ALAFUA Campus Emergency Contact Numbers & Information
The first response for dealing with any potential emergency is to CALL FOR HELP .It is important for campus staff and students to know and access phone numbers to key people and responders within the campus and community who can rapidly respond to and deal with the emergency.
The Alafua Campus Security Post at the main entrance into the campus maintains 7 day 24 hour presence and will be the main point of contact for any emergency on campus .
When you see smoke or fire in your building or vicinity knowing what to do in those intial minutes may save your life and those around you.
It is important that you know the Alafua Campus Fire Emergency Response Procedure and have these placed in key buildings around campus.
BUILDING FIRE WARDENS
Building Fire Wardens are USP staff and designated students who have received training from their National Fire Authority to conduct basic building fire safety preparedness and response activities, including using firefighting equipment and conducting building evacuations.
There are 2 types of Building fire wardens in USP
Chief Building Fire wardens is in charge of a group of floor wardens and coordinate building fire safety activities and the evacuation of persons to the designated assembly area
Floor Fire wardens are responsible for basic fire safety activities and evacuation of persons in their area of responsibility within building to designated emergency assembly areas
USP Building Fire Warden Roles & Responsibilities
There are designated building Fire wardens and chief building wardens for Alafua campus buildings and student residential halls .
It is important to recognize them and assist them in their duties.
EMERGENCY ASSEMBLY AREAS
An Emergency Assembly Area is a designated safe area or location specific for a hazardous event e.g. emergency assembly area for fire and evacuation site for tsunami, flooding or cyclones.
Alafua Campus has 6 emergency assembly areas which can be used for evacuations arising from fire ,earthquake and tsunami.
It is important to know the designated emergency assembly area for your building and locality.
SAMOA DISASTER MANAGEMENT OFFICE
The Samoa Disaster Management Office based with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment provides excellent reference materials for natural disasters and hazards affecting Samoa.
VOLCANISM & EARTHQUAKES
The Samoa island group is located within the Pacific Ocean Ring of Fire, and as such is susceptible to volcanism and earthquakes.
The Samoa Meteorological Services has a rich source of updated information on the status of Samoa's weather conditions .
Savaii and Upolu have active volcanoes that have remained dormant for several centuries .
Earthquakes may range from slight earth tremors to violent ground upheavals resulting in a lot of destruction and deaths.
In 2009 a large under sea earthquake in the Pacific ocean between Samoa and the Tongan northern group of islands Niuatoputapu generated a 17 meter high tsunami that killed 9 people and destroyed houses on the island.
It is important for all persons to be aware of what to do during and after an earthquake has occurred.
Earthquake Advisory Brochure
Samoa recently in 2009 experienced a tsunami affecting part of its islands killing several persons.
TSUNAMI HAZARD ZONE
USP SAVAII CENTRE
The Savaii USP center is located within Tsunami hazard zone as it is located several meters above sea level and close to the coastline.
The level 1 story building at USP Savaii center is the designated emergency tsunami evacuation site for campus occupants.
Savaii Center Main Building
USP ALAFUA CAMPUS
The Moamoa Staff and Student housing area is located within the tsunami hazard zone as it lies close to creeks leading out to sea.
Staff and student residing here must evacuate to the main Alafua campus in the event of large earthquakes and tsunami warnings.
TSUNAMI EVACUATION SITES
The main Alafua campus area is a designated community tsunami evacuation site, it is located several kilometers inland on a hilly slope.
In the event of large earthquakes and tsunami evacuations , the community residents around the campus will be using the campus tsunami evacuation sites as safe assembly areas .
Student and staff in the event of tsunami must remain on campus but keep vigilant to radio reports
Only in the event of earthquakes adversely affecting campus buildings must occupants evacuate out of buildings,otherwise it is best to remain in them to wait the tsunami out.
Rain Storms & Cyclone
All USP campuses in the Cyclone belt of the South Pacific Region are susceptible to cyclones during the months between November to April.
Itís important to be well prepared for these cyclones before they happen, and take all precautions during and after cyclones have occurred.
In December 2012 Cyclone Evan affected Samoa and Fiji and caused damages to Alafua campus buildings.
The Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment provides meteorological services and up to date weather forecasting and monitoring of adverse weather conditions like cyclones rain storms and marine weather forecasts for Samoa.