Emergency Procedures

In case of Emergency call: Public Safety at 906-227-2151

First aid stations are located in:

  • The Costume Shop
  • Stage left and stage right at the assistant stage manager stations

First aid training:

  • Speak with technical director about first aid training for yourself and the crew.

Ambulance call

  • Post someone at the loading door to meet the EMS and uniformed officers to guide them to the injured person.

Manner and mode of dealing with emergencies:

  • Remain Calm
    • It is important to keep your calm and focused, so that your judgment is not impaired by emotions.
  • Assess the situation quickly and professionally
    • Find out what has taken place, what the exact situation is and what needs to occur to remedy and repair the situation.
  • Protect your safety
    • Never put yourself in dangers way.
  • Protect the safety of others
    • If possible, aid people in evacuation, movement to safer locations or assist with the aid of individuals involved.
  • Get assistance and/or help
    • Assemble additional staff members and use them to aid in the resolving of the situation.
  • Notify the proper authorities
    • Call Public Safety in case of need for an ambulance or police services. Calling 911 from a campus phone will put you in direct contact with the campus EMT network. Be specific about the situation and the aid needed and try to be precise about the location.

Client/patron/buest takes ill during an event

  1. Ask the patron if there is anything you can do to help.
  2. Move the patron out of public view, if practical.
  3. If the situation is severe, contact Public Safety and make sure a staff member is stationed outside to guide the EMS when they arrive.
  4. Give aid while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.

Crew member takes ill during an event

  1. Ask if there is anything you can do to help.
  2. Move the person out of way of moving set pieces or flies, if practical.
  3. If the situation is severe, contact Public Safety and make sure a staff member is stationed outside to guide the EMS when they arrive.
  4. Give aid while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.
  5. Unless very severe and the person is not moveable from a dangerous area (onstage, in way of wagons or scenery shifts, etc.) try to keep audience unaware of what is happening.

Minor fire during a performance

  1. Use the nearest fire extinguisher to control the fire.
  2. The stage manager should be notified.
  3. If the fire becomes out of control, follow the procedures for a major fire.

Major fire during a performance

  1. Initiate the fire alarm
  2. Clear stage of performers and lower the fire curtain
  3. If time allows, call Public Safety and give the location of the fire
  4. The stage manager should make the following announcement:
    • “Ladies and gentleman, please excuse this interruption of the performance. I regret the necessity of asking you to leave the building for a short period of time. The fire alarm has been activated and we request the you evacuate the building until the situation is completely under control. Please follow the instructions of the management staff when exiting the building. Thank you for your cooperation.”
  5. Turn the house and work lights to full
  6. The stage manager will announce over headset and backstage:
    • “Ladies and gentleman, there is a fire (state location). Please secure your areas and begin evacuating the building.”
  7. Assist the front of the house staff in opening all exits and assist patrons in exiting the building and ask then to meet in an open area out of the way of officials. If smoke or fire blocks the exit, reroute patrons to another exit.
  8. If time permits, staff and crew will close and lock all doors, windows and safes; turn off all electrical equipment and leave building via nearest exit, checking doors for heat before opening them. If smoke is present, keep near the floor.
  9. Once out of the building, meet the rest of the staff in a designated area.
  10. The building may be reoccupied only after the fire alarm has been turned off and the proper authorities have given a clear.

Power outage during a performance

  1. Turn off any power equipment that may cause injury when power is restored.
  2. Check to make sure that no one is trapped in an area without back-up electricity or emergency lighting.
  3. Have someone check the elevator to make sure no one is trapped in it.
  4. The stage manager will announce:
    • “Ladies and gentleman, we are experiencing a power outage. At this time we do not have a way of continuing the performance, if you remain seated we will wait to see if the power is restored, if not we will begin assisting you in exiting the building safely.”
  5. House staff will use flashlights to assist patrons from their seats to a safe exit

Tornado or severe weather during a performance

  1. Contact Public Safety for a weather report and notify them of the situation.
  2. The stage manager will announce to the crew over headset and back stage:
    • “Ladies and gentleman, I have been notified of a severe weather situation, please have all cast and crew move to the dressing rooms. Please remain calm. I will give a clear when I have been notified of the weather's passing.”
  3. Stage manager will announce to audience:
    • “Ladies and gentleman, we are currently in a (specify situation). Please remain calm and in your seats, house management staff will begin giving instruction of where you need to go for safety.”

Minor flooding or sewage back up

  1. Contact Public Safety and building maintenance.
  2. Turn off all running water, including washing machines, sinks and toilets.
  3. Ask patrons to exit the restroom and redirect them to the nearest restroom.
  4. Post an out of order sign on all effected areas.
  5. Start mopping or a bucket brigade, depending on the severity of the flood.