Put people first, be sure to A.C.T.
In case of an emergency:
To determine where to send report, follow the routing instructions on the report.
In case of a non-emergency:
The safety of all persons involved in an emergency is the top priority for College of Eastern Idaho. Persons with disabilities have special needs. In the event of an emergency, preparation is vital. If you or a person you know has a disability and may require assistance in an emergency, create and arrange a plan with volunteers from your respective work area (e.g., classrooms and/or offices) for assistance to the nearest available designated evacuation area in the event of an emergency.
A person with a disability may request an appointment to review emergency evacuation procedures from the Office of Disability Services:
Evacuation of Individuals with Disabilities:
The campus community should help by ensuring that persons with disabilities receive emergency warnings and are provided necessary assistance during the response effort. Persons with disabilities know their abilities and limitations best. Attempts by others to assist or carry someone may result in injury to both the person receiving assistance and the person providing assistance. Please respect the individual's evacuation preference/decisions.
Designated evacuation areas (areas of refuge) for people with mobility impairments needing assistance are located on each floor of all multi-storied CEI buildings.
Remember that in an emergency, these areas may not be accessible; it is advisable to have a back-up plan. Keep in mind that elevators should not be used in certain emergencies or in the case of evacuations.
If a person with a disability is unable to evacuate, the individual should stay calm and take steps to protect themselves. If there is a working telephone, a call should be placed to emergency dispatchers at 911 or 8-911 (on campus phones). If the area of refuge is inaccessible, the individual with a disability should position themselves close to the nearest window and attempt to notify first responders by yelling, blowing a whistle, or waving a brightly colored object by the window.
For those with disabilities not specifically covered, ask the person what type of assistance is needed. Be calm and reassuring. If the individual is not able to evacuate safely from a multi-story building assist the person to an area of refuge and notify Campus Security.
During a non-emergency evacuation such as a power outage, individuals who cannot maneuver the stairs alone should take the following steps with the assistance of a colleague:
Provide assistance to visual/hearing impaired:
Any person with an individual medical emergency will be transported to the nearest qualified medical facility. If the medical emergency is not urgent, the individual should be encouraged to seek medical assistance.
Follow the steps of A.C.T. (Top of this page)
Complete an Accident/Incident report within 24 hours.
In all cases, when a student, employee, or visitor becomes aware of fire and/or smoke, the fire department MUST be notified immediately.
In case of a fire, follow evacuation steps.
Before a fire:
Things to remember:
Building evacuations will occur upon notification by emergency personnel. Building evacuation maps are located in each room; take the time to become familiar with their location and content. Be prepared to render assistance to others, if necessary. If needed, activate the nearest fire alarm pull station, or shout the alarm as you evacuate the building.
Designated Assembly Areas:
Map is provided under Section 3
Police activity and/or incidents in and around the campus or the campus communities may result in campus being put in a Hold & Secure or Lockdown.
Hold & Secure is a response to a threat and/or incident in the general vicinity of a campus, but not on or adjacent to college property. Campus life continues as normal inside the college; however, as a precautionary measure, outer doors are locked and no one is permitted entry or exit from the buildings.
Lockdown is used in a serious emergency situation where the threat is inside a campus building, or on or adjacent to college property. A Lockdown minimizes access and visibility in an effort to shelter students, employees, and visitors in secure locations. Similar to a Hold & Secure, all outer doors are locked; however, a lockdown requires that all students, employees and visitors be kept in classrooms or other designated locations and that inner doors also be locked, where possible. Entry to, and exit from, the building is restricted to emergency services personnel only.
During a Lockdown, lights are turned off in the classroom/office, curtains/blinds are closed where possible, cell phone use is restricted, and all people inside the building should remain quiet. As cell phone use is restricted, students, employees, and visitors are asked not to use phones until cleared to do so, and to ensure cell phones and other electronic devices are silenced or turned off.
Shelter-in-Place is to be used for environment or weather related situations. Including extreme weather (e.g. tornado) and hazardous materials release. This is a precautionary measure to help keep individuals safe by remaining indoors.
Hazardous Materials Release:
In the event of an emergency affecting College of Eastern Idaho and/or surrounding areas, such as the accidental or intentional release of dangerous goods into the atmosphere (e.g. chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear contaminants), persons in the area may be instructed to shelter-in-place.
If instructed to shelter-in-place:
All bomb threats must be taken seriously.
If you receive a bomb threat by phone:
A search of the campus may be conducted by local law enforcement and Campus Security.
If you receive a suspicious object (e.g. package or letter):
Do not handle the object or allow other people to do so. Do not use any phones near the package. Notify campus security from a safe distance from the package. Once security has been notified, inform your supervisor of the situation. Do not enter the office/area until you are told by security or law enforcement that it is okay to return to the area.
In all bomb threat situations involving a suspicious package or letter, the immediate area will be evacuated and no one will be permitted to access the area except appropriate emergency personnel who are qualified bomb disposal technicians.
All students, employees, and visitors of College of Eastern Idaho are urged to report any suspicious persons or activities on or near campus to Campus Security immediately.
A suspicious or dangerous person(s):
A suspicious person is one whose action(s), behavior, or words cause another to suspect something is wrong (e.g. stalker/kidnapper) and/or when their actions(s) or words make you sense a threat or danger to you, someone else, or to facilities.
A dangerous person is anyone who intends to harm themselves, another person(s), or the facilities on campus. Immediately report dangerous person(s) to Campus Security or if danger is imminent call 911.
If you encounter a suspicious person:
Criminal acts towards persons or property can occur on or off campus. In such situations to remain in or move to a safe area, and report criminal or suspicious activity to Campus Security.
If you or others are in danger or imminent danger or if the incident resulted in anyone being physically harmed, immediately contact 911 and then Campus Security.
If personal safety allows, try to get a good description of the individual(s) committing the crime; note height, weight, sex, color, approximate age, clothing, method and direction of travel, and name, if known. Remain where you are until an Officer arrives.
If you are being physically attacked:
If You Have Experienced Sexual Violence
If an assault has occurred, go to a safe place; any place where you can find physical safety and receive emotional support. If you feel unsafe, wish to report the assault, or want to discuss any aspect of your experience, you are strongly encouraged to contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.4673.
What to Do if You Witnessed Sexual Violence
If an act of sexual violence is occurring, call 911, and then notify Campus Security.
If you have witnessed sexual violence, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 208-535-5451; they will provide resources and support. If you want to speak to someone directly, visit building 3, Room 311, on CEI's Main Campus.
If a member of College of Eastern Idaho community witnesses' sexual violence against another member of the College community, staff is required to immediately report the alleged incident to HR by contacting 208-535-5303, or by visiting Building 5, Room 524, on CEI's Main Campus.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673). This nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape treatment hotlines provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential, services around the clock. In 2007, RAINN expanded its hotline services with the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at hotline.rainn.org. RAINN is the first secure web-based hotline that provides live and completely confidential help to victims through an interface as intuitive as instant messaging.
College of Eastern Idaho's Sexual Assault Policy and Procedure is available online at www.cei.edu.
Weapons are defined as firearms, knives, explosives, or other items which are capable of inflicting serious injury.
Possession or use of weapons, including firearms, while upon properties owned or controlled by the College or where College activities occur, is prohibited, except authorized law enforcement officers and as defined by CEI Policy 417.
Properties owned or controlled by the College include all College owned or leased buildings and surrounding areas such as sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots.
Some students or instructors regularly use tools which fall under the definition of weapons. Such tools, when applied directly to a legitimate use in College programs, are exempt from such policy. Questions are to be directed to the College Vice President of Finance and Administration.
If someone displays a weapon to you or confronts you with a weapon:
Unauthorized use or possession of firearms, replica firearms, weapons, ammunition, or explosive substances is in violation of CEI policy. Anyone found in violation of this policy will be susceptible to disciplinary action including suspension or termination from the College and prosecution under appropriate city, state, or federal laws.
An "active shooter" is an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooter use firearm(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. These events are unpredictable and evolve quickly; knowing what to do can save lives. When an active shooter is in your vicinity, you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation.
You have three options:
When law enforcement arrives:
Information to provide to 911 operations:
The first officers to arrive on scene will not stop to help the injured. Expect rescue teams to follow initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove injured.
Once you have reached a safe location, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control, and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.
Licensed CEI counselors and volunteers will be available on hand to offer support and short term crisis response counseling.
CEI's decisions involving persons who have communicable diseases shall be based on current and well-informed medical judgments concerning the disease, the risks of transmitting the illness to others, the symptoms and special circumstances of each individual who has a communicable disease, and a careful weighing of the identified risks and the available alternatives for responding to an employee with a communicable disease.
In the case of a public health emergency, CEI will adhere to any orders of the State of Idaho, or local and/or national health agencies including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In order to prevent transmission of communicable diseases, the college president has the authority to make emergency closing decisions as deemed appropriate.
For more information, please refer to Policy 121 in the CEI Policies & Procedures manual.
If you smell gas or are aware of a gas leak:
Location, quantity, concentration, and other factors will affect how a spill will be handled. All laboratory personnel should be prepared to assist with hazardous material spills within the building and their area.
In the event of an environmental emergency caused by human activity, such as industrial or transportation related accidents that release hazardous substances, immediately contact Campus Security.
In the event of an explosion or similar emergency, take the following actions immediately:
The possibility exists for a utility system failure of some nature and magnitude. If you discover a water leak, or major utility failure please follow these steps:
If you become trapped in an elevator, use the emergency telephone (most elevators on campus are equipped with an emergency telephone) or activate the elevator emergency bell within the elevator car. If you hear an elevator emergency bell, please call Campus Security. Please keep the following information in mind regarding elevator failure:
Never use an elevator to evacuate a building.
If in an automobile:
Be prepared for aftershocks. Aftershocks are usually less intense than the main quake, but can cause further structural damage. Evaluate the situation and call 911 for emergency assistance, if necessary.
Do not use not use lanterns, torches, lighted cigarettes, or open flames since gas leaks could be present. Open windows, doors, etc. to ventilate building. Watch for broken glass.
If structural integrity appears to be deteriorating rapidly, evacuate the building.
Possible signs of a tornado are:
Before a tornado:
During a tornado:
When a flash flood watch is issued in your area, keep watch of local News media for more information. If flooding is likely and time permits, move essential items and furniture to upper floors of your building.
CEI will make every attempt to maintain normal operations for the benefit of its students, faculty, and staff. Severe weather conditions may require the College to close for a brief period of time. The decision to close campus and cancel classes is made by the administration based on careful consideration of a variety of factors and conditions.
Notifications will be sent through 'RAVE mobile safety', the CEI website, and local news media via radio and television. Every effort will be made to send out notifications by 6:30 A.M. for morning closures and 3:30 P.M. for evening closures.
The decision to close the CEI main campus will apply to all campuses, off-campus centers, outreach centers, and sites.
In every situation, individuals are always responsible for their own safety and should make their own judgements and decisions based on their specific circumstances. Employees and students must assume responsibility for their own safety regarding whether they should drive to CEI under varying weather conditions.
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