate the area.
c. During evacuation, leave doors and windows open.
d. Keep people away from the area.
e. CALL the Police. Dial 112
f. Do not handle the suspicious object, and do not try to carry it outside.
g. Do not place the item in water.
3) Emergency Supplies and Personal Necessities
① Every evacuation center is equipped with water, emergency rations and first-aid medicine which students, faculty and staff can use for 15 days for survival.
② Personal Necessities: Whistle, flashlight, canned food, radio, blanket, copy of ID card, and etc.
① Emergency Evacuation Drill
• Evacuation drills for 4 times per year (20 minutes per drill)
- Emergency Contacts
Emergency Contact Number 119 is equivalent to 911 services in the US. Korea 119 offers services in both Korean and English. Other useful emergency contacts include:
① General Affairs, SUNY Korea: +82-32-626-1142
② Incheon Global Foundation (SGUF): +82-32-626-0533
③ Songdo 119 Safety Center: +82-32-831-7119
④ Incheon Namdong Fire Department: +82-32-816-3104
⑤ Korea Coast Guard: +82-122
⑥ Songdo Police Department: +82-32-830-5223