What is an emergency?
An emergency is any immediate threat to life and/or property that requires immediate response from police, fire, or ambulance personnel. Your judgment often determines whether an incident is an emergency. If you consider a situation to be an emergency, then it is an emergency and the procedures in this booklet should be followed. If in doubt, err on the side of safety!
Animals are not allowed on premises. The only exception is assistance animals.
In the case of rabid or dangerous animals:
Upon receiving a message that a bomb has been planted on the premises:
Weapons of mass destruction likely to be employed by terrorists fall into four basic categories: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, and Conventional. Follow these procedures to protect human life.
Nuclear: Defense against nuclear weapons depends primarily on distance from the point of detonation. Follow same action steps for “Conventional.”
Conventional: The danger from the blast effect of conventional explosive devices is similar to nuclear devices with a higher rate of survivability.
If responding to the threat of an imminent conventional or nuclear blast nearby:
Biological: Defense against biological attacks is difficult. Awareness is usually not possible for days or weeks. The first signs may emerge as personnel notice a higher than usual incidence of various symptoms.
Should a biological attack be discovered while work/classes are underway:
If the site/college is the target:
Inside the building/classroom:
If taken hostage:
In the event of fire or smoke:
If gas odor has been detected in the building:
If the fire alarm is activated, follow evacuation procedures, otherwise:
Incident occurred on site/campus:
Evacuations are conducted when a situation inside a building is dangerous to people. The evacuation directive is issued to clear a room / building / site in a timely and orderly manner. Evacuation directives may come in the form of alarms, verbal direction from authorities, door-to-door, text or e-mail messages, or other means.
Lock-down procedures may be issued in situations involving dangerous intruders or other incidents that may result in harm to people outside site/college buildings. MEMS Team/Facilities/Director of Public Safety will issue lock-down order by announcing (via speaker, bullhorn, text message, e-mail) and/or sending a messenger to each floor/classroom, or other alternate method.
In the event of a lockdown/shelter-in-place is decided, follow the direction of authorized personnel (Evacuation Team/MEMS Team/Public Safety Officers/other personnel delegated by administrator on duty.
These directions will include:
Allow no one outside of offices/classrooms until the police/fire/authorized personnel give the all-clear signal. An all-clear signal needs to be determined.
When in designated assembly areas, account for all employees/students and visitors. Immediately inform response authorities of missing staff and/or student(s).
Reverse Evacuation/Shelter-in-place provides refuge for employees, students, and visitors within site/campus buildings during an emergency. Shelters are located in areas that maximize the safety of inhabitants. Safe areas may change, depending on the emergency. Be prepared to go into lockdown/shelter-in-place once inside.
Sheltering provides refuge for employees, students, and visitors within buildings during an emergency. Shelters are located in areas that maximize the safety of occupants. Safe areas may change depending on the emergency.
During an emergency, adhere to the following procedures:
If incident occurred off site/campus:
MEDICAL - SUICIDE
Suicide attempt on site/campus:
Suicidal death/Serious injury:
Severe Weather Warning has been issued in an area near site/college or severe weather has been spotted near site/college:
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