Security and Emergency Resources
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- Aggressive Persons/Civil Disturbance
- Bomb or Bomb Threat Procedures
- Bomb Threat Checklist
- building evacuation procedures
- utility failure
- building marshal program
- closing of campus
- disaster declaration
- HARASSMENT: HAZING/STALKING/SEXUAL/ETHNIC – INTIMIDATION
- Hazardous Materials Incident
- Medical Emergencies
- Natural Disasters/Severe weather
- utility failure
- violence on campus-Active Shooter
If a person engages in any violent behavior, threatening students, staff, faculty or visitors, displays a weapon, or uses abusive or aggressive language or behavior, they should be reported to Campus Public Safety immediately at: 714-966-6799. If a weapon is present or the person is going to harm anyone, call 911 immediately as well.
1. Get a detailed description of the person(s) to give the Campus Public Safety Officer or Police over the phone or when they arrive.
2. Immediately contact Campus Public Safety or Police, describing the situation (what kinds of behavior/language, if there is a weapon, location).
3. Stay calm and do not aggravate or confront the person(s).
4. Depending upon the situation, attempt to evacuate the area in order to isolate the person(s). If possible, go into a nearby room and lock the doors until the situation is resolved.
5. Wait for Campus Public Safety or Police to arrive and follow their direction
1. Obtain as many details as possible if a bomb threat is made. Follow Caller I.D. Instructions and the checklist provided in this section.
2. Immediately after call, write down the exact words of the caller.
3. Call Campus Public Safety who will then respond and call 911.
4. Activate Emergency/Crisis Plan.
5. Evacuate the building and move to a designated area at least 300 feet away from affected building.
6. While evacuating the building, have staff look for unusual devices and listen for suspicious noises. Report suspicious items to Campus Public Safety.
7. Do NOT return to the building until Campus Public Safety has given the “All Clear” and told you to, even if the building alarm has been shut off.
Bomb Threat Checklist (Phone)
The following is a checklist to be utilized by an operator or person receiving a call which threatens the safety or security of Vanguard University of Southern California. Use Checklist on Tab Response Procedures
1. Stay Calm. Take a deep breath and focus on what the caller says.
2. Keep the caller on the phone as long as possible.
3. Ask the questions in the bomb threat checklist, on the back of this card.
4. Complete the Bomb Threat Checklist on the back of this card.
5. Immediately contact the Campus Public Safety Department at 714-966-6799 who will call 911.
6. Cell phones and electronic devices must not be used. They can trigger some types of bombs.
7. DO NOT TOUCH anything suspicious.
8. Lockdown the building according to instructions from your Administrator.
• Follow the evacuation routes posted in the room unless otherwise advised.
• If applicable take your attendance records and your “Emergency Response Manual” and exit 300 ft. from the building.
• Close your doors when leaving the room. • Once outside account for all students or staff.
• Report missing student(s) or staff to Campus Public Safety/Emergency Responder.
• Remain with class/department and await instructions from Emergency Responders.
Bomb Threat Procedures (Device Located)
1. Upon discovery of a suspicious device, immediately notify Campus Public Safety at: 714-966-6799.
2. If a device is located in a classroom, immediately and calmly evacuate.
• Under no condition, attempt to touch or move the device.
• Turn off cell phones or electronic devices – they can activate explosive devices.
• Don’t forget, there may be more than one device
The following is a checklist to be utilized by an operator or person receiving a call which threatens the safety or security of —– Schools.
Checklist: (Complete all possible items immediately following the call.)
1. Time Call Received: ______________________
2. Time Call Terminated: ____________________
3. Caller’s Name and Address (if known) ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________
4. Sex: Male Female
5. Age: Adult Child
6. Bomb Facts (Questions to Ask)
a. When will it explode? _____________________
b. Where is the bomb right now? _________________
c. What kind of bomb is it? _____________________
d. What does it look like? ______________________
e. Why did you place the bomb? _________________
7. Voice Characteristics
Tone Speech Language
Loud Fast Excellent
Soft Slow Good
High Pitch Distorted Fair
Low Pitch Cursing
8. Background Noise
Cellular Phone Quiet
9. Person Receiving Call: ___________________Work Station: _______________________Date: ___________
In a Crisis, You Must …
1. Obtain medical attention for the injured immediately. Notify the police or fire department immediately by calling 911.
2. Contact Campus Public Safety at 714-966-6799.
Do not leave a voice mail at any time
Building Evacuation Procedures
The following building evacuation procedures when an alarm is sounded or campus officials give an evacuation order.
Be aware of all the marked exits from your building and refer to the emergency evacuation procedures posted near the entrance/exits and elevators.
The evacuation alarm is a loud horn, and is the only audible alarm system used on this campus. Every alarm should be treated as an emergency.
To activate the building alarm system, break or remove the protective cover on one of the red fire alarm boxes located in the hallway, and pull the handle.
When the building evacuation alarm is sounded or when you are ordered to leave, take your belongings and walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and calmly ask others to do the same.
Assist the disabled with exiting the building and remember that elevators are reserved for their use. If elevators are not operating, assist the disabled to the nearest stairway and use the emergency sled. If the disable person is in a wheelchair and the elevator is not available, an able-bodied person should stay with the wheelchair user in the platform area of the stairwell while a second person notifies emergency personnel of the exact location of the wheelchair user.
Resident Assistants and/or campus officials will assist in evacuation of all building occupants.
Outside, proceed to a clear area that is at least 150 feet away from the affected building.Keep walkways clear for emergency personnel and vehicles.
Proceed to your building’s evacuee staging area so that officials can verify all occupants are safe. Click Here for the Evacuation Map
Do not return to a building until Campus Public Safety tell you to do so even if the alarm has ceased
BUILDING MARSHAL PROGRAM
The Vanguard University Building Marshal program was developed to facilitate the safe evacuation of campus buildings and to assist emergency responders. This program is staffed by trained campus employees who work in the individual classroom and office buildings throughout the campus. When an evacuation is necessary, the Building Marshals are responsible for:
Assisting in the safe and complete evacuation of a building.
Assisting Campus Public Safety in preventing re-entry by non-emergency responders until the building has been deemed safe.
Reporting injured or trapped persons to emergency responders.
Building Marshals may be organized up to a three tiered structure depending on the building size and the available resources. Those roles include:
The Program Coordinator role will be conducted by the Campus Public Safety Director who is responsible for:
Communications between the Building Marshals and Campus Public Safety.
Communications between the Building Marshals and the campus Emergency Operations Center.
Coordinates Building Marshal training and provides general information to campus Building Marshals.
Assists in the planning, training, equipping, recruiting, and effective response of the Vanguard University Building Marshals.
A Building Marshal is responsible for receiving all information regarding the status of their building’s evacuation from their building’s Floor Marshals.
Once the decision to evacuate is made, a Building Marshal will immediately respond to the designated evacuation gathering site and begin taking evacuation status reports from the Floor Marshals.
Using radio communications or by coordinating with Campus Public Safety, the Building Marshal will report the status of their assigned area of responsibility to emergency responders.
Floor Marshals Floor
Marshals are responsible for clearing all people from an assigned floor. On floors where two or three individuals are designated as Floor Marshals, those Floor Marshals will be responsible for an assigned area. Once a sweep has been conducted, Floor Marshals will go to designated locations outside their building and report the status of their floor to the Building Marshal.
An earthquake has taken place in close proximity to the campus. The fire alarms have been activated indicating the need to evacuate the building. As a Floor Marshal, you will quickly sweep your assigned office suite or a predetermined section of your floor. Once completed, you will exit the building and report to your Building Marshal who will be stationed at the designated evacuation gathering site for your building. Inform the Building Marshal that your area has been evacuated and await further assignments.
As a Building Marshal, you will report to the designated evacuation gathering site for your building and wait for all of your Floor Marshals to report that their floors have been evacuated. Once the building is determined to be evacuated, you will report to the Building Marshal Program Coordinator via hand radio, that your building has been evacuated. As Floor Marshals make their way to the gathering site, you will re-assign them to cover all entry points to your building from a safe location to ensure no one attempts to re-enter the building until determined safe to do so.
The Building Marshals and Floor Marshals will proceed to conduct a head count in the designated evacuation gathering sites. The Building Marshals will then relay this information and any other concerns (i.e. occupants tapped) to the Building Marshal Program Coordinator. The Building Marshal Program Coordinator will then provide this information to the Incident Commander and Emergency Operations Center.
Closing of Campus: Lock-down Procedures
A Lockdown (Shelter in Place) or Closing of Campus is declared when, in the opinion of the Campus Public Safety Department, a situation exists that threatens the safety of students and staff and requires that they remain in their classrooms.
1. Administrators, Directors, and Deans will be notified of the decision to close the campus.
2. These individuals will call those who report directly to them, and in turn, they will call their department heads and other key personnel to relay appropriate information.
3. Facility Services and Campus Public Safety personnel will post barricades/signs at entrances to campus to prevent unauthorized access to campus.
4. All campus roads, with the exception of an emergency access route, will be used for campus egress.
5. The campus community will then be notified of the campus closure.
6. The campus Public Information Officer will prepare a statement to be given to the campus community.
7. Teams will be assigned for classroom notifications and building closures.
8. After all parking lots are emptied and all buildings have been cleared and secured (with the exception of authorized personnel), the campus will be declared closed.
• Immediately do a quick sweep of the hallways and instruct any student or staff member nearby to come into the room.
• Lock your classroom or office door. Doors must never be opened unless instructed by know personnel or Emergency Responders
. • Stay with students and staff and direct them to take down the names of those present and provide assistance. The list of names will be used to account for staff and students.
• Keep students and staff out of the line of sight from interior windows. Turn off all classroom lights and close all windows.
• Remain calm in the classroom or office.
• Listen for announcements for further instructions, e.g., continue classroom instruction, all clear or evacuate, etc.
• Wait with the students or staff until a uniformed officer or school official known to you invites you out. Do not respond to the fire alarm during a lockdown unless a known Emergency Responder makes a supporting announcement.
• Wait for the “All Clear” announcement.
Incident Command Activation/Notification Procedures
Declaration of an Emergency on Campus:
An emergency should be declared if the following criteria are met:
Significantly disrupts normal operations
Requires the mobilization of resources
Has the potential for growth
Who Can Declare an Emergency on Campus?
Any member of the President’s Cabinet, Campus Public Safety Director or Campus Public Safety Officer on duty can declare an emergency and activate the EOP.
Once an Emergency on Campus is Declared Establish Command
In the event that an emergency takes place the following steps should take place:
EOC Director Identified
Emergency Communications/Notifications o Internal o External
Respond to and resolve the incident using Emergency Response Objectives and Strategies.
EOC Director Identified
Vice President of Business & Finance, Campus Public Safety Director or Campus Public Safety Officer
The type of event will determine which steps you take first. During a medical emergency time is of the essence and emergency services need to be contacted immediately as time allows the EOC Director can make internal notifications. Other events would require the internal notifications to be made first then the external notifications. It is the responsibility of the EOC Director to make that determination.
Notifications (Internal Communication and Recall Procedures)
At times it may be essential that all staff, faculty, students and visitors on campus be aware that there is an emergency situation, what that emergency is, who the commander is and what is expected of them.
Internal notifications will be done with the use of all available sources, e-mail, phones, text messages, cell phones, media outlets or in some cases runners. It is essential that all staff on campus are aware that there is an emergency situation, what that emergency is, who the commander is and what is expected of them.
Under the direction of the Logistics Section Chief, university directors, supervisors, managers, chairs and deans or designees will recall staff as necessary to meet the needs of the disaster event.
Recall will occur through the use of each department’s recall procedure.
Staff will be required to wear a Vanguard University identification badge to enter the campus.
Staff will report to his/her pre-assigned location, their work location or the Staffing Pool. Location of the staffing poll will be determined by the Logistics Sections Chief.
Staff currently on duty may be required to extend his/her duty hours as directed by EOC Director or the Planning Section Chief.
In the event that landlines and cell phones interfere with recall, Vanguard University staff will listen to local radio and local television for recall instructions.
Internal Notifications—to include but not limited to:
o Staff/Faculty (on-duty and off-duty)
o Students Resident and Non-Resident
o Board Members o Students Families
o Required Essential Vendors
The university will be informed at the direction of the EOC Director that Vanguard University is in an emergency situation and:
What the threat is
Who the EOC Director is
How to contact Incident Command
Notifications and the recalling of staff to fill the roles of the ICS can take time, it is vital that those duties be assigned to someone other than the EOC Director immediately. This task can be assigned to EOC Support Staff. Once the Command Staff is up and running these duties will be assigned to the Logistics Section.
1. Take cover under desks, tables, or heavy furniture.
2. Take cover in interior doorways or narrow halls.
3. Stay away from windows and beware of falling objects.
4. Examine yourself and others for possible injuries.
5. Evacuate the building to your building’s designated evacuation area after the shaking is over. Help others evacuate the building after the shaking is over.
6. Allow Facilities Services and Campus Public Safety to evaluate the buildings for gas, fire, electrical and structural problems.
7. Students should proceed to their assigned evacuation area and report to their Resident Assistant or Resident Director. Faculty and Staff should report to their Department Head or Director.
8. After the building is cleared of safety problems you may return to your room or office and check for any safety hazards.
9. Report any problems or changes to your room or office to Campus Public Safety or to Facility Services.
• Move away from buildings.
• Avoid trees, electrical poles, overhead wires, and fallen wires.
• Evacuate the buildings as soon as possible.
• Account for persons present
• Do not light a fire until advised that it is safe to do so by the authority having jurisdiction.
• Avoid fallen electrical lines and leaking gas lines.
• Never enter or reenter a building until it has been determined safe by the authority having jurisdiction.
• Follow instructions from the Campus Public Safety Department.
If you are trapped in debris:
1. Move as little as possible so that you don’t kick up dust. Cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
2. Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where you are. Use a whistle if one is available. Use your cell phone if it works. Shout only as a last resort to prevent your lungs from filling with dust.
When Smoke or Fire is Sighted:
1. Activate manual pull alarms which are located throughout the buildings. Activating one pull alarm will sound all alarms within the building.
2. After activation of the fire alarms, notify Campus Public Safety at 714-966-6799.
3. Upon hearing alarms, all occupants of the building must proceed to approved evacuation exits as instructed on the emergency exit maps located inside the building.
4. Vanguard University personnel may check the building to see that all occupants have evacuated the building.
5. After above steps have been accomplished, qualified personnel may attempt to extinguish the fire, if safe to do so, with portable extinguishers located throughout the buildings.
6. No one is to reenter the building until the Campus Public Safety Department or Fire Department gives the all clear.
If Arson is suspected:
1. Inform the responding police/fire personnel.
2. Assist the police/fire department.
3. Help locate any possible suspect and/or witness (es).
4. If the fire was extinguished, you still need to report the fire to the fire department for investigation.
1. Report an incident to university resources (listed below) 2. Gather detailed information and report it to university resource.
3. If possible, isolate the persons involved fro mthe victim. 4.
Harassment is a form of discrimination and is defined as verbal, visual or physical conduct that is directed at an individual or a group because of race, color, national origin, age, sex, physical, or mental disability or any other criterion protected by law, when such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s or group’s academic or work performance or creating a hostile educational, work, or living environment.
Hazing means any intentional, knowing or reckless act meant to induce physical pain, embarrassment, humiliation, deprivation of rights or that creates physical or mental discomfort, and is directed against a student for the purpose of being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization, club, or athletic team sponsored or supported by the university and whose membership is totally or predominately other students from the university.
Stalking is a “willful course of conduct” involving repeated or continuing harassment against another individual, which would cause a reasonable person to feel any one or more of the following:
Stalking Occurs In Many Forms, Such As:
- Following or appearing within the sight of another.
- Approaching or confronting another individual in a public or private place.
- Appearing at the workplace or residence of another.
- Entering or remaining on an individual’s property.
- Contacting by telephone.
- Sending mail or electronic mail.
Sexually harassing conduct in particular may include all of these prohibited actions, as well as other unwelcome conduct, such as requests for sexual favors, conversation containing sexual comments, and other unwelcome sexual advances. Sexually harassing conduct can be by a person of either the same or opposite sex.
Ethnic Intimidation occurs when a person maliciously, and with specific intent, intimidates or harasses another person because of that person’s:
- National Origin
- Sexual Orientation
Reporting an Incident:
Reports of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation should be made to one of the university’s Title IX Coordinators promptly other options include using our anonymous reporting system Lighthouse or contacting the Counseling Center.
Title IX Coordinators:
Students: Reports should be made to the Director of Residence Life (firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-662-5273).
Staff/Faculty: Reports should be made to the Director of Human Resources (email@example.com or 714-662-5285).
You may also file a report using Lighthouse Services toll free number (855-636-0005) and/or website access (http://www.vanguard.edu/about/lighthouse).
LIGHTHOUSE is not an emergency service.
Call 9 -1-1 if there is a life-threatening emergency or you need immediate help.
714) 556-3610 ext. 5256 or (714) 662-5256 direct
Appointments may be requested online, in person or by calling (714) 662-5256.
In emergency situations, call 911.
Hazardous Materials Incident Chemical Attacks/Biochemical/Radiological/Nuclear (CBRN)
Chemical: The deliberate release of a toxic gas, liquid or solid that can poison people and the environment.
Biological: An attack that is a deliberate release of germs or other biological substances that can make you sick.
Radiological: The use of common explosives to spread radioactive materials over a targeted area.
Nuclear: An explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water and ground surfaces for miles around.
1. In the event of a hazardous material spill or release, immediately call Campus Public Safety at 714-966- 6799. Give your name and location, and then describe the nature and severity of the hazardous material spill or release.
2. Evacuate yourself and others from exposed area.
3. Pull fire alarm, to evacuate entire building, if necessary.
4. Follow designated evacuation routes.
Medical Emergencies: Accidents/Injuries
1. Contact Campus Public Safety at 714-966-6799 and if life threatening call 911 as well.
2. Stay with the sick/injured individual.
3. Administer first aid.
4. Disperse the crowd, if necessary.
5. Contact parent(s), guardian(s) family and emergency services, if needed.
6. Inform staff/students as needed.
7. Complete an accident report form and turn into Campus Public Safety.
1. If you think someone is choking, ask, “Are you choking?” If they nod, tell them you are going to help.
2. Kneel or stand firmly behind them and wrap your arms around him so that your hands are in front.
3. Make a fist with one hand.
4.Put the thumb side of your fist slightly above their navel (belly button) and well below the breastbone.
5. Grasp the fist with your other hand and give quick upward thrusts into their abdomen.
6. Give thrusts until object is forced out and they can breathe, cough, or talk or until they stop responding.
Heart Attack or Chest Pain/Shortness of Breath:
1. Have victim sit quietly (if still conscious).
2. Call or have someone call Campus Public Safety and 911.
3. Be ready to start the steps of CPR if victim stops responding and is not breathing.
Heart Attack: If victim stops responding begin CPR Compressions:
1. Kneel at victim’s side.
2. Make sure victim is lying on his back on a firm, flat surface. If the victim is lying face down, carefully roll onto his back.
3. Quickly move or remove clothes from the front of the chest that will get in the way of doing compressions and using an AED.
4. Put the heel of one hand on the center of the victim’s chest between the nipples. Put the heel of your other hand on top of the first hand.
5. Push straight down on the chest 1½ to 2 inches with each compressions. Push hard and fast.
6. Push at a rate of 100 compression a minute.
7. After each compression, release pressure on the chest to let it come back to its normal position.
1. Hold airway open with a head tilt-chin lift.
2. Pinch the nose closed.
3. Take a normal breath and cover the victim’s mouth with your mouth, creating an airtight seal.
4. Give 2 breaths (blow for 1 second each). Watch for chest rise as you give each breath.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
If you suspect a back or neck (spinal) injury, do not move the affected person. Permanent paralysis and other serious complications can result. Assume a person has a spinal injury if:
1. There is evidence of a head injury with an ongoing change in the person’s level of consciousness.
2. The person complains of severe pain in his/her neck or back.
3. The person won’t move his/her neck. 4. An injury has exerted substantial force on the back or head.
5. The person complains of weakness, numbness or paralysis or lacks control of his/her limbs, bladder or bowels.
6. The neck or back is twisted or positioned oddly.
If you suspect a back or neck injury:
1. The goal of first aid for a spinal injury is to keep the person in as much of the same position as he/she was found. Keep the person still. Place heavy towels on both sides of the neck or hold the head and neck to prevent movement.
2. Provide as much first aid as possible without moving the person’s head or neck. If the person shows no signs of circulation (breathing, coughing or movement), begin CPR, but do not tilt the head back to open the airway. Use your fingers to gently grasp the jaw and lift it forward.
3. If you absolutely must roll the person because he or she is vomiting, choking on blood or in danger of further injury, use at least two people. Work together to keep the person’s head, neck and back aligned while rolling the person onto one side.
Call Campus Safety for Medical Assistance at 714.966.6799.
- Stay calm
- Prevent injury by clearing the area of objects that could harm the person if he/she struck it.
- Pay attention to the length of the seizure
- Make the person as comfortable as possible
- Keep onlookers away
- Do not hold the person down. If the person having a seizure thrashes around there is no need for you to restrain them. Remember to consider your safety as well
- Do not put anything in the person’s mouth
- Do not give the person water, pills, or food until fully alert
- Call 911 if a) the seizure lasts for more than 3 minutes, b) if the person has a possible head/facial injury, c) if there are multiple seizures, d) if the person does not have a history of seizures, or d) if the seizure was not witnessed.
- After the seizure, the person should be placed on his/her left side. Keep in mind there is a small risk of post-seizure vomiting, before the person is fully alert. Therefore, the person’s head should be turned so that any vomit will drain out of the mouth without being inhaled. Stay with the person until she recovers (5 to 20 minutes).
Winter rains can cause high winds, flooding and uprooted trees on campus.
1. In the event of severe flooding, the Campus Public Safety and Facility Services Offices should be notified. Give specific location and effects of flooding.
2. Broken water pipes, water leaks and overflowing or clogged drains that do not present an emergency situation should only be reported to Facility Services.
3. Evacuate area if it imposes risk.
4. Stay away from electrical devices.
5. Do not use the elevator.
6. If water has entered a building or walkway, do not walk through it; it may contain hazardous materials.
7. Do not try to drive over a flooded road. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately. Attempting to move a stalled vehicle in flood conditions can be fatal.
8. Tune a radio or TV to local channels for emergency advisories and instructions.
9. Look for e-mails from Campus Public Safety or Facility Services warning of unsafe events on campus.
– Tornado Watch: Conditions are right for a tornado.
– Tornado Warning: A funnel cloud has been sighted. Take cover.
– At the first sign of lightning, all students should be inside the building.
1. When severe weather is forecasted, the Campus Public Safety Department will monitor the situation on the county emergency radio and the customary public broadcasting radio system.
2. When a tornado warning is issued, students and staff should proceed to a designated location against the wall and assume a kneeling position, head down, hands covering head. An interior room of the building with no windows is a safe place.
3. Anyone in an unsafe location at the time of the warning needs to seek shelter.
4. Close all windows and doors upon leaving any area.
5. Instructors should keep their class rosters with them during the warning.
6. Everyone should assist those around them in doing the right thing.
7. Anyone in a mobile building needs to move to permanent structures.
8. Keep windows closed.
PLAN FOR A PANDEMIC
- Store a two week supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.
- Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
- Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. HHS provides an online tool intended to help people locate and access their electronic health records from a variety of sources. http://healthit.gov/bluebutton
- Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
- Volunteer with local groups to prepare and assist with emergency response.
- Get involved in your community as it works to prepare for an influenza pandemic.
LIMIT THE SPREAD OF GERMS AND PREVENT INFECTION
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Printable Materials for Promoting Good Health Habits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Cover Your Cough
- Be a Germ Stopper: Healthy Habits Keep You Well
- Flu Prevention Toolkit: Real People. Real Solutions
- Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work & School
- U.S Department of Health and Human Service
- U.S Department of Health and Human Service – Blue Button – electronic health records tool
- American Red Cross
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Influenza/Flu
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Recent Outbreaks
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Chikungunya Virus Information
WHY TALK ABOUT TSUNAMIS?
All tsunamis are potentially dangerous, even though they may not damage every coastline they strike. Damaging tsunamis are very rare. Our coastlines are vulnerable, but tsunamis are infrequent. Understand the hazard and learn how to protect yourself, but don’t let the threat of tsunamis ruin your enjoyment of the beach.
Be familiar with the tsunami warning signs. A strong earthquake lasting 20 seconds or more near the coast may generate a tsunami. A noticeable rapid rise or fall in coastal waters is also a sign that a tsunami is approaching.
Tsunamis most frequently come onshore as a rapidly rising turbulent surge of water choked with debris. They are not V-shaped or rolling waves, and are not “surfable.”
Tsunamis may be locally generated or from a distant source.
In 1957, a distant-source tsunami generated by an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska struck Hawaii, 2,100 miles away. Hawaii experienced $5 million in damages from that tsunami.
Develop a Family Disaster Plan. Tsunami-specific planning should include the following:
- Learn about tsunami risk in your community. Contact your local emergency management office or Red Cross chapter. Find out if your home, school, workplace or other frequently visited locations are in tsunami hazard areas. Know the height of your street above sea level and the distance of your street from the coast or other high-risk waters. Evacuation orders may be based on these numbers.
- If you are visiting an area at risk from tsunamis, check with the hotel, motel, or campground operators for tsunami evacuation information and how you would be warned. It is important to know designated escape routes before a warning is issued.
If you are at risk from tsunamis, do the following:
- Plan an evacuation route from your home, school, workplace, or any other place you’ll be where tsunamis present a risk. If possible, pick an area 100 feet above sea level or go up to two miles inland, away from the coastline. If you can’t get this high or far, go as high as you can. Every foot inland or upwards may make a difference. You should be able to reach your safe location on foot within 15 minutes. After a disaster, roads may become impassable or blocked. Be prepared to evacuate by foot if necessary. Footpaths normally lead uphill and inland, while many roads parallel coastlines. Follow posted tsunami evacuation routes; these will lead to safety. Local emergency management officials can help advise you as to the best route to safety and likely shelter locations.
- Practice your evacuation route. Familiarity may save your life. Be able to follow your escape route at night and during inclement weather. Practicing your plan makes the appropriate response more of a reaction, requiring less thinking during an actual emergency situation.
- Use a radio to keep informed of local watches and warnings.
- Talk to your insurance agent. Homeowners’ policies do not cover flooding from a tsunami. Ask about flood insurance.
- Discuss tsunami with your family. Everyone should know what to do in case all family members are not together. Discussing tsunamis ahead of time will help reduce fear and anxiety, and let everyone know how to respond. Review flood safety and preparedness measures with your family.
Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit
Please see the section “Disaster Supplies Kit” for general supplies kit information. Tsunami-specific supplies should include the following:
- Evacuation Supplies Kit in an easy-to-carry contanier (backpack) near your door
- Disaster Suplies Kit basics
- Avoid building or living in buildings within several hundred feet of the coastline. These areas are more likely to experience damage from tsunamis, strong winds, or coastal storms.
- Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a tsunami. A list will help you remember anything that can be swept away by tsunami waters.
- Elevate coastal homes. Most tsunami waves are less than 10 feet. Elevating your house will help reduce damage to your property from most tsunamis.
- Follow flood preparedness precautions. Tsunamis are large amounts of water that crash onto the coastline, creating floods.
- Have an engineer check your home and advise about ways to make it more resistant to tsunami water. There may be ways to divert waves away from your property. Improperly built walls could make your situation worse. Consult with a professional for advice.
- If your community is at risk, build and publicize locations of tsunami evacuation routes. Post signs directing people to higher ground away from the coast.
- Review land use in tsunami hazard areas so no critical facilities, such as hospitals and police stations; or high occupancy buildings, such as auditoriums or schools; or petroleum-storage tank farms are located where there is a tsunami hazard. Tsunami damage can be minimized through land use planning, preparation, and evacuation.
- Publish a special section in your local newspaper with emergency information on tsunamis. Localize the information by printing the phone numbers of local emergency services offices, the American Red Cross chapter, and hospitals.
- Periodically inform your community of local public warning systems.
- Work with local emergency services and Red Cross officials to prepare special reports for people with mobility impairments on what to do if an evacuation is ordered, and develop plans to assist them with evacuation if necessary.
- Interview local officials and insurance companies about the proper types of insurance to cover a flood-related loss. Include information on the economic effects of disaster.
- If you feel an earthquake that lasts 20 seconds or longer when you are on the coast:
- Drop, cover, and hold on. You should first protect yourself from the earthquake.When the shaking stops, gather your family members and evacuate quickly. Leave everything else behind. A tsunami may be coming within minutes. Move quickly to higher ground away from the coast.
- Be careful to avoid downed power lines and stay away from buildings and bridges from which heavy objects might fall during an aftershock.
- Listen to a radio, Coast Guard emergency frequency station, or other reliable source for updated emergency information. As the energy of a tsunami is transferred through open water, it is not detectable. Seismic action may be the only advance warning before the tsunami approaches the coastline.
- Check your Disaster Supplies Kit. Some supplies may need to be replaced or restocked.
- Locate family members and review evacuation plans. Make sure everyone knows there is a potential threat and the best way to safer ground.
- If you have special evacuation needs (small children, elderly people, or persons with disabilities), consider early evacuation. Evacuation may take longer, allow extra time.
- If time permits, secure unanchored objects around your home or business. Tsunami waves can sweep away loose objects. Securing these items or moving them inside will reduce potential loss or damage.
- Be ready to evacuate. Being prepared will help you to move more quickly if a tsunami warning is issued.
- Listen to a radio, Coast Guard emergency frequency station, or other reliable source for updated emergency information. Authorities will issue a warning only if they believe there is a real threat from tsunami.
- Follow instructions issued by local authorities. Recommended evacuation routes may be different from the one you use, or you may be advised to climb higher.
- If you are in a tsunami risk area, do the following:
- If you hear an official tsunami warning or detect signs of a tsunami, evacuate at once. A tsunami warning is issued when authorities are certain that a tsunami threat exists, and there may be little time to get out.
- Take your Disaster Supplies Kit. Having supplies will make you more comfortable during the evacuation.
- Get to higher ground as far inland as possible. Officials cannot reliably predict either the height or local effects of tsunamis. Watching a tsunami from the beach or cliffs could put you in grave danger. If you can see the wave, you are too close to escape it.
Return home only after local officials tell you it is safe. A tsunami is a series of waves that may continue for hours. Do not assume that after one wave the danger is over. The next wave may be larger than the first one.
- Continue listening to the radio, Coast Guard emergency frequency station, or other reliable source for emergency information. The tsunami may have damaged roads, bridges, or other places that may be unsafe.
- Help injured or trapped persons. Give first aid where appropriate. Call for help. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
- Help a neighbor who may require special assistance–infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Telephone lines are frequently overwhelmed in disaster situations. They need to be clear for emergency calls to get through.
- Stay out of the building if waters remain around it. Tsunami waters, like flood waters, can undermine foundations, causing buildings to sink, floors to crack, or walls to collapse.
- When re-entering buildings or homes, use extreme caution. Tsunami-driven flood waters may have damaged buildings where you least expect it. Carefully watch every step you take.
- Wear sturdy shoes. The most common injury following a disaster is cut feet.
- Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings. Battery-powered lighting is the safest and easiest, preventing fire hazard for the user, occupants, and building.
- Examine walls, floors, doors, staircases, and windows to make sure that the building is not in danger of collapsing.
- Inspect foundations for cracks or other damage. Cracks and damage to a foundation can render a building uninhabitable.
- Look for fire hazards. There may be broken or leaking gas lines, flooded electrical circuits, or submerged furnaces or electrical appliances. Flammable or explosive materials may come from upstream. Fire is the most frequent hazard following floods.
- Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
- Look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell burning insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice. Electrical equipment should be checked and dried before being returned to service.
- Check for sewage and water line damage. If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid using water from the tap. You can obtain safe water from undamaged water heaters or by melting ice cubes.
- Use tap water if local health officials advise it is safe.
- Watch out for animals, especially poisonous snakes, that may have come into buildings with the water. Use a stick to poke through debris. Tsunami flood waters flush snakes and animals out of their homes.
- Watch for loose plaster, drywall, and ceilings that could fall.
- Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
- Open the windows and doors to help dry the building.
- Shovel mud while it is still moist to give walls and floors an opportunity to dry.
- Check food supplies. Any food th
- at has come in contact with flood waters may be contaminated and should be thrown out.
|FAILURE||WHAT TO EXPECT||WHO TO CONTACT||RESPONSIBILITY OF USER|
|Computer Systems||Certain programs are not operational.||IT Help Desk||Use back up system.|
|Telephones||Failure to receive calls or to make calls.||IT Help Desk||Use cell phones or runners.|
|Program is not responding.||IT Help Desk||Use cell phones or runners.|
|Electrical Systems||Power failure.||Facilities or Facilities|
|Natural Gas Failure or|
|Odor, use no open flames, evacuate area if necessary.||Facilities or Facilities|
|Turn off gas equipment, extinguish any open flames, and evacuate area.|
|Water Systems||No water or low water pressure.||Facilities or Facilities|
|Ensure water faucets are turned off.|
|Sewer Systems||Drains backed up.||Facilities or Facilities|
|Do not flush toilets. Do not use water.|
|Steam Systems||No heat, no hot water.||Contact Facilities/ Emergency Line and Campus Public Safety||Prepare to be without heat or hot water.|
|Fire Alarm and|
|No fire alarms.||Facilities or Facilities|
|Implement Fire Watch|
|HVAC||No heating or cooling. No ventilation.||Facilities or Facilities|
|Prepare for a change in temperature or a lack of ventilation.|
|Elevators Not Working||All vertical movement will be by stairwell.||Facilities or Facilities|
|Direct users to nearest stairwell.|
|Elevators stopped between floors||Passengers trapped on the elevator.||Contact Facilities/ Emergency Line and Campus Public Safety||Stay with passengers and communicate with them; keep them calm.|
|Fire Internal||Fire in the building.||Contact Campus Public|
|Evacuate area; sound the alarm; extinguish if applicable.|
|Fire External||Fire outside the building. No risk to building.||Contact Campus Public|
|Close doors and windows, shut down ventilation system.|
|Flood Internal||Water in the building.||Contact Campus Public|
|Protect property and materials.|
|Flood External||Water outside the building.||Contact Campus Public|
|Do not walk through standing water.|
|Structural Damage||Visible cracks or damage. Improper door and window alignments.||Contact Facilities/ Emergency Line and Campus Public Safety||Prepare to evacuate. You may not be able to reenter.|
VIOLENCE ON CAMPUS: ACTIVE SHOOTER AND HOSTAGE/TERRORIST SITUATION
An Active Shooter is a person who is actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people. In most cases, active shooters use firearm(s). There may or may not be a pattern or method to their selection of victims. These situations are dynamic and evolve rapidly, demanding immediate deployment of law enforcement resources to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to innocent victims. This document provides guidelines for faculty, staff, and students who may be caught in an active shooter situation, and describes what to expect from responding police officers.
Faculty, Staff and Student Guidelines:
In general, how you respond to an active shooter incident will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the situation, bearing in mind there could be more than one shooter involved in the same situation. If you find yourself involved in an active shooter situation, try to remain calm and use these guidelines to help you plan a strategy for survival. Notify 911 of the situation immediately if you are with someone else have them call Campus Public Safety at 714-966-6799 so mass notifications can be sent to the campus.
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation.
If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises and its safe to do so. Be sure to:
• Have an escape route and plan in mind
• Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
• Leave your belongings behind
• Help others escape, if possible
• Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be
• Keep your hands visible
• Follow the instructions of any police ofﬁcers
• Do not attempt to move wounded people
• Call 911 when you are safe
2. Hide Out
If evacuation is not possible, ﬁnd a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to ﬁnd you.
Your hiding place should:
• Be out of the active shooter’s view
• Provide protection if shots are ﬁred in your direction (room with a locked door)
• Not trap you or restrict your options for movement
To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
• Lock the door
• Blockade the door with heavy furniture
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
If the active shooter is nearby:
• Lock the door
• Silence your cell phone and/or pager
• Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)
• Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)
• Remain quiet
If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:
• Remain calm
• Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location
• If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen.
3. Take Action Against the Active Shooter
As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
• Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her
• Throwing items and improvising weapons
• Committing to your actions
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.
• Ofﬁcers usually arrive in teams of four (4)
• Ofﬁcers may wear regular patrol uniforms or external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets,
and other tactical equipment
• Ofﬁcers may be armed with riﬂes, shotguns, handguns
• Ofﬁcers may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation
• Ofﬁcers may shout commands, and may push individuals to the ground for their safety
How to react when law enforcement arrives:
• Remain calm, and follow ofﬁcers’ instructions
• Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets)
• Immediately raise hands and spread ﬁngers
• Keep hands visible at all times
• Avoid making quick movements toward ofﬁcers such as holding on to them for safety
• Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
• Do not stop to ask ofﬁcers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which ofﬁcers are entering the premises
Information to provide to law enforcement or 911 operator:
• Location of the active shooter
• Number of shooters, if more than one
• Physical description of shooter/s
• Number and type of weapons held by the shooter/s
• Number of potential victims at the location
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.