Emergency Codes

The Emergency Preparedness Committee is comprised of 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.

Code

Definition

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 Hospital Taking ̸ 
Person with Weapon
Code Red Fire
Code White Violent Patient
Code Yellow Missing Patient
Code Amber Missing Infant ̸ Child

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. See the listing below for a description of our 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.

Codes and definitions

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