Emergency Preparedness

Maricopa Emergency Management System: What To Do

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 booklet should be followed. If in doubt, err on the side of safety!

You should call 9-1-1 in ALL emergencies.

What to do if...

Call 9-1-1. (9-9-1-1 to get an outside line first).

When reporting an emergency:

  • Stay on line with the dispatcher.
  • Provide the address, location, and a description of the emergency.
  • Provide the complete phone number at your location.
  • Provide a thorough description of the incident to ensure the appropriate resources are dispatched.
  • Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  • If evacuation is required, pull fire alarm.
  • Follow normal evacuation route. Follow alternate route if normal route is too dangerous.
  • Gather in designated locations. Supervisors (and faculty) take headcount.
  • Missing personnel and last known location to be immediately relayed to Public Safety/Evacuation team.
  • Refer public inquiries to information posted on web: https://administration.maricopa.edu/emergency-preparedness
  • Refer media to MEMS PIO: (480) 731-8789 or (480) 518-7072.
  • Depending on severity of the incident, the central source for information updates is: https://administration.maricopa.edu/emergency-preparedness

Animals are not allowed on premises. The only exception is assistance animals.

In the case of rabid or dangerous animals:
  1. First ensure the safety of students, employees and visitors.
  2. Call 9-1-1, if necessary.
  3. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  4. If possible, leave the area.
  5. Provide description of animal(s) and the animal’s location.
  6. If possible, seal off area if animal(s) still present.
Upon receiving a message that a bomb has been planted on the premises:
  • Use bomb threat checklist (back page).
  • Ask where the bomb is located,
  • when will the bomb go off,
  • what materials are in the bomb,
  • who is calling, and
  • why caller is doing this.
  • Listen closely to caller’s voice and speech patterns, and to noises in background.
  • After hanging up phone, immediately dial 9*57 to trace call.
  • Notify your supervisor.
  • Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.

Weapons of mass destruction likely to be employed by terrorists fall into four basic categories: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, and Conventional. Follow these procedures to protect human life.

Nuclear: Defense against nuclear weapons depends primarily on distance from the point of detonation. Follow same action steps for “Conventional.”

Conventional: The danger from the blast effect of conventional explosive devices is similar to nuclear devices with a higher rate of survivability.

If responding to the threat of an imminent conventional or nuclear blast nearby:
  1. Move people to specifically identified rooms. Interior hallways may be used as an alternate.
  2. Close all doors leading into hallways to minimize flying glass.
  3. All people assume the duck, cover, and hold position on the ground.
  4. Shelter in place to protect from fall-out if attack is far enough away.
  5. Account for all employees—keep people inside buildings. Allow individuals (employees or guests) to leave at their own discretion once cleared to do so by police/fire, Public Safety, emergency management, or military authorities.

Biological: Defense against biological attacks is difficult. Awareness is usually not possible for days or weeks. The first signs may emerge as personnel notice a higher than usual incidence of various symptoms.

Should a biological attack be discovered while work/classes are underway:
  1. Reverse-evacuate all people into site/school buildings.
  2. Shelter-in-place.
  3. Close all doors and windows.
  4. Seal doors, windows, and vents with plastic and duct tape.
  5. Keep students and employees inside buildings. Allow people to leave at their own discretion, or parents to pick up young children, once cleared to do so by police/fire, Public Safety, emergency management, or military authorities.

Chemical:

  1. Reverse-evacuate all people into school buildings.
  2. Shelter-in-place.
  3. Close all doors and windows.
  4. Seal doors, windows, and vents with plastic and duct tape.
  5. Be prepared to treat those who experience a reaction to chemical agent.
  6. The decision to evacuate should be made after consulting with police/fire, Public Safety, emergency management, or military authorities.
If the site/college is the target:
  1. Follow evacuation procedures.
  2. Evacuate to a pre-determined off site location(s).
  1. Call 9-1-1, if situation is dangerous to people or property. Follow reporting emergency guidelines.
  2. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  3. Evacuate the area if advised by emergency personnel or Public Safety.
  4. Keep other students/staff calm.
  5. Lock classroom/office doors.
  6. If in lockdown, do not allow students/staff to leave the classroom/office until you receive an all-clear signal from police/fire or Public Safety
  7. Make a list of students/staff that are missing. Relay this information to Public Safety/Emergency personnel as soon as possible.
Driver/Monitor:
  1. First ensure the safety of students and employees.
  2. Call 9-1-1, if necessary.
  3. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  4. Prepare Traffic Accident Incident Form.
  5. Exchange insurance information with other involved drivers.
College Personnel:
  1. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  2. Identify location(s) to which injured have been taken.
  1. Remain calm.
  2. Call 9-1-1.
  3. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  4. From a safe distance, write down or make a mental note of as much information as possible (i.e., suspect description, clothes worn, vehicle description, and license plate number).
DISRUPTIVE PERSON

Whenever you observe or are the subject of unruly or disruptive acts by an individual:

Outside the building/classroom:
  1. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  2. Wait for responding officer.
  3. Describe the incident to the responding officer.
     
Inside the building/classroom:
  1. The employee/instructor should calmly address the situation with the disruptive person to defuse the incident.
  2. Wait for responding officer.
  3. Describe the incident to the responding officer.
  4. Classroom: Prepare and forward a “STUDENT CONDUCT DISRUPTION/DISCIPLINE REPORT.”
FIGHTS/ASSAULTS

DO NOT TAKE MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS.

  1. Ensure the safety of students, employees, and visitors first.
  2. Call 9-1-1, if necessary.
  3. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  4. Evacuate the area.
INTRUDER / HOSTAGE

(Intruder: an unauthorized person who enters District/college property.)

  1. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  2. DO NOT APPROACH.
  3. Provide detailed description of intruder.
  4. Be prepared to evacuate area and assist with evacuation.
If taken hostage:
  1. Follow instructions of hostage taker.
  2. Try not to panic. Calm students if they are present.
  3. Treat the hostage taker as normally as possible.
  4. Be respectful to hostage taker.
  5. Ask permission to speak and do not argue or make suggestions.
     
WEAPONS
  1. Call 9-1-1 if an unauthorized weapon is suspected to be in on site.
  2. DO NOT APPROACH SUSPECT.
  3. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  4. If suspect threatens you with a weapon, do not try to disarm them. Back away with your arms up.
  5. Remain calm.
In the event of fire or smoke:
  1. Activate fire alarm. (Fire Department/Public Safety respond to all fire alarms.)
  2. Evacuate to an assembly area (see map, back page).
  3. Follow normal evacuation drill route. Follow alternate route if normal route is too dangerous.
  4. Supervisors and faculty take a head count after being evacuated.
  5. Report missing personnel/students to evacuation team/Public Safety. The last known location of personnel/students will be relayed.
  6. No one may re-enter building(s) until entire building(s) is/are declared safe by fire/police.
  7. Evacuation team/Director of Public Safety notifies employees/students when situation is clear and normal operations may resume.

If gas odor has been detected in the building:
  1. SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  2. Do not pull fire alarm.
  3. When advised, evacuate employees/students to a safe distance outside of building.
  4. Follow normal fire drill route. Follow alternate route if normal route is too dangerous.
  5. Supervisors/faculty take headcount.
  6. Missing personnel and last known location will be relayed to Evacuation Team/emergency personnel.
  7. No one may re-enter building(s) until fire or police personnel declare entire building(s) safe.
  8. Facilities notifies employees/students upon termination of emergency. Normal operations may resume.
If gas odor has been detected outside the building:
  1. SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  2. Notification will be made whether to shelter-in-place or evacuate at fire/police direction.
  3. If evacuated, no one may re-enter building(s) until fire/police declare entire building(s) safe.
  4. Facilities notifies employees/students upon termination of emergency. Normal operations may resume.