What To Do In An Emergency

In accordance with the Student Accommodation Code of Practice, Green Templeton College advises students to follow the steps below in the event of an emergency.

  • If you require an Ambulance, The Fire Brigade or The Police dial 999 and ask for the service you want. Give as much information as you can, do not hang up until you are told to do so and follow the advice you are given. You can also call the Lodge on 74770, if in college, for assistance.
    Avoid confrontation – it’s better and safer to walk away if you are being provoked or hassled. If someone grabs your bag let it go – your safety is more important.
  • Remember to trust your instincts if you are uncomfortable in a taxi – if you are concerned, ask the driver to stop in a busy area, and get out of the car.
  • If you have been the victim of a crime it is vital to report the matter to the Police: ask a friend or member of the college staff to help.
  • If you have been sexually assaulted or raped you can visit a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) who have specially trained experienced professionals who can give medical help and advice. They can store forensic results until the individual makes up their mind whether or not to report to the police and can support them through the immediate trauma. The SARC should be contacted before travelling; whilst they operate a 24 hour service they do need to ensure the relevant staff are available. Someone will need to accompany the individual to a SARC or arrange for someone else to do so, and ensure that the individual does not need to pay for transport: College will cover the taxi fare of travelling to and from the SARC and the Lodge can order a taxi. The nearest Centres are at Swindon, Milton Keynes, and Slough.
  • In the event of  a bomb threat – call 999 immediately if you have received any information relating to a possible bomb threat.  State your name and location clearly and follow the instructions.
  • In the event of a terror attack – run, hide and tell.

Escape if you can.
Consider the safest options.
Is there a safe route? Run. If not, hide. Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
Insist others leave with you.
Leave belongings behind.

If you can’t run, hide.
Find cover from gunfire. If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you. Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal. Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls.
Be aware of your exits.
Try not to get trapped.
Be quiet, silence your phone.
Lock / barricade yourself in.
Move away from the door.

Call 999.
What do the police need to know?

Location – Where are the suspects?
Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?
Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.

Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so.

The Police can be contacted 24 hours a day on 08458 505 505 – when you phone tell them that you are calling from Oxford. The Police’s emergency site in Oxford is on St Aldate’s.

Report the matter to the Lodge:
Tel: 01865 2-74770 (24 hours), lodge@gtc.ox.ac.uk
The Lodge can then alert other members of college staff who will want to know and support you.

Remember: If you have experienced an incident, please report it