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This is a Crisis Preparedness Plan for actions to be taken when a serious accident or catastrophe occurs and the workplace – or parts of it – end up in a crisis situation. It could, for example, be a fire in the workplace, an accident with staff during a business trip, or an individual death.

Revised by Martin Edin Grimheden, 2020-06-25.

Each accident or catastrophe consists of a number of individual catastrophes for the persons individually affected and their immediate families. An individual death or sudden illness is a catastrophic situation for those closest to that person.

The tasks of the crisis manager at the Department is:

  • to organize measures that the situation that has arisen requires on site,
  • to meet and respond to the media’s questions, or alternately to refer them to the press officer or Vice-Chancellor at KTH,
  • to inform those working in the front office of what has happened so that they will always refer inquiries to Magnus Wiktorsson, KTH press officer, or alternately to the Vice-Chancellor for information,
  • to inform staff and others concerned of the actual situation.

Crisis responsible at MMK

In the event of a crisis: Alert – Act – Process – Evaluate

Important Emergency numbers

KTH's Emergency number:
08-790 7700

Other important numbers

Poison Information Center:
112 or 08-33 12 31

112, or 114 14 for non-emergency issues

KTH Communications Strategist:
08-790 82 13

KTH switchboard:
08-790 60 00

Contacts for information sharing

  Crisis Managers MMK

  • Primarily responsible: Martin Edin Grimheden, Head of Department, 08 790 77 97, 073-984 43 26
  • Back-up: Erika Gilbertsson, Operations Controller, 08 790 68 13

ITM Crisis Response Organisation

  • Crisis manager for employees: Sofia Lindbom, HR Manager: 08-790 70 98
  • Back-up, employees: Christina Carlsson, Head of Administration: 08-790 76 62, 070-571 81 86
  • Crisis manager students: Andreas Alm Arvidsson: 08-790 91 60, 070-797 9160
  • Back-up, students: Henrik Sahlström, Head of Office: 08-790 63 11, 070-090 63 11

Advice in the event of a crisis, step 1 – Alert

1. Save lives.

2. Sound the alarm.

  1. Call 112 during an event where external help is needed in the form of an ambulance, the fire brigade, or the police – indicate you are calling from KTH, give the address (Brinellvägen 83 or Drottning Kristinas väg 40) and the reason for the alarm.
  2. After that, always call the KTH emergency number, 08-790 77 00. Indicate the reason for the alarm, the address, and the telephone number you can be reached at so that KTH emergency services can call you back. You do not need to dial 00 to get an outside line when calling 112.
    1. For events that do not require an ambulance, the fire brigade, or the police, call only the KTH emergency number, 08-790 77 00, which is open around the clock. Indicate the reason for the alarm, the address, and the telephone number you can be reached at so that KTH emergency services can call you back. You can get advice as to what you should do immediately through the KTH emergency number. Contact is also arranged around the clock with:
      The KTH Crisis Management Group
      The Head of KTH Security
      The Head of KTH IT Security
      KTH Emergency Services on KTH Campus
      KTH security guards on KTH Campus, only during guard hours

3. Note what happens in a logbook

Print logbook here (pdf 45 kB)

  • time of conversation/message that came for you
  • name and phone number of person leaving message
  • what has happened
  • who has been injured or lost their lives
  • how, and by whom, what has occurred can be confirmed
  • what you are doing/have done 

4. Inform (call in the first place. If no answer, send a text message)

  1. Contact the Head of Department first. If no answer, send a text message.
  2. If he/she does not answer, contact the Operations Controller to inform them of what has happened.
  3. After that, the Head of Department or Operations Controller contacts the ITM crisis response organisation. 
  4. Crisis Managers inform staff and others concerned.

Note! In the event of an individual death, contact the police. Never give notice of a death to a relative.

Advice in the event of a crisis, step 2 – Act

Re-assembly point

At the car park below Brinellvägen 89.

Personal injury

  • Take care of the injured person at a separate location, speak calmingly, keep warm, do not leave alone
  • Turn away other onlookers
  • Be sure that somebody accompanies them to the hospital
  • Contact a relative


  • Warn people in danger and begin evacuation
  • Never go through smoke
  • Extinguish with a hand-held fire extinguisher if possible
  • If the fire/smoke is strong, leave the premises and close as many doors as possible between the smoke/fire and neighbouring premises. Meet the fire brigade.


  • Turn over what is requested
  • Give the robber a free way out
  • Sound the alarm from another place


  • Be calm and friendly
  • Use delaying tactics
  • Act as if you do not understand the call
  • Keep them on the line and ask for information
  • Express a willingness to cooperate
  • Try to find out if the threat is meant in earnest
  • Try to record the call

In the course of the call, you should if possible encourage a workmate to sound the alarm!

Ask the person making the threat about the following:

  • When will the threat be carried out?
  • Who/what is the threat directed at?
  • Why?

For an action to be counted as an unlawful threat, weapons do not need to be involved. It is enough if the threat is made in such a way or in such a context that it can be assumed that the object of the threat feels a serious fear that the threat will be executed.

The police report is made via 114 14

Document the threats

It is important to document what is possible with the help of e.g. a recording on a mobile phone or own notes. (See log book on the last page). If you have received threats by e-mail, text message, etc. you should save the information on the computer, phone or the platform where the threats were received. Also do this if you choose to print out the material. Together this may constitute important evidence in a possible court case.

While awaiting help

  • Gather those affected at a separate place. Do not let anyone go home directly.
  • Provide simple, concrete and clear information. Avoid speculation. Feel free to repeat what is said.
  • Be active in providing help; go with the person, ring phone numbers, show the way, stay with those affected
  • Do not let anyone affected go home on his or her own, drive a car or do anything requiring responsibility
  • Show concern: Rest, Warmth, Friendliness, Care, Fluids
  • Let everyone have a chance to talk about what has happened – if they want to. Listen without judging or controlling.
  • Be honest with those affected and give the information you have. Avoid looking for scapegoats.
  • Protect against further stress, strong impressions, media and an audience
  • Provide an opportunity to contact relatives/family. The HR staff can get the information in HR+.
  • Arrange when necessary a social contact network for the evening/weekend.
  • Decide a time and place for follow-up the next day.

Advice in the event of a crisis, step 3 – Process

In the reaction phase – once the initial shock has subsided

  • Be there
  • Hold
  • Provide space for sorrow, fear, etc.
  • Provide information (even if there is no news, say so)
  • Respect
  • Refrain from judging
  • Care, listen
  • Give hope
  • Inform about mental and physical stress reactions
  • Book an emergency appointment with Avonova for individual support
  • Invite Avonova for expert support a few days after the crisis; it may be hard to determine who wants such help

Advice in the event of a crisis, step 3 – Evaluate

Once the crisis has been handled

  • Evaluate and improve procedures.
  • Identify those who need extra support (around 1-3 months afterwards)
  • Save the log book and other experiences.

Also refer to

ITM Crisis Response Organisation

Crisis support: employees, other staff and students at KTH

Skolchefens ansvar för krisstöd till anställda och studenter

Information about how the school's crisis management team should be organized


Print logbook here (pdf 45 kB)

Log book