6000P Emergency Procedures

Original Date: 10/1/1995 * Last Revision Effective: 9/17/2012
Policy Contact: Vice President, Administrative Services

Policy

Bellevue College is committed to providing a safe environment for our students, staff, faculty and visitors. This document set forth the procedures to follow in case of fire, medical emergency, earthquake, or other crises in order to prevent or minimize injury to Bellevue College students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Procedures

Please read and learn the steps for each emergency procedure. To perform each procedure correctly, learn the location of all first-aid stations, manual fire alarm boxes, and fire extinguishers. The emergency maps posted in classrooms, offices and stairwells point out these items, as well as evacuation routes and assembly areas.

Employees at college sites other than main campus should call 911 first and the Bellevue College public safety office second in any potentially life-threatening situation.

Acts of Violence

If you see any violent or threatening behavior which you think is an immediate danger to people or property:

  • Stay calm.
  • Secure your own safety and the safety of others around you. Remain where you are until it is clearly safe for you to leave the area.
  • Call public safety at ext. 2400 and 9-911 (or 564-2400 from a main campus pay phone; it will be a free call). Describe the following:
    • the location where the incident took place/is taking place;
    • the individual(s) involved in the violence (physical features, clothing, etc.); and
    • any weapons involved.
  • Cooperate with public safety and with local law enforcement personnel when they have responded to the call and taken control of the situation.
  • If you are a witness, be prepared to make a statement describing what you saw, what happened when, etc.

Bomb Threats

If you see a suspicious object –

  • Stay calm.
  • Call public safety at ext. 2400 (or 564-2400 from a main campus public pay phone; it will be a free call).
  • Follow instructions concerning securing or evacuating the area.
  • Do not touch or disturb the suspicious object in any way.
  • Do not touch or operate electrical appliances or circuitry near it.
  • Do not operate radio communications equipment near it.
  • Do not smoke or strike a light near it, and extinguish any open flames nearby.
  • A public safety officer will arrive at the scene as soon as possible. Public safety will contact local law enforcement and emergency response agencies if necessary.
  • If you are in doubt or unable to reach public safety, call 911 from a main campus pay phone (it will be a free call) or 9-911 from a campus phone.

If you receive a call about a bomb threat –

  • Stay calm.
  • Keep the person on the line as long as possible. Gain as much information as you can about the bomb and the caller. Take notes if possible. Things to take note of:
    • date and time the call was received
    • exact words the caller said
    • description of the caller’s voice
    • male or female?
    • young, middle-aged, old?
    • any voice characteristic(s) or a regional or foreign accent?
    • When is the bomb going to explode?
    • Where is the bomb right now?
    • What kind of bomb is it? What is it made of?
    • What does it look like?
    • Why did you put it there?
    • What did you say your name was?
    • What is your address, sir (ma’am)?
  • If possible signal another person to call public safety while you are still on the phone with the caller.
  • After the call ends, call public safety at extension 2400. Relay the information you gathered from the caller, especially the location of the bomb and time it is set to go off.

Evacuation Procedures

If public safety or other emergency personnel direct you to evacuate any college building:

  • Walk – do not run – to the nearest exit.
  • If you are on an upper floor, take the stairs. Do not use the elevators.
  • Evacuate to the outside of the building complex, toward the parking areas. (See the emergency map for the evacuation route and meeting location.) If you are on the main campus, do not evacuate into the central courtyards.
  • Assist disabled or injured persons who are not able to leave the area quickly by themselves.
  • Do not re-enter the buildings until you hear an “all clear” message or public safety or other emergency personnel advise you that it is safe.
  • Remain on campus until directed to leave.

Earthquake

During the earthquake –

  • Stay calm and stay where you are.
  • If you are indoors, stay indoors. Take shelter under a desk or table or along an inner wall. Move away from windows, glass walls, outside walls, or outside doors – these are danger areas.
  • If you are outdoors, stay outdoors. Move away from overhead electric wires, poles, or anything that may shake loose and fall.
  • Assist disabled or injured persons to find and stay in sheltered areas.
  • Remain in your sheltered area until the shaking stops, then evacuate the buildings if necessary (e.g. if there is power loss or serious damage).

After the earthquake –

  • Be prepared for additional aftershocks, which may be as strong as the initial earthquake.
  • Evacuate the buildings if instructed to do so. After the “all clear”, be extremely careful when re-entering the buildings.
  • Do not use any open flames until advised that there are no gas leaks.
  • Stay away from fallen or damaged electric wires.
  • If there is a fire or serious injury, follow the instructions given elsewhere in these emergency procedures.

Fire
If you hear a fire alarm, leave the area immediately, following the evacuation procedures. Remain in your assembly location – usually a parking lot outside the main building complex – until you receive the “all clear” message.

If you see or suspect a fire and no alarm is sounding yet, then

  • Call public safety at ext. 2400 (or 564-2400 from a main campus public pay phone; it will be a free call). State that there is a fire and describe:
    • your location, including the building letter and room number;
    • the telephone number from which you are calling;
    • the exact location of the fire;
    • the extent of the fire (small, large, etc.) and type of fire if you can identify it (wastepaper basket, electrical, chemical, etc.).
  • Public safety will call the fire department. A public safety officer will arrive at the scene as soon as possible.
  • If you are on the main campus, pull a manual fire alarm. See the emergency map for the alarm boxes nearest your location.
  • You may attempt to extinguish the fire if you know how to do so; however, it is more important to avoid injuring yourself or others. See the emergency map for the closest fire extinguisher.
  • Evacuate the area (see evacuation instructions).
  • If you are in doubt or are unable to reach public safety, dial 911 from a main campus pay phone (it will be a free call) or 9-911 from a campus phone.

Hazardous Substances

If you notice something out of place that you can’t readily identify – a suspicious object, odor, spilled or leaking liquid or powder, etc. – it’s best to treat it as a hazardous substance until proven otherwise.

  • In the case of a suspicious odor, open doors and windows, turn off any fans, then evacuate the area immediately.
  • In the case of a suspicious object, powder, or liquid
    • do not disturb it, touch it, or sniff it
    • do not smoke or strike a light near it, and extinguish any open flames nearby
    • turn off electrical equipment near it (especially fans)
    • secure or block off the area around it.
  • Call public safety at extension 2400 (or 564-2400 from a main campus public pay phone; it will be a free call). Describe the hazardous substance and its location.
  • If you are in doubt or are unable to reach public safety, call 911 from a main campus pay phone (it will be a free call) or 9-911 from a campus phone.

Medical Emergency

In the case of injury or other medical emergency:

  • Call public safety at extension 2400 (or 564-2400 from a main campus public pay phone; it will be a free call). State that medical aid is needed and describe:
    • your location, including the building and room number if you know them;
    • the telephone number from which you are calling;
    • the location of the injured or sick person (if different from your location);
    • the person’s present condition (e.g. bleeding, breathing erratically, unconscious);
    • the nature of the injury or medical problem if the person has been able to tell you what is wrong.
  • Public safety will call an aid car if required. A public safety officer will arrive at the scene as soon as possible.
  • After calling public safety, return to the injured person; do not leave the scene or leave the injured person alone again.
  • Do not move the injured person.
  • Give first aid if you are qualified to do so.
  • If you are in doubt or are unable to reach public safety, call 911 from a main campus pay phone (it will be a free call) or 9-911 from a campus phone.

Power Failure

  • Shut off computers and other sensitive equipment.
  • Contact public safety at extension 2400.
  • If there is a fire or other emergency associated with the power failure, follow the appropriate procedures.

Revision History

Original 10/1/1995
Revisions 12/1/2001; 3/22/2005; 5/21/2009; 9/17/2012

Approved By

President’s Staff