Emergency Communication Guidelines

Emergency Communication Guidelines

In the event of an emergency that directly affects ATLANTIS UNIVERSITY all students and employees will be notified by telephone, e-mail and the School website.

 EXAMPLES OF LIFE THREATING/SERIOUS SITUATIONS AND RESPONSES

FIRES:

  • Examples: Buildings, Grounds, Automobiles
  1. Call the appropriate college official at the location.
  2. Clearly identify the location of the incident.
    1. Building name
    2. Physical location on campus
    3. Room or area where fire is located
  3. Evacuate the area.
    1. Check the evacuation signs posted in hallway and
    2. Follow to the Exit
    3. Gather in Parking lot
    4. Call the Fire Department
    5. Remain in Parking lot until the Fire Department has indicated that it is safe to re-enter the building.

SEVERE WEATHER: (i.e., Tornados)

  • Tornado Watch – Indicates that conditions are right for a tornado to develop and that the sky and public information system should be monitored.

Tornado Warning – Indicates a tornado has been sighted or is indicated on radar and confirmed by spotters.

  • When a tornado WARNING is received by way of siren or public broadcast:
    • ATLANTIS UNIVERSITY faculty and staff will insure that all persons with disabilities are evacuated to designated safety areas first, along with other students and visitors.
  • If a designated safety area cannot be reached, move away from windows to an inside hall or take cover under desks or tables.
  • Protect yourself by:
    • Lying face down
    • Drawing your knees up under you
    • Covering the back of your head with your hands

EMERGENCY EVACUATION SIGNS ARE LOCATED IN THE HALLS OF THE CAMPUS

POWER OUTAGE:

  • If an electric power outage occurs, the following procedures need to be taken:
    • Emergency flashlights will come on in each room.
    • Open doors and window coverings to take advantage of natural lighting.
    • Help those in need of assistance.
    • Carry flashlight to the Exits.

CRIMINAL DISTURBANCE:

  • EXAMPLES:

Robbery
Assault (verbal or physical)
Theft in progress
Hostage situation
Gang activity
Weapon on campus

  1. Do not resist or attempt to retaliate unless your life depends on self-defense.
  2. Call local law enforcement.
  3. Report any criminal disturbance to the School President immediately.

BOMB THREATS:

  1. Do not hang up or put the person on hold.
  2. Record date and time you were notified of a bomb threat.
  3. Obtain as much information as possible.
  4. Call the School President or Director of Operations.
  5. The School President or Director of Operations will call the local law enforcement.
  6. Do not take any further action, unless you are specifically asked to do so.

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR:

  • Immediately report all cases of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, or disruptive behavior to the School President or Director of Operations.
  • Examples of disruptive behavior:
    • Throwing rocks in windows
    • Blocking chairs and tables in classrooms
    • Writing on walls and defacing the School property
    • Verbal abuse of students or employees
    • Disturbing instructors or students
    • Unauthorized protests
  • Make written documentation of incident.

DRUG/ALCOHOL INTOXICATION:

  • Immediately call the School President or Director of Operations.

UNUSUAL BEHAVIOR:

Recognize the ability of the disturbed person to deal rationally with his/her behavior is limited; therefore:

  1. Contact the School President or Director of Operations.
  2. Do not argue with the person, no matter how unusual the conversation may seem.
  3. Make no threatening movements or comments to the person.
  4. Designate one student to contact additional staff.
  5. Remain calm during your conversation with the person.
  6. Remain with the person until help arrives, unless you and others feel an immediate threat to your safety.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY:

  • Injury to any person or persons requiring treatment by a physician or by registered professional personnel under the standing orders of a physician (i.e., paramedics, ambulance personnel, nurses, etc.)
  • Reportable examples include but are not limited to:
    • Medical emergencies
    • Occupational accidents requiring medical treatment other than minor first aid.
    • Accidents caused by property damage or unsafe conditions.
    • Apparent minor injuries that may become major injuries requiring medical treatment by a physician at a later date.
  1. First responders may call 911 if they determine that immediate medical attention is necessary. Once emergency services have been contacted, the School President or Director of Operations should be notified of the location of the emergency.
  2. ALWAYS document the incident.

MINOR FIRST AID:

For the treatment of minor injuries not requiring the services of a physician or registered professional personnel under the standing orders of a physician, a Red Cross First Aid Kit is maintained in the Ladies Restroom with band aids and supplies for minor injuries.

EVACUATION PROCEDURES:

In the situation where a building must be evacuated, evacuation routes are posted in the hallways of the buildings. For instructors, follow the path indicated unless it endangers you or your students. Be aware of alternate routes to leave your building. Once outside assemble the group to account for your students. Shut doors behind you as you leave, ensuring all students are out of the room/building.

In the event staff should have to evacuate a facility, they are to close their office doors behind them and exit according to the posted evacuation routes, unless they are blocked or unsafe.

Evacuation routes are posted in the halls of the buildings. All staff should familiarize themselves with alternate routes from their office to the outside. In the event of a tornado, staff should move to the interior offices and protect themselves, if possible.

LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES:

The lockdown process will only be initiated with the approval of the School President or Director of Operations.

Lockdown is intended to limit access and hazards by controlling and managing staff and students in order to increase safety and reduce possible victimization.

LOCKDOWN BASICS:

  • REMAIN CALM
  • If safe, check halls and clear them of students and staff.
  • Lock all doors and barricade with furniture if necessary.
  • Lock windows and close blinds.
  • Do not unlock doors or allow anyone in or out until ordered to do so by proper authorities. Keep cell phone with you if possible. Faculty/Staff will be updated through their cell phones.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION DRILLS

ATLANTIS UNIVERSITY conducts a test of the emergency response an evacuation procedure at least once a term. The test is unannounced to the students and takes place at a time when most of the students, faculty and staff are expected to be present on campus. An emergency response log is maintained in the President’s Office and includes the date, time and whether the Drill was announced or unannounced.

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