Corporate Information

Emergency Preparedness

St. Michael’s aims to provide a safe and secure environment for all patients, residents, visitors, staff, physicians, students and volunteers.

What are Emergency Codes?

Emergency Codes
  Code Red Fire
  Code Orange External emergency
  Code Black Bomb threat
  Code Silver Active shooter
  Code Brown Hazardous spill
  Code Green Evacuation
  Code White Violent patient
  Code Yellow Missing patient
  Code Blue Medical emergency
  Code Pink Neonatal medical emergency
  Code OB Pregnant patient medical emergency
  Code Purple Hostage taking
  Code Amber Missing infant
  Code Grey Internal emergency

An emergency code is a notification of an event that requires immediate action. At St. Michael’s the emergency codes are mostly denoted by a standardized colour, set by the Ontario Hospital Association, to allow for uniformity among hospitals. This also facilitates the translation of essential information to the responding code teams to ensure optimal response.

How are emergency codes called?

The extension 5555 is the hospital’s emergency telephone number. It is answered by switchboard staff 24-7. In the case of an emergency, dial 5555 from any internal hospital phone and state your location and describe your emergency.

In case of fire or smoke remember to R.E.A.C.T.

Remove persons in immediate danger
Ensure all doors are closed
Activate the fire pull station
Call ext. 5555
Try to put out the fire, if you know how to, or continue with evacuation