EMERGENCY COLOR CODES
Definition: Established color code system to be used in the event of an emergency requiring the lockdown of the campus buildings and/or property.
Purpose: To have the ability to communicate a lock down color code system in the event of an emergency.
Procedures: In the event of an emergency, i.e. ACTIVE SHOOTER (Code Red), the Department of Safety and Campus Police shall notify all Security personnel, Maintenance Department, and Emergency Communications Building Representatives, via (Two-Way) radios utilizing the established Color Code system, that a Code Red is in progress. All on duty Campus Security, Campus Police, and Maintenance staff will be notified that a Code Red is in progress and Lock Down and Shelter in Place procedures shall be initiated. In addition, a message shall be sent to all campus phones and computers that a code is in progress, with brief instructions, explaining actions to be taken. An E-Safe message may also accompany or follow these announcements with further detail and or instructions.
Color Code RED - Lock down all exterior doors/ground floor windows to prevent access into the buildings. Shelter in place.
Color Code ORANGE - Heightened security measures such as awareness of a possible threat and possible building evacuations or shelter in place procedures.
Color Code YELLOW - Standing down after an incident or emergency but not all clear. May include evacuation and reporting to re-unification point.
Color Code GREEN - All clear. Resume normal operations.
*Additional instructions may be provided by eSAFE, Campus Police, Safety and Security, or a Building Representative.
MAINTENANCE/UTILITY FAILURES/GAS LEAKS
Call appropriate Maintenance Department or Security regarding the following problems:
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911 and then immediately call the College Emergency Number 301-784-5555 so the appropriate personnel can go to the scene of the emergency and also properly direct or escort emergency medical response crews and vehicles.
AT ALL LOCATIONS OF ALLEGANY COLLEGE OF MARYLAND
Please note that 911 is dialed directly through the phone system. It is not necessary to dial an outside line. 911 will get the local emergency services for each campus. Campus Police can be reached at ext. 5555 from any campus phone or 301-784-5555 from a cell phone.
AT THE DESIGNATED LOCATION
College Emergency Number
by cell or off-campus.........................................301-784-5555
|Physical Plant - Cumberland||x5261||Physical Plant - Bedford County Campus||x6200|
|by cell or off-campus||301-784-5261||Daytime Emergency||814-652-9528|
|College Operator||0||Evening Emergency||814-977-9586|
|by cell or off-campus||301-784-5000|
|Power Failure||appropriate Physical Plant Office|
|Elevator Emergency||appropriate Physical Plant Office|
|Water Problem||appropriate Physical Plant Office|
|Bomb Threat||Campus Police 301-784-5555 or call 911 and Security|
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAMS/E-SAFE
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAMS
The Emergency Management Team will be charged with the following tasks:
Emergency Management Team Members:
Department of Campus Safety and Special Police
The College has initiated an emergency and school closing e-Safe program which is available to students, faculty, staff, and other individuals who have a need to know. e-Safe is a text messaging and email notification system that will notify registered users when there is a major emergency, crisis situation or disaster, or a weather emergency closing or delay for the Allegany College of Maryland campuses. Individuals wishing to sigh up for the e-Safe service may do so by visiting the college website at www.allegany.edu
Assist in making the campus a safe place by being alert to suspicious circumstances and promptly reporting them.
If you suspect suspicious behavior and feel that you or others are in danger, call Campus Police at 301-784-5555 or call 911.
Include the following information when calling 911:
NOTIFYING/REPORTING AN EMERGENCY
Call 911 for any emergencies requiring the assistance of outside agencies (police, fire, ambulance).
*Please note that 911 is dialed directly through the phone system. It is not necessary to dial an outside
line. 911 will get the local emergency services for each campus.
Note: It is always within the discretion of ANY staff, faculty, or student to immediately notify the appropriate or respective Campus Police (ext. 5555) or Police Department (911) when crime or suspicious behavior occurs.
Emergency Medical Services (911) must be notified immediately if person(s) are injured.
Report the following information to 911, the Campus Police or Security:
HOSTAGE / BARRICADE
If you become aware of a hostage/barricade incident occurring on campus, immediately call Campus Police (ext. 5555) or 911 to report the incident.
Include the following when calling 911:
During a hostage or barricade emergency, follow these procedures:
MEDICAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES
Each medical emergency will be individually evaluated and acted on accordingly. The Campus Emergency Management Team may be involved depending upon the magnitude of the emergency.
Call 911 if the injured/ill person has any of the following symptoms:
Be prepared to give the following information to the 911 operator:
After calling 911, call the respective College Emergency Numbers.
Cumberland Campus: x5555 (by cell or off-campus – 301-784-5555)
Bedford County Campus: x6200 (by cell or off-campus – 814-652-9528, ext. 6200)
Evening Emergency: 814-977-9586
FIRST AID TIPS
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, FIRE EXITS, AND FIRE ALARMS
*Refer to emergency exit maps displayed in each department or classroom for locations
IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE
Cumberland Campus: x5555 (by cell or off-campus – 301-784-5555)
Bedford County Campus: x6218 (by cell or off-campus – 814-652-9586, ext. 6200)
Evening Emergency: 814-977-6861
WHEN A FIRE ALARM SOUNDS
Immediately follow Evacuation Procedures listed in this document.
FIRE SAFETY TIPS
If Trapped in a Room:
If Clothing is on Fire:
BOMB THREATS MADE BY PHONE / VOICE MAIL
Should a telephone call be received indicating the presence of a bomb or explosive device: REMAIN CALM.
WRITTEN BOMB THREAT / E-MAIL / SOCIAL MEDIA
The physical appearance of a mail bomb is limited only by the imagination of the bomber. However, mail bombs have exhibited unique characteristics, which should be helpful in identifying a suspected item. It is important to know the type of mail you normally receive so that suspected items can be identified.
IF YOU SUSPECT A MAILING AND ARE UNABLE TO VERIFY THE CONTENTS
Follow direction of emergency responders if evacuation is required (500 ft. from facility).
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EMERGENCY
The Vice President of Administrative Services and the Maintenance Departments have a list of material safety data sheets for all chemicals and products used on campus. This material list should be consulted in the event of a spill.
HAZMAT incidents may be:
IF YOU WITNESS A HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILL
IF YOU ARE THE HAZMAT USER
INDIVIDUALS RECOGNIZING HAZMAT SPILLS THAT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL NOTIFICATIONS AND RESOURCES WILL
IF YOU SUSPECT OR WITNESS A RELEASE OF A HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TO THE ENVIRONMENT (AIR, WATER, GROUND)
HIGH WINDS AND TORNADOES
Stay Alert to these Danger Signs:
Tornado Watch: Conditions are right for a tornado to occur.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted and may impact shortly.
All Buildings are equipped with Hazardous Weather signs. If possible, evacuate to these areas.
Seek Shelter Immediately:
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODS
Severe weather is usually forecasted by the National Weather Service with enough notice to allow emergency preparations. Severe weather can come in the form of thunderstorms, high winds, damaging hail and heavy precipitation. Floods are usually forecasted by the National Weather Service with sufficient advance notice to allow emergency preparations to take place before an area is affected. Flash floods will hamper emergency preparations because heavy rain will raise the water level of rivers and streams in a short period of time causing the land to flood in just a few hours.
If a Severe Weather Watch or Warning is given:
INCLEMENT WEATHER REPORTING (SNOW & ICE)
The college has an “Inclement Weather Reporting” procedure that is distributed annually. This describes procedures to follow regarding announcements that either close the college or delay the opening of the college. Most often it is related to snow and ice conditions. The college distributes announcements to various media in the tri-state area. Additionally the information is recorded on the college’s phone system (listed below) and on the college’s web page at www.allegany.edu and through the e-Safe notification system.
Cumberland Campus: 301-784-5000
Bedford County Campus: 814-652-9528
When a physical threat is imminent due to a bomb scare, national or local warnings of terrorist activity or similar extreme situations, there will be notification of a LOCKDOWN. Follow these procedures immediately.
SECURE IMMEDIATE AREA
A “Lockout” is a Modified Lockdown initiated to isolate students and staff inside campus buildings from an actual or potential threat from outside of the campus. The Modified Lockdown is typically used when events in the vicinity of the school may pose a threat. Example of such a threat might be an escaped fugitive, disgruntled employee or spouse, and threats to community institutions near the campus (hospital, health department such, Finan Center). Where the situation warrants, the campus facility, staff, and students are aware of – but not disrupted by such a response being activated. Consequently, business continues as normal except for the termination of all outside activities.
NOTE: Persons who choose to leave while in a lockout may do so but are advised of the lockout and the potential threat.
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that students are likely to follow the lead of faculty and staff during an active shooter situation.
1. Evacuate (RUN)
If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises.
Be sure to:
2. Shelter in place (HIDE)
If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
Your hiding place should:
To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
If the active shooter is nearby:
If evacuation and hiding are not possible:
3. Take action against the active shooter (FIGHT)
As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES
Law enforcement’s purpose is to stop the active shooter as soon as possible. Officers will proceed directly to the area in which the last shots were heard.
How to react when law enforcement arrives:
Information to provide to law enforcement or 911 operator:
The first officers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Expect rescue teams comprised of additional officers and emergency medical personnel to follow the initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove any injured persons. They may also call upon able-bodied individuals to assist in removing the wounded from the premises.
Once you have reached a safe location or an assembly point, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control, and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.
CIVIL DISTURBANCE OR DEMONSTRATION
Allegany College of Maryland honors the United States Constitution and recognizes its responsibility as a public institution to promote freedom of speech, religion, and association within the context of its educational mission. Any person/organization who is permissibly and lawfully on our campuses who wishes to deliver a speech, distribute pamphlets or other literature, campaign for public office, picket/protest, or engage in similar activity shall submit a written request* at least 24 hours in advance to the Dean of Student Development and Legal Assistant to the President; the request shall specify the type and kind of activity to be conducted as well as the date, time, location.
*Genuinely spontaneous demonstrations do not require advance permission, but such activities may be disbanded if they violate the below-listed restrictions.
Such requests shall be granted with the following exceptions:
Nothing in this policy shall be construed to limit or infringe on academic freedom as defined by the College. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to limit or prevent the application of the College’s Safety Risk Policy or Code of Student Conduct. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to limit or silent the expression of an individual’s personal opinion/beliefs in casual conversation, in the classroom, in assignments, in chartered student organizations, in College committees, in attire, with jewelry, or other symbolic means so long as the expression does not otherwise violate the Code of Student Conduct, laws, and/or course syllabi.
Most campus demonstrations such as marches, meetings, picketing and rallies will be peaceful and non-destructive. The college supports the rights of persons to self-expression, dissent, and to demonstrate provided that demonstrations are lawful, do not disrupt normal college activities, or do not infringe upon the rights of others.
A student demonstration should not be disrupted unless one or more of the following conditions exists as a result of the demonstration:
PEACEFUL, NON-OBSTRUCTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
NON-VIOLENT, DISRUPTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
(demonstration that blocks access to campus facilities or interferes with the normal operation of the campus)
VIOLENT, DISRUPTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS
(violent demonstration in which injury to persons or property occurs or appears imminent)
Essential to accomplishing the mission of the College is providing a safe and comfortable environment for students, faculty, and staff. When incidents occur, it is the College’s intention to react quickly and effectively to stabilize the situation and then start procedures to return the situation to normal operations.
The basic emergency procedures outlined in this document are to protect lives and property through effective use of campus and college community resources.
Emergencies that may result in the implementation of this plan are:
(1) Large-scale disorder and
(2) Large-scale natural/man-made disaster.
Since an emergency may be sudden and without warning, these procedures are designed to be flexible in order to accommodate situations of various types and magnitude.
These procedures apply to all personnel, buildings and grounds operated by ACM.
The college emergency management plan is based on a realistic approach to the problems likely to be encountered on a campus during a major emergency or disaster.
The following are general guidelines:
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