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Emergency Response Guidelines

FOR ALL EMERGENCIES CALL

BOWDOIN COLLEGE SECURITY X3500 OR 911


FIRE OR EXPLOSION:

If you have been trained to use a fire extinguisher, and if the fire is small enough to deal with safely, pull the alarm to evacuate the building and then attempt to put the fire out before exiting yourself.  When a smoke or fire ALARM sounds, follow the marked and lighted egress routes to the nearest emergency exit, using the stairs not the elevator and closing doors as you go.  Leave all unnecessary possessions behind, and leave your workstation as is.  Help others exit if you are able to do so.  If there is smoke, stay low to the floor.  If you become trapped, make your way to the nearest place of refuge and await rescue.  If you catch on fire - STOP, DROP, and ROLL.  Once outside, proceed to your designated rallying point.  Do not re-enter the building until the all-clear.   

BOMB THREAT/SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE:

Upon receiving a verbal bomb threat by phone, collect as much information from the caller as you can while having another person contact Security or 911.  Alternatively, a delivered package or envelope may be considered SUSPICIOUS if it exhibits one or more of the following traits:  (1) the presence of unusual dusts, powders, oily stains, discolorations, crystallization, odors, wires, or protrusions; (2) the package is lopsided, bulky, misshapen, atypically rigid or heavy, or sealed with excessive tape or string; (3) the address is badly typed or written, misspelled, lacking a proper name, or lacking a return address; (4) the postage is excessive for the item, has not been properly canceled, a foreign country; or (5) persons handling the package are experiencing ill effects, such as respiratory distress, itching or watering eyes, sneezing, rashes, dizziness, or nausea.  Based on the information provided to them, Security will likely evacuate the building and notify the police and fire/rescue services.  All occupants of the building should turn their CELL PHONES OFF to prevent the accidental triggering of any radio-controlled device. 

ACTIVE SHOOTER:

Upon hearing shots fired, run to the nearest exit, warning and helping others if you are able to do so, and make your way to a safe location before calling Security or 911.  Do not pull the fire alarm.  If your way out is unsafe or blocked, hide in a secure location within the building, blocking the door if possible, and staying away from windows.  If multiple persons are sheltering together, spread out to avoid giving the shooter a massed target.  Silence the ring/vibrate functions of any cell phones before calling Security or 911.  IF approached by the shooter, use whatever means at hand (tools, furniture, fire extinguishers, etc) to fight.  When the responders arrive their priority will be to take down the shooter, not to help you or others - do not approach or call out to them, keep your hands open and raised, and follow all instructions given by them.   

CIVIL DISTURBANCE:

It is not unusual for domestic or other personal disputes to spill over into the workplace.  When confronted with a threatening person, remain calm and keep them occupied while another person calls Security or 911, or use the panic button if one is present in the workplace.  IF the assailant becomes physically violent, react as for an active shooter.

NATURAL DISASTER:

The primary hazards posed by severe weather, earthquake, or flooding are physical damage to persons and structures and the loss of utilities.  If your workplace is impacted and immediate evacuation is impractical, seek a secure location within the building away from windows and other exposed areas, call Security or 911 and await rescue.  Restrooms in the core of a building are preferred for the availably of drinking water and waste facilities should prolonged sheltering become necessary. Bring practical personal items (i.e., winter coat, purse, medications, water bottle, etc.) with you, as it may not be safe to access them again.  Do not light open flames, as gas leaks may occur - use flashlights or cell phones.