Emergency Preparedness

DIAL: zero (0) OR 6555 OR 911

  • All personnel (faculty, staff and students) should remain calm. Panic leads to injury and destruction of property.
  • Dial zero (0) to reach the Campus Operator. Tell them your location and nature of the emergency. OR Dial 6555 to reach a Security Officer. Tell them your location and nature of the emergency. OR Dial 911, the Macon County Emergency Center.
  • If you don’t need to be on your cell phone, please keep the cells clear.
  • If power is lost, emergency generators will activate in approximately 10 seconds, providing emergency lighting.
  • When you dial 911 from any college phone, you will reach the Macon County 911 Emergency Center

ACTIVATE THE NEAREST ALARM

DIAL: zero (0) OR 6555 OR 911

  • Activate the nearest fire alarm.
  • Dial zero (0) to reach the Campus Operator. If no answer dial 6555 for Security telling them the location of the fire. OR Dial 911 directly. All College phones will access the Macon County 911 Emergency Center.
  • Confine the fire by closing doors, windows, etc.
  • When the fire alarm sounds, you must exit the building by the nearest available door and move a minimum of 500 feet away from the building. The elevator is deactivated by the alarm system and cannot be used. Individuals on the second floor needing assistance are to make their way to the stair towers “safe zone,” activate the emergency call box located at the top of landing of each stairwell and wait for assistance.
  • Instructors are responsible for the evacuation of their students and for closing any door when exiting.
  • Crawl under smoke: The cleanest air will be closer to the floor.
  • STOP, DROP, & ROLL: If your clothing catches on fire, STOP where you are, DROP to the floor, and ROLL over and over to smother any flames.
  • If power is lost, emergency generators will activate in approximately 10 seconds, providing emergency lighting.
  • Staff and students should not go to their vehicles and attempt to leave campus as this may impede fire trucks or other emergency vehicles attempting to reach the campus by nearest roadways.

DIAL: zero (0) OR 6555 OR 911

  • Remain calm
  • Do not attempt to stop a perpetrator. He/she may be armed.
  • If activity is or has the potential to become life threatening:
    • Call 911
    • OR Security at 6555
    • OR Campus Operator at zero (0)
  • If activity is not, or does not have the potential to become life threatening:
    • Call Security at 6555
    • OR Campus Operator at zero (0)
  • When calling 911, Security at 6555, or Campus Operator at zero (0), give as much detail as possible, including:
    • Type of activity
    • Type or extent of any injuries (if any)
    • Description and number of perpetrator(s)
    • General physical and clothing description
    • Armed or unarmed
    • Vehicle description (make, color, license number)
    • Direction of travel (if left the scene)
  • If indoors:
    • Take cover under a piece of heavy furniture or against an inside wall during the shaking. The most dangerous thing to do during the shaking of an earthquake is to try to leave the building because objects may fall on you. Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution, and leave the building as the structure may have become compromised, and any after shocks may cause sections to collapse.
  • If outdoors:
    • Move into the open, away from buildings (a minimum of 500 feet), streetlights, and utility wires.
    • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.
  • Remain calm.
  • Move in an orderly manner to the nearest exit. Exit signs/maps are located throughout the building(s).
  • Instructors are responsible for evacuating their classrooms and for closing any doors as they exit. Instructors should take a head count, reporting any unaccounted for students to Security as soon as possible.
  • Move away from the building (a minimum of 500 feet) and clear all doorways.
  • Security and Operations staff will check stair tower safe zones for individuals needing assistance.
  • If power to the Campus is lost, emergency generators will activate in approximately 10 seconds, providing emergency lighting.
  • Remain calm
  • If life-threatening (Airway, Breathing or Circulation) call 911 and zero (0) for the Campus Operator who can contact Campus emergency personnel or 6555 for Security Staff.
  • If not life-threatening (no problem with Airway, Breathing, or Circulation) call zero (0) for the Campus Operator who will contact emergency personnel or 6555 for Security Staff, or 551 for Operations Staff.
  • Do NOT move an injured person unless absolutely necessary to prevent additional injury.
  • College personnel should not administer any medical services unless required for life support.
  • Make the victim as comfortable as possible until professional help arrives (i.e. cover with a coat or blanket to keep him/her warm). If shortness of breath occurs, have person sit upright, allowing them to breathe easier.

EXTREME EMERGENCIES

  • If vomiting occurs in an unconscious person, turn the victim to one side to prevent them from choking.
  • If no breathing or pulse, begin CPR (IF trained to do so).
  • To stop bleeding, apply pressure and elevate (if bleeding from an extremity).
  • If shortness of breath occurs, elevate the head.

DEFINITIONS

Severe Thunder Storm Watch:
Conditions exist for the development of severe thunderstorms including damaging winds and/or hail.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning:
Severe thunderstorm has been sighted or indicated by radar.
Tornado Watch:
Conditions are favorable for the development of tornados.
Tornado Warning:
A tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar.
  • Richland will make an immediate notification via the Campus PA system in the event a tornado threatens the campus.
  • The elevator MAY be used for individuals needing assistance during weather emergencies.
  • Stay away from glass windows and high ceilings (Schrodt, Andreas & Shilling Centers).
  • Move to the first floor, an interior hallway away from glass windows and doors.
  • An “all clear” message will be broadcast over the PA system once the immediate threat has passed.
  • Individuals should not leave the building during a tornado on Campus.
  • If power is lost, emergency generators will activate in approximately 10 seconds, providing emergency lighting.

DIAL: zero (0) OR 6555 OR 911

  • No threat, written or verbal should go unreported
    • Contact Security 6555, the Campus Operator at zero (0) or call 911
    • If deemed credible, DO NOT use radios, cell phones or other electronic devices.
  • If you receive a Bomb threat:
    • Remain calm
    • Listen to the caller carefully. Try to keep them on the line.
    • Ask the caller the following questions and write down the answers:
      • When is the Bomb set to go off?
      • What kind of Bomb is it?
      • Where is the Bomb?
      • What does it look like?
      • Why did you place the Bomb here?
  • Make the following notes to yourself:
    • Description of caller’s voice (male/female, young/old, accent, etc.)
    • Time of call
  • When the call is completed, DO NOT hang up the phone. Place the receiver on the desk.
  • DO NOT touch any suspicious packages, bags, briefcases, etc.
  • Once Evacuated:
    • Do not stand in front of windows.
    • Do not block sidewalks or streets.
    • Move at least 500 feet from the building. Staff and students should not go to their vehicles until an “all clear” is given.

DIAL: 911 THEN 6555

  • If you see/witness: Call 911 then Security at 6555.
  • Students, faculty and staff should immediately take cover in a safe location.
  • If possible and safe to do so, evacuate the immediate area of an active shooter.
  • SHELTER IN PLACE and await further instructions via the Campus PA System.
  • Immediate notification will be made via Campus PA system.
  • If the shooter’s location is unclear, close and lock door(s), extinguish all lights and remain motionless next to the wall near the door.
  • Remain in place until the “secure” or “all clear” notification is given.
  • Once this type of situation begins DO NOT come out of rooms if the fire alarm is activated unless you have first-hand knowledge that there is a fire as this may be a “trick” by the shooter to get individuals to come out in the open.
  • Try to remain as calm as possible.

DIAL: zero (0) OR 6555 OR 551

  • If you notice a spill call the Campus Operator: zero (0).
  • If no answer call Security at 6555 or dial 551 for Maintenance.
  • Remain calm.
  • If a spill/release is in a classroom, evacuate immediately and isolate the room by closing the door.
  • If a spill/release is in the vicinity of the campus, a “shelter in place” (stay where you are) order will be given due to conditions outside possibly being dangerous.
  • NO attempt to clean up hazardous material should be conducted by untrained persons.
  • If power to the Campus is lost, emergency generators will activate in approximately 10 seconds, providing emergency lighting.