Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
The purpose of this policy is to comply with the Department of Education requirements regarding timely notice of certain events as described 20 U.S.C. s. 1092(f), known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, along with the Campus Crimes Statistics Act (1998). These acts along with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act (2008) require any acts which have occurred on or near campus, require campus police officers to keep the institution informed on a timely basis of crimes and other imminent threats that may require a timely warning.
It is the policy of the Fisher College Police Department to fully comply with the provisions and intent of the “Clery Act,” in regards to the timely notification of our campus community, of any continuing threats to their safety, in order to aid in the prevention of similar occurrences. A crisis can erupt at any time and in any form. A fire, explosion, medical epidemic, water leak, power outage, hurricane or bomb threat – the possibilities are infinite and unpredictable. Nonetheless, planning for the unpredictable does help.
College departments are responsible for developing contingency plans and continuity of operation plans for their own staff and areas of responsibility.
Campus police have received training in incident command and responding to critical incidents on campus. When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to campus, the first responders to the scene are usually College Police, BPD (Boston Police) and BFD (Boston Fire) who typically respond and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, other Fisher College departments and other local or federal agencies could also be involved in responding to the incident.
All members of the College community are informed on an annual basis that they are required to notify Campus Police of any situation or incident on campus that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate or ongoing threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus. The Campus Police Department has the responsibility of responding to, and summoning the necessary resources to mitigate, investigate and document any situation that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation. In addition, we have the responsibility to respond to such incidents to determine if the situation does in fact, pose a threat to the community. If that is the case, Federal Law requires that the institution immediately notify the campus community or the appropriate segments of the community that may be affected by the situation.
Shelter-in-place is designed to keep you safe while indoors if dangerous environmental conditions exist, such as extreme weather or a hazardous materials release. An imminent threat of violence may also be the cause for a shelter-in-place order for all or part of campus. The goal is to limit exposure of students, faculty, staff, and others to danger or hazard.
If an incident occurs and the building you are in is not damaged, stay inside - seeking an interior room - until you are told it is safe to come out. If your building is damaged, take your personal belongings (purse, wallet, etc.) and follow the evacuation procedures for your building (close your door, proceed to the nearest exit and use the stairs instead of the elevators). Once you have evacuated, seek shelter at the nearest College building quickly. If police or fire department personnel are on the scene, follow their directions.
- No matter where you are, the basic steps of shelter-in-place will generally remain the same. Should the need ever arise, follow these steps, unless instructed otherwise by local emergency personnel:
- If you are inside, stay where you are. Collect any emergency shelter-in-place supplies and a telephone to be used in case of emergency. If you are outdoors, proceed into the closest building quickly or follow instructions from emergency personnel on the scene.
- Locate a room to shelter inside. It should be:
- An interior room;
- Above ground level; and
- Without windows or with the least number of windows(If there is a large group of people inside a particular building, several rooms maybe necessary).
- Depending upon the threat or hazard, shut and lock all windows (tighter seal) and close exterior doors.
- Warn others of the situation.
- Turn off air conditioners, heaters and fans.
- Close vents to ventilation systems as you are able.
- Make a list of the people with you and call the list in to Fisher College Police Department so they know where you are sheltering.
- Monitor Fisher College’s notification system for further instructions.
- Report any emergency or unusual condition to Fisher College Police at (617) 236-8888.
- Do not leave the building until receiving the “all clear” from a police officer, public safety officer, official email, or website.