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EMERGENCY EVACUALTION PROCEDURES

 
 

Emergency Evacuation Procedure for Faculty, Staff and Students with Disabilities
The Campus Security Personnel are the first responder for all emergency calls originating on campus. When an emergency such as smoke, fire, toxic spill, or other event requiring evacuation is confirmed, the appropriate Campus Security Personnel will contact the Gardendale Police and/or Fire Department to manage the evacuation process.  The Campus Security Personnel are trained to assess the scene; but are not trained or expected to enter a fire scene or perform evacuations in the case of fire.

  • The Fire Department will enter a building during an emergency to facilitate the safe evacuation of all occupants. This includes conducting a search to locate those individuals who are unable to exit the building safely.
  • Campus Security Advisor will serve as the primary point of contact for responding emergency personnel, and will relay any information regarding the location of those who might need assistance.

Bernice Moore – (205)631-8898
Campus Security Advisor

The College requires all College faculty, students, and employees to supply emergency contact information using so that they may be contacted via the College's electronic emergency-notification system. This system enables College officials to reach members of the College community by rapidly transmitting short notifications by email, voice mail and text to up to five contacts per individual, including e-mail, cell phone and/or text messaging. The electronic emergency-notification system is maintained offsite, so that power failures and other disruptions will not affect its function on-campus. 
Campus Emergency Protocols
All members of the College community, as well as its clients and visitors, are expected to cooperate in evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency. Towards that end the College has undertaken the following preparatory protocols.

  1. Exit and Safety Identification. The College has identified all Fire Exits and Extinguishers.
  2. Fire Exits have lighted, overhead EXIT signs.
  3. Evacuation Maps. Each classroom and work area will have a building map that identifies evacuation routes.
  4. Class Announcements. At various times throughout the course, faculty will announce the locations of fire exits. They will also review the requirement to leave the facility and follow instructions of safety personnel whenever an alarm sounds. They will also remind students to assist people with disabilities, and to let safety personnel and/or emergency responders know of the location of anyone who cannot leave the building independently.
  5. Student and Employee Orientation. A part of every faculty and staff orientation package includes an introduction to the College's Emergency Evacuation Procedure.  Likewise, new students are introduced to the College's Emergency Evacuation Procedures. All students also receive this information periodically throughout the course.
  6. Alarm Testing. The visual and audible components of all facilities' alarm systems are tested annually; and maintenance is provided, as needed.
  7. Rescue Assistants. Some people with disabilities may choose to identify personal rescue assistants who will volunteer to do some or all of the following for them:
    •Know his/her likely schedule
    •Keep back-up medication, equipment, or mobility devices
    •Stay with them while awaiting rescue assistance as long as they are not in danger themselves
    •Report the location of the person awaiting rescue assistance
  8. Everyone Can Help. All members of the community are asked to be aware that some individuals, including persons with disabilities, may need assistance in the event of an emergency. In addition to those with mobility impairments, people with hearing and visual impairments may need to be alerted and given further instruction in emergency situations. People with visual impairments and campus visitors will likely need additional assistance as buildings and evacuation routes will be unfamiliar.
    It is strongly recommended that persons with disabilities acquire additional alerting devices to draw attention to themselves during an emergency. Cell phones and loud whistles are effective tools for drawing attention or for contacting emergency personnel.

Campus Emergency Evacuation Procedures
College procedures require all persons, including those with disabilities, to evacuate a facility anytime the fire alarm system is activated. Depending upon the facility and type of disability, people may have the following evacuation options:

  1. Exit. Leaving the building through any exit door.
  2. Shelter in Place. Where no other option is available, a person with a disability can stay in place (e.g., office, classroom) to await evacuation. It is the responsibility of every member of the College community to immediately communicate to emergency personnel the location of individuals unable to evacuate.
  3. When Waiting for Assistance. If forced to stay in place during an emergency, the person with a disability should call 911 from any phone. 

Personal Emergency Plans for Persons with Disabilities
Although the process of developing a personal emergency plan is optional for students and staff, the College encourages proactive planning on the part of the entire college community for emergency conditions. Individuals with disabilities may require additional assistance with alerting, evacuating, and sheltering in the event of an emergency.
The College offers the opportunity, through a confidential process, to develop a personal emergency plan that could include such strategies as storing extra equipment or medications, providing specific evacuation procedures, sheltering procedures, volunteer rescue assistants, designating means of communication in the event of an emergency.
Although not required, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to identify their concerns about evacuation in case of an emergency, and to develop a personal emergency plan that is effective for them. As part of the new-hire orientation process, all new faculty and staff are asked if they might need assistance in an emergency evacuation. Administrators may also ask an employee who has self-identified as disabled or has a known or obvious disability if he or she will require assistance in the event of an emergency.
Students are canvassed at the beginning of each academic year to determine if they will require assistance in an emergency. Advisors may ask students who have self-identified or who have obvious disabilities if they would like to discuss developing a personal emergency plan.
Any individual requiring assistance is encouraged to update his/her self-identification information semi-annually whenever circumstances warrant an update (e.g., changes in his/her condition that would require a change in assistance).
Any employee or student needing assistance is encouraged to share information with several reliable people in their classes or work area about his/her need for assistance during an emergency. These are their 'volunteer rescue assistants' who might assist in an actual evacuation. Suggested information to share:

  • The types of assistance you might need in an emergency
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Where you keep your emergency supplies
  • How to operate your assistive devices, if applicable
  • The size and weight of your assistive devices in case they have to be transported
  • Location of Areas of Rescue Assistance and Safe Wait Areas.

Developing Personal Emergency Plans
Once an individual requests a personal emergency plan, the Campus Security Advisor will work with the individual and either his/her instructors to develop a personal emergency plan that includes specific means of communication, evacuation procedures and sheltering procedures in the event of an emergency. This plan will include:

  • Identifying the safest area(s) located within the building(s) where a person with disabilities can await assistance from emergency response personnel.
  • Designating a means to inform emergency response personnel (e.g., police, fire) of the locations of any person(s) requiring assistance.
  • Identification of volunteer Rescue Assistants.
  • Location of back-up medical or assistive equipment and medications.
  • Practice/drill opportunities.

A copy of all personal emergency plans will be located in the Main Office and are only available on a 'need-to-know' basis in an emergency.

Practice Drills
Practice instills confidence in one's ability to cope in an emergency while ensuring that appropriate lifesaving actions will be taken during a real emergency. Practice consists of walk-through procedures, classroom exercises, announced drills, or unannounced drills.

Contact Information and Emergency Numbers
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Assistance
Gardendale Emergency Dispatch 911
When you call: describe your location and assistance needed.

Faculty & Staff Response Protocols
Fire - Do not panic, but do not under-estimate the potential danger to customers, staff and students represented by a fire. At the first indication of smoke or flame, investigate the situation to determine location and extent of the fire. If the fire can obviously be contained and extinguished quickly and safely by staff, proceed to do so. However, if there is any doubt about whether the fire can be controlled, immediately call 911 or the fire department and then evacuate the building. The time to think about fires is before they happen. Familiarize yourself with the type, location, and application of the fire extinguisher(s) in the building. Orient all staff and students to this information.
Health Emergencies - Staff members should exercise caution when administering first aid of even a minor nature because of the safety of the injured individual and the potential liability of the staff member. Without specialized training it is not advisable for staff to undertake more than keeping the sick or injured patron comfortable and protected from needless disturbance until medical help can be obtained. Since each case is unique, staff members should use their own judgment to do what is prudent and reasonable. 911 should be called immediately in the event of any serious problem.  No medication, including aspirin, should ever be dispensed to the public.
Bomb Threats - Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask the caller to repeat the message and try to write down every word spoken by the person. If the caller does not indicate the location of the bomb or the time of possible detonation, ASK FOR THIS INFORMATION.  Pay particular attention to peculiar background noises such as motors running, background music and any other sounds which may indicate where the location from which the call is originating.  Listen closely to the voice (male, female), voice quality (calm, excited), accents and speech impediments.  Immediately after the caller hangs up, call the police. Evacuate the building. The police will handle the actual bomb search.
Snow & Storm Warnings - Alabama State College of Barber Styling and our Student Resource Center will follow the recommendation and actions of the City of Gardendale, AL between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Closing during other days and hours will be at the discretion of the Director.

 

 

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