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Emergencies, accidents, injuries, and other unexpected events can occur at any time and place. Being mentally and physically prepared for the unexpected is the first and best defense to minimize an incident. Each of us must take a proactive approach to providing a safe environment. Although no guide can cover all situations, the procedures outlined here will help prepare you should an emergency arise.
Contact the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services, 718.951.5511, if you have any questions concerning emergency procedures.
If you receive a threatening call (bomb, other physical harm, etc.), do not hang up. Have someone else call the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services at extension 5444 or 5445 from a different extension. Attempt to engage the caller in a conversation and obtain as much information as possible. Take the following notes:
Details about the caller:
If it is a bomb threat, ask these questions as well:
The decision to evacuate will be made by Office of Campus and Community Safety Services, based on an assessment of the information and circumstances surrounding the threat.
Once the decision to evacuate has been made and specific instructions for the evacuation are issued, try to remain calm and avoid panic. Do the following:
In any bomb threat situation:
Building occupants are required by law to evacuate a building when the fire alarm sounds. If you hear alarm bells, report to the nearest fire exit and proceed to leave the building. Once outside, move to a clear area at least 200 yards away from the affected building.
In all cases of fire, the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services must be notified immediately at extension 5444 or 5445.
Explosions can have a variety of causes (gas leaks, chemical accidents, bombs, etc.) Approximately 70 percent of terrorist events involve the use of explosives. Explosives can be used to disperse other hazardous materials. Types of explosions are:
If you receive a written, e-mail, verbal or call-in explosion threat, or upon discovery of a potential explosive device:
A suspicious-looking box, package, object or container in or near a work area could be a bomb or explosives. Do not handle or touch the object. Move to a safe area and call the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services at extension 5444 or 5445. Use a telephone in a safe area. Do not operate any power switch.
Some characteristics of suspicious packages and envelopes include the following:
If a package or envelope appears suspicious, do not open it! Also:
A mental health emergency is any situation involving individuals in distress who are unable to appropriately manage themselves.
A mental health emergency or psychological crisis may include:
For quick responses:
For any unusual or potentially dangerous situation:
Inform your supervisor or the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services about any individual(s) deemed to be threatening or dangerous, or exhibiting unusual behavior or disorganized thoughts (e.g., yelling, using profanity, waving arms and fists, pounding on a door or desk, damaging property, throwing objects).
Eliminate opportunities for violence by:
If there is a medical emergency in the work area:
The following guidelines are intended to help evacuate people with physical disabilities.
The following guidelines are general and may not apply in every circumstance:
For your own safety do not approach or engage the individual(s) yourself. Go to the nearest phone and call the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services at extension 5444 or 5445.
A threatening individual is any person who you determine to be a threat to you or those around you. The individual may have a weapon or just make you feel uncomfortable. The person may be acting aggressively or appear under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Trust your instincts and keep yourself safe by creating distance between you and the person(s).
Remember, the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services encourages you to report suspicious activity, whether or not it ends up being a true crime in progress.
Be aware that the 911 system will likely be overwhelmed. Program Brooklyn College emergency numbers (718.951.5444 / 5445) into your cell phone for emergency use.
Chemical agents are compounds that, through their chemical properties, produce lethal or damaging effects. Chemical warfare agents are designed to incapacitate by entry through the skin. These agents (such as mustard gas and lewisite) severely burn or blister the skin and may cause permanent damage to the lungs if they are inhaled.
If a chemical attack or release is suspected, notify the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services, extension 5444 or 5445; the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, extension 5400; or the Office of Facilities, extension 5885.
Radiation is defined as high-energy particles or gamma rays that are emitted by an atom. The three most common types of radiation are alpha, beta and gamma. All three forms of radiation can have long-term physiological effects.
If a radiological attack or release is suspected, notify the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services immediately at extension 5444 or 5445 and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at extension 5400. You should also take the following steps:
Symptoms usually do not appear for two to six hours, even with heavy doses. These may include:
Biological agents are more deadly than chemical agents and occur in nature as well as through manmade development. Biological agents generally fall into one of three types: pathogens (living, reproducing diseases), parasitic microorganisms (in the forms of bacteria) and viruses.
If a biological attack, release or outbreak develops, notify the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services immediately at extension 5444 or 5445 and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at extension 5400.
Symptoms may not present themselves for one to 20 days, depending on the agent. These may include:
If an abduction is observed or suspected:
Brooklyn College respects the right of free speech and will allow nonviolent demonstrations to occur. Notify the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services, extension 5444 or 5445, of all large assemblies on campus so that we may monitor the crowd as required.
The college is committed to the protection of all peaceful forms of demonstration. The campus must be open to a free exchange of ideas where diverse viewpoints may be exchanged in an atmosphere free of any recourse to physical force. In turn, Brooklyn College will insist that all demonstrations be orderly and carried out with the following regulations:
Students, faculty and other members of the college community who violate these regulations will be subject to disciplinary action.
If a demonstration or office takeover should occur on campus:
You can receive text or voice alerts of emergencies or weather-related closings on your campus via cell or home phone and e-mail. Sign up today for the CUNY A!ert system.
A major snowfall, blackout or other extraordinary occurrence may force alteration or cancellation of college schedules. For information during these situations, call 718.951.5111, or listen to the following radio stations:
If a weather emergency, such as a hurricane, occurs:
Upon the recommendation of college officials, or when there is a significant security concern, the safest course of action may be to set up temporary shelter on campus.