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Definitions of Emergencies


MINOR EMERGENCY - Any incident, potential or actual, which will not seriously affect the overall functional capacity of the College. Report immediately to Campus Security at extension 1111.


MAJOR EMERGENCY - Any incident, potential or actual, which affects an entire building or buildings or people, and which will disrupt the overall operations of the College. Outside emergency services will probably be required, as well as major efforts from campus support services. Major policy considerations and decisions will usually be required from the College administration during times of crises. It is mandatory that the Emergency Management Group be convened.


DISASTER - Any event or occurrence that has taken place and has seriously impaired or halted the operations of the College. In some cases, mass personnel injuries and severe property damage may be sustained. A coordinated effort of all campus-wide resources is required to effectively control the situation. Outside emergency services will be essential. In all cases of disaster, the Emergency Operations Center will be activated, and the Emergency Management Group convened.


SHELTER IN PLACE - Shelter in place involves simply staying in your residence hall or inside any other location. In the event of an emergency such as the release of a hazardous material, it may be recommended that you stay where you are rather then evacuating. Plant Operations would minimize the amount of contamination in the living spaces by shutting down the heating and air conditioning.


EVACUATION — It may be necessary to evacuate from a building or buildings, such as in the case of a fire or gas leak. In some cases it may be necessary that the entire site be evacuated, such as a severe incident at TMI. In any case the Emergency Management Group will make the decision based on the best information available at the time. They will also recommend where to evacuate to, for example home, F&M or other shelters.

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