Handling Common Emergencies
Fire Emergencies: If you see a fire or the smoke from a fire the first thing to do is to PULL THE FIRE ALARM pull station. These are located on the wall in the corridors near the fire exit doors. This action gives everyone in the building an opportunity to be notified of the threat and to start the evacuation of the building. A fire can also be reported using any of the college phones in the classrooms and offices. Dial “0” to get the campus operator during regular hours, or dial 911 to talk directly to the public emergency response agency. Do not attempt to fight the fire until the alarm system has been activated. Fire extinguishers are located on the walls near the fire exit doors. Students are encouraged to learn the location of the extinguishers and learn how to use them properly. Students evacuating the buildings should gather in the parking lots where a light pole is identified with two large yellow reflective stripes. This is the gathering area for students and staff.
Auto Accidents: Property damage due to automobile accidents can occur in the parking lots. Students who are involved in causing the damage should exchange information with others concerned as required by law. If a driver strikes an unoccupied vehicle, it should be reported to the security staff on duty or the campus receptionist. The local law enforcement agencies will be notified if the complainant so requests, or if the damage is severe. Personal injuries caused during an automobile accident may require medical assistance and should be reported immediately.
Medical Needs: The College does not provide health services on campus. Medical care is the responsibility of each student. However, in the case of serious injury or medical emergency, the rescue squad will be called. Limited first aid supplies are available in each classroom as well as the security lobby desk or office located in the various buildings. To report a medical emergency contact the 911 operator directly using a classroom or office phone, or call the campus operator during regular business hours. The phone number for Security is posted on every classroom phone instrument. Pay telephones may also be used, and no coins are required for such calls. After calling 911, the next step should be to report the emergency to the security desk or the campus operator.
AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) units are located throughout the campus and are available to assist a person having a heart attack. Look for the AED sign on the corridor walls to locate a unit. The units can be removed and taken to the location of the heart attack victim. Instruction for using the AED equipment is found with the equipment and instructions are audibly transmitted while using the equipment.
Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct: The College does not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. The victim should seek safety first, by contacting a counselor or the security person on duty. The phone number for Security is posted on every classroom phone. The student will be directed to adequate medical facilities and assistance, and will be helped to contact the local law enforcement agencies. Please see policy statement in the Catalog under College-wide policies.
Reporting Suspicious Activity: If you see an activity or a person, which could harm others or be potentially threatening to those in the immediate area, contact the campus receptionist and/or the security desk at your campus location. The phone number for Security is posted on every classroom phone. Your interest in everyone’s safety does make a difference. Prompt reporting of information could save lives.