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Safety and Emergency Information

Campus Safety News:

Safety is a top priority at Cal Poly Pomona. The university is proactive in ensuring its community enjoys a safe environment conducive to studying and working.

This website brings together resources on campus related to emergency response and public safety. Do your part to help keep our community safe by learning about the university’s emergency procedures, emergency communication and safety resources. Explore the links to learn more.

Precautions Urged After Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Detected

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been detected at Cal Poly Pomona by the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.

The university is one of two locations where the virus has been discovered in the San Gabriel Valley so far this season. It was also found at Cortez Park in West Covina.

Precautions you can take:

  • Using insect repellents that can be applied directly to the skin (DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus, for example)
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, especially during peak mosquito hours (dawn and dusk)
  • Eliminating or emptying containers that can hold standing water and allow mosquitoes to breed (flower pots, rain gutters, bird baths, old tires, buckets and pool covers)
  • Keeping doors and windows at home closed and making sure windows have screens without holes or tears.
  • Reporting large amounts of mosquitoes, standing water and green swimming pools to the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District at (626) 814-9466 or sgvmosquito.org.
  • Reporting dead birds (a sign of West Nile virus) on the West Nile virus hotline at (877) 968-2473 or go to westnile.ca.gov.
For more information, you can read the entire article on Polycentric.

Summer Hazards

Please consider the safety concerns that summer changes in operation and temperatures might bring to your individual work area. 

  • Dehydration – When working in high temperatures people can become dehydrated very quickly.  In dryer climates like ours, people will sweat a lot, but it will evaporate quickly so they don’t notice it.  This can lead to severe dehydration much more quickly than most people expect.  So, drink lots of water and other liquids to help your body regulate temperature and remain hydrated.
  • Heat Stress – When working inside storage sheds or building enclosures with heavy machinery during the summer, temperatures can rise very easily.  Heat stress is very dangerous, and needs to be taken seriously.  While working, keep the air circulating in these areas as much as possible by using fans or other methods.  Even if it is warm air being circulated, it is still better than allowing it to become stagnant.  Stay hydrated and take short breaks with access to cool areas.
  • Sun Exposure – When working outside, direct exposure to the hot sun can cause a variety of problems.  Sunburn, for example, can be very painful and even lead to serious skin problems. The direct sun can also contribute to heat stress, and dehydration.  Utilize methods to create shade and take frequent, short breaks.  Stay hydrated and utilize sun protection (hats, sunscreen, long sleeves, etc.)
  • Dangerous Bugs – In many parts of the world there are poisonous bugs that come out during the summer.  These bugs can bite or sting people, causing a variety of illnesses or injuries that need to be addressed quickly.  Bugs that aren’t poisonous can also be very dangerous.  Bees and other stinging bugs, as well as mosquitoes can be very painful, and can even spread disease.
  • Animals – In the hot summer months, some animals will move closer to buildings for shade or water.  Animals like snakes can be very dangerous.

 

Related Links

Emergencies

  • Dial 911 on a campus phone
  • Dial (909) 869-3070 from a mobile device
  • Blue Light Emergency Phones on campus connect with University Police

University Police

  • (909) 869-3070

Counseling Services

  • (909) 869-3220
  • After hours: (909) 869-3220, then press option 2

Student Health Services

  • (909) 869-4000
  • After hours nurse hotline: (855) 868-4945

Emergency Hotline

  • (866) 869-7659 or (866) 869-POLY

Emergency Services Coordinator

  • (909) 869-6981 

Environmental Health & Safety

  • (909) 869-4697

Facilities Management

  • (909) 869-3030