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Crisis Response

Campus Safety

Fire and/or Explosion
Injury or Illness
Crime in Progress/Civil Disturbance
Earthquake
Chemical or Radiation Spill
Bomb Threat
Shooting Protocol

Crisis Response

The information provided are risk reduction strategies but they are not foolproof. There are no guarantees and nothing works all the time. It is our hope that these tips be used by you as a preparatory step towards your overall safety and in formulating your individual safety plan. While all scenarios cannot be covered these are some we feel could be helpful to you.

FIRE AND/OR EXPLOSION

  1. In the event of a fire or explosion:
    • Sound any available fire alarms.
    • Immediately call Campus Safety at 3110 or 3112. Give your name, location, and the extent of the problem.
    • If the fire is small, attempt to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher.
    • If the fire is large, evacuate the building via the nearest fire exit. *
  2. Additional suggestions:
    • Do not panic.
    • Do not run or use excited motions.
    • Use stairways. Do not attempt to use elevators; they will shut down during a fire.
    • Know in advance the locations of at least two fire exit routes.
    • Be on the lookout for signs of smoke and fire.
    • Know the locations of fire extinguishers and how to use them.
    • Prevent fires through good housekeeping habits.
    • If you use a fire extinguisher remember P-A-S-S:
      • Pull the pin
      • Aim the nozzle towards the fire
      • Squeeze the handle
      • Sweep the base of the fire
    • Never turn your back on what you extinguished walk away backwards
    • Notify Campus Safety – even if the fire is extinguished

* Upon evacuation of academic buildings, building occupants should gather in the following areas:

If the academic building is on the North side of Chew St. (College Center, Seegers Union, etc.), occupants should gather on the Front Lawn.

If the academic building is on the South Side of Chew St. (Trexler Library, Center for the Arts, Trexler Pavilion), occupants should gather on the lawn area to the east of the Library.

INJURY OR ILLNESS

  1. Do not move an injured or ill person unless it appears to be a life-threatening situation.
  2. Call or, if possible, have another person call the Campus Safety Office at 3110 or 3112. Provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible regarding the nature of the injury or illness, and state whether or not the victim is conscious, etc. The Campus Safety Office will arrange for an ambulance if required and will also notify the Student Health Center and/or other emergency agencies.
  3. Return to the victim. Administer first aid or CPR if you are knowledgeable and you have such training. Keep the victim as comfortable as possible.
  4. Remain with the victim until the Campus Safety Officer arrives.

CRIME IN PROGRESS / CIVIL DISTURBANCE

  1. Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the criminal except for self-protection.
  2. Telephone Campus Safety at 3110 or 3112. Give your name, location and department. Advise the dispatcher of the situation and, if you are safe, remain where you are until contacted by an officer.
  3. If safe to do so, attempt to get a good description of the criminal. Note height, weight, sex, ethnic origin, approx. age, clothing, method and direction of travel, and name if known. All of this takes only a few seconds to notice and is of utmost help to the investigating officers. If the individual enters a vehicle, note the license number, make and model, color and any other noticeable characteristics.
  4. In the event of civil disturbance continue with your routine as much as possible. If the disturbance is outside, stay away from doors and windows. Unless threatened with physical harm, do not leave your work location until advised by a College official and/or their designee.
  5. Do not interfere with those creating the disturbance or with law enforcement authorities on the scene.

EARTHQUAKE

  1. If you are in a building, move away from windows and try to position yourself in a doorway or under a desk or table.
  2. When the tremors cease, or they are very slight, * evacuate the building in an orderly fashion.
  3. Use stairways - not elevators - during evacuation.
  4. If possible, Campus Safety personnel will assist in the evacuation of building occupants into open areas.
  5. Avoid positioning yourself under or next to objects that may topple, such as utility poles, trees, etc.
  6. Reassemble in a location as directed by your supervisor or by a Campus Safety Officer. Attendance will be taken to assure that all personnel are accounted for outside of your facility.
  7. Should you require evacuation assistance, please telephone the Campus Safety Office at 3110 or 3112.

* Upon evacuation of an academic building, building occupants should gather in the following areas:

If the academic building is on the North side of Chew St. (College Center, Seegers Union, etc.), occupants should gather on the Front Lawn.

If the academic building is on the South Side of Chew St. (Trexler Library, Center for the Arts, Trexler Pavilion), occupants should gather on the lawn area to the east of the Library.

CHEMICAL OR RADIATION SPILL

  1. Call the Campus Safety Office at 3110 or 3112 and give the following information:
    • Type of incident (chemical spill, radiation hazard, etc.)
    • Type of chemical, if known.
    • Whether or not students are injured.
    • Extent of injuries.
    • Location of incident.
    • Name and title of caller (student, technician, professor, etc.)
  2. * Pull the alarm and evacuate the building.
  3. Should the spill occur outside your building:
    • Notify the Campus Safety Office of the incident and type of chemical, if known.
    • Remain in your building unless ordered by Campus Safety to evacuate.
    • Close all windows and turn off all outside air intake vents or fans.
    • Leave your building only when told to do so, and travel away from the spill and in an upwind direction, if possible.

* Upon evacuation of an academic building, building occupants should gather in the following areas:

If the academic building is on the North side of Chew St. (College Center, Seegers Union, etc.), occupants should gather on the Front Lawn.

If the academic building is on the South Side of Chew St. (Trexler Library, Center for the Arts, Trexler Pavilion), occupants should gather on the lawn area to the east of the Library.

BOMB THREAT

  1. Whenever a bomb threat is received over the phone, remain calm and write down the following information:
    • The exact words of the caller.
    • Location of the bomb.
    • When the bomb is supposed to go off.
    • Type of bomb, how it will detonate and who placed it, if stated.
  2. Write down a description of the caller's voice:
    • Male, female, child or adult?
    • Any background noise?
    • Particular accent or inflection in the caller's voice.
    • Your mental picture of the caller.
  3. Notify the Campus Safety Office, as quickly as possible, by phoning 3110 or 3112.
  4. Evacuation procedure:
    • Unless you perceive the situation as life threatening, in which case you should evacuate immediately, wait for Campus Safety to arrive at the building. DO NOT activate the fire alarm to evacuate the building
    • Take note of “suspicious” items as you exit the building but to not touch or move them if they do not belong to you.
    • If an entire building is to be evacuated, Campus Safety normally will enter each classroom, lab, or work area and verbally inform occupants of the situation and ask them to evacuate in an orderly fashion. Remove only Items that belong to you and do not turn on or off any devices or lights. Do not pull the fire alarm to evacuate the building.
    • Assemble in a location outside your building as assigned by your work supervisor or the Campus Safety Officers.
  5. Responsibility of individuals in classroom or lab:
    • If directed by Campus Safety, ask room occupants to pick up all of their belongings and leave in an orderly fashion. Remove only items that belong to you and do not turn on or off any devices or lights. Do not pull the fire alarm to evacuate the building.
    • Make a survey or the room before leaving it to detect any piece of equipment, article or object, which is not ordinarily there, making certain not to touch the unknown object.
    • Relay this information to Campus Safety after leaving the building.

SHOOTING PROTOCOL

  1. If you witness any armed individual on campus at any time, immediately contact Muhlenberg College Department of Campus Safety at extension 3110. If the individual is acting in a hostile or belligerent manner, contact 911 and then call the Department of Campus Safety. There are no easy answers for what to do if confronted by a shooter. However it is suggested that you do not provoke the individual, avoid making eye contact with them, avoid making any sudden movements or gestures, and create space between you and them but don’t just turn and run. If you find yourself confronted by the shooter remain calm and talk in a low tone of voice.
  2. If the shooter is outside the building:
    • Move to a room in the building if safe to do so and remain there until an “all clear” instruction is given by an authorized known voice.
    • Turn off all the lights and close and lock all windows and doors. If the door does not have a lock attempt to barricade the door shut and take shelter inside the room as most active shooters will choose a path of least resistance. Stay clear of windows and keep out of the line of site of windows especially those doors with windows. If you can do so safely, get on the floor and out of the line of fire.
    • If the staff or students do not recognize the voice that is giving instruction, they should not change their status.
    • Unknown or unfamiliar voices may be false and designed to give false assurances.
  3. If the shooter is inside the building:
    • If it is possible to flee the area safely and avoid danger, do so.
    • Contact 911 and Security (3110) with your location if possible.
    • If flight is impossible, lock all doors and secure yourself in your space. If the door does not have a lock attempt to barricade the door shut and take shelter inside the room as most active shooters will choose a path of least resistance. Stay clear of windows and keep out of the line of site of windows especially those doors with windows.
    • Get down on the floor or under a desk and remain silent.
    • Get students on the floor and out of the line of fire.
    • Wait for the “all clear” instruction.
  4. If the shooter comes into your class or office - there is no one procedure the authorities can recommend in this situation. Some suggestions are:
    • If you are seated remain seated as standing may be perceived as a threat.
    • Attempt to get the word out to other staff if possible, and call 911 if that seems practical.
    • Use common sense. If hiding or flight is impossible, attempt to negotiate with the individual.
    • Attempting to overcome the individual with force is a last resort that should only be initiated in the most extreme circumstances.
    • Remember, there may be more than one active shooter.
    • Wait for the “all clear” instruction.
    • In a shooting situation, the Muhlenberg College Department of Campus Safety is in charge until Allentown Police officers are on the scene.
    • Be careful not to make any changes to the scene of the incident since law enforcement authorities will investigate the area later.
    • In case you must flee, do not go to the normal gathering site for your building. Get as far away from the shooting scene as possible and then contact authorities.

Regardless of the location of a shooter incident, response personnel (i.e. Campus Police and other law enforcement agencies) will be charged with neutralizing the situation. This means that the response personnel must bypass anyone who is not the shooter. If you encounter response personnel do not approach them and engage in physical contact or request assistance in providing aid to an individual as this action will slow the response of law enforcement to neutralize the situation so aid can be rendered to all, it creates more stress to the responders and others present, and it could cause an accidental discharge. When you see law enforcement responding to a shooter situation move to the side, if in a hall get close to the walls, and put your hands where they can be seen. If you have information about the shooter (i.e. description, identity, location, and number of shooters) advise the responding officers that you have information and provide it to the police as quickly and accurately as possible.