When faced with a fire, medical emergency, explosion, hazardous materials spill or act of violence:
Call 911 and give the operator:
Do not hang up until the 911 operator obtains all the necessary information
After calling 911, call SPC Security Dispatch at 2560 from a college phone or 791-2560 from a cell or other phone. Tell security you have called 911 and give them the same information you gave the 911 operator.
1. Call 911 to request an emergency medical response. Give the 911 operator:
2. After calling 911, call SPC Security Dispatch at 2560 from a college phone or 791-2560 from a cell or other phone. Tell security you have called 911 and give them the same information you gave the 911 operator.
3. Do not attempt to move an injured person. This could aggravate the injury and cause confusion for the rescuers responding to the location.
4. Stay with the injured person until EMS arrives. Try to keep the injured person talking to maintain alertness.
5. Ask someone nearby to direct EMS to you.
Do not use elevators for evacuation.
If there is a fire, smoke is the greatest danger. Always stay low where the air is less toxic and visibility is greater.
Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire. Always stay low where the air is less toxic and visibility is greater.
1. If the fire alarm system was not activated automatically, go to the nearest pull station and activate the alarm
2. Leave the building and advise others to do the same
3. Call 911 and give the operator:
4. Assist injured or disabled persons to a designated rescue waiting area
5. Report any missing persons to emergency personnel
6. Provide fire officials with information on the origin of the fire/explosion (chemical reaction, gas leak, etc.)
1. If a phone is accessible, call 911 to report your location and situation. State your name, college campus/site, location (building and room number) and the type of emergency. Stay on the line until you are told to hang up.
After calling 911, call SPC Security Dispatch at 2560 from a college phone or 791-2560 from an outside phone. Tell Security you have called 911 and give them the same information.
2. If a window is available, place a “HELP” sign on it or hang an article of clothing out the window as a marker for rescue crews. Stay near the floor and shout at regular intervals. Do not panic.
3. If there is no window, stay close to a door near the floor and shout at regular intervals to alert rescuers. Do not panic.
Hazardous materials can cause illness, injury or death and can harm the environment. A prompt and correct response is essential.
1. If there are injuries or an immediate threat to life, evacuate the area and call 911. Give the operator:
Do not hang up until the 911 operator obtains all the necessary information.
2. Treat unidentified substances or vapors as hazardous until it can be determined they are not hazardous. Remain calm. Evacuate all persons from the spill area (see Evacuation Procedures). Assist injured or disabled persons to a safe location.
3. Close doors and secure the area. Do not re-enter. Prohibit entry by others not involved in handling the emergency.
4. After calling 911, call SPC Security Dispatch at 2560 from a college phone or 791-2560 from an outside phone. Tell security you have called 911 and give them the same information.
5. Stand by to provide information to SPC staff and emergency services personnel. Provide copies of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for known hazardous materials.
6. Do not attempt to initiate spill clean up or containment actions. These actions are to be performed only by trained HAZ MAT responders.
If you observe a suspicious object, package or what you believe could be a bomb on campus, do not touch it. Remain calm. Clear the area and immediately call Security Dispatch at 2560 from a college phone or 791-2560 from an outside phone. State your name, campus and location (building and room number). If you receive a bomb threat by telephone: Try to remain calm and keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask someone nearby to notify Security Dispatch at 2560 from a different college phone or 791-2560 from an outside phone that there is a bomb threat caller on the line.
Note the following:
Remain calm and ask the caller the following questions (take notes if possible):
Call Security Dispatch at 2560 from a college phone or 791-2560 from an outside phone as soon as the call has ended. Campus Security will contact law enforcement and the Provost’s Office. Employees are asked only to make a cursory inspection of their areas for suspicious objects and report the location of the objects to security.
Suspicious mail and packages are defined as:
1. Packages that are discovered in locations where they would not be expected under normal conditions
2. An item that appears out of place and cannot be identified or traced to someone or some activity
Examples: an unlabeled chemical container, briefcase, luggage, book bag, closed box with no identifiable markings located near entrance ways, exits, hallways, cafeteria or vending areas, student lounge or outside buildings.
1. Do not panic. It is important for all of your actions to be careful and deliberate.
2. Do not move or disturb the item.
3. If you know or suspect the item to be an explosive device or to contain a hazardous substance, isolate the area and evacuate all personnel from the immediate area or building.
4. Do not permit re-entry until the potential for personal injury has been eliminated.
5. Contact Security Dispatch at 2560 or 791-2560 and your supervisor as soon as possible.
6. If you cannot reach security or your supervisor, call 911 immediately from a landline telephone. Do not use cell phones, two-way radios or any other electronic device.
When in doubt and an immediate decision must be made:
When a person(s) exhibits hostile actions, e.g. hostile confrontation, person with a weapon, active shooter or similar type of threat, immediately call 911 and Security Dispatch at ext. 2560 from a college phone or 791-2560 from an outside phone or cell phone. Do not try to engage or separate combatants. Await the arrival of security and/or local police.
Wait for local police or security to assist you out of the building.
An event that prohibits a person from leaving a building when hazardous materials have been released into the atmosphere or involves a hostile person.
During a power outage:
Activate the alarm button and remain calm. Use the Emergency Call Box to notify the alarm monitoring company of your location and need for assistance.
Wait for assistance. Do not try to force the door open. Serious injury can occur when attempting to exit from an elevator that is not operating properly.
During a power outage, confusion can be avoided if you remain calm and await the college administration’s decision and announcement regarding the need to evacuate and/or cancel classes. Decisions will be announced to employees and students to prevent further confusion.
Weather radios have been provided to each college site to alert employees and students that severe weather (thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes) may be approaching. This system is designed for early evacuation of portable buildings and similar vulnerable areas before the approach of high winds, tornadoes or other severe weather. The radios receive weather warnings and emergency broadcasts from the National Weather Service.
Tornado watch – Conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form. If you are in a portable building or trailer, prepare to relocate to a permanent building.
Tornado warning – A tornado has been spotted in your area. Tornado warnings will be announced by e-mail and verbal communications. When a tornado warning is issued, all attention should be directed toward protecting life, not property.
When the college closes because of a tropical storm, rain or flooding, or hurricane threat, the following activities must be completed by each department before releasing faculty and staff:
St. Petersburg College has adopted threat assessment procedures developed by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service in a collaborative effort to help school and college campuses reduce violence and create safe climates.
Report suspicious behavior by students, employees or visitors to the Provost’s Office:
Or call Security Dispatch at 727-791-2560
It is not always possible to predict behavior that will lead to violence. However, educators and sometimes students can recognize certain early warning signs. In some situations, and for some students, different combinations of events, behaviors and emotions may lead to aggressive rage or violent behavior toward themselves or others. A good rule of thumb is to assume that these warning signs, especially when they are presented in combination, indicate a need for further analysis (threat assessment) to determine an appropriate intervention.
The National School Safety Center identified the following behaviors that could indicate a student’s potential for harming him/herself or others, based on a recent study.
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