St. Joseph’s has an emergency management program in place to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. Emergencies are unforeseen situations that demand prompt, coordinated actions that exceed normal procedures. St. Joseph’s goal is ensure the safety of individuals, limit damage to property and reduce any impacts on hospital operations.
An emergency code is a notification of an event that requires immediate action. At St. Joseph's, each emergency code is identified 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 55555 is the hospital’s emergency telephone number.
In the case of an emergency, dial 55555 from any internal hospital phone and state your location and describe your emergency.
If you dial from a personal cell phone, ensure you provide the following:
- Situation and/or emergency code
- Site location, building/zone, level, and room number
- Common name of your area, unit or department
Urgent and non-emergency situations can be reported to Security Services by calling the hospital extension 44555.
Emergency Code Names
|GREEN||Evacuation - Code Green Procedure|
|RED||Fire - Code Red Procedure|
|BROWN||Hazardous Chemical Spill - Code Brown Procedure|
|BLACK||Bomb Threat/Suspicious Object - Code Black Procedure|
|GREY||Critical Infrastructure Failure - Code Grey Procedure|
|ORANGE||External Disaster - Code Orange Procedure|
|YELLOW||Missing Person - Code Yellow Procedure|
|WHITE||Violent Person - Code White Procedure|
|PURPLE||Hosting Taking - Code Purple Procedure|
|SILVER||Person with a weapon - Code Silver Procedure|
|BLUE||Adult Medical Emergency
• Code Blue Procedure: Acute site
• Code Blue Procedure: Non-acute site
|PINK||Pediatric Medical Emergency - Code Pink Procedure|
In case of an emergency, call 55555
Download the above chart as a printable Emergency Code Names pdf
Emergency Response Resources
|Instructions for other
|Forms to use after codes have been called||
Code White Drill Form (coming soon)
Emergency Management Structure (coming soon)
Contact St. Joseph's Emergency Management:
Peter Kreis, Emergency Management and Risk Specialist
Phone: 519 646-6100 ext. 64267