Emergency Response Plans

 

EMERGENCEY RESPONSE:

-Reporting Emergencies

-When to call 911

-You should call 911 in ALL EMERGENCIES

-What is an emergency?

 

An emergency is any immediate threat to life and/or property that requires immediate response from police, fire, or ambulance personnel. Your judgment often determines whether an incident is an emergency. If you consider a situation to be an emergency, then it is an emergency and the procedures in this text should be followed. If in doubt, err on the side of safety!

When reporting an emergency:

If you have an emergency, dial 911. IMPORTANT: Because cell phone 911 calls are directed to the Pope County Dispatch Center through cell towers without exact location displayed, be sure to inform the 911 dispatcher of your exact location on the ATU campus.

University Department of Public Safety and the Russellville Fire Department are staffed 24 hours a day for your assistance and protection. This service is provided seven days a week on a year-round basis.

Emergency Telephone System Call Boxes (Blue Light Phones) are placed in various locations around campus. Each box is equipped with a push button that puts you in direct communications with the 911 dispatcher.

Reporting crimes in progress

If you are a victim or a witness to any in-progress criminal offense, report the incident as soon as possible by dialing 911. You should attempt to provide as much of the following information as possible:

Stay on the line with the dispatcher until help arrives. Keep the dispatcher updated on any changes so responding units can be updated. Even if you cannot communicate, keep the line open. The dispatcher may be able to learn more about what is happening.

Reporting crimes NOT in progress

If you have become a victim of a crime and it is NOT an emergency or life-threatening situation, telephone the local jurisdictional Police Department or the 911 Dispatch Center non-emergency number at 479.968.0911; be prepared to provide at least the following information:

Campus Evacuation Procedures

The procedures for a campus-wide evacuation will vary, depending on the nature of the event. In all cases when the decision has been made to evacuate, the campus response will likely be to evacuate in stages, beginning with areas in the immediate vicinity of the threat. Other areas may then be evacuated, depending on the nature of the threat. This graduated evacuation is preferable to a total, immediate evacuation, as it triages the populations most in danger, minimizes likelihood of gridlock and congestion, and provides for ingress of emergency vehicles and personnel. In all cases, evacuees would be directed away from the vicinity of the threat.

Building Evacuation Procedures

Upon activation of the building fire alarm system or verbal command by emergency personnel to evacuate a building:

Shelter-in-Place is a precaution aimed to be safe while remaining indoors. This is not the same thing as going to a shelter in case of a storm. Shelter-in-place means to select a small, interior room, with no or few windows and taking refuge there. It does not mean sealing off the building.

A shelter-in-place order may be issued for several reasons:

When an alert or other notification is received to shelter-in-place the following steps should be taken immediately:

 

Fire

In all cases when a faculty, staff, student, or visitor becomes aware of fire and or smoke, the Fire Department MUST be notified immediately. Go to the nearest safe location and activate the fire alarm system at the pull station as you evacuate the building. If possible, telephone 911 after you exit the building.

Give them the following information:

Evacuate the building following the established building evacuation procedures.

Know the location of fire exits and alarm systems in your area, and know how to use them.

 

If you become trapped in a building during a fire:

Fire Life Safety Equipment

Sprinkler systems and water flow detection devices are present in some buildings on campus.

Smoke detectors are provided where required. REMEMBER, if you have a battery-operated smoke detector, you should change the batteries twice per year. It is recommended that you change your batteries in the fall and spring when clocks are reset for Day Light Savings Time. In residential facilities, battery-powered detectors that sound a low battery signal (a chirping sound at approximately 1-minute intervals) should be reported to University Housing.

Manually activated fire alarm pull stations are located at exit points in buildings. If any sprinkler, heat detector, or pull station is activated, an alarm will sound throughout the building. Some smoke detectors will also activate the building alarm. Elevator Fire Control may cause the building elevators to come to a halt at the main floor upon activation of the fire alarm system. The elevators can be accessed by emergency personnel using a key override.

DO NOT attempt to use the elevators to evacuate any building.

Emergency lighting is provided in some buildings. The lighting will activate automatically in a power failure and last for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Illuminated exit signs are provided throughout the buildings.

KNOW THE LOCATIONS OF FIRE ALARMS.

KNOW WHERE THE FIRE EXITS ARE LOCATED AND ENSURE THEY ARE FREE OF OBSTRUCTIONS!

 

Active Shooter / Confronting Immediate Danger

If you have an emergency, dial 911. You do NOT need any coins to dial 911 from a pay telephone. Simply lift the handset and dial 911. IMPORTANT: Because cell phone 911 calls are directed to the Pope County Sheriff's Department through cell towers without exact location displayed, be sure to inform the 911 dispatcher of your exact location on the ATU campus.

An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active shooter event or other hostile confrontation as to whether he/she chooses to run to safety or remain in place. However, best practices for surviving such a confrontation are listed below:

Move to a safe location.

 

What to report:

Secure immediate area:

 

Leaving a secured area that is in danger of being directly engaged:

  

Disruptive or Violent Individuals/Suspicious Persons

The following preparations can be made when a faculty or staff member has a scheduled an appointment with a student or visitor who is known to be potentially disruptive or dangerous:

In the event an individual becomes threatening or violent with no prior notice:

If you witness a person acting in an odd or unusual manner or if a person or situation makes you feel uneasy, do not confront them or block their exit, trust your instincts and report it. Call the ATU Public Safety at 479.968.0222.

Be alert for:

 

 Bomb Threats

All bomb threats must be treated as a serious matter. To ensure the safety of the faculty, staff, students, and the general public, bomb threats must be considered real until proven otherwise. In most cases, bomb threats are meant to disrupt normal activities. The procedures described below should be implemented regardless of whether the bomb threat appears real or not.

 

EMERGENCY ACTION

Report the threat to the ATU Public Safety Department immediately. Call 911, (479) 968-0222, or use a blue light emergency phone. Give your name, location, and telephone number. Inform the dispatcher of the situation, reporting the exact words of the threat, including information you may have as to the location of the threat, time of the threat, and time you received the call.

If a suspicious object is observed:

 

Bomb Threat Checklist

STAY CALM

EXACT WORDS USED TO MAKE THE THREAT (if possible):

QUESTIONS TO ASK:

1.WHEN IS THE BOMB GOING TO EXPLODE?

2.WHERE IS THE BOMB LOCATED?

3.WHAT KIND OF BOMB IS IT?

4.WHAT WILL CAUSE THE BOMB TO EXPLODE?

5.WHAT DOES THE BOMB LOOK LIKE?

6.WHO PLACED THE BOMB?

7.WHY WAS THE BOMB PLACED?

8.WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

9.WHERE ARE YOU CALLING FROM?

 

DESCRIPTION OF CALLER'S VOICE:

1.CALLER'S NAME

2.Accent

3.Race

4.Time of Call

 

IF THE VOICE IS FAMILIAR, WHOM DID IT SOUND LIKE?

YOUR NAME

YOUR POSITION

YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER

 

 

Medical Emergency

If you have an emergency, dial 911. You do NOT need any coins to dial 911 from a pay telephone. Simply lift the handset and dial 911. IMPORTANT: Because cell phone 911 calls are directed to the Pope County Sheriff's Department through cell towers without exact location displayed, be sure to inform the 911 dispatcher of your exact location on the ATU campus.

Russellville Fire Department and Metro Emergency Medical System (MEMS) personnel are trained and certified as Emergency Medical Technicians. They will respond to medical emergencies on campus. Any injury occurring because of an existing hazardous condition should be reported to the ATU DPS 911 Dispatcher.

EMERGENCY ACTION

The following is a brief summary of the procedures for requesting medical assistance.

The individual making the call should continue to stay on the phone with the dispatcher and answer as many questions as possible regarding the condition of the injured person so that information can be forwarded to the responding emergency personnel.

Illness or injury to students, faculty, or staff

Medical assistance can be provided faculty, staff, and students by Student Health Services if the individual needing assistance is ambulatory. Student Health Services provides treatment of minor injuries and illness during scheduled operating hours of 8:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday.

Otherwise, call 911 to request assistance from ATU DPS.

Illness or injury to guests and visitors

Call the ATU DPS Dispatcher Center to request emergency medical assistance by dialing 911, (479) 968-0222 or using a blue light emergency phone.

First Aid

If you provide first aid, consider the following:

1.Is immediate action needed in order to save a life?

2.Will I place myself in harm or jeopardy?

FIRST AID IS MINOR CARE ONLY . . . DO NOT JEOPARDIZE YOUR HEALTH OR THE HEALTH OF THE PATIENT. WAIT FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE FIRST AID SAFELY OR ARE NOT TRAINED IN FIRST AID.

 

 

Psychological Crisis

A psychological crisis exists when an individual threatens harm to himself/herself or to others, or is out of touch with reality due to severe drug reactions manifested by hallucinations or uncontrollable behavior.

If a psychological crisis occurs:

Following a major crisis or disaster, it may be necessary to provide significant psychological counseling intervention for faculty, staff, and students in order to overcome the lingering emotional trauma associated with such an event. Coordination of such counseling will be provided by the Counseling Center.

ATU Counseling Center

During Normal Counseling Center Hours

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Student Health Center Dean 126

Call the Counseling Center at (479) 968-0329 to talk immediately with a counselor. You may also, if possible, go directly to the Counseling Center where a counselor will be available to talk with you face-to-face. The counselor will assess the situation and, with you, will decide on an appropriate course of action.

 

Counseling Services

There are many good counseling and psychological service providers in the Russellville area. Referrals are made to these services when warranted.

Drug & Alcohol

Freedom House

400 Lake Front Dr.

$300 processing; income based                                                                                                  479.968.7086

Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                                                   479.967.3260

Pregnancy-STD Testing

Pope County Health Unit

203 Weir Road                                                                                                                                    479.968.6004

Choices Pregnancy Resource Center

311 East 3rd Street

cprc4u@yahoo.com                                                                                                                        479.967.2255

Rape

Ozark Rape Crisis Center

Confidential and Free                                                                                                                     479.754.6869

Women's Shelter

River Valley Shelter                                                                                                                         479.968.3310

Other Crisis Telephone Numbers

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

National Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222

 

Earthquake

Unlike other emergencies, the procedures to deal with an earthquake are much less specific. Since earthquake magnitude cannot be predetermined, everyone must initiate emergency precautions within a few seconds after the initial tremor is felt, assuming the worst possible case.

The best earthquake instruction is to take precautions before the earthquake (e.g., secure or remove objects above you that could fall during an earthquake).

 

EMERGENCY ACTION

During the earthquake:

After the initial shock:

 

Tornado

A tornado is defined as a violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornados are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornados may occur with little or no advance warning or siren activation.

Before the Storm:

During the Storm - Possible Indicators of a Tornado:

 

When Taking Shelter

1.Vacate upper floors and move to a lower floor or to the basement of any building that has a basement. (Safe locations have been posted in every building on campus) Position yourself in the safest portion of the area away from glass. Be prepared to kneel facing a wall and cover your head.

2.Occupants of wood-frame or brick buildings with wood floors should leave the building and go directly to a more substantial concrete building, preferably with a basement.

 

TORNADO WATCH

A "Tornado Watch" is issued when atmospheric conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in a given area. Under watch conditions stay informed by listening to radio or television.

 

TORNADO WARNING

A "Tornado Warning" indicates that a tornado is imminent and poses a definite threat to a given area. If the warning is for your area you should take shelter immediately!

 

ALL HAZARDS WARNING SIGNALS

 

OUTDOOR WARNING SYSTEM TESTING

Russellville's outdoor warning sirens are tested at 12:00 p.m. every Wednesday of every month except during periods of adverse weather conditions.

 

Utility Failure

In the event of a major utility failure occurring during regular working hours (8:00 am - 5:00 pm), remain calm and immediately notify Physical Plant at 968-0261.

If there is a potential danger to building occupants, or if the failure occurs after hours, weekends, or holidays, call ATU Public Safety at 968-0222.

Follow standard evacuation procedures if a building emergency exists. If you are injured or require emergency assistance, remain calm and dial 911.

Power Outage

Remain calm. Shortly after loss of power the emergency lighting in your area should be activated. If evacuation is required, assist any disabled persons or others needing assistance and exit by stairway. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. If you are trapped in an elevator use the emergency phone to notify ATU Public Safety.

 

Flooding

Cease using all electrical equipment. Unplug all non-essential electrical equipment. Vacate the area and notify the Physical Plant. If after hours, call ATU DPS at 968-0222.

Serious Gas Leak

Cease ALL operations. DO NOT use any electrical device while in the immediate area as this could cause an explosion. Immediately move out of the area and contact the Physical Plant and ATU Department of Public Safety.

 

Hazardous Material Spill / Release

For spills, releases or incidents requiring special training, procedures or personal protective equipment (PPE) that is beyond the abilities of present personnel, take the following steps:

Immediately notify affected personnel and evacuate the spill area. Activate a fire alarm pull station if building evacuation is required.Call 911 to report the incident and be sure to provide the following information:Your name, telephone number, and location Type of incident Name and quantity of the material, if known Extent of injuries or damage, if any Evacuate the affected area at once and seal it off to prevent further contamination of others until the arrival of emergency personnel. Anyone who is contaminated by the spill should wash off the contamination; remain in the vicinity, and give his/her name to the emergency personnel. If needed, first aid can be started immediately. No effort to contain or clean up spills and or releases should be made unless you have been trained in the proper methods to do so. Take appropriate steps to make sure no one evacuates through the contaminated area. If an alarm sounds, follow established building evacuation procedures (see Building Evacuation). Do not re-enter the area until directed by emergency personnel.

 

Parking Lot Safety Tips

Arkansas Tech University is once again buzzing with activity as we move into the fall semester. With classes and activities, come cars and full parking lots, which could attract opportunistic criminals in search of property to steal. Here are some helpful tips that may reduce the risk of crime:

Property:

1.Always lock your car doors.

2.Do not leave valuables in view inside the car.

3.Use an anti-theft device such as a steering wheel lock.

4.Do not store an extra key under the car/fender/etc.

5.Park where your car can be seen from the street.

6.At night, park in a well-traveled and well lighted area.

 

Personal Safety:

1.Avoid walking alone at night.

2.Be aware of your surroundings.

3.Use Tech Guardian (968-0222) for a free ride to your car at night.

4.Walk with friends.

5.Park in a well-lighted area.

6.Check your car before getting in.

7.Note locations of Blue Light Emergency Phones.

 

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