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Always take the safest route (depending on the circumstances) to the proper assembly point.
Building safety wardens are staff designated and trained to assist in the case of an emergency.
Because of the personal nature of safety performance, everyone with supervisory responsibility will be expected to directly participate in the supervision of programs to assure that safe working conditions are maintained. Faculty and staff shall be directly responsible for their own safety, for the safety of students and employees under their supervision; and for the safety of their fellow employees. This responsibility can neither be transferred nor delegated. Supervisors shall provide training for accident prevention as necessary, for those working under their direction.
Ref: "University Handbook," Vol.4; Part VI; Chapter 4, University Safety Programs; Section 1, Statement of Policy and Responsibilities. (Executive Order No. 55 of the President, last revision April 1994)
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Campus Emergency Procedures - Active Shooter Guide
Active Shooter Defined – An armed suspect(s) is discharging a firearm at community members or law enforcement or randomly firing into an area where it is reasonably expected that persons could be struck by suspect fire.
These situations require law enforcement units to take immediate action to end the danger.
The information below provides guidelines for active shooter incidents on campus. However, every incident varies, making it impossible to provide an absolute answer for every situation.
1. In a classroom or office
• If you are in a classroom or office, STAY THERE. Secure the door.
• If the door has no lock and the door opens in, a heavy door wedge should be kept on hand and driven in as hard as you can, or use heavy furniture to barricade the door.
• If the door has a window, cover it if you can. Depending on the shooter’s location, consideration may also be made to exit through windows. Have someone watch the door as you get as many students out the windows (ground floor) as calmly and quietly as possible.
• If the windows do not open or you cannot break them or you are not on a ground floor, get out of sight from the door and stay low and quiet.
• If no police units are on scene, move well away from the incident and find safe cover positions and wait for the police to arrive.
• When officers arrive on scene, community members should attempt to move toward any police vehicle when safe to do so, while keeping their hands on top of their head. Follow the directions of the police.
• Do not leave the area entirely; you may have information that responding police officers will need. Once in a safe place, stay put.
2. In hallways or corridors
• If in the hallways, get in a room and secure it. Unless you are close to an exit, do not run through a long hallway to get to an exit as you may encounter the shooter. Do not hide in restrooms!
3. In large rooms or auditoriums
• If in a gym or theater area and the shooter is not present, move to and out external exits and move toward any police unit keeping your hands on your head. Do what the police tell you!
4. Trapped with the shooter
• If you are trapped, do not do anything to provoke the shooter. If no shooting is occurring, do what the shooter says and do not move suddenly. Only you can draw the line on what you will or will not do to preserve your life and the lives of others.
• If the shooter does start shooting people, you need to make a choice (at this point it is your choice): (1) stay still and hope they do not shoot you, (2) run for an exit while zigzagging, or (3) attack the shooter. Attacking the shooter is very dangerous, but certainly no more so than doing nothing in some cases. A moving target is much harder to hit than a stationary one and the last thing the shooter will expect is to be attacked by an unarmed person. Any option chosen may still result in a negative consequence.
• This is not a recommendation to attack the shooter but rather a choice to fight when there is no other option.
5. Open Spaces
• Stay alert and look for appropriate cover locations. Brick walls, large trees, retaining walls, parked vehicles or any other object that may stop firearm ammunition penetrations may be used as cover.
Always notify the police department as soon as it is safe to do so.
These safety tips and guidelines are not all inclusive, but if understood and followed up with periodic reminders and training when feasible, it can increase your chances of surviving an active shooter incident.
To view videos on active shooter, please visit the Training Resources page on the SafeCampus Web site.
This information is taken from page 22 of the Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan .
- University personnel receiving telephoned threats should attempt to get the exact location where the bomb has been planted, or is going to be planted.
- Attempt to get as much information as possible about the caller, for example, male or female, accent, etc. (use Bomb Threat checklist ).
- Listen for any background noise that may indicate the location of the caller.
- The Bomb Threat checklist lists information that can aid in locating a bomb. Complete the checklist as soon as possible after receiving a threatening call and report it immediately to the Tacoma Police Department at 9-1-1.
- Bomb threats received through the mail or by other means are also to be reported immediately to the Tacoma Police Department.
This information is taken from page 19 of the Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan .
Be familiar with the location of first aid kits, fire alarms, and extinguishers, as well as personnel with first aid skills.
- 1. During Earthquakes (ALL OCCUPANTS) — Drop, Cover and Hold
- a. Inside a Building.
- Take cover immediately under a desk, table, or chair, in a corner away from windows, along a wall in a hallway, or in a structurally strong location such as a hall by a pillar.
- Watch for falling objects such as light fixtures, bookcases, cabinets, shelves, and other furniture that might slide or topple. Stay away from windows. Do not run outside.
- Do not dash for exits since they may be damaged and the building's exterior brick, tile, and decorations may be falling off.
- Do not use the elevators.
- b. Outside a Building.
- Remain outside, preferably in a vehicle.
- Stay clear of electrical wires, poles, trees, or anything that might fall.
- a. Inside a Building.
- 2. After a MAJOR Earthquake (violent shaking motion). Evacuation Wardens shall:
- a. Check for injuries to personnel in your area. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger. Render first aid assistance if required.
- b. Check for fires or fire hazards, spills of flammable or combustible liquids, or leaks of flammable gases. These activities must not significantly delay departure from the building or put the Evacuation Warden in danger.
- c. Turn off ignition and heat sources if properly trained and it is safe to do so.
- d. Shut off all gas sources if trained to do so.
- e. Exit the building, if possible, and go to the EAP to report on injuries, damages, and potentially hazardous conditions. Take emergency/first aid kit and personal belongings. Account for persons in your area of responsibility. Mass assembly areas may be used in the event of a major earthquake and the EOC is activated (Emergency Level 2 or 3 – refer to UWT-CEMP).
- f. Do not reenter until the building has been declared safe by trained emergency personnel (Tacoma Fire Department or ATC-20 assessment teams).
- g. Use the telephone system only for urgent matters. Call (or send a runner) to the Emergency Operations Center to notify them of any needed assistance and emergencies that may exist. Use handheld radios or Ham radio services if telephone services are not available.
- h. Expect aftershocks.
- i. Evacuation Wardens who are also CERT team members must fulfill their evacuation warden duties first before joining CERT team response.
- 3.After a Minor Earthquake (brief rolling motion)
- a. Restore calm.
- b. Examine your area for damage. Evacuation Building Wardens may use checklist in Appendix M to help assess if the building should be occupied, evacuated, and/or re-entered. Look for:
- Damaged, leaking or ruptured utility lines (gas, water, electrical, telephone, computer network)
- Toppled furnishings or equipment
- Spilled hazardous materials
- Damaged building components such as ceilings, walls, beams, columns, doors
- c. Evacuate the building if damage is found or the power is out. Report evacuation to Campus Safety or TFD. Do not reenter until the building has been declared safe by trained emergency personnel.
- d. Asbestos-containing materials. Certain buildings will be evacuated for ALL earthquakes because of the potential damage of asbestos-containing building materials. See the list of buildings in Appendix M.
- e. Laboratories: Check for chemical spills. For small isolated spills, use spill cleanup procedures as outlined in Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures. If SOP or chemical spill cleanup kit is not available, then evacuate lab and notify authorities. For larger spills, evacuate building and notify authorities. See UW Laboratory Safety Manual for earthquake procedures specific to laboratories.
This information is taken from page 17 of the Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan .
- When an alarm sounds on your floor or area, begin immediate evacuation following your plan (see Building Evacuation Plan). Close doors behind you.
- If you discover a fire, activate the nearest pull station and call 9-1-1. Then you may attempt to put it out if it is small (no larger than a wastebasket) and you have called for HELP. If the fire is too large or you are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the proper use of a fire extinguisher, simply close the door and evacuate.
- If the fire alarm does not work, call 9-1-1 and notify occupants verbally of the emergency and the need to evacuate. Safety wardens or another responsible party needs to confirm that all occupants are notified.
- If you are on fire, STOP – DROP – ROLL. If another person is on fire, yell "STOP! DROP! ROLL!"
- Evacuate via the nearest stairwell or level exit. Do not block/wedge exit doors in an open position. The doors must remain closed to keep smoke out and keep them safe for evacuation and fire personnel. Leaving doors open makes the stairwells dangerous and unusable. Persons with physical disabilities have several options.
- Go to your pre-determined Evacuation Assembly Point (EAP). You may have two or more EAPs depending on the size of the building. Immediately report to your designated Building Safety Warden so that you have been accounted for by the Warden. Safety Wardens will report to Campus Safety Department.
- If you are trapped by smoke, stay low, cover your mouth with a wet cloth, stay near a window, open it but do not break it, hang something out the window to let fire personnel know you are there and put something in cracks around the door, phone 9-1-1 if possible.
This information is taken from page 21 of the Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan .
- 1. Localized/Small Spills
- a. Spills that do not endanger workers in the immediate area may be cleaned up by personnel who have been trained by their supervisor, PI or lab manager and are properly equipped to handle the situation.
- b. Hazardous materials spill guidelines should be established by the supervisor, PI or lab manager after reviewing MSDS information on MYCHEM or hard copies of MSDSs kept on site. These procedures need to be included in the lab specific Standard Operating Procedures.
- c. Spill cleanup guidelines for small localized spills should take into consideration the following:
- The hazards of the hazardous material(s) involved.
- The amount of the hazardous material(s) spilled.
- The possible spill locations.
- Availability of spill cleanup materials or kits.*
- 2. Large Spills. If the spill is large, the hazardous material is not easily identified, or if the material is extremely hazardous, then:
- a. Evacuate all personnel from the area.
- b. Contact:
- Contact Campus Safety and Security at 2-4888
- Dial 9-1-1
- Tacoma Police/Fire
- c. When placing an emergency call:
- Give your name.
- Give your location (room and building).
- Give the phone number you are using.
- Describe the emergency/injuries.
- If possible, remain in vicinity, away from danger, to assist emergency responders.
- d. The UWT Campus Safety will notify the Tacoma Fire Department who will respond to stabilize and contain the chemical spill, often leaving behind hazardous waste and contaminated equipment. If the hazardous waste is not properly cleaned up and packaged by the Tacoma Fire Department, do not reoccupy the area. Contact Environmental Health and Safety at (206) 685- 5835 for assistance.
- e. Note that packaged waste must be handled according to chemical waste management policies and guidelines established in Section 3 of the Laboratory Safety Manual. Please Contact the EH&S Environmental Programs Office at (206) 685-5835 for assistance.
*See Section 4 of the UW Laboratory Safety Manual for help in assembling a chemical spill cleanup kit. See the UW Seattle EH&S website for other clean up kits.
This information is taken from page 27 of the Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan .
- Stay calm; assess the situation. Look for a Medic Alert bracelet or necklace on the person requiring help.
- Have someone call 9-1-1. If you are alone, yell as loudly as possible for help. If you are unable to summon help, call 9-1-1 first then return and assist the person to the best of your ability (see below).
- When calling 911, give the operator as much information as possible, i.e. type of emergency, what help is needed, exact address, building name, room number, telephone number, information from Medic bracelet or necklace, and victim information. Don’t hang up until you are told to do so by the 911 operator.
- Do not move the victim.
- If the victim is unconscious:
- CALL: Check the victim for unresponsiveness. If there is no response, Call 9-1-1 and THEN return to the victim. In most locations the emergency dispatcher can assist you with CPR instructions.
- BLOW: Tilt the head back and listen for breathing. If not breathing normally, pinch nose and cover the mouth with yours and blow until you see the chest rise. Give 2 breaths. Each breath should take 1 second.
- PUMP: If the victim is still not breathing normally, coughing or moving, begin chest compressions. Push down on the chest 11/2 to 2 inches 30 times right between the nipples. Pump at the rate of 100/minute, faster than once per second.
- CONTINUE WITH 2 BREATHS AND 30 PUMPS UNTIL HELP ARRIVES NOTE: This ratio is the same for one-person and two-person CPR. In two-person CPR the person pumping the chest stops while the other gives mouth-to-mouth breathing.
- If the victim is choking:
- Make sure they are coughing and getting air.
- If the victim cannot speak or cough, and you think something maybe lodged in their throat, from behind, slip your arms around the victim’s waist. Make a fist with one hand and grasp with the other hand. Place your fist right above the navel area. Press into the abdomen with quick upward thrust. Repeat until the object is removed, or the victim starts breathing or coughing.
- If the victim is bleeding:
- Use rubber gloves (contained in the first aid kit) and apply pressure to the area.
- If possible, elevate bleeding area above level of the heart.
- If the victim is unconscious:
- There is a First Aid and CPR guide located in all first aid kits. These guides give detailed steps in the event of a heart attack, CPR and infant CPR, choking, bleeding, poisoning, and burns, as well as other injuries.
- EH&S recommends First Aid/CPR training for a handful of building volunteers to assist with medical emergencies associated with building evacuation and emergencies.
This information is taken from page 24 of the Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan .
A suspicious LETTER may have:
- No return address
- Restrictive markings, such as PERSONAL!
- It is sealed with tape
- The address has:
- misspelled words
- is addressed to a title but not a person
- an incorrect title
- is badly typed or handwritten
A suspicious PACKAGE may also have:
- Oily stains, discolorations or crystallizations on the wrapper
- Stranger odor
- Excessive tape
- Is rigid or bulky
- Lopsided or uneven
- The weight is odd for its size
If you find a SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE/LETTER:
- Handle with care. Do not shake or bump.
- Isolate it immediately
- Don't open, smell, touch, or taste
- Treat is as suspect
- Evacuate the area and call 9-1-1 from a safe location
If you suspect the mail may contain:
- A bomb or explosive:
- Evacuate immediately
- Call 9-1-1 from a safe location
- A radiological threat:
- Limit exposure — do not handle
- Evacuate area
- Shield yourself from object
- Call 9-1-1 from a safe location
- A biological or chemical threat:
- Isolate — Do not handle
- Evacuate the immediate area
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water
- Call 9-1-1 from a safe location
If the LETTER OR PACKAGE has already been opened, and a powder or other substance has spilled from the package or letter, DO NOT CLEAN IT UP. Leave it where it is, evacuate the area, wash your hands with soap and water, and call 9-1-1 from any campus phone.