Emergency Contacts & Safety Information

Security and Emergency
DPSS Emergency Number 777. This number can be dialed from any SGU hard line or Grenadian cell phone.
DPSS Non-Emergency Number (473) 444-3898
South St. George’s
Police Station EMERGENCY
911
South St. George
Police Station NON-EMERGENCY
(473) 444-4454

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About the Department of Public Safety and Security (DPSS)

In order to provide a safe and secure environment, St. George’s University staffs and maintains a professional Department of Public Safety and Security (DPSS). DPSS is temporarily located on the second floor of the Westerhall building (#31) above the Simulation Center.

Security officers patrol University grounds 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year. They are qualified to handle any type of safety and security situation. Prior to employment, all officers are subjected to rigorous screening and background investigations.

DPSS maintains a close working relationship with the Royal Grenadian Police Force. RGPF officers routinely pass through campus on patrol, and collaborate on joint drills and exercises.

DPSS works closely with the Office of the Dean of Students to make certain that safety policies and procedures are uniformly executed and conveyed in a clear, consistent manner for the members of the SGU community.

Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Locations

View Map:  AED LOCATIONS REVISED JANUARY 2016

  1. MORRIS ALPERT HALL  –  FLOOR 5 RECEPTION AREA (SOUTH WING)
  2. MORRIS ALPERT HALL –  MAIN ENTRANCE BETWEEN WINGS
  3. CHANCELLERY  –  OUTSIDE SOUTH DOOR
  4. TRUE BLUE SECURITY BOOTH
  5. UNIVERSITY CLINIC – EMERGENCY ROOM
  6. STUDENT RECREATION CENTER – BETWEEN GYMS NORTH SIDE
  7. RAYMOND & JAN SIS HALL  –  LOBBY GROUND FLOOR
  8. SMALL ANIMAL CLINIC  – RECEPTION AREA
  9. UNIVERSITY CLUB  – BAR AREA
  10. GRAND ANSE CAMPUS SECURITY BOOTH
  11. ST. LOUIS HALL  –  LOBBY, GROUND FLOOR
  12. CAMPACHE HALL  –  NORTH SIDE BETWEEN HUMAN RESOURCES AND ACCOUNTS
  13. LOUIS AND MARION MODICA HALL  –  OPEN PADIO SOUTH EAST
  14. FOUNDERS LIBRARY  –  EAST SIDE LOBBY, NEAR OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  15. CALABASH  –  SOUTH SIDE, BELOW STAIRCASE ON GROUND FLOOR
  16. NEEM HALL  –  GROUND FLOOR LOBBY, FRONT OF BUILDING
  17. SCIENCE HALL  –  GROUND FLOOR MAIN ENTRANCE, BETWEEN ADAMS AND SCIENCE HALL
  18. VET SURGICAL  –  MAIN ENTRANCE, SOUTH WEST SIDE
  19. MAINTENANCE  –  SOUTH EAST SIDE, OPPOSITE CARPENTER SHOP
  20. TAYLOR HALL LOBBY  –  GROUND FLOOR

Below the Hurricane Belt

St. George’s University is located in Grenada, just north of South America and below the path most hurricanes follow.

In the past 60 years, Grenada has only had one major hurricane. In 2004, a severe storm hit Grenada. However, the St. George’s campus, built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, was a safe haven for our students, staff, and faculty. Damage on campus was limited to the loss of some roof tiles. In fact, SGU generators and water desalination plants served our neighborhood in Grenada for a few months.

The School of Arts and Sciences and the Master of Public Health students all stayed on campus and continued their programs within a few days of the storm’s passing. However, to assist the Grenadian government in its re-building efforts, and allow them to use our safe buildings, we relocated our medical and veterinary students to US campuses. This allowed our medical and veterinary students to resume their studies within three weeks and continue their programs for the remainder of that fall term without significant interruption. The students returned to campus and the University was in full operation for all programs within five months of the storm.

Over the past 13 years, we have continued to prepare our campus for weather-related events. We are confident that students will be safe on our campus and we are committed to continuous improvement of our hurricane preparedness and response capabilities, even though these events are infrequent.

Please watch this video: St. George’s University – Located Below the Hurricane Belt

Canine Unit

SGU is committed to the safety and security of our entire community.  The DPSS has maintained K9 units since 2006, growing to a capacity of 10 teams to provide 24/7 patrol support to University property and the contiguous residential neighborhoods surrounding the school. Our trained teams are available to assist the RGPF if required.

All teams command trained patrol dogs with the ability to track suspects, lost persons, locate evidence or other property, and search buildings, and handler protection.

Emergency Medical Service

Selected and specially trained security officers perform the duties of Emergency Medical Service transportation drivers, manning the University ambulance when required.

Officers assigned to this unit have completed additional training to the level of Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

The primary responsibility or this group of officers is to provide security at the University Clinic.  Their secondary assignment is to assist when any member of the University community experiences a medical emergency – whether on or off campus.  They will support medical staff by driving the specially equipped transport vehicle; assisting medical personnel to help render capable aid at the direction of the University Health Services staff.

Fire Safety

Fire Safety Officers (FSOs) provide a focus on fire prevention, readiness exercises, and emergency response to the SGU community. The FSOs are responsible for the inspections and maintenance of the numerous pieces of safety equipment on campus – from fire extinguishers and detection systems, to first aid kits and automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). FSOs are first responders to fire alarms, but also play an instrumental role in protective actions for any kind of campus emergency.

If you are unfamiliar with the operation of a fire extinguisher, please view this brief demonstration video.

Natural Disaster Preparedness

St. George’s University collaborates closely with the Royal Grenada Police Force and the National Disaster Management Agency to maintain a high level of natural disaster preparedness.  SGU’s Department of Public Safety and Security also models best practices from the US Department of Homeland Security’s disaster preparedness resources.

Island-wide preparedness activities occur throughout the year and include drills for hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and tsunamis.

In the event of a natural disaster or weather warning, the Department of Public Safety and Security will utilize a variety of methods to inform and direct our university community – including text message, email, and class announcements.

Hurricanes:  Grenada lies south of the typical path of Atlantic hurricanes, but hurricane conditions can occur. In the past 60 years, Grenada has only experienced one major hurricane. In 2004, a severe storm hit Grenada. However, the True Blue campus, built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, was a safe haven for our students, staff, and faculty. Our campus safety precautions should not preempt your own preparation efforts.  Learn how to prepare your own readiness plan by visiting http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Earthquakes:  The Caribbean Plate is a mostly oceanic tectonic plate underlying Central America and the Caribbean Sea.  Minor tremors are not uncommon throughout the region.  Brush up on earthquake safety advice at http://www.ready.gov/earthquakes and video tutorials via USC’s ShakeOut campaign.

Tsunamis:  Familiarize yourself with tsunami warnings and safety advice via http://www.ready.gov/tsunamis.

Parking and Parking Permits

All students, staff, and faculty who wish to park their motor vehicle on campus must obtain a parking permit. Permits are required for automobiles and motorbikes/scooters.

Click here to obtain a fillable parking permit application.

Are in you in need of a temporary permit for a rented vehicle or a short-term visitor? Please complete this temporary permit application and submit it to the DPSS office in Westerhall Building, just above the Student Centre.

Power Outage

Grenada’s electric utility, Grenlec, provides a safe and reliable supply of power to the island.  Outages are rare, but in the event of power failure, St. George’s University maintains a backup generator with capacity to power the entire campus.  No matter if you live on- or off-campus, brush up on power outage safety tips in the unlikely event of a prolonged outage.

SGU Dangerous Weather Emergency Plan

The regular hurricane season in the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean extends from June 1 to November 30 of each year. St. George’s University is located in Grenada, just north of South America and below the path most hurricanes follow.

In the past 60 years, Grenada has only had one major hurricane. In 2004, a severe storm hit Grenada. However, the St. George’s campus, built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, was a safe haven for our students, staff, and faculty. Damage on campus was limited to the loss of some roof tiles. In fact, SGU generators and water desalination plants served our neighborhood in Grenada for a few months.

We have continued to prepare our campus for weather-related events. To ensure the safety of the University community, St. George’s University has developed an emergency plan based on an all-hazards approach that will be executed in the event of a dangerous weather system threatening the island.

Please read our full SGU Dangerous Weather Emergency Plan.

University Health Services Clinic Hours: 9 am – 12 pm/2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
For Emergency Medical Service 777

Phone

(473) 444-4671
Clinic Doctor On Call ext. 2146
Clinic Nurse ext. 2119
Psychological Services Center (PSC)
Phone (473) 439-2277

The PSC is found on the top floors of Campeche Hall. Comprehensive services are available to all SGU students and employees. For more information, please visit sgu.edu/psc.

On-Campus Emergency Protocol

  1. Call Campus Security for all emergencies (medical, criminal, safety). They can get you help right away – on campus or off campus.

  2. EMERGENCY LINE, DIAL: 777 from any SGU line or any Grenadian cell phone.

  3. Non emergencies DIAL (473) 444-3898. Family members off island, in an emergency please dial a 1 before the number and security can assist you.

  4. If you are the victim of a crime, call the local police at 911 or direct (473) 444-4454/1535-1537

  5. Always also notify Call Campus Security – EMERGENCY LINE DIAL: 777

Off-Campus Emergency Protocol

  1. Call 911 to reach local police.
  2. DPSS Emergency #: 777. This number is a dedicated line that rings at the True Blue campus. It can be dialed by any SGU hard line or Grenadian cell phone.
  3. Local police non-emergency: (473) 444-4454/1535-1537

Campus Security has protocols for all kinds of emergencies:

  • Safety Patrol can be dispatched and will respond and assist police.

  • DPSS can coordinate transportation to the clinic or the General Hospital, and will contact the Clinic for you.

  • Security can connect you with other support services. Counselors or administrators are on call and will step in to help local police help you.