EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN


When the fire alarm sounds or you are asked to evacuate, leave the building immediately. Explanation, if needed, will be provided later.

Evacuation procedure for fire evacuation.

  1. Evacuate the building.
  2. Students take belongings with them, if situation permits.
  3. Instructors will verify that students are out of the classroom before leaving.
  4. Office supervisors are responsible for all employees in their work area.
  5. During inclement weather, it may be necessary to move students to an alternate off-campus location. In these cases, the location will be communicated to you at the time of evacuation.
  6. All information or news releases to the campus and/or the general public will be through the College President or his designee.
  7. Drills will be conducted yearly. See Procedure 5.07-Safety

Upon the discovery of fire or smoke, every person shall vacate the building by the shortest and safest route to the exterior. Once outside, employees and students will be notified by a staff member that it is safe to return to the building.

If the automatic alarm system has not sounded, the person who observed the fire will proceed to the nearest pull station and activate the alarm system, then call 911 or initiate the emergency intercom system.

Evacuation routes are posted in each classroom and office area.

All information or news releases to the campus and/or the general public will be through the College President or his designee.

Drills will be conducted yearly. See Procedure 5.07-Safety


INJURY/ILLNESS/ACCIDENTS

In case of serious injury or illness on campus, the immediate concern is to aid the injured/sick employee or student.

  1. In emergency situations call 911 and activate the emergency intercom system if an emergency intercom system is readily available.
  2. The president or designee will contact family members.
  3. The president or designee will notify the entire staff.
  4. All information or news releases to the campus and/or the general public will be through the College President or his designee.


UTILITY EMERGENCIES

The procedures listed below should be used in the event of an emergency or interruption of service involving any of the following utilities:

Water and Electricity

  • Cherokee Center – During normal business hours, contact the desk 620-232-5820. After normal business hours, contact Barry Seal 620-249-1604.
  • Rural Water #5 - 620-249-8842
    Westar Energy 800-383-1183.
  • Main Campus - During normal business hours, contact the Facilities Department 820-1235/820-1284 or the Business Office 620-820-1231. After normal business hours, contact Robert Harris 620-778-2761.
  • City of Parsons Water – 620-421-7010 or after hour emergency 620-421-7060
    Westar Energy 800-383-1183

Gas

  • All individuals should immediately evacuate the building. While exiting the building, do not use telephones, electrical switches or any device that might trigger an explosion.
  • Cherokee Center – During normal business hours, contact the desk 620-232-5820. After normal business hours, contact Barry Seal 620-249-1604 or Kansas Gas 888-482-4950.
  • Main Campus - During normal business hours, promptly contact the Facilities Department at 820-1235/820-1284 or the Business Office 620-820-1231 for assistance. After normal business hours, contact Robert Harris 620-778-2761 or Kansas Gas 888-482-4950.


WEATHER EMERGENCIES

WINTER STORM CANCELLATION OF CLASSES

When snow, ice, or other bad weather threatens the normal class schedule, students should listen to local radio stations, especially KLKC, KKOW, KSYN, and KGGF and local television stations, especially KODE, KSN, FOX, and KOAM regarding changes in the schedule. The student will also receive a phone call/message on the home phone number they listed with the Admissions office during enrollment, from LCC’s Emergency Alert Telephone System. Cancellation of classes is also posted on LCC’s website at www.labette.edu. If the radio, television, or website does not state that LCC classes have been canceled, students should assume that classes will be held on the normal schedule.

Announcements regarding day classes will be made after 6:15 a.m. and evening classes after 3:15 p.m. Extension classes will not be held if the facility in which they are meeting is closed that day.

TORNADO

Employees and students will be notified by college employees and/or emergency intercom system of possible approaching tornadoes. Instructors will verify students are out of the classroom before leaving. Students and staff will evacuate to the following locations:

CHEROKEE CENTER
Move to the storm shelter

MAIN BUILDING
First floor hallways

ANNEX
First floor Main Building or A104

STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
First floor Main Building or A103

Rees H. Hughes Arts & Humanities Building
Classroom H118 or 1st floor restrooms

ZETMEIR HEALTH SCIENCE BUILDING
1st floor restrooms or Main Building, 1st floor

STUDENT UNION
Restrooms or Bird’s Nest (Bookstore)

MUSIC (1225/1229) TALENT SEARCH/FOUNDATION/PR (1227)
Stay in the building away from windows.

GYMNASIUM
Locker rooms

EXERCISE SCIENCE
If time permits, move to the Gymnasium locker rooms

PTA/1401 Main
If time permits, move to the 1st floor of the Main Building, if not, move to the restrooms.

LIBRARY
Restroom or vault

 


CAMPUS WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

Remember, your personal safety is of primary importance in any violent situation. Do not do anything that might jeopardize your safety or increase the risk or level of injury to yourself or others.Remember, your personal safety is of primary importance in any violent situation. Do not do anything that might jeopardize your safety or increase the risk or level of injury to yourself or others.

If you observe a violent act:

  1. Call 911, then activate the Emergency Intercom if available.

If you are confronted by an irrational and/or aggressive individual:

  1. If you feel your safety or the safety of others in in jeopardy, leave the area.

If leaving is not possible:

  1. Listen to what the individual has to say.
  2. Speak to him/her in a clear, quiet voice.
  3. Explain that you are willing to help him/her.
  4. Respect and do not crowd into his/her personal space.
  5. Never argue with an irrational or aggressive individual.
  6. To the extent possible, use logic and reason to calm the individual.
  7. If necessary, contact Facilities – 620-820-1284, 620-232-4713, 620-778-2761.

ACTIVE SHOOTER/KILLER
In the event of an Active Shooter/Killer event, all employees and students are authorized to enact ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) survivability methods.

EMERGENCY CLOSING OF CAMPUS
Based on the recommendation of the College President or his designee a decision to close the campus or Cherokee Center will be made in cooperation with Administrative Staff and/or the Emergency Response Team.

All information or news releases to the campus and to the general public will be through the Public Relations Department.

Examples of emergency closing of the campus would be power outages, a bomb threat, or inclement weather.

If you observe violent behavior on campus, or if you hear or see something that makes you suspect violence is occurring, call 911, then activate the emergency intercom procedure and explain to the operator what is occurring in as much detail as possible.

The operator may initiate an emergency lockdown. If this occurs all rooms will be instructed to lock the doors and move everyone away from the windows. If there are windows keep the blinds open. Classroom lights are to be left on. Emergency personnel will tell you when it is safe to leave your room. If you have further updates to report please activate the emergency response system again.

 


EMERGENCY LOCKDOWN

The College President or his designee will make the decision to close the campus based on the recommendation of his Administrative Staff and/or the Emergency Response Team.

All information or news releases to the campus and to the general public will be through the Public Relations Department.

Examples of emergency closing of the campus would be power outages, a bomb threat, or inclement weather.

If you observe violent behavior on campus, or if you hear or see something that makes you suspect violence is occurring, activate the emergency intercom procedure and explain to the operator what is occurring in as much detail as possible.

The operator may initiate an emergency lockdown. If this occurs all rooms will be instructed to lock the doors and move everyone away from the windows. If there are windows keep the blinds open. Classroom lights are to be left on. Emergency personnel will tell you when it is safe to leave your room.

If you have further updates to report please activate the emergency response system again.


ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES & MAIL HANDLING PROCEDURES

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

MAIL HANDLING PROCEDURES

Although the health/environmental risks from mail are low, awareness is the best precaution. The information below is offered to answer two of the most frequently asked questions about handling mail here at the college.
  1. What should I do with a “suspect” letter or parcel?
    1. Call any member of the Emergency Response Team immediately, move away from the item and do not allow anyone to leave or enter the area.
  2. What makes a letter or parcel “suspicious”?
    1. From someone unexpected or unknown
    2. To someone who no longer works here
    3. Handwritten and no return address
    4. Return address does not match postmark or is not legitimate
    5. Possibly misspelled words, wrong title, title only
    6. Possibly a foreign postmark
    7. Lopsided, lumpy, bulky or rigid appearance
    8. Excessive tape or string or protruding wire(s)
    9. Unusual odors
    10. Unusual stains, discoloring, crystals or powder
 Also, Also, the United States Postal Service suggests:
  1. Use an uncluttered surface for mail handling.
  2. Scan thoroughly for “suspect” indicators before opening.
  3. Wash your hands extensively after handling mail.
The Print Shop will remain open until 6:15pm Monday through Thursday and until 4:30pm on Friday.


BOMB THREATS

A majority of bomb threats are hoaxes and result in nothing more than a disruption of routine. However, there is always a chance a threat may be authentic, and appropriate action must be taken in each case.

  1. Upon receipt of a bomb threat, the person receiving the call should make every attempt to:
    1. Prolong the conversation as much as possible in order to gather information below.
    2. Identify background noises.
    3. Note distinguishing voice characteristics.
    4. Interrogate the caller as to description of bomb.
    5. Determine the caller’s knowledge of the facility.
    6. DO NOT HANG UP THE PHONE.  (Use another phone to call authorities.)
    7. DO NOT USE TWO-WAY RADIOS.  They can trigger explosive devices.
    8. DO NOT USE CELL PHONES.  They can trigger explosive devices.
  2. The person receiving the call will immediately call 911 and any member of the Emergency Response Team. The team member will then notify the President.
  3. The President will confirm notification of the police and call the Emergency Response Team.
  4. The Emergency Response Team will decide whether to evacuate the school immediately and search the facility or make a preliminary search prior to any other action.
  5. The bomb can be almost anything, ranging from the most overt bundle of dynamite and clock to a cleverly concealed, perfectly ordinary object like a briefcase, toolbox or piece of pipe. You will be looking for something that doesn’t belong.
  6. If what appears to be a bomb is found, DO NOT TOUCH IT.  The law enforcement authorities will take charge.
  7. If the caller indicates a time the bomb is due to explode and the President determines the threat is valid, the standard fire evacuation procedure with possible modifications will be announced for evacuation of the facility.
  8. Instructors will make sure that all students have left the classroom before leaving.
  9. Evacuate personnel from the building to Forest Park.
  10. After all students have been evacuated, Maintenance will lock the doors to the building and will not unlock them until the building is considered safe.
  11. All information or news releases to the campus and/or general public will be through the College President or his designee.

Bomb Threat Check list


EMERGENCY INTERCOM PROCEDURES

Faculty Procedures

  1. System must remain operational. There must be power and network connectivity for the system to work. PLEASE DO NO UNPLUG THE UNIT.
  2. Instructor can initiate the call system by pushing the "Push to Talk" button. (Do not hold it down).
  3. After a brief moment you can begin speaking. You will need to be sure to include your name, room number and the emergency. If the Operator does not hear you speak he/she will ask you if there is an emergency.
  4. You will get a response from the Operator that your message was heard and understood and what action has been taken. The line will remain open and recording until the instructor give the all clear, or emergency personnel arrive.

Special Notes:

  • Please remember that if the system is initiated and the Operator does not hear a disturbance, the Operator will initiate conversation.
  • In the case of an emergency (such as lockdown or evacuation), the Operator may initiate the system.
  • Tests of the system will be performed at least once a semester.
  • The Operator will not determine if the situation is an emergency. If the system is initiated, it will be assumed to be an emergency with the need for off-campus assistance. If you do not want that assistance, the Operator will discontinue the call and notify an administrator of the situation.
  • The Operator will only initiate "Listen Mode" in an emergency situation. When "Listen Mode" is activated, a light will come on the unit.
  • All calls using the Emergency Intercom System will be recorded.
  • Even if you have called 911 please activate the Emergency Intercom System also. This will allow the Emergency Response Team to go into action.

EMERGENCY DIRECTORY

EMERGENCY SERVICE  
Ambulance Service 911
Fire Department 911
Police Department 911
Sheriff - Parsons (620) 421-1400
Kansas Highway Patrol– Chanute (620) 431-2100

 

UTILITIES  
KGE Gas emergency 1-800-794-6101
KGE Electrical emergency 1-800-794-6101
City of Parsons – Water (620) 421-7010
Emergencies after 5 pm (620) 421-7060


HOSPITAL  
Labette County Medical Center (620) 421-4881

Facilities Contacts

Kevin Doherty

Facilities Director
(620) 820-1235
kevind@labette.edu

Jonathan Wilhoft

Facilities Assistant
(620) 820-1284
jonathanw@labette.edu

 

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