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Emergency Protective Actions

For emergencies call 911 or (508)  494-9010

 
What to Report
  • Emergency Type
  • Your Location
    • Building Name
    • Room Number
  • Your Name
 
In the event an emergency occurs on campus, you may be asked to take certain protective
actions. The primary method of communicating instructions during an emergency will be
the College’s Emergency Notification system utilizing text messages, email and voice mail.
A student may update contact information, notably a cell phone number by logging in to
Online Services and selecting Personal Information under the Settings and Tools tab. The
most common protective actions requested will be:
 
Shelter in Place or Building Evacuation
To Shelter-in-Place
  • Get/stay indoors.
  • Secure doors and windows; turn off any air conditioning units in room.
  • Stay indoors until notified it's safe to go outdoors.
 
For Building Evacuation
  • Evacuate building using nearest exit (or alternate exit if blocked).
  • Take personal belongings (backpacks, keys, purses, wallets, etc.).
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Secure hazardous materials or equipment.
  • Follow instructions by faculty, staff, or emergency personnel.
  • Move away from the building.
 
Community Response to Medical Emergencies
For any on-campus emergency, dial 911. To reach the Paxton Police Officer on Duty at AMC, dial
x3456 from an on campus phone or from a cell phone dial (508) 494-9010.
 
A medical emergency can occur anywhere on campus. The reaction of the victim or those around her/him
can ensure quick arrival of trained emergency personnel.
 
Take action
  • Call 911 or the Paxton Police Officer on Duty at AMC at 508-494-9010 to activate Emergency
    Medical Services (EMS).
    • Explain the type of emergency, the location of the victim, and the condition of the victim.
    • Let the officer know of any safety hazards – weapons, chemical spill, fire, fumes, etc.
    • Tell the officer if the person is unconscious, not breathing, is bleeding profusely, or
      has chest pain.
    • Do not hang up unless told to do so by the officer.
  • Reassure the victim that help is on the way.
  • Do not attempt to move the victim.
  • Do not give victim anything to eat or drink.
  • Stay calm.
  • Monitor the victim and assist the victim to your level of ability until help arrives.
 
General Protective Actions
Fire
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm.
  • Evacuate the building.
  • Call 911 from a safe location.
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized by emergency personnel.
 
Severe Weather
If Indoors
  • Seek shelter in lowest level of the building.
  • Stay away from exterior windows and doors.
  • If "drop and tuck" position is used: low squat, knees and chin to chest, facing wall with hands
    interlocked overhead.
  • Do not go outside until threat has passed.
 
If Outdoors
  • Try to seek shelter indoors immediately.
  • If unable to get indoors, get to a low area such as a ditch, ravine, or depression.
  • Lie flat in ditch or low area.
  • Lie face down and cover your head and face.
 
Hazardous Materials Release
  • Call 911.
  • Move away from the hazardous location to a safe location or evacuate the building.
  • Alert others to stay clear of the area.
  • Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed or have information about the release.
 
Power Outage
  • Contact Paxton Police Officer on Duty at AMC at 508-494-9010.
  • Secure any hazardous materials or operations.
  • Move cautiously to a lighted area. Exits may be indicated by lighted signs if emergency power is
  • operating.
  • Consider switching off/unplugging sensitive equipment.
  • Evacuate the area if instructed to do so by emergency personnel.
 
Suspious Object
  • Do not touch or disturb the object.
  • Call 911 or Paxton Police Officer on Duty at AMC at 508-494-9010.
  • Notify faculty, staff or supervisor.
  • Alert others to stay clear of the area.
  • Evacuate the area if instructed to do so.
 
Identity Theft
Identity theft is a growing concern for everyone. Students should take steps to protect their personal information. There is useful information on preventing identity theft at www.consumer.gov/idtheft/. Shred all credit card offers (don’t just toss them in the trash). Don’t give out personal information on the phone or computer unless you have initiated the contact (don’t fall for phishing on-line where you are asked for information in an email that looks legitimate but is not). Protect passwords (don’t keep your pin number with your ATM card and don’t share passwords with others, not even your roommate). Don’t use the same password for all of your sites and change your passwords often! Limit the access others have to your personal data and items (using a lock-box for paperwork such as credit card receipts, bank statements, social security card, etc., and keep your credit cards, wallet, check book in a secure location, not out in plain view). Don’t forget when you are in chat rooms or using instant messaging to keep your location, real name and other personal information out of the conversation! Be suspicious, be wary, and be safe!