Emergency Codes

North York General Hospital values the safety of its patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers.
The Emergency Preparedness Committee is comprised of 15 interdisciplinary staff members with links to external partnerships. Their role is to provide a safe environment by developing, training and testing effective emergency response procedures for all sites.
Here is a table of the 12 emergency colour codes and what they refer to. It is available both as a coloured graphic and text equivalent format.
Emergency Codes
Code and Definitions
Code Black: Bomb Threat
Code Blue: Adult Cardiac Arrest
Code Brown: Hazardous Spill
Code Green: Evacuation
Code Grey: Loss of Essential Service
Code Orange: External Disaster
Code Pink: Paediatric Cardiac Arrest
Code Purple: Hostage Taking/Person with Weapon
Code Red: Fire
Code White: Violent Patient
Code Yellow: Missing Patient
Code Amber: Missing Infant/Child
To successfully prevent and manage emergency code situations, it is the responsibility of all staff, physicians and volunteers to understand how to respond in an emergency code situation. Education is provided through in-services, educational events and education through the intranet.

Email emergencypreparedness@nygh.on.ca for more information on emergency preparedness at North York General.

What Are Emergency Codes?

An emergency code is a notification of an event that requires immediate action. North York General utilizes standardized colour codes as supported by the Ontario Hospital Association. Staff, physicians and volunteers understand what each code refers to and are aware of how to respond to provide a safe environment. Find out more about individual emergency codes.

Who Do You Notify In Case Of An Emergency?

5555 is the emergency number at North York General.
When you dial 5555 from an internal phone, this is answered as a priority call —identify your location and the type of emergency. As a result of this call, appropriate help will be sent to this location.