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Emergency Preparation

Introduction: In Case of an Emergency /
Disaster & Emergency Preparedness / Evacuation Procedures & Maps /
Relocation of Persons with Disabilities / Assisting Person with Disabilities /
Reporting a Threat / Active Shooter / Suicide and Attempt Suicide Response /
Medical Emergencies / Seizures / Needlestick Injury and Blood Exposure /
Rodent and Bat Response / In the Event of an Explosion or Similar Incident /
Bomb Threat/Power Outages / Traffic Collisions/Crime in Progress and Civil Disturbance /
Fire Safety
/ Structure Fires / Brush Fires / Hazardous Materials /
Terrorist Incident / Chemical or Bio-Terrorism / Earthquake Information /
Flooding & Water Damage / Severe Winds / Other Emergency / Personal Preparedness


back to topIntroduction: In Case of an Emergency

An emergency situation could occur at any moment and cause panic and confusion. A well-coordinated effort among those affected by the emergency can prevent the spread of chaos and facilitate an eventual return to a peaceful existence.

A coordinated effort by the entire campus community will be necessary if a major disaster occurs on the campus. Buildings may need to be evacuated and must be done so in a safe and orderly manner. In case of a region-impacting event, it may be necessary to stay on campus for a period of time. It is also feasible that large numbers of students, employees, families from the surrounding community may assemble on campus and require information, food, and shelter.

The “In Case of an Emergency” procedures are a guide to familiarize students and employees with procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. Its content is not all-inclusive, but is designed to highlight emergency conditions that may occur and will assist in responding to emergency situations. Please review the below procedures before an emergency occurs.

NOTE: Do not call 9-1-1 from your cell phone. Your call will go to CHP or to the Stockton Police Dept. All outside emergency calls will be transferred to District Police by outside agencies. This will cause a delay in an emergency response by District Police.

back to topDisaster and Emergency Preparedness

Work site specific emergency preparedness plans have been established at San Joaquin Delta College. Evacuation maps and Emergency Response Procedures flip charts are posted in every classroom and office.

ALL EMPLOYEES, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, ARE OBLIGATED TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR COMPETENT SERVICE TO THE DISTRICT IN THE EVENT OF A MAJOR EMERGENCY OR DISASTER. During an emergency/disaster situation, all employees will perform their responsibilities with one thing in mind -- the protection of students and staff of the college and the protection of District property.

Major disasters may seriously disrupt normal campus activities for an indefinite period of time. Likewise, your normal work assignments may be temporarily suspended while you are given new responsibilities for the duration of the "event."

Public employees are designated as "Disaster Service Workers" and are subject to service assigned to them by their supervisors or by law. Should a disaster strike during work hours, all employees will remain at their assignment unless officially released by the superintendent/president or his/her designee. - Government Code, Chapter 8, Section 3100: http://law.justia.com/california/codes/gov/3100-3109.html

back to topEvacuation Procedures and Maps

  • Please review the Emergency Evacuation Assembly Areas Map that is located in every classroom and/or office.
  • Be aware of all exits and stairwells in your area and building.
  • When the building fire alarm is sounded or when you are ordered to leave by the District Police or college staff, walk quickly to the nearest exit or stairwell and ask others to do the same.
  • Make sure all students have evacuated the classroom and labs.
  • Assist the disabled in exiting the building if safe to do so or unless otherwise directed (see below Relocation of Person with Disabilities guidelines).
  • To the best of your ability, and without re-entering the building, assist District Police and college staff in their attempt to determine that everyone has evacuated.
  • Once outside, proceed to your building's designated Region Evacuation Assembly Area. Information command posts will be set up at these sites.
  • Keep walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Do not return to a building until told to do so.
  • Emergency Evacuation Maps:

back to topRelocation of Persons with Disabilities

NOTE: It is suggested that individuals who use wheelchairs or have mobility impairment prepare for an emergency ahead of time by instructing coworkers or fellow students on how to assist in an emergency. In the event of an emergency, individuals who use wheelchairs, other individuals with mobility impairments, and individuals with disabilities that can affect response to emergencies, should observe the following procedures:

  • During an emergency, request assistance from those nearest you. If no one is there to render assistance, proceed to the nearest stairway landing, and shout for help.
  • As a first choice, use the building elevator, BUT NEVER IN THE CASE OF FIRE, EARTHQUAKE OR POWER OUTAGE.
  • If assistance is not immediately available, continue to call for help until rescued. Individuals who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or have other means of attracting the attention of others.
  • Rescue personnel, Public Safety, Emergency Response Teams, Fire and Police Departments should first check all exit corridors and exit stairwells for trapped persons.
  • Consultation about these procedures is available from District Police.

back to topAssisting Persons with Disabilities

To Assist Visually Impaired Persons:

  • Explain the nature of the emergency. Alarms or confusion may disorient a person, even when normally familiar with the area.
  • Guide the person (or provide someone to do so). The person will take the guide's arm below the elbow and will follow.
  • Tell the person where you are as you walk.
  • Advise of any obstacles in the path.
  • When you have reached safety: Orient the person to where he or she is and ask if any further assistance is needed before leaving.

To Assist Hearing Impaired Persons

  • If you must get a person's attention:
  • Flash room lights.
  • Wave your arms.
  • Tap person's shoulder.
  • Gesture what is happening and what to do.
  • Write on board or paper: Nature of emergency & evacuation route.

To Assist Mobility Impaired Persons

  • Always ask the person first if they have special needs or requirements.
  • Individuals using wheelchairs can be pushed or accompanied to safety.
  • Individuals using canes, crutches, or walkers should evacuate themselves except in the event that rapid evacuation is deemed essential.
  • Call District Police and wait for help before transferring a person from a wheelchair or transporting a person on a stairway, unless the situation is imminently life threatening.
  • Wheelchairs for emergency use are located in the Health Unit located behind Danner Hall.

back to topReporting a Threat

While shootings in schools are rare episodes, when they occur, they are often devastating. As an institution of higher learning, it is important for San Joaquin Delta College to view these types of incidents with the appropriate perspective. Since 1966, there have been 89 shooting deaths at U.S. universities and college campuses; Virginia Tech was the largest. Compare that to the approximately 1,100 that commit suicide on college and university campuses every year, or the 1,400 to 1,700 alcohol-related deaths on college and university campuses each year. Despite shootings on campuses being rare, we as a community must be vigilant and prepared. It is important to note a few facts about these types of shootings. The Secret Service has studied the 30 major shooting incidents that have taken place at schools (elementary through college) since 1974. They found remarkable similarity in them. First, almost all of the individuals who have committed these crimes have been male, and were known for being isolated socially. Almost all of them planned out their actions in advance, and over three quarters of them actually shared their plans with others before putting them into effect. Unfortunately, in only two cases did anyone report the plan to authorities before the attack. With these facts in mind, it is critically important that members of our college community report threats and potential threats in a timely manner.

If you believe an individual poses an imminent threat to a member or members of the college community, please contact District Police immediately. If you are located at an off campus site and believe imminent danger is likely, please contact 911 immediately and then contact District Police. If you do not believe that harm is imminent, but an individual’s behavior seems threatening or seems like it could lead to harm to the individual or to the college community, you should report the concern to District Police. It is better to err on the side of notifying the appropriate individuals than to remain silent; the college has resources with which to assess these situations and the individual of concern. If you have any questions, please contact the District Police Dept.

Back to TopActive Shooter

An active shooter is a person who appears to be actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. These situations are dynamic and evolve rapidly, demanding immediate deployment of law enforcement resources to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to innocent victims. If you feel that an active shooter is on campus:

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Remain calm and answer the dispatcher’s questions. The dispatcher is trained to obtain the necessary and required information for an appropriate emergency response.
  • If safe to do so, stop and take time to get a good description of the criminal. Note height, weight, sex, race, approximate age, clothing, type of weapon used, method and direction of travel, and his/her name, if known. If the suspect is entering a vehicle, note the license plate number, make and model, color, and outstanding characteristics. All of this takes only a few seconds and is of the utmost help to the responding officers.

NOTE: An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active shooter event as to whether he/she chooses to run to safety or remain in place. However, best practices for an active shooter event are listed below.

IF OUTSIDE WHEN A SHOOTING OCCURS

  • Drop to the ground immediately, face down as flat as possible. If within 15-20 feet of a safe place or cover, duck and run to it.
  • Move or crawl away from gunfire, trying to utilize any obstructions between you and the gunfire.
  • When you reach a place of relative safety, stay down and do not move.
  • Wait and listen for directions from District Police and/or public safety personnel.

IF SUSPECT IS OUTSIDE YOUR CLASSROOM/OFFICE

  • Stay inside the classroom/office.
  • If possible, close and lock the outside door to the room.
  • Close the blinds, turn off the lights, remain quiet and move behind available cover. Stay on the floor, away from doors or windows, and do not peek out to see what may be happening.
  • If possible and safe to do so, report the location of the assailant.

    Threatening Classroom Situations

IF SUSPECT IS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY

  • Lie motionless and pretend to be unconscious.
  • Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the suspect except for self-protection.
  • An individual must use his/her own discretion about when he or she must engage a shooter for survival.

What to expect from responding Officers

Police Officers responding to an active shooter are trained in a procedure known as Rapid Deployment and proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard. Their purpose is to stop the shooting as quickly as possible.

They may be dressed in regular patrol uniforms or they may be wearing external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets and other tactical equipment. The officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns or handguns and might also utilize pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation. Regardless how they appear, remain calm, do as the officers tell you and do not be afraid of them.

Put down any bags or packages you may be carrying and keep your hands visible at all times. Since the police do not know who the suspect is, they may stop, question, or search you.

If you know where the shooter is, tell the officer. The first officers to arrive will not stop to aid injured people, their goal is to respond to the shooter’s location to neutralize or isolate them as quickly as possible. Rescue teams composed of other officers and emergency medical personnel will follow the first officers into secured areas to treat and remove injured persons.

Keep in mind that even once you have escaped to a safer location, the entire area is still a crime scene; police will usually not allow anyone to leave until the situation is fully under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Until you are released, remain at whatever assembly point authorities designate.

back to topSuicide/Attempt Suicide

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Give your name, location, and description of person in crisis.
  • Describe the type of action the person in crisis has taken or may take.
  • If the person is talking about suicide, try to keep the person in one location until District Police arrives on scene.
  • If the person has overdosed, try to keep this person awake.
  • If the person has a weapon, stay away from this person and warn others to do the same.
  • If this person is contemplating jumping from a building, keep a safe distance and let the person know that help is on the way.
  • Try to warn those below to keep the area clear of foot traffic.
  • If a person is successful, the area will be treated as a crime scene and those in the area will be asked to cooperate as witnesses.
  • If you believe another subject was involved with the person’s suicide or attempt, inform District Police immediately.

NOTE: “Suicide by cop” is another common form of suicide that one may try to utilize. “Suicide by cop” is a colloquial term used to describe an incident in which a suicidal individual consciously engages in life-threatening behavior(s) to the degree that it compels a police officer to respond with deadly force.

Guidelines for dealing with potential suicide:

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Don’t try to minimize the situation by telling the person how well off he/she is compared to others.
  • Don’t argue with the person.
  • Don’t be judgmental or moralizing about the situation.
  • Don’t deal with the person alone.
  • Don’t leave the person alone.
  • Try to make sure the person doesn’t have access to any harmful objects or substances.

Warning signs of suicide:

  • Ideation (thinking, talking or wishing about suicide).
  • Substance use or abuse (increased use or change in substance).
  • Purposelessness (no sense of purpose or belonging).
  • Anger.
  • Trapped (feeling like there is no way out).
  • Withdrawal (from family, friends, work, school, activities, & hobbies).
  • Anxiety (restlessness, irritability, & agitation).
  • Recklessness (high risk-taking behavior).
  • Mood disturbance (dramatic changes in mood).

Additional warning signs of suicide:

  • Talking about suicide.
  • Looking for ways to die (internet searches on how to commit suicide, looking for guns, pills, etc).
  • Preoccupation with death.
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about.
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about.
  • Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions.

Remember that the person who is in distress is asking for help from you in the only way possible for him/her at the time. You are not betraying the person by providing this help. It is best to have the person hospitalize himself/herself if necessary. It is important to know that the person can only be hospitalized in two ways: a) by choice, or b) by the police if he/she is dangerous to himself/herself or others.

back to topMedical Emergencies

  • Do not move a seriously injured person unless there is a life threatening situation.
  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Give your name, location, and telephone number. Give as much information as possible regarding the nature of the injury or illness, whether or not the victim is conscious, etc.
  • Do not hang up until directed to do so by the dispatcher.
  • Return to the victim and keep the victim as calm and comfortable as possible.
  • Remain with the victim until emergency personnel arrive.
  • If in a classroom, please have the class take a 15 min. break until the victim is removed by District Police or emergency personnel.

Seizures

  • Call District Police immediately
  • Try to place the person flat on his/her back.
  • Remove chairs, desks, or other nearby hazards that the person may hit.
  • Protect the person's head from injury.
  • Do not try to hold the person down or in place during a seizure.
  • Do not place any objects between the person's teeth.
  • Do not try to revive the person with fluids, stimulants, fresh air or walking.
  • Do not panic. Usually the seizure will subside and the person will recover.
  • Campus Police will dispatch medical personnel to do an evaluation for all seizures.
  • If a seizure occurs in a classroom, please have the class take a 15 minute break until the person is removed by District Police or emergency personnel.

back to topNeedlestick Injury and Blood Exposure                        

If you experience a needlestick or sharps injury or get blood, body fluids, or other potentially infectious materials in your eyes, nose, mouth or on broken skin:

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Wash needlesticks and cuts with soap and water and/or a skin disinfectant if available.
  • Flush splashes to the nose, mouth, or skin with water – DO NOT swallow the water.
  • Irrigate eyes with clean water, saline, or sterile irrigants.
  • Seek medical attention immediately.

Needle or sharp discarded inappropriately or blood release

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Keep the area clear of students and staff.
  • Evacuate office or classroom if needed.
  • Do not attempt to pick up sharps or clean up blood.
  • Do not handle anything contaminated with dry or wet blood.

Person bleeding

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Do not risk your health.
  • Give the person gauze, tissue, or band aid
  • Advise the person to apply the gauze or tissue or band aid to their wound.
  • Do not touch blood, bloody clothes or discarded bloody first aid items.
  • Give the person an empty bag to put their bloody items in.
  • If you make a decision to assist before District Police arrives, make sure you utilize protective barriers: latex gloves, face shield, protective clothing cover etc.
  • If you are exposed to blood, advise District Police and seek medical attention immediately.

Blood-borne Viruses

BBV’s are viruses that some people carry in their blood and which may cause severe disease in certain people and few or no symptoms in others. The virus can spread to another person, whether the carrier of the virus is ill or not.

The main BBV’s of concern are:

  • Hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus, and hepatitis D virus, which all cause hepatitis, a disease of the liver.
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), affecting the immune system of the body.

These viruses can also be found in body fluids other than blood, for example, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk. Other body fluids or materials such as urine, feces, saliva, sputum, sweat, tears, and vomit carry a minimal risk of BBV infection, unless they are contaminated with blood. Care should still be taken as the presence of blood is not always obvious.

back to topRodent or Bat in Office or Classroom

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Inform dispatch of the animal’s last known location.
  • Do not handle or touch
  • Do not try to catch or trap
  • Evacuate the office or classroom
  • Leave doors and windows open for the animal to easily exit.
  • If the animal leaves the room, inform Campus Police.
  • If you come in contact or sustain a bite from the animal, advise District Police
  • Immediately wash off the area of bite with soap and water.
  • Animal Control or District Police will make an attempt to catch the animal.
  • The animal will be sent to Animal Control and tested for rabies.
  • Seek medical attention immediately.

Back to TopIn the Event of an Explosion or Similar Incident        

  • Immediately take cover under tables, desks or other objects that give protection from broken glass or debris.
  • After the effects of the explosion have subsided, call District Police immediately.
  • Give your name; describe the location and nature of the emergency.
  • Evacuate the immediate area of the explosion by quickly walking to the nearest exit, alerting people as you go.
  • Be aware of structural damage. Stay away from glass doors and windows.
  • Do not touch or move any suspicious object.
  • Assist others, especially the injured and disabled to evacuate the building.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 300 feet away or to the closest parking lot from the affected building.
  • Keep the walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • To the best of your ability, and without re-entering the building, assist District Police and emergency personnel in their attempt to determine that everyone has evacuated safely.
  • Do not return to a building until told to do so.

Back to TopBomb Threat

If you observe a suspicious object or potential bomb:

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Give your name, location and description of the object.
  • Warn others in the area to stay away from the object until District Police arrives on scene.
  • If the object is found outside, move to a clear area at least 300 feet away.
  • If the object is found inside, leave the room, office, or building.

If you receive a phone call indicating a bomb or explosive device has been placed on campus, keep the caller on the phone and ask the following:

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb located?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What does it look like?
  • Why did you place the bomb?
  • What is your name?
  • Note the time the call was received.
  • Note the sex, age, and emotional state of caller.
  • Note any background noises.
  • Note caller ID phone number.
  • Call District Police immediately with the above information.
  • Save your notes for District Police.

District Police will conduct a detailed bomb search and requests the following:

  • Make a cursory inspection of your work area for suspicious objects and report the location to District Police.
  • If an object is found, do not handle it.
  • Leave the room, office, or building.
  • District Police will make the decision to evacuate the building.
  • Move to a clear area outside at least 300 feet away.
  • Do not return to the building until advised by District Police.

If you receive suspicious mail:

  • Do not handle or move the letter or parcel.
  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Document the manner in which the mail arrived.
  • Note the time the mail was received.
  • If possible, note down information that is observed on the mail.
  • Give the information to District Police upon their arrival.

What constitutes a suspicious letter or parcel?

Some typical characteristics which ought to trigger suspicion include letters or parcels that:

  • Have any powdery substance on the outside.
  • Are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.
  • Have excessive postage, handwritten or poorly typed address, incorrect titles or titles with no name, or misspellings of common words.
  • Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.
  • Have no return address, or have one that can't be verified as legitimate.
  • Are of unusual weight, given their size, or are lopsided or oddly shaped.
  • Have an unusual amount of tape.
  • Are marked with restrictive endorsements, such as "Personal" or "Confidential."
  • Have strange odors or stains.

back to topPower Outages

If a power outage occurs during daylight hours:

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Give your name, location, and telephone number. Advise the dispatcher of the situation and of any additional locations that are without power. The dispatcher will immediately notify Maintenance of the outage.
  • Provide assistance to other individuals in your immediate area.
  • Secure files, turn off computers, unplug electronic equipment, and lock windows and doors as you leave your office.
  • Evacuate students to an area with lights. If campus is completely without power, classes will be dismissed temporarily depending on the problem that caused the power outage.
  • If you are in an unlit area, proceed cautiously to an area that has emergency lights or sun light.
  • If you are trapped in an elevator, remain calm. Use the emergency call box located below the selection panel. District Police or Maintenance will be dispatched to your location for assistance.
  • Stand by for instruction from your supervisor or District Police.
  • The Bookstore, Danner Cafeteria, Java Jitters, and the Cashier’s office will temporarily close if their building is without power.
  • All special events, performances, and indoor athletic events will be stopped and evacuated if impacted by a power outage.

If a power outage occurs during evening hours:

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Every building that has a power outage will be evacuated and classes will be cancelled.
  • District Police and Maintenance staff will assist with the evacuation.
  • Students and non-maintenance employees will be directed to the parking lot and asked to leave.
  • District Police and Maintenance staff will check every stairwell, restroom, classroom, office, lounge and elevator for occupants. Once the building has been deemed empty, the building will be secured and will be off limits to foot traffic.
  • If the campus is without power, all buildings and open areas will be evacuated.
  • District Police and Maintenance will physically deem all buildings and open areas vacated and secure the campus.
  • The campus will be closed for the rest of the evening.
  • Students waiting for rides will be asked to wait in their pre-arranged pick-up locations.
  • Disabled students waiting for RTD bus transportation will wait for their bus in the Shima-1 parking lot’s bus stop.

back to topTraffic Collisions

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Give your name, location and vehicle descriptions.
  • Advise if there are injuries, traffic problems, or any hazards.
  • If you’re involved in or observe a hit and run collision, note down suspect vehicle plate number, suspect vehicle description, direction of travel, and suspect driver description.

back to topCrime in Progress / Civil Disturbance

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Give your name, location, and telephone number. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.
  • Advise the dispatcher of the situation and remain where you are until contacted by an officer unless you deem your location unsafe.
  • If a hostile intruder is discovered in your immediate area, and you deem it unsafe to evacuate, retreat to a secure location such as an office or room that can be locked.
  • Turn off lights, remain quiet, keep low to the ground and hide behind a desk or other furniture
  • Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the suspect except for self-protection.
  • If safe to do so, stop and take time to get a good description of the criminal. Note height, weight, sex, race, approximate age, clothing, method and direction of travel, and his/her name, if known.
  • If the suspect is entering a vehicle, note the license plate number, make and model, color, and outstanding characteristics. All of this takes only a few seconds and is of the utmost help to the investigating officers.
  • In the event of civil disturbance, continue inasmuch as possible with your normal routine. If the disturbance is outside, stay away from doors and windows.
  • Do not interfere with those persons creating the disturbance or with authorities on the scene.

back to topFire Safety

Be Calm and Be Quick!

  • To properly use a portable fire extinguisher, know how to detach extinguishers from their mountings, stand 6 to 8 feet from the fire and then follow these steps:
  • Pull the safety pin to unlock the lever for discharge.
  • Aim the extinguisher nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever below the handle (or press the button) to discharge the extinguishing agent.
  • Sweep the nozzle back and forth across the base of the fire, discharging all of the agent to assure the fire is out.

Notice the key letters above to easily recall what to do:

PASSPull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep!

If the fire doesn't begin to go out right away, leave the area, and call District Police immediately.
When it comes to fire, what you don't know can hurt you. Take the time now to find out what you can do about preventing and fighting fire on your job. If you have any questions about fire safety or would like to arrange a training session, please contact District Police.

back to topStructure Fires

NOTE: It is suggested that individuals who use wheelchairs or have a mobility impairment prepare for an emergency ahead of time by instructing coworkers or fellow students on how to assist in an emergency.

  • Upon discovering a fire, close the door to the room where the fire is located and immediately sound the building fire alarm.
  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Give your name and the location of the fire. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.
  • If the fire is small, you may wish to fight it with a fire extinguisher or building fire hose. Be sure you are using the proper extinguisher for the type of fire you are fighting. If you are not sure, read the instructions on the extinguisher.
  • If the fire is large, very smoky, or spreading rapidly, sound the building fire alarm and leave the building immediately.
  • Inform others in the building who may not have responded to the alarm to leave immediately.
  • The alarm may not sound continuously. If the alarm stops, continue to evacuate the building and warn others who may attempt to enter the building.
  • ALWAYS EVACUATE A BUILDING IF THE ALARM IS SOUNDING.
  • If time permits, turn off computers, unplug electrical equipment, take your purse or wallet, and close windows and doors before leaving.
  • If you have a mobility impairment, request assistance from those nearest you. If no one is there to render assistance, proceed to the nearest stairway landing, and shout for help. Consultation about these procedures is available from District Police.
  • When fire alarms sound, do not use the elevators. An elevator may become a trap. Assist (help carry, if necessary) all disabled persons in using the stairs.
  • If there is a closed door in your exit path, touch the door lightly with the back of your hand to ensure it is not warm. If it is not warm, open slowly. Be prepared to close the door quickly if smoke or flames are present.
  • If there is smoke in your only exit path, crawl on hands and knees, keeping your head as close to the ground as possible to avoid inhaling toxic fumes.
  • Relocate to a nearby parking lot and stay out of the way of emergency personnel.

If a chemical fire occurs:

  • Remain calm.
  • If time permits, close windows in the room where the fire is located. Close the door behind you as you leave.
  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Try to give responders information as to the chemicals involved or stored in the affected areas.
  • If the fire is large, very smoky, or spreading rapidly, sound the building fire alarm and leave the building immediately.
  • Inform others in the building who may not have responded to the alarm to evacuate immediately.
  • The alarm may not sound continuously. If the alarm stops, continue to evacuate.
  • Warn others who may attempt to enter the building after the alarm stops.
  • ALWAYS EVACUATE A BUILDING IF THE ALARM IS SOUNDING.
  • When fire alarms sound, do not use the elevators. An elevator may become a trap. Give assistance to (help carry, if necessary) all disabled persons in using the stairs.
  • Relocate to a parking lot which should be a distance of at least 500 feet from the building.
  • Stay out of the way of emergency personnel.
  • Do not return to the building until instructed to do so by District Police or Fire Dept personnel.
  • Notify either District Police or firefighters on the scene if you suspect that someone may be trapped inside the building.
  • Unless you have been trained specifically in fighting hazardous material fires, do not attempt to extinguish the fire.

back to topBrush Fires

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Give your name and the location of the fire.
  • Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.
  • If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a safe nearby area.
  • If you are indoors, close all windows and doors; open all curtains and blinds.
  • Relocate all combustibles away from windows.
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical equipment.
  • Because of road closures, traffic congestion, and the possibility that the fire may outrun you, be prepared to “shelter-in-place.”
  • If instructed to relocate, do not return to the vacated location until instructed to do so by District Police or Fire Dept. personnel.

back to topHazardous Materials

If a hazardous material release occurs:

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Provide the name and quantity of the released material.
  • Provide the appearance of the released material – solid, liquid, odor, color, etc.
  • Provide time of release.
  • Provide information regarding area of contamination.
  • Provide information regarding hazards to humans or to the environment inside or outside the room or building.
  • Try to give responders information as to the materials involved or stored in the affected area.
  • If you are contaminated with a material, make sure you get medical assistance immediately and avoid contact with others.
  • If toxic materials come in contact with your skin, immediately flush the affected area with clear water for at least 15 minutes. Use chemical showers if available.
  • If there is any possible danger, evacuate your area immediately.
  • District Police will make the decision to evacuate the building.
  • Do not return to the building until told do to so by District Police.

NOTE: Hazardous Materials are anything flammable, toxic, corrosive, reactive, oxygenic, cryogenic, or radioactive.

back to topTerrorist Incident

NOTE: There is usually little or no warning for a terrorist incident. An individual must use his/her own discretion during a terrorist incident as to how to respond. However, best practices for a terrorist incident are listed below:

At all times:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Note suspicious items, packages, or vehicles that seem out of place and report them to District Police.
  • Note suspicious activities or behaviors and report them to District Police.

Potential targets recognized by the U.S. Government:

  • Airports, seaports, and harbors
  • Major cities or landmarks
  • Large crowds
  • Infrastructure such as power plants, transportation centers, or communication centers
  • Business and industrial centers such as Wall Street or a World Trade Center

Types of terrorist attacks

  • Explosive devices cause detonations which throw debris into the air and start fires. Explosive devices can be left in place and detonated remotely or carried by a vehicle or even an individual. Explosive devices are used in most terrorist attacks.
  • Biological agents such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins typically make people sick.
  • Chemical agents are toxic to people, plants, or animals, and are found in the form of solids, liquids, vapors, or aerosols.
  • Radioactive attacks include nuclear explosions and “dirty bombs.” A “dirty bomb” is designed to spread radioactive material over a region.

Protective measures to implement following a terrorist incident:

  • Distance yourself from the location of the incident and seek shelter as soon as possible.
  • Follow instructions from District Police or emergency personnel.
  • If exposed to a chemical agent or if you have trouble breathing, use your clothing as a simple filter by covering your face and breathing through your clothing.
  • If exposed to a chemical, biological, or radioactive agent, change out of any contaminated clothing, shower, put on clean clothing, and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible for any injuries, if you have trouble breathing, or believe you were exposed to a contaminating agent.

back to topChemical or Bio-Terrorism

The covert release of a chemical or biological agent will almost certainly go initially undetected in most areas of the country. Infected persons begin to be present at doctor’s offices, managed care clinics, and hospital emergency rooms days, and perhaps weeks after the release of the chemical or biological agent.

In an overt release, officials will have advanced notice of the outbreak, but most local public health systems will be overwhelmed by community requests for information and treatment as soon as the threat is made public.

Campus response to confirmed incidents of this nature will probably be limited to the following possibilities, depending on circumstances:

  • Act as an information source, passing on information from Center of Disease Control (CDC), and other government agencies, to students and staff via existing information channels. Information might include infection control precautions and treatment facilities, etc.
  • Potential evacuation and closure of facilities.
  • Cooperate with the use of college facilities, if requested, by local agencies
  • Use of universal precautions in the handling of victims to prevent the further infection or contamination of students and staff.

Suspicious Mail

  • If a Radiological, Biological, or Chemical threat is identified in any letter, parcel, or package:
  • Do not handle the mail piece or package suspected of contamination.
  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Make sure that damaged or suspicious packages are isolated and the immediate area cordoned off.
  • Ensure that all persons who have touched the mail piece wash their hands with soap and water.
  • List all persons who have touched the mail piece or package.
  • Include contact information and have this information available for District Police.
  • Place all items worn when in contact with the suspected mail piece in plastic bags and have them available for law enforcement agents.
  • As soon as practical, shower with soap and water.

For additional information see the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website on terrorism at: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/terrorism/index.shtm.

back to topEarthquake Information

  • If indoors, stay there. Get under a desk or table and hold on, or stand in a corner or doorway that does not have doors on it (do not go in a doorway with doors; they can swing back and forth violently). Protect your head, neck, and face.
  • If driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking is over.
  • If in a high-rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls. Get under a desk or table and hold on. Do not attempt to use elevators.
  • If in a crowded public place, do not rush for the doors. Move away from windows and shelves containing objects that could fall.
  • After the shaking subsides, turn off computers; unplug electrical equipment; replace telephone handsets; go to a parking lot; and stay clear of buildings, walls, power lines, and trees.
  • Follow the procedures in this manual for Fire, Hazardous Materials, and Medical Emergencies as necessary.
  • Identify and assist the injured.
  • Keep phone lines clear except when necessary to report serious hazards or injuries.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by District Police or Fire Dept. personnel.
  • It is possible that roads will be blocked and impassable. Be prepared to stay where you are for a few hours depending upon your location.

back to topFlooding & Water Damage

NOTE: Serious water damage can occur from a number of sources: broken pipes, clogged drains, broken skylights or windows, construction oversights, or inclement weather.

If a water leak occurs:

  • Call District Police immediately.
  • Advise the dispatcher of the location and severity of the leak.
  • Indicate whether any valuables, art collections, or books are involved, or are in imminent danger. (Dispatch will contact the Maintenance Office.)
  • If there are electrical appliances or electrical outlets near the leak, use extreme caution
  • If there is any possible danger, evacuate the area. If evacuation is not possible, find higher ground.
  • If you know the source of the water and are confident of your ability to stop it (i.e., unclog the drain, turn off water, etc.), do so cautiously.
  • Be prepared to assist, as directed, in protecting college and personal property that is in jeopardy.
  • Take only those steps that are needed to avoid or reduce immediate water damage: cover large objects with plastic sheeting; carefully move small or light objects out of the emergency area.

back to topSevere Winds

  • Windstorms severe enough to cause damage may occur at infrequent intervals and may be accompanied by torrential rains.
  • At the time of warning of impending severe winds, property and equipment not properly anchored should be moved inside a building or tied down. Close windows.
  • The best protection in severe winds is in permanent buildings. As a result, steps will be taken to ensure the safety of students/personnel within buildings rather than to evacuate.
  • Time permitting, students in temporary structures will be moved to a permanent structure.
  • Immediately after the cessation of severe winds, Facilities Management & Planning and District Police will inspect the campus for damage and safety hazards.

back to topOther Emergency

Any other emergency or disaster not specifically addressed in this procedure will be evaluated and handled by the District Police Department. If additional personnel or technical assistance is required, it shall be summoned by the District Police Department as needed from any local, state, or federal government agency.

back to topPersonal Preparedness

FEMA- Are you Ready? An in-depth guide to citizen preparedness

Consider These Things Before a Disaster:

  • Find out where the nearest two or three shelters are likely to be located.
  • Discuss your planning with friends/roommates/local family members.
  • Identify alternate meeting places in case of separation.
  • Establish a contact person from outside California.
  • Make sure all family members carry the telephone number of the contact and understand the importance of checking with that person if the family is separated during a disaster.
  • Alert family members outside the area of your plans.
  • Make arrangements for special needs.
  • Store sufficient personal survival supplies (see suggested list below).
  • Store supplies to sustain you during relocation (see suggested list below).

Suggested Personal Survival Supplies for your Vehicle:

  • Food and water for up to three days.
  • Blankets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • A change of clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Suggested Items for Relocation:

  • Bedding
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Games, books
  • Medications
  • Special dietary foods
  • Valuable papers
  • Treasured photographs
  • Telephone lists
  • Photo ID with home address
  • Pens and paper
  • Personal hygiene supplies (e.g., toothbrush, soap, contact lens solution, sunscreen)
  • Change of clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Do NOT Bring to Relocation Shelter

  • Candles
  • Heating devices
  • Beds or furniture

After a Disaster:

  • Locate any missing friend/roommate/family member.
  • Advise out-of-area contact of your status.
  • Use safety glasses, leather gloves, masks etc., when working.
  • Exercise extreme caution when entering damaged buildings.
  • Exercise extreme care with fire.
  • Do not ignite matches or candles if gas leak may be possible.
  • Avoid electrical appliances where there is water.
  • Stay away from power lines.
  • Check water and food before consumption.
  • Monitor and obey directives from government and campus officials.
  • If you have telephone service, use it only for emergencies.

If you have any questions or need additional information about this content, please contact:

Sergeant Mario Vasquez
mvasquez@deltacollege.edu
(209) 954-5000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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