Emergency Preparedness

Maricopa Emergency Management System: What To Do

If the fire alarm is activated, follow evacuation procedures; otherwise:
  1. If in a meeting room or class, remain in the room until directive is clear (alarm, bullhorn, text, etc). Then follow directive (evacuate, shelter-in-place, lockdown, etc.)
  2. If in an elevator, use the emergency phone to notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  3. Provide assistance to those in need (i.e. visitors, handicapped).
Incident occurred on site/campus:
  1. Call 9-1-1.
  2. SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  3. As directed by authorities: evacuate, lockdown or shelter-in-place.
  4. Fire officer in charge will recommend shelter or evacuation actions.
  5. Follow normal evacuation or sheltering procedure.
  6. Supervisors/faculty take headcount.
  7. Missing personnel and last known location will be relayed to fire/police.
  8. Resume normal operations only after approval from fire officials.
Incident occurred near site/college property:
  1. Fire or police will notify public safety/facilities/Chancellor’s Office.
  2. Fire officer in charge of scene will recommend shelter or evacuation actions.
  3. Follow procedures for sheltering or evacuation.
  4. Resume normal operations only after approval from fire officials.

Evacuations are conducted when a situation inside a building is dangerous to people. The evacuation directive is issued to clear a room / building / site in a timely and orderly manner. Evacuation directives may come in the form of alarms, verbal direction from authorities, door-to-door, text or e-mail messages, or other means.

Lock-down procedures may be issued in situations involving dangerous intruders or other incidents that may result in harm to people outside site/college buildings. MEMS Team/Facilities/Director of Public Safety will issue lock-down order by announcing (via speaker, bullhorn, text message, e-mail) and/or sending a messenger to each floor/classroom, or other alternate method.

In the event of a lockdown/shelter-in-place is decided, follow the direction of authorized personnel (Evacuation Team/MEMS Team/Public Safety Officers/other personnel delegated by administrator on duty.

These directions will include:

  1. Go into offices/classrooms or secure rooms, lock doors, cover windows.
  2. Move all people away from windows and doors.
  3. Have all people get down on the floor.

    Allow no one outside of offices/classrooms until the police/fire/authorized personnel give the all-clear signal. An all-clear signal needs to be determined.
     

EVACUATION:

  1. Follow evacuation drill procedures and route. Follow alternate route if normal route is too dangerous.
  2. Take employee list/classroom roster and emergency kit.
  3. Direct employees/students to follow normal evacuation drill procedures.
  4. If safe to do so:
    a. Close all windows.
    b. Lock doors.
  5. Assist with disabled and non-English speaking individuals.
  6. Proceed to assembly area.
  7. Evacuated staff will stay with their department. If visitors or students are evacuated, stay with visitors/students unless relieved by buddy/teacher.
  8. Account for employees/take roll again when group arrives at the relocation center.

    Supervisors/faculty:
    When in designated assembly areas, account for all employees/students and visitors. Immediately inform response authorities of missing staff and/or student(s).
     

REVERSE EVACUATION
Reverse Evacuation/Shelter-in-place provides refuge for employees, students, and visitors within site/campus buildings during an emergency. Shelters are located in areas that maximize the safety of inhabitants. Safe areas may change, depending on the emergency. Be prepared to go into lockdown/shelter-in-place once inside.

  1. Proceed to the determined designated safe areas in each building.
  2. Evacuation Team/MEMS Team/Facilities/Public Safety direct individuals to assemble in safe areas.
  3. Bring all people inside building(s).
  4. Supervisors are responsible for departmental personnel accountability. (Faculty account for all students after arriving in the safe area.)
  5. Close all exterior doors and windows.
  6. Personnel will contact each classroom/department for a headcount.
  7. All individuals must remain in safe areas until notified by authorized personnel that situation is clear.
    If advised:
    1. Turn off any ventilation leading outdoors.
    2. Cover up food not in containers or put it in the refrigerator.
    3. Cover mouth and nose with handkerchief, cloth, paper towels, or tissues.

     

SHELTERING PROCEDURES:
Sheltering provides refuge for employees, students, and visitors within buildings during an emergency. Shelters are located in areas that maximize the safety of occupants. Safe areas may change depending on the emergency.

  1. Fire/Police/Facilities/Public Safety will notify employees of a sheltering-in-place occurrence through phone, loud speakers, runners, text, e-mail, or other means.
  2. Employees/students/visitors assemble in safe areas. Bring all people inside building(s).
  3. Department supervisors account for employees (Faculty account for all students) when in safe area.
  4. Contact Evacuation Team/MEMS Team/Facilities if employees/students are missing.
  5. All must remain in safe areas until notified by fire/police or authorities that situation is clear.
    If advised:
    1. Close all exterior doors and windows.
    2. Turn off any ventilation leading outdoors.
    3. Seal doors, windows, and vents with plastic sheets and duct tape if available.
    4. Cover up food not in containers or put it in the refrigerator.
    5. Cover mouth and nose with handkerchief, cloth, paper towels, or tissues.
       

    Supervisors/Faculty if advised of sheltering in place:

    1. Verify information through Supervisor/Evacuation Team/Public Safety.
    2. Lock office areas/classrooms.
    3. Warn employees/students/visitors, if advised.
    4. Account for all employees/students and visitors.
    5. Stay with employees/students/visitors.
    6. Refer media to MEMS PIO.
  1. All staff must refer media to MEMS PIO (480) 731-8789 / (480) 731-8248. Only authorized individuals may provide public comment on behalf of the institution.
  2. MEMS PIO assumes responsibility for issuing public statements during an emergency.
  3. MEMS PIO serves as college spokesperson unless he/she designates a spokesperson. If spokesperson is unavailable, an alternate will be designated.
  4. Designated liaison* acts as contact for emergency responders and assists Evacuation Team/MEMS Team with coordinating media communications.
     

During an emergency, adhere to the following procedures:

  1. Present all factual information to MEMS PIO.
  2. Do not argue with media.
  3. Maintain log of all telephone inquiries.
  4. Respect privacy of victim(s) and family of victim(s). Do not release names to media.
  5. Only authorized individuals may provide public comment on behalf of the institution. Refrain from exaggerating or sensationalizing crisis.

    * Liaison Officer is a federal designation for an in-house delegated person to coordinate activities with outside agencies

  1. All staff must refer media to MEMS PIO (480) 731-8789 / (480) 731-8248. Only authorized individuals may provide public comment on behalf of the institution.
  2. MEMS PIO assumes responsibility for issuing public statements during an emergency.
  3. MEMS PIO serves as college spokesperson unless he/she designates a spokesperson. If spokesperson is unavailable, an alternate will be designated.
  4. Designated liaison* acts as contact for emergency responders and assists Evacuation Team/MEMS Team with coordinating media communications.
     

During an emergency, adhere to the following procedures:

  1. Present all factual information to MEMS PIO.
  2. Do not argue with media.
  3. Maintain log of all telephone inquiries.
  4. Respect privacy of victim(s) and family of victim(s). Do not release names to media.
  5. Only authorized individuals may provide public comment on behalf of the institution. Refrain from exaggerating or sensationalizing crisis.

    * Liaison Officer is a federal designation for an in-house delegated person to coordinate activities with outside agencies

MEDICAL

MEDICAL-EMPLOYEE
In the event that an employee needs first aid or medical assistance:

  1. Call 9-1-1 if needed.
  2. SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  3. Keep the ill or injured person as comfortable as possible.
  4. Do not perform any first aid beyond your certified training.
  5. Do not move a person that has fallen or appears in pain.
  6. Report any details leading to the injury to responding officers and emergency services.
  7. Supervisor prepares necessary industrial report forms.
  8. If needed, Supervisor provides transportation to nearest healthcare facility:
    U.S. Health Works, 1492 S. Mill Ave., Suite 101.
     

MEDICAL-STUDENT
In the event that a student or visitor is ill or injured:

  1. Call 9-1-1 if needed.
  2. SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  3. Advise if blood or bodily fluids are involved.
  4. Keep the ill or injured person as comfortable as possible.
  5. Do not perform any first aid beyond your certified training.
  6. Do not move a person that has fallen or appears in pain.
  7. Report any details leading to the injury to responding authorities and emergency services.
  8. Do not discuss possible cause of an accident or condition that may have contributed to the accident.
  9. Document or report to supervisor to which health care facility student/visitor was taken or if released.
     

MEDICAL - SERIOUS INJURY/DEATH
If incident occurred on site/campus:

  1. Call 9-1-1.
  2. SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  3. If possible, isolate affected student/staff member.
  4. Risk Manager/Public Safety will make necessary notifications.
  5. Refer media to MEMS PIO.
     

If incident occurred off site/campus:

  1. Call 9-1-1.
  2. SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  3. Follow directions of Risk Manager/Legal.
  4. Announce availability of counseling services for those who need assistance.
  5. Refer media to MEMS PIO.
     

MEDICAL - SUICIDE
Suicide attempt on site/campus:

  1. Verify information.
  2. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  3. Follow directions of Risk Manager/Legal.
     

Suicidal death/Serious injury:

  1. Verify information.
  2. Call 9-1-1.
  3. Notify SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  4. Follow directions of police/fire.
     

Post-crisis Intervention:

  1. Meet with Risk Manager to determine appropriate resources.
  2. Assess stress level of staff. Recommend counseling to overly stressed staff.
  3. Refer media to MEMS PIO. Do not let media question employees or students.
  4. Supervisors/faculty should follow-up with employees/students who received counseling.
  5. Resume normal routines as soon as possible.
     
  1. Remain calm.
  2. Do not let anyone handle item or go near it.
  3. SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  4. Risk Manager/Public Safety Director will make the determination to call emergency services.
  5. Write down any pertinent information concerning the package (i.e. how received, when, how found).
  6. Follow evacuation procedures if told to do so.
  7. Do not shut off lights, close doors or windows.

WEATHER

Severe Weather Watch has been issued in an area near site/college:

  1. SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  2. Reverse evacuation.
  3. Bring all people inside building(s).
  4. Close windows and blinds.
  5. Severe weather safe areas are under desks and in hallways away from windows and large rooms.
  6. If possible, watch www.maricopa.edu/mems and/or local media for updates.
     

Severe Weather Warning has been issued in an area near site/college or severe weather has been spotted near site/college:

  1. Move employees/students/visitors to safe areas.
  2. Supervisors/faculty account for all students/staff. (Faculty takes class rosters.)
  3. Report missing personnel to SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175. Relay the last known location of missing personnel.
  4. Remain in safe area until warning expires or until emergency personnel have issued an all-clear signal.
  5. If possible, watch www.maricopa.edu/mems and/or local media for updates.

WEATHER

Severe Weather Watch has been issued in an area near site/college:

  1. SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175.
  2. Reverse evacuation.
  3. Bring all people inside building(s).
  4. Close windows and blinds.
  5. Severe weather safe areas are under desks and in hallways away from windows and large rooms.
  6. If possible, watch www.maricopa.edu/mems and/or local media for updates.
     

Severe Weather Warning has been issued in an area near site/college or severe weather has been spotted near site/college:

  1. Move employees/students/visitors to safe areas.
  2. Supervisors/faculty account for all students/staff. (Faculty takes class rosters.)
  3. Report missing personnel to SCC Public Safety Dispatch: Available 24/7 (480) 423-6175. Relay the last known location of missing personnel.
  4. Remain in safe area until warning expires or until emergency personnel have issued an all-clear signal.
  5. If possible, watch www.maricopa.edu/mems and/or local media for updates.

MAPS OF DESIGNATED ASSEMBLY AREAS

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