The basic Emergency Response Plan outlined is to protect lives and property through effective use of campus community resources. Whenever a situation or an emergency affecting the campus reaches proportions that cannot be handled by routine procedures, the Emergency Response Plan shall be implemented.
Assessment of Need for an Emergency Operations Response Plan
An educational institution, like any other governmental unit, has certain basic responsibilities to its constituents. Among these is providing for responses to events that are beyond the normal scope of everyday business. Because of the necessity to provide responses to emergencies, this manual has been created. It is subject to change and is a "living document." It is not intended to cover every possible circumstance or event, but to guide the College in its responses.
Definition of Various Emergency Situations
Situations occur daily that require attention of College personnel to ensure a safe campus. Four levels of concern have been delineated to clarify how personnel will respond (also see Appendix B – Levels of Response Matrix).
Level 1 Minor Situation (will not require Command Center) includes any incident, potential or actual, which will not seriously affect the overall function of the College and can be handled by routine procedures.
- Minor natural problem (snow alert or delay, temporary electrical outage)
- Minor altercation/violations of Code of Conduct
- Minor accidents (first aid)
- Medical Assistance – NOT urgent (individual/s whose treatment or transportation is not urgent and can be delayed temporarily)
- Few persons involved (1-3)
Level 2 Minor Emergency (may require Command Center) includes any incident, potential or actual, which will not seriously affect the overall function of the College and cannot be handled by routine procedures.
- Exceeds Level 1 definitions
- Moderate crisis
- Moderate natural problem, but widespread and extended in terms of time
- Snow closure
- First Aid necessary
- Moderate accident (individual/s whose treatment or transportation is not urgent and can be delayed)
- Minor to moderate injuries that may need ambulance transport
- Many people affected (4-50)
- Breech of computer security
Level 3 Major Emergency (may require field Command Center) includes any incident, potential or actual, which affects the entire building(s) and which will disrupt the overall function/operations of the College. Outside emergency services will probably be required.
- Life and limb threatened by natural disasters, utility failures, crimes of violence, criminal behavior, HAZ-MAT crisis
- Large-scale problems affecting College as a whole
- Individual(s) needing medical transport
- Multiple injuries
Level 4 Disaster (may require Command Center) includes any event or occurrence that has seriously impaired or halted the operations of the College. In some cases, casualties or severe property damage may be sustained. Outside emergency services will be required.
- Catastrophic damage
- Major danger to people on-site
- Loss of life
- Natural disasters, explosions
- Crimes of violence
- Criminal behavior
- HAZ-MAT crisis
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS
There are three primary teams that may be activated in emergency situations depending on the level of the situation, namely: the Emergency Response Plan Management Team, the Critical Incident Response Team, and the Communication Team.