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Response to Terrorist Alerts and Incidents

Call: Public Safety Department: 276-6611 or 911 from a campus phone.

Note: Dialing 911 from a cell phone will not connect you with Public Safety

What to Know:

The threat of a terrorist incident is higher than ever before. No state or individual is immune. September 11th has confirmed the importance of planning ahead for a terrorist attack.  The responsibility to meet such attacks lies with all of us.

The guidelines are intended to raise awareness of students, staff, faculty and their families of the need to plan for potential incidents and enhance their capacity to effectively manage potential risks to their environments.

Emergency preparedness is a responsibility shared by all members of the college Community.   Please help the Department of Public Safety by making our environment a safer one by utilizing these Emergency Preparedness tips.

What to Do:

Prior to a terrorist attack:

  • Prepare for the possibility of a terrorist incident in your area. Stay informed.
  • Adapts, as appropriate, the same techniques used to prepare for tornadoes, fires and other emergencies.
  • Be prepared and observe your environment. Terrorists most often strike with little or no warning.
  • Use caution when you travel.
  • Locate stairways and emergency exits and develop plans for evacuating building, subways and crowded public areas.
  • Develop a Family Emergency Plan.
  • Assemble and maintain an Emergency Supply Kit.

Example of common terrorist targets:

  • Airports
  • Embassies
  • Government Buildings
  • Educational Institutions
  • Arenas, stadiums
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Communications Networks
  • Hospitals
  • Transit Systems
  • Utilities, power plants
  • Military Bases

In the event of an attack:

  • Explosion:
    • Remain calm.
    • If objects begin to fall, take cover under a desk or study table.
    • Exit the building as quickly as possible.

  • Trapped in debris:
    • Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where you are.
    • If possible, use a flashlight or whistle to signal rescuers regarding your location.
    • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
    • If it is safe to do so, stay in your area so that you don’t kick up dust.

  • Fire:
    • Stay low to the floor at all times and exit the building as quickly as possible.
    • Use a wet cloth to cover your nose and mouth.
    • Use the back of your hand to feel closed doors. If the door is not hot, brace yourself against the door and open it slowly.  Do not open the door if it is hot. Seek another escape route.
    • Use appropriate fire exits and stairs, not elevators.

  • Radiation Exposure:
    • Highest risk areas are those in which buildings are likely to be destroyed by blast of fire, or where a person would be in the open for the first two weeks after a radiological explosion.
    • Shielding:
    • Place the most heavy, dense materials available between you and the source of the radiation.
    • Distance:
    • The more distance between you and the source of the radiation, the less radiation you will receive.
    • Time:
    • Most radioactivity loses its strength very quickly. Limiting the time spent near the source of the radiation reduces the amount of radiation exposure you will receive.

Common Emergency Protective Actions:

Shelter-In-Place or Evacuation:

Shelter-In-Place means to stay indoors. If shelter-in-place is recommended, move all people and pets inside. Local officials will provide instructions on necessary actions. These include:

  • Closing all windows and doors.
  • Taking an emergency supply kit with you.
  • Turning off air conditions; closing al ventilation systems.
  • Closing fireplace damper.
  • Taping around windows, exhaust fans, or vents.
  • Wetting towels and placing in crack under door.
  • Staying away from windows.

Stay in the room and listen to emergency broadcasts on radio and TV until told to evacuate.

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