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The actions that you should take in an emergency depend on the type of incident. The following pages describe the types of emergencies that may affect our campus and offer a list of recommended actions for each.
LVC’s Office of Public Safety offers ALICE training to any team or interested group. ALICE is the leading active shooter response program in the nation. The purpose of ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training is to prepare individuals to handle the threat of an active shooter. You can learn more at www.alicetraining.com. Please contact the Office of Public Safety at ext. 6111 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in receiving ALICE training for your area or group.
You should quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life in an active shooter situation.
Action Options Include*
Evacuate—if there is an accessible escape path, evacuate to a safe and distant location.
Hide out—if evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
Take action—as a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter.
Call LVC public safety at ext. 6111
*The first three actions are from FEMA recommendations made in their online training session for an active shooter scenario.
An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest.
Public Safety Vehicle (mobile)
Shroyer Health Center (Health Services Office), first floor, hallway
Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center, main floor, main lobby outside Lutz Hall
Administration Building, first floor, center of the hallway
Carnegie Hall, first floor, foyer/staircase area
Maude A. Laughlin Hall, first floor, foyer area
Vernon and Doris Bishop Library, first floor, entry area
Neidig-Garber Science Center (2), ground level floor (2nd level), main lobby, AND fourth floor, central foyer area (to be installed summer 2019)
Clyde A. Lynch Hall, first floor, center lobby area
Frederic K. Miller Chapel, first floor, narthex
Allan W. Mund College Center (2), first floor, across from information desk, AND lower level hallway, outside Lebegern Learning Commons
Arnold Sports Center (2), main lobby near weight room AND west information desk
Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion (3), first floor, near the entry door; second floor, west end of the hallway; and Room 135
Fencil Art Building, main floor, classroom
Facilities Service Office, main office area
Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Zimmerman Recital Hall, main hall area
It is important that individuals take appropriate actions if they receive a suspicious package or envelope, or a threatening phone call regarding a biological agent.
Note: Individuals who may have been exposed to a biological agent will be kept separated from other individuals within an enclosed area until properly examined or treated.
A total power outage affecting the entire campus is referred to as a “blackout.”
Note: The following are not considered critical incidents/emergencies: a small power outage affecting only a few buildings on campus or a brownout resulting in a reduction in voltage by the power utility company during periods of heavy power usage.
Bomb threats may be delivered in a variety of ways including written communication, verbally, through a recording, or a third party. Most threats are called into the target. All threats should be taken seriously and never ignored.
If the threat is received by phone, try to have another person listen to the call if possible. Keep the caller on the line as long as possible and ask for the message to be repeated for clarity.
Note: Do not use two-way radios or cellular phones. Radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb. Do not touch or move a suspicious package.
Actions if a bomb threat is received by phone:
During the call:
After the call:
Actions if a bomb threat is received by handwritten note:
Actions if a bomb threat is received by email:
A civil disturbance or riot is a gathering that has become significantly disruptive and may involve property damage, threats to individuals, etc.
If there is a death/fatality on campus, it is very important that authorities are notified immediately so that the area can be secured and an investigation initiated as quickly as possible.
The person who discovers or witnesses a fatality should:
The town of Annville is in an area where the risk of earthquake exposure to the College is considered slight: Seismic Zone 1 as defined by the Uniform Building Code.
An earthquake and any subsequent aftershocks may trigger secondary events such as a fire (see the section on Fire), flooding (see Flooding), and the release or spread of hazardous materials (see Hazardous Materials Incident).
If shaking is felt, the following are appropriate:
When shaking has stopped:
An explosion may occur within a facility because of a laboratory accident, a gas leak, or a bomb device. An explosion also may be accompanied by a fire (see the section on Fire) or a medical emergency (see Medical Emergency).
In the event of a fire—large or small—the building should first be evacuated according to Building Evacuation Procedures and then the fire should be reported.
Students and employees should become familiar with the location of emergency exits, stairwells, alarm pull stations, and fire extinguishers in buildings they regularly use. During an evacuation, please be aware of individuals with special needs and be prepared to help as required.
In the event of a fire or suspected fire:
In response to an audible fire alarm:
The College is in an area outside the 500-year flood plain with little or no probability of direct flooding from area streams, creeks, and other bodies of water. However, flooding may still occur as the result of surface or ground water entering below-grade areas.
As a precaution:
After a flooding incident:
Note: Stay out of the flooded area(s). Do not enter until electrical power has been turned off and given the “all clear” by emergency personnel or College officials.
Hazardous materials include compressed gases, corrosive liquids, or flammable liquids that may be stored, used, or transported on the campus. In addition, trains that pass through the campus often carry hazardous materials.
There are two types of hazardous materials incidents:
1) Non-emergency, non-health-threatening incident—A spill that is not the result of container failure, is less than one ounce (30 ml), and can be cleaned up within 15 minutes; this type of spill does not require recording or reporting but must be cleaned up immediately.
2) Emergency, health-threatening incident—all other spills are considered emergency, health-threatening incidents and must be reported and recorded following procedures designated by various state and federal agencies.
On-campus incidents when any type of potentially hazardous material appears to be leaking or poses a danger to people:
Railroad or highway incidents:
The instructions of local civil defense, emergency preparedness officials, and the National Weather Service will be used to formulate a response to a potential hurricane/tropical storm event. College officials will decide whether the College will be closed and what personnel will stay on site.
During the storm, employees remaining on campus will monitor the progress of the hurricane or storm. Even though the College is not located in a flood-prone area, there is the potential for water damage from a hurricane or tropical storm if heavy rains overtax street and storm drains (see the section on Flooding).
Quick and responsible action during a medical emergency is critical. Students and employees who are not trained to use medical equipment or perform procedures such as CPR should refrain from taking any action beyond calling for help and dialing 911.
Three basic steps:
You should report the concern to the appropriate on-campus personnel if you or your friends/colleagues are concerned that a student or employee is missing.
If a serious incident occurs at a nuclear power plant, radiation could be released into a river as a liquid and travel downstream, or it could be released into the air as a gas and carried by the wind along a pathway consisting of an area within about a 10-mile radius of the plant.
The College is not located within the 10-mile evacuation area for Three Mile Island (TMI) in Middletown, Pa., as defined by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. However, College officials may order an off-campus evacuation if it is believed that an incident at TMI poses a possible threat to students and employees. Instructions for the evacuation will accompany the announcement of such an evacuation.
Note: The College is the designated evacuation site for the Milton Hershey School, which is in the 10-mile evacuation area for TMI. The on-campus location normally will be the LVC Sports Center. College staff and Metz Culinary Management will provide assistance caring for the evacuees.
Special sensitivity is necessary when dealing with sexual assault and rape. The primary concerns are the physical and emotional health and safety of the victim, the safety of the College community, protection of the victim from undue embarrassment or publicity, and ensuring confidentiality.
LVC students, faculty, and staff who see any potentially threatening social media messages about the College or any of its people should immediately contact the student affairs staff members on call (residential life and public safety).
Quick and decisive action during both suicide attempt and suicide threat is critical. All threats should be taken seriously as if the student or employee intends to complete it. Students and employees who are not comfortable doing the following should call 911 immediately.
The basic steps:
If a threat is received by phone, it is desirable to have another person listen to the call if possible. A calm response to the caller could result in additional information being collected. Since the caller is the best source, keep them on the line as long as possible and ask for the message to be repeated for clarity.
During the call:
After the call:
A tornado watch signifies that weather conditions exist that may produce tornadoes. A tornado warning indicates there has been a sighting or detection of an advancing tornado. An emergency may be declared for campus if the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning.
As a precaution:
As soon as the tornado passes:
You should report it immediately to emergency personnel if a train derailment occurs on campus..
Note: A train derailment may be accompanied by hazardous materials (see Hazardous Materials Incident), medical emergencies (see the section on Medical Emergency), explosions (see Explosion), or fires (see Fire).