4.2 Emergency Management & Response

Emergency at the LBT Observatory (Mountain):
  1. Evacuate to a safe area if necessary.
  2. Call “Mayday” 3 times over the LBTO Radio, and then announce what happened and your location.
  3. If needed, call "Mayday" 3 times over the MGIO Radio, and then announce what happened and your location.
  4. If needed, call 911 from site, mobile, or satellite phone: LBTO Physical Address of Observatory: 12500 W Swift Trail (State Rt. 366), Safford, AZ
    • If no phones are available, switch MGIO radio to "GCSO 1 or 2" (try both) as a very last resort to communicate with Graham County Sheriff Office 911 Dispatch.
  5. Assist to your level of training, experience and level of comfort with the situation.
Phone Numbers:
  • Emergency Contact Phone Numbers Radio Call Signs
  • Banner 24-hour On-Call Physician: 520-694-4222, select option 1, Inform nurse you are calling from the telescopes at Mount Graham International Observatory.
  • UA Workplace Injury Nurse Triage: 800-625-2877
Patient Assessment (vital signs, etc.) Form (for medical emergencies or significant injuries) (M004s00325)
  • Log patient assessment information on this form (vital signs, etc.) and give it to the patient or medical provider for their use.
  • DO NOT write names on this form. SEND it with the patient, and DO NOT STORE completed forms on site. It could contain private medical information.
  • Blank hard copies are in First Aid Jump Bags and in the document bin by the 1st floor restrooms at the telescope (by SDSs and file cabinets), or it can be downloaded and printed from the VCAN (M004s00325)
Note on 911 Calls: All 911 calls made from the telescope site phones (both 520 and 928 area code based numbers) are routed to the Graham County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) 24-hour dispatch in Safford. Calls from mobile (cell phones) or satellite phone may or may not be identified as calling from LBTO, so it is imperative that you give them the physical address at the top of Mt. Graham. The 911 Dispatch will contact medical services and coordinate emergency response based on the medical situation and weather. The response will either be by helicopter, ambulance, or both. Emergency on Campus (Tucson): Reporting and Documentation of Incidents (Issue Trak, Risk Management, etc.) is covered here:

Procedures and Requirements

  • Primary Emergency Response Procedures
  • Supporting Procedures and Requirements
    • Minimum Staffing Policy for Safety at the Observatory (M004s00306)
    • Administering Oxygen at the LBTO ( M004s00016)

Forms and Tools

  • MGIO Patient Assessment Form (M004s00325)
  • Restricted Access/Communications Planning Checklist (M004s00323)
  • Equipment and Site Shutdown Forms (in Forest Fire Contingency Plan: M004s00001)
  • Patient Information and Traveler Form M004s00308

Other Program Documents and Resources

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Topic revision: r33 - 16 Mar 2023, DavidCarroll
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