Emergency Prepardness/Procedures

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

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Call the University Police using a campus phone Dial – 911.

Using a non-campus phone dial (916) 278-6851

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IN CASE OF ACTIVE SHOOTER

An active shooter is a person or persons who appear to be actively engaged in causing great bodily harm to people in populated areas on campus. In most cases, the shooters use firearm(s) and display no pattern or method for selecting their victims. Active shooter situations happen rapidly, requiring immediate response by the community and the police to stop the shooting and prevent harm to the community.

How you respond to an active shooter will be dictated by the circumstances of the situation. If you find yourself involved in an active shooter situation, try to remain calm and call 911 or campus police at 278-6851 immediately.

If an active shooter is inside or outside your building, you should shelter in place immediately.

  • Remain calm
  • Proceed immediately to a room that can be locked or barricaded
  • Lock and barricade the door and/or windows
  • Turn off the lights and close the blinds
  • Turn off radios or any other devices that produce sound
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection, i.e. concrete walls, thick desks, filling cabinets (get down on the floor and away from the windows)
  • SILENCE cell phones
  • Notify police of the situation and give them your location
  • Do not leave your location until you have been given an all clear by the police or university administer

IN CASE OF BOMB THREAT

What to do in case of Bomb Threat

  • Report ALL BOMB THREATS to 911, which reaches University police officers.

    • Any person receiving a bomb threat over the phone is to alert the supervisor or co-worker immediately by
    • writing the nature of the call on a piece of paper and then asking the caller:
    • When is the bomb going to explode?
    • Where is the bomb located?
    • What does it look like?
    • Why did you place the bomb?
    • What kind of bomb is it?
  • Keep the caller on the phone as long as possible, listen carefully and try to determine and record the following:
    • Date and time of the call
    • Exact words of the caller
    • Speech pattern or accent
    • Emotional state
    • Age and gender of the caller
    • Background noises (i.e., traffic)
  • University police officers may conduct a search of the facility. Faculty and staff may be requested to make cursory inspections of their areas for suspicious objects and to report to the Department of Public Safety.
  • If you observe a suspicious object or potential bomb on campus, DO NOT handle the object. Clear the area immediately.
  • A building may be evacuated on the orders of University police officers or an officer of the University (Vice Presidents or Deans).


BOMBS BY MAIL

Keep in mind that a bomb can be enclosed in either a parcel or an envelope, and its outward appearance is limited only by the imagination of the sender. However, mail bombs have some unique
characteristics which may assist you in identifying a suspect mailing:

  • Mail bombs may bear restricted endorsements such as “personal” or “private.”
  • Addressee's name or title may be inaccurate.
  • Cancellation or postmark may show a different location than the return address.
  • Mail bombs may have excessive postage.
  • Letter bombs may feel rigid, or appear uneven or lopsided.
  • Package bombs may have an irregular shape, soft spots, or bulges. If you are suspicious of a
    mailing and are unable to verify the contents with the addressee or sender:
  • Do not open the article.
  • Evacuate the immediate area.
  • If you have any reason to believe a letter or parcel is suspicious, do not take a chance or worry
    about possible embarrassment if the item turns out to be innocent. Instead, call 911 for assistance.

IN CASE OF EARTH QUAKE

There is possibility for a serious earthquake in all counties of the state of
California. Therefore it is important that residents familiarize themselves with the following earthquake evacuation procedures: 

DURING THE TREMORS

If you are INSIDE:

  • Stay indoors and take cover under a table, desk, or within a door frame. Stay away from glass.

If you are OUTSIDE:

  • DO NOT enter buildings.
  • Stay clear of buildings, trees, and power lines.

AFTER SHOCK SUBSIDES

  • Remain calm and exit building quickly to clear area.
  • Go to Central QUAD. (Take your keys, wallet, etc.)
  • DO NOT ignite matches or lighters or turn on electrical switches.
  • DO NOT re-enter building until directive is given by University staff.
  • For the safety of our residents, each room adjacent to the door has emergency evacuation procedures posted (bright orange, 8-1/2” x 14”). These procedures are to be visible at all times.
 

IN CASE OF FIRE

For a fire INSIDE YOUR ROOM

  • Call the Fire Department 911 AND Public Safety, (916) 278-6851.
  • Communicate your exact location.
  • Describe what is burning.
  • If you cannot safely extinguish the fire — EVACUATE THE AREA.
  • Close windows (if possible) — CLOSE AND LOCK YOUR DOOR AND TAKE YOUR KEY.
  • ACTIVATE THE FIRE ALARM AS YOU EXIT.

For a fire OUTSIDE YOUR ROOM

  • Carefully feel the door—if it is hot DO NOT OPEN IT.
  • Call the Fire Department 911 AND Public Safety, (916) 278-6851.
  • Seal the bottom of your door with a towel or material to keep out smoke.
  • If door is cool OPEN SLOWLY AND CAUTIOUSLY AND EVACUATE.
  • ACTIVATE THE FIRE ALARM AS YOU EXIT.
  • Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
  • IF SMOKE IS PRESENT STAY LOW TO FLOOR — heat and smoke rises and burns as flames.
  • Evacuate building to clear area — QUAD.
  • Report your name to staff and await directions.

IN CASE OF FLOOD

NO ADVANCED WARNING

If you are INSIDE:

  • Close all exterior doors and call University Police at (916) 278-6851 or Sacramento Police Department at 911.
  • Take shoes, keys, ID, wallet, medication and flashlight to 2nd or 3rd floor.
  • INSURE EVACUATION OF DISABLED RESIDENTS TO UPPER FLOORS.
  • Move food, drinks and water to upper floors.
  • Check in with a staff member as soon as possible.
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LEAVE CAMPUS UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO BY APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES.
  • DO NOT TAKE REFUGE NEAR WINDOWS AND DOORS.

Remain calm!

If you are OUTSIDE:

  • Go into the nearest building and check in with a staff member.

IN CASE OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILL, LEAK, FIRE OR EXPLOSION

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL PRESENT OUTSIDE

SHELTER IN PLACE.

  • Stay in your room or a location designated by Emergency response personnel (Fire, Police, or Housing staff ).
  • Tightly close all windows and doors. Place a wet towel at the base of the door. If possible, use tape to seal any cracks.
  • In Desmond, Draper, and Jenkins, turn off your Heater/AC.
  • DO NOT LEAVE until instructed to do so by Fire, Police, or Housing staff.
  • NEVER walk or drive through a released product — SOLID, LIQUID, OR GAS.


HAZARDOUS MATERIAL PRESENT INSIDE A RESIDENCE HALL BUILDING

  • Call the Fire Department 911 AND Public Safety, (916) 278-6851.
  • Communicate your exact location and describe the hazardous material.
  • If possible, evacuate the building. Close and lock your door and take your key. Cover your face with a damp towel as you leave.
  • Evacuate to a clear area — QUAD.
  • If you cannot evacuate the building, shelter in place. Retreat to a room with a window. Close the door. Place a wet towel at the base of the door. If possible, use tape to seal any cracks.
  • In Desmond, Draper, and Jenkins, turn off your Heater/AC.
  • DO NOT LEAVE until instructed to do so by Fire, Police, or Housing staff.
  • NEVER walk or drive through a released product — SOLID, LIQUID, OR GAS.

 
IN CASE OF SEVERE WEATHER

TORNADO WATCH means that conditions are such that a tornado could develop. It does not represent imminent danger; however, it should not be treated lightly.

  • Monitor both TV and radio weather bulletins and take necessary precautions.


TORNADO WARNING means a tornado has been sighted in the immediate area.

  • Listen to local FM or TV stations for information.
  • Take shelter at once and follow procedures below for protection.

Avoid going outside to look for a funnel cloud.

If you are OUTSIDE:

  • Go inside the nearest building if at all possible (first floor without windows).
  • Get down in a sheltered spot and cover your head with your arms.
  • Stay away from window.
  • Avoid getting in a vehicle and trying to outrun the tornado.


If you are INSIDE the hall:

  • Monitor severe weather reports from TV/radio and possibly the Housing Office/campus personnel.
  • Follow staff directives as to what to do and where to go in the hall.
  • Unplug major appliances and close windows and window coverings (if time permits).
  • Evacuate to lower floors within the hall and go into closets, corridors, or stairwells (away from windows, glass doors).
  • Use a pillow, heavy blanket, etc. to protect one’s body from falling objects.
  • Remain in the designated safe location (first floor corridors and stairwells) until the all clear signal is given by the media or campus emergency personnel/staff.