Emergency Management

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Emergency Management at OHSU is a multi-disciplinary endeavor and is continuously monitored, evaluated and improved.  Do your part by staying informed, alert, and planning ahead for potential disasters.

Be Informed

  • Reference your Emergency Resource Book.  This resource contains easy-to-read information on responding to various emergency situations.  They are color-coded based on your location and are available in all areas.  Need more?  Contact EHRS at 503-494-7795.
  • Use your ID badge attachment for emergency resource information, such as the OHSU Alert Line.
  • Talk to your supervisor about your department-specific emergency procedures.

Be Alert

  • Report any suspicious behaviors and unattended items to Public Safety.
  • Secure valuables, offices, and other security-sensitive areas.  Report any unsecured locations to Public Safety.
  • Read e-mail communications, watch the OHSU Intranet for information and call the OHSU Alert Line for additional information during an emergency.

Plan Ahead

  • Routinely discuss emergency procedures at staff meetings.
  • Review evacuation routes.
  • Ensure your department contact list is current.
  • Visit the Red Cross for home preparedness tips.

Ask the following questions:

  • Can you locate an Emergency Resource Book?
  • Where is the department's Emergency Operations Plan?
  • Where are flashlights and extra batteries stored?

OHSU'S Public Access Difibrillation Program



  • Marquam Hill and CHH:  call 503-494-4444
  • All other OHSU locations: call 911

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are available in most public access areas on Marquam Hill, West Campus and many off-site OHSU locations. 

Heart disease is a significant health problem that, according to the American Heart Association, affects nearly 8% of all Americans and results in nearly 350,000 deaths each year. While several electrical abnormalities can result in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the majority begin with ventricular fibrillation. Rapid treatment of ventricular fibrillation, through the application of controlled electrical shock, is essential to the victim's survival.

Public Access AED Program


  • Who can use an AED?
  • The Heartstart FRx is designed to be used by any motivated bystander, regardless of training.  The device will shock automatically if the victim has a fatal heart rhythm.  The device will also instruct the user in appropriate CPR.  Public Access AED's have been used successfully by police, firefighters, flight attendants, security guards, and lay rescuers. 
  • Can I accidentally hurt the victim with an AED?
  • No.  Most SCA victims will die if they are not treated immediately.  Your actions can only help.  AEDs are designed to only shock victims who need to be shocked.
  • Can I hurt myself or others with an AED?
  • No, not if used properly.  The electronic shock is programmed to go from one pad to the other through the victim's chest.  Basic precautions, such as not touching the victim during the shock, ensure the safety of rescuers and bystanders. 
  • Who maintains the Public Access AEDs?
  • The EHRS department administers the Public Access AED program, including coordination of periodic maintenance.

Questions?  Please contact EHRS: 503-494-7795 or e-mail .