Emergency Management Guide

In an emergency situation, please follow these procedures:

ACCIDENT / ILLNESS OR ALLERGIC REACTION/ SERIOUS INJURY

Procedures

• Call Public Safety at ext. 2222 if the incident is life threatening and stay with the affected person.
• Call the Health Center at ext. 2182 if transporting to Health Services otherwise Health Services will be notified by e-mail of hospital transport.
• Administer first aid. Handle bodily fluids appropriately.
• Send medical information to the hospital with the patient.
• Inform the staff and students as needed. Restore calm and move everyone away from the scene.
• Complete an accident form and document.
• If a criminal act has caused injuries, determine who was involved, identify witnesses, and remove them to secure area.
• Keep the scene secure. Do not disturb possible evidence.
• Follow up with student involved to offer services if needed.

ROLES

Public Safety

• Call Milton PD and request Fallon Ambulance.
• First cruiser responds to scene to provide first aid.
• Make appropriate log entries.
• Open closest gate to the scene for First Responders.
• File a report.
• Notify Residence Life.
• Public Safety will transport to the Health Clinic if requested.

Faculty & Staff

• Stay with students, and provide assistance.
• Call Public Safety at ext. 2222.
• Assist with first aid.

Buildings & Grounds / Housekeeping

• Respond to scene to assist and to clean up bodily fluids, if necessary.

STAY IN PLACE / LOCKDOWN

PROCEDURES

 

  • If Public Safety alerts the campus to "Lockdown,"  all faculty, staff and students are to stay in place.
  •  If there is an Active Shooter in the same building you are in, exit the building immediately.
  •  If the Active Shooter is in another building or on campus grounds STAY IN PLACE - call Public Safety at ext. 2222. Advise of any persons injured.
  • Public Safety will activate the Curry College Alert System.

Active Shooter(s) on the Grounds of the College

When a hostile person(s) is actively causing death or serious physical injury or the threat of imminent death or serious physical injury to person(s) on the campus, we recommend the following procedures be implemented:

• Run away from the threat if you can, as fast as you can.
• Contact Public Safety at ext. 2222 if possible or dial 911 on a cell phone.
• Do not run in a straight line.
• Keep vehicles, bushes, trees, and anything that could possibly block your view from the hostile person(s) while you are running.
• If you can, get away from the immediate area of danger. Summon help and warn others.
• If you decide to hide, take into consideration the area in which you are hiding. Will I be found here? Is this really a good spot to remain hidden?
• If the person(s) is causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
• The last option you have if caught in an open area outside may be to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
• If you are caught by the intruder and you are not going to fight back, do not look the intruder in the eyes, and obey all commands. Do not appear to pose a challenge-be submissive.
• Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve being handcuffed or made to put your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons, and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.

 

Active Shooter(s) in a Non-Residence Hall Building

When a hostile person(s) is actively causing death or serious bodily injury or the threat of imminent death or serious bodily injury to person(s) within a building, we recommend the following procedures be implemented. While these procedures refer primarily to academic buildings,  these procedures are also relevant to administrative buildings and other common buildings on the campus.

• Faculty should immediately lock the students and themselves in the classroom if possible. Cover any windows or openings that have a direct line of sight into the hallway.
• If communication is available, call ext. 2222.
• Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal the occupants to evacuate the building and thus place them in potential harm as they attempt to exit.
• Lock the windows and close blinds or curtains.
• Stay away from the windows.
• Turn off lights and all audio equipment.
• Try to remain as calm as possible.
• Keep everyone together.
• Keep classrooms secure until police arri
.ve and give you directions.
• If you are not in a classroom, try to get to a classroom or an office.
• Stay out of open areas and be as quiet as possible.
• If for some reason you are caught in an open area such as a hallway or lounge, you must decide what you are going to do. This is a very crucial time and it can possibly mean life or death.
• You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the building looking for victims.
• If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Attempt to keep objects such as, desks, cabinets, fixtures, etc. between you and the hostile person(s). Once outside, do not run in a straight line. Use trees, vehicles, and other objects to block you from the view of intruders.
• If the person(s) are causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
• Your last option if you are caught in an open area in a building may be to fight back. This is dangeous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
• If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands and do not look the intruder in the eyes.
• Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve your being handcuffed, or keeping your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons, and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.

Hostile Intruder(s) in a Residence Hall

When a hostile person(s) is actively causing deadly harm or the imminent threat of deadly harm within the residence hall, we recommend the following procedures be implemented.

• Lock yourself in your room.
• If communication is available, call ext. 2222.
• If away from your room, join others in a room that can be locked.
• Do not stay in the open hall.
• Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal the occupants in the rooms to evacuate the building and thus place them in potential harm as they attempt to exit.
• Barricade yourself in your room with desks, beds, or anything you can push against the door.
• Lock your window and close blinds or curtains.
• Stay away from the window.
• Turn all lights and audio equipment off.
• Try to stay calm and be as quiet as possible.
• If you are caught in the open such as hallways and lounge areas, you must decide what you are going to do. This is a very crucial time and can possibly mean life or death depending on your actions.

  • You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the dorm looking for more victims.
  •  If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Keep any objects you can between you and the hostile person (s) while in the building. Once outside, do not run in a straight line.
  •  If the person(s) are causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
  • The last option you have if caught in an open area in the dorm maybe to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
  • If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands and do not look the intruder in the eyes.

These procedures cannot cover every possible situation that might occur, but it is a training tool that can reduce the number of injuries or death if put into action as soon as a situation develops. Time is the most important factor in the optimal management of these types of situations

Alcohol and Drugs

It is crucial to get a person who has alcohol poisoning to the hospital as quickly as possible. Someone who has drunk enough to be suffering from alcohol poisoning is not sick. He or she is dying.

Call Public Safety (2222) if you have an alcohol or other drug related emergency. They are trained in first response emergency intervention and can call an ambulance.

 RECEIVING A BOMB THREAT

• Remain calm and professional.
• Attempt to determine the location and detonation time of the alleged bomb.
• Keep caller on the line for as long as possible and try to determine the reason for the placement of the alleged bomb.

QUESTIONS TO ASK


• When is the bomb going to explode?
• Where is it right now?
• What does it look like?
• What kind of bomb is it?
• What will cause it to explode?
• Did you place the bomb?
• Why?
• What is your name?


Note Threat Language


Well-spoken
Incoherent
Foul Message on paper
Irrational

Note Caller's Voice


Calm
Nasal
Angry
Excited
Lisp
Slow
Raspy
Rapid
Deep
Soft
Loud
Clearing throat
Cry
Whispering
Cracking voice
Normal
Disguised
Deep breathing
Accent
Slurred
Familiar
Distinct
Background Noises
Quiet
Bedlam
Office machine
Voices
Animals
Factory machine
Music
Airplanes
Cellular phone
Radios
Party Street
Traffic
Static
PA system

Procedures


• Call Public Safety ext. 2222.
• Wait for decision on whether to stay in place or evacuate.
• If evacuation is ordered, staff should look for unusual devices and listen for suspicious noises.
• Report suspicious items to the Public Safety officer at the front of the building.
• Faculty and Staff personnel will look for items that may be out of place will search the building.
• Stay in your designated areas until you are told it is safe to return to the building.
• All media inquiries should be referred to the Director of Communications at ext. 2970.
• Do not use radios, cell phones, pagers, Nextels or microwaves during a bomb threat.

If a bomb explodes, use these additional procedures


• Determine the location and extent of the explosion.
• Call ext. 2222 and provide details.
• Assist with any wounded or injured.
• Secure the area until authorities arrive.
• If an explosion occurs prior to an evacuation, students should seek cover and cover their heads. Stay in this position until the flying debris ceases.

ROLES


Public Safety

• Notify Milton PD & State Police.
• Alert patrols.
• Never rule out the possibility of a second device.
• Make appropriate log entries.
• Keep people at least 300 feet from the building.
• Meet first responder at front of building.
• Have keys and building plans available for the first responder.
• Notify Dean of Students at ext. 2124.

 

Residence Life / Faculty & Staff


• Evacuate the building if ordered.
• Look for any unusual or suspicious items in the classroom and building while exiting.
• Keep the students calm and quiet.
• Report any missing students.
• If you are unable to evacuate, get students on the floor and under a desk. Students should cover their heads with their hands.
• Use RED and GREEN signs.

Buildings & Grounds


• Respond to scene to assist.
• Shut gas off.


Health Center


• Assist with any wounded and injured.


CPR FOR ADULTS

1. Check the victim for unresponsiveness.
2. If there is no response, call ext. 2222 and then return to the person.
3. Tilt head, lift chin.
4. Check breathing:
• Position the person flat on their back.
• Kneel by their side and place one hand on the forehead and the other under the chin.
• Tilt the head back and lift the chin until teeth almost touch.
• Look and listen for breathing.

5. Give 2 Breaths
• If not breathing normally, pinch the nose and cover the mouth with yours.
• Give two full breaths. The person's chest will rise if you are giving enough air.

6. Check Pulse
• Put the fingertips of your hand on the Adam's apple, slide them into the groove next to the windpipe.
• Feel for a pulse.
• If you can not feel a pulse or are unsure, move on to the next step.

7. Position Hands
• Position your hands in the center of the chest between the nipples.
• Place one hand on top of the other.

8. Pump 30 Times
• Push down firmly two inches.
• Push on chest 30 times.
• Continue with two breaths and 30 pumps until help arrives.


CPR FOR INFANTS

1. Check for Response.
• Shout and gently tap the child on the shoulder and check breathing.

2. Call for Help.
• Shout for help.
• Send someone to call ext. 2222.

3. Open the Airway.
• Open the airway using a head tilt lifting the chin.
• Do not tilt the head too far back.

4. Give 2 Gentle Breaths
• If the baby is NOT breathing give 2 small gentle breaths.
• Cover the baby's mouth and nose with your mouth.
• Each breath should be 1.5 to 2 seconds long. You should see should see the baby's chest rise with each breath.

5. Give 30 Compressions
• Give 30 gentle chest compressions at the rate of 100 per minute.
• Position your 3rd and 4th fingers inn the center of the chest 1/2 an inch below the nipples.
• Press down only 1/2 to 1 inches.

6. Repeat
• Repeat with 2 breath and 30 compressions.
• After one minute of repeated cycles call ext. 2222 and continue giving breaths and compressions.


EVACUATION

PROCEDURES

In the event that the Curry College community evacuates a designated building due to circumstances that that would designate staying in place to be considered dangerous:

ROLES

President

Authorizes the evacuation, in consultation with the Emergency Response Group (ERG), Milton PD & FD.

Public Safety

Notifies:

• Dean of Students/Residence Life ext. 2252 or the on call RD
• Buildings & Grounds ext. 2228
• Health Center ext. 2182
• Switchboard 0
• Tech Center ext. 2911
• Public Relations ext. 2970
• CECC ext. 2341
• Broadcast message on voice mail and Snow Line advising evacuation.
Chief Greeley at ext. 2159 - Lee Harrington at ext. 2397 to activate.
• Broadcast message on email advising evacuation.
• Activate Curry College Alert system.

Switchboard

• Switchboard remains open during the evacuation.
• Tech Center will supplement the switchboard operator for the anticipation of excessive calls for information.

FIRE PROCEDURES

If you discover or suspect a fire:
• Sound the fire alarm.
• Call Public Safety at ext. 2222.
• Do not place yourself at risk by trying to put out the fire.
• Evacuate the building to designated area.

FIRE DRILL PROCEDURES

• Treat each alarm as if it were an actual emergency and leave the area as quickly and calmly as possible.
• Dress as appropriately as possible.
• Evacuate the building to a designated area.
• Only return to the building after an "all clear" signal is given, with the approval of the Fire Department, Public Safety or Residence Life.

ROLES

Public Safety

• Notify all patrols of the Fire Alarm.
• Call Milton PD and identify the situation.
• Notify the RD on duty.
• Open the appropriate gates for the Milton FD.
• Make sure all the fire lanes are clear.
• Meet Milton FD at the front of the building.
• Have keys available for Milton FD.
• Send notification in Curry College Public Safety database.
• Notify the on call electrician to reset the alarm.

Residence Life (Residence Halls)

• Evacuate the students in an orderly fashion.
• Close doors.
• Report to the designated area.
• Identify and assist all students with physical disabilities.
• Check rooms to make sure all occupants are out of the building, once cleared by Public Safety or Milton FD.
• Assist Public Safety and Milton FD as requested.

Faculty & Staff  (Academic and Administrative Buildings)

• Evacuate the students in an orderly fashion.
• Check rooms to make sure all occupants are out of the building until Milton FD arrives.

Buildings & Grounds

• Respond to the scene and assist Public Safety, if requested.
• Electrician responds to reset the alarm.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
PROCEDURES

Identify the potential threat to the College. If a transport vehicle is involved, look for the insignia or the chemical codes of the potential health threats. When reporting the incident, report the type of hazardous threat, if you know it.

• Call ext. 2222 to report the incident and to provide appropriate details of the incident, including fire, fumes or other unusual conditions.
• Report important information to the emergency responders, such as color and hazard symbol that was on the vehicle or container.
• Take steps to protect lives.
• Call Public Safety at ext. 2222.
• Make a decision with Milton Police & Fire Department whether to set up a shelter in place or evacuate the College Building and/or campus.
• All media inquiries should be referred to the Director of Communications ext. 2970.

ROLES

Public Safety

• Alert patrols.
• Make appropriate log entries.
• Meet first responder at front of campus or nearest gate.
• Have keys and building plans available for the first responder.
• Notify Dean of Students ext. 2124.
• Activate Curry College Alert system.

Residence Life / Faculty & Staff

• Keep the students calm and quiet.
• Evacuate, if directed, to a safe zone.
• Report any missing student, if known.

Buildings & Grounds

• Respond to scene to assist.
• Provide any assistance deemed appropriate.

HOSTAGE/INTRUDER/SUSPICIOUS PERSON

PROCEDURES

• The staff member who spots the intruder will ask if assistance is needed.
• Communicate in a non-threatening manner.
• Ask for identification.
• If the intruder refuses to identify themselves - call Public Safety at ext. 2222.
• If the intruder is in possession of a weapon, notify Public Safety at ext. 2222 and give a description and location.
• If the intruder is in a classroom, the faculty member will seek assistance from Public Safety ext. 2222.
• Public Safety will assess the situation.
• All media inquiries should be referred to the Director of Communications ext. 2970.

IF A HOSTAGE SITUATION DEVELOPS, USE THESE ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES


• Call Public Safety immediately at ext. 2222. Gather all facts regarding the situation.
• Keep notes on the times and any communication from the hostage taker and other witness information.
• No one should initiate communication with the hostage taker.
• If communication becomes necessary, restrict it to one person until law enforcement takes over.
• Follow all orders given by law enforcement.

ROLES

Public Safety

• Alert all officers on patrol.
• Make appropriate log entries.
• Call Milton PD/State Police-Milton.
• Meet first responder at entrance to campus.
• Have keys and building plans available for the first responder.
• Notify Dean of Students at ext. 2124.
• Activate Curry College Alert system.

Residence Life (Residence Halls)

• Lock all doors, and await further instructions.
• Move away from the windows and doors and turn off lights.
• Keep students calm and quiet.
• No one, for any reason, is allowed to leave their rooms.
• Place one of the signs from this manual on an exterior window.
• The RED - NEED HELP - means that a life threatening condition exists.
• Do not allow anyone into the Residence Halls, except law enforcement.

Faculty & Staff  (Academic and Administration Buildings)

• Follow procedures for Residence Halls as stated above.
• Do not allow anyone to leave or enter the classroom.

Buildings & Grounds

• Respond to scene to assist, if requested.

Sexual Assault and Rape

DEFINITIONS

Sexual Assault

This term is used when the sexual contact or assault between the victim and offender is not wanted. It is different from rape or attempted rape and includes things such as fondling. This may or may not involve the use of force but includes the use of verbal threats.

Rape

Rape is attempted or forced sexual intercourse including vaginal, anal or oral penetration by the offender(s). It may involve verbal threats of rape or the use of a foreign object such as a bottle. ANY sexual contact that occurs without consent is considered rape, even if the victim is unable to give consent due to drugs, alcohol, injury, or other factors. Rape can be heterosexual or homosexual, happen with someone you know, or a stranger. Victims can be male as well as female.


Acquaintance Rape/Date Rape/Non-Stranger Rape

These crimes are defined as forced, unwanted sexual intercourse with someone you know. The person can be someone you have just met, dated a few times or someone you have dated in the past. This crime is a violation of the victims' body and trust. The force involved can include use of physical force, weapons, threats or tone of voice.

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT

What to Do

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, here are some very important steps to follow:

1. Go to a safe place.

2. Get help. Contact Public Safety, local police, or a friend or someone you can trust for help.
Contacting Public Safety or police does not mean that a case will go to trial. All information will remain confidential between you and the authorities.

If you are on campus, call Public Safety (x2222).
If you are off campus, dial 911.

Milton Police 617-698-3800
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 617-492-RAPE (7273)
Norfolk County Sexual Assault Hot Line 781-326-1111
A New Day Emergency Hotline 508-588-8255
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE*
(*free, confidential counseling service, operated by RAINN 24 hours a day, can transfer your call to a local rape crisis center)

Public Safety or police can assist you in obtaining medical help, counseling and other supportive services. On campus, Public Safety can put you in touch with their trained Sexual Assault Investigator. She will assist you through all the decisions that you will have to make while respecting your confidentiality.
Do not go through this alone; tell a friend, a nurse, a family member so they can support you during this crisis. Seek professional counseling.


3. Get medical attention. While you may go to any hospital that you want, it is best to go to a hospital which has a Sexual Assault nurse examiner on staff. These include: Mass General Hospital, Beth Israel, Brigham and Women's, Newton Wellesley and Quincy Medical Center.

4. Preserve physical evidence. The urge to "wash away" what happened will be strong. Don't! Do not eat, drink, shower, bathe, change or clean your clothes, brush your teeth, douche or throw away clothing. Do not move anything in your room or other environment in which the assault occurred. Evidence can help catch the rapist and prevent it from happening to someone else. It is up to you to decide if you tell the police and file a report.

5. If you can, write down everything you can remember about the rape, or have a friend write it for you.

Reporting the assault as soon as possible helps you get the most help and helps evidence get collected and preserved. Reporting early will also strengthen any criminal case that may occur. Reporting will also alert police of a potential danger to other members of the community.
Above all else, remember the sexual assault or rape is not your fault. DO NOT accept the blame for being an innocent victim.

Reasons to Obtain Medical Attention

Emotional

You may be experiencing a broad range of emotions if you have been raped. Getting definitive information on your physical condition can be helpful and may ease your anxiety level.

Medical

You may need medical treatment for injuries, including internal injuries that you may not be aware of. It is important that you receive treatment and testing for sexually transmitted infections. To prevent pregnancy with emergency contraception (a.k.a. the morning after pill), you must be seen within 72 hours of the assault.

Legal


Unless you ask them not to, the hospital staff will follow prescribed procedures to collect physical evidence related to the assault, using specific materials from a packet called "the rape kit."
Should you decide to press charges, this evidence can be used in court, and the hospital personnel who care for you may serve as witnesses.
Strict confidentiality will be observed, and information will be released only with your knowledge and/or consent. Legal evidence can be collected only until 5 days after the assault, yet it is still a good idea to go to the hospital even if more than 5 days have elapsed.


Next Steps

The Sexual Assault Investigator will assist you in deciding and negotiating what to do in the ensuing days after the assault.

Emotional

Common feelings among rape and sexual assault victims may include fear, powerlessness, guilt, shame and anger. Often one's daily life is disturbed with difficulty sleeping, eating and concentrating. It is advisable to get professional support either through the Boston Rape Crisis Center, Curry College Counseling Services, or a therapist of your choosing.

Medical

Although it is best to go to the hospital immediately, remember that a late visit is better than no physical check-up.

Legal

Reporting the incident to Public Safety or police does not mean that you will have to prosecute; it just gives you the option of doing so. You can make that decision later, with the assistance of a district attorney or your own legal advisor.

Reporting a rape to Public Safety, even anonymously, can help college administrators, counselors, and police in their efforts to make this campus a safe place for women and men (e.g., sexual assault among GLBT men) by looking at any needs for additional security, programming or physical changes to the campus.

You can report a sexual assault without disclosing your name by using the Anonymous Report Form available from Public Safety, Counseling Services, Health Services or Residence Life; asking someone from Counseling Services, Health Services or Residence Life to relay information for you to Public Safety; or sending an unsigned, written account of the assault to Public Safety.

IF A FRIEND HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED OR RAPED

Belief

Believe him or her. When you are worried about a friend in distress, it can be tempting to ask questions to help you understand what they are going through, about what happened, with whom or how events unfolded. Do not ask the "why" questions. This inadvertently blames the victim, giving them the message that the rape or assault was his/her fault. Examples of such questions can include:
Why were you there?
Why didn't you.....?
Why didn't you scream/run etc?

Support

Encourage your friend to seek medical attention. Medical exams are important to detect internal injuries, STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) and pregnancy. Medical exams collect evidence, should your friend decide to prosecute.

Let your friend make the decisions; do not tell them what to do.

Allow your friend to react to the rape by screaming, yelling or crying, whatever they feel they need to do. Your friend is venting emotions toward the attacker and situation, not at you.

Suggest calling Counseling Services at x2182 to talk with a counselor. If it is after business hours and the Counseling Services Department is closed, you can suggest paging the Counselor-On-Call. By doing so, your friend can get support and information about options for self care.


Silence

Let your friend decide who will know about the rape. It is not your place to tell people. Listen. Do not add your opinion. Say you will always be there to listen or just sit silently with your friend. Just be a friend.

Safety Awareness

Connect with friends on campus. Share schedules, cell phone numbers, and family contact information.

Try to stay in groups at parties and go as a group. Look out for each other and leave together. Create a plan for meeting if one person wants to stay. Have a signal between group members if one of you wants to leave fast. Let someone know where you are and when you will return.

Avoid being alone with someone you do not know. Be familiar with your surroundings. A place is only as safe as the people who are in it.

Never accept beverages from someone you do not know. Do not leave drinks unattended as it provides an opportunity to add drugs or liquor to them.

Be aware of your own limits and do not hesitate to say NO to things you do not want to do. Trust your instincts.

Sources of more information

Sexual Violence
Rape, Abuse and Incest
Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery

 
 
 
 

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