Thursday, October 14, 2010

Some More Secret Codes in Public Places

From WalletPop.

"While there, I heard an announcement for “Code C” and I had to know what it was.

You see, airports, retail stores and hospitals all have secret codes to announce information to staff without causing alarm to the general public."

Walmart Codes:

* Code Black – Severe weather (ex. tornado warning)
* Code Blue – Bomb threat
* Code Brown – Shooting
* Code Green – Hostage situation
* Code Orange – Chemical spill
* Code Red – Fire
* Code White – Accident
* Code C – Customer service or cashier needed
* Code 300 or Department 51 – Security

Walmart also has color coded pillars in their stores:

* Blue – Telephone
* Red – Fire extinguisher
* Orange – “Spill-O-Magic” station

Boat/Ship/Vessel Codes

* Code Oscar or Mr. MOB – Man overboard
* Bravo, Bravo, Bravo – Serious incident such as a fire
* Mr Skylight – Minor incident
* Code Blue – Medical emergency

Hospital Codes

* Code Blue, Code 90, Code 45 – Cardiac arrest
* Code Red, Dr Red, Dr Pyro, Dr Firestone – Fire
* Code Grey, Code Silver – Combative or violent person
* Code Orange – Mass casualty incident
* Code Black, Code Brown – Extreme weather warning

These are the most common codes, obviously some of these codes will be known by other code names in certain places. Some countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States have standards for these codes, but they differ from each other and many other countries do not have standards.


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