Maricopa Emergency Management System Alert

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Emergency Procedures

For all emergencies, call SCC Public Safety: (480) 423-6175


Explosions can be caused by a variety of reasons, e.g., leaking gas, chemical accidents, bombs, etc. After an explosion, remain calm and, if possible, guard against further personal harm by crawling under a table or desk. Stay away from windows, mirrors, overhead fixtures, filing cabinets, bookcases and electrical equipment. Open doors carefully and watch for falling objects. Do not use telephones, elevators, matches or lighters. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of being hurt worse by a subsequent fire, building collapse, etc. When safe or instructed to do so, evacuate the building calmly.

The immediate response of outside resources such as Fire and Police Departments, Ambulances, and Southwest Gas will be needed to effectively deal with the situation.

If you should receive a bomb threat, remain calm. DO NOT hang up until the caller disconnects. Keep the caller on the line as long as possible while attempting to obtain as much information as you can. (Use the form on the back of this page. (PDF: 328 KB / 1 page, requires Acrobat Reader))

Attempt to find out where the bomb is located, when it will explode, what type of device it is, what it looks like, why it was placed, and any other information about the caller he or she might provide. Make mental notes about the caller, such as sex, race, age, accent, speech problems or patterns, and his or her attitude (excited, loud, intoxicated, laughing, etc.). Also, listen for identifying or background noises that may assist in determining where the call originated (street noises, trains, other voices, machinery, PA announcements, etc.).

After the caller disconnects, call Public Safety immediately. Advise of the time and location the call was received and the location for Public Safety to meet you. Begin making written notes about the call while waiting for Safety personnel to arrive but do not discuss the call with other people. Do not begin an evacuation of the building or immediately pull the fire alarm. Public Safety will make notification to appropriate administrative personnel who will determine what additional response is required such as Police and Fire Departments and whether or not to evacuate.

If you are the recipient of the bomb threat call, it is imperative that you remain available to be interviewed by Public Safety personnel.

The SCC campus complies with OSHA regulations regarding hazardous materials. As such, all required labeling, recording and protective measures are taken to ensure that a safe work environment exists.

If a hazardous substance, chemical, or blood is spilled in your area, notify Public Safety immediately. If you believe a major hazardous material spill has occurred, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If the substance is toxic or flammable, or a large spill has occurred, evacuate the area immediately but DO NOT pull the fire alarm. Leave the light switch in the position in which it was found as changing the position may cause a spark that will ignite a flammable gas or other substance that generates flammable vapors. Treat the situation as you would if it were a natural gas leak. (See “Gas Leaks”) Secure doors as you evacuate and make notification from another location. Provide as much information as possible concerning the substances involved.

If blood or other bodily fluid is spilled, practice universal precautions and wear protective equipment before attempting to clean the spill. If you prefer, protect the affected area and notify maintenance and operations personnel who will use appropriately safe methods to clean it. In either case, always remember to contact Public Safety so that the safety of everyone can be protected and the incident can be documented.

The college utilizes natural gas in numerous buildings on campus. If you smell natural gas (rotten egg smell), contact Public Safety.

If the source of the leak is known and easily correctable, such as turning off a Bunsen burner or a kitchen appliance, do so immediately. Public Safety personnel will assist with venting the affected area and in determining if evacuation is necessary. If the leak is not readily apparent or is not easily correctable, evacuate the area immediately.

If evacuation is necessary, do not use the fire alarm, touch any switches or electrical devices, or use the telephone in the affected room. These can cause a spark, which could ignite the gas and cause an explosion. Verbally notify everyone to evacuate quickly and orderly. Notify Public Safety of the exact location and an estimation of the extent of the leak and contact Southwest Gas Emergency at (602) 271-4277.

Once outside, get away from the building. Do not smoke, use cell phones, or other electrical devices in the area of the affected building.

Be familiar with the location of fire alarm pull stations, as well as the location of every fire extinguisher in your building. Develop a mental plan of what you will do if there is a fire in your area and rehearse it. Know where you will exit, including an alternate in case your first choice is blocked. Know how to use a fire extinguisher. (Pull the safety pin, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the trigger handle and move it from side to side as it discharges at the base of the fire.) The first few seconds of a fire are critical as to whether it spreads or is controlled, but never allow a fire to cut you off from the exit while attempting to control it.

If a fire occurs in your area, pull the fire alarm immediately and evacuate the area, remembering to assist people with special needs and to account for all persons in the area. If the fire is small enough to extinguish, do so with a fire extinguisher and disconnect any electrical devices involved in the fire if safe to do so. Then contact Public Safety immediately.

If the fire is beyond control with an extinguisher, evacuate immediately and activate a fire alarm pull station. Call 9-1-1 immediately from a safe location and notify Public Safety. Remember the rules of evacuation: Exit directly outside the building, if possible. Close doors behind you. Do not go deeper into the building unless forced to do so by flames. Never return to the building once outside until told to do so by the appropriate personnel.

If you should become trapped inside a building by smoke or fire, DO NOT PANIC. Do not open any door until you feel it to make sure it is not hot. If it is hot, there is fire on the other side. Crawl or stay as low as possible as you move through the building. Because heat from a fire and smoke both rise, the air close to the floor is cooler and less dense with smoke. Breathe shallowly through your nose and use clothing, such as a shirt or sweater, as a filter. If you are forced to advance through flames, hold your breath, move quickly, cover your head and hair, and keep your head down and your eyes closed as much as possible. If possible, use a cell phone to call 9-1-1 or Public Safety to advise them of your location and condition so that rescue personnel can be directed to you. Do not open or break a window unless it provides you an immediate avenue of escape, as oxygen will only feed the fire and lessen your chances of survival. Remember: Panic is as lethal as the fire. REMAIN CALM.

Phoenix is located on a remote fault of the San Andreas and, although the potential for an earthquake exists, it is improbable that it will happen.

If a quake should occur and you are outside, move away from buildings, walls, trees, and power lines. Find an open area, drop to your knees in a fetal position, close your eyes, and cross your arms over the back of your neck for protection. Stay in that position until the shaking stops.

If you are inside when a quake occurs, stay inside. Seek shelter, such as under a table, bench or desk, or stand in a doorway. Stay away from windows, bookshelves and ceiling fixtures. If you attempt to go outside, the risk of being struck by falling items is great. After the shaking stops, do not use regular or cellular telephones except to report serious injuries. Stay put, until told to evacuate.

Major flooding in our area is unlikely. However, minor flooding caused by stopped drains, broken water mains or major, multiple rainstorms, could occur and result in area flooding. In the case of imminent weather-related flooding, Public Safety will monitor the National Weather Service and other emergency advisories to determine necessary actions such as evacuations and cancelation of classes. In cases of water main failure, affected areas of the campus would need to be evacuated immediately

If a building becomes flooded, avoid the flooded area. Disconnect electrical equipment if it can be done safely. If possible, secure vital equipment, records, chemicals and laboratory experiments (move to higher, safer ground). Avoid possible falling objects such as wet ceiling tiles and seek a dry area. Notify Public Safety as soon as possible.

Power outages can occur at any time, but are most probable between the months of June to October. SCC has emergency lighting to assist in leaving the buildings. If an outage occurs, remain calm and notify Public Safety.

During any crisis on campus, it is critical that accurate and timely information be given to the news media. All media inquiries should be directed to the Office of Marketing & Public Relations at (480) 423-6567. During absence of PR personnel, administrative staff will handle media inquiries. All information released will take into consideration applicable legalities and the confidentiality of information both during and after a situation.