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 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES GUIDE

Download complete Emergency Procedures Guide (233 KB PDF) 

Winter Weather EmergencyBiohazard EventCivil DisturbanceEarthquake;
Chemical Emergency; Fire; Bomb Threat; Lockdown Situations; Medical Emergency;
911 Emergency Plan; Tornado/Severe Weather; Diagrams of Floor Plans   

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Fire and Police Department 911
Security ext. 2222; Cell 417-825-5397
Physical Plant Director ext. 2201; Cell 417-850-4914
Vice President of Student Life ext. 2012
Dean of Women ext. 2014
Ozark Christian College 417-626-1234
Freeman Hospital Emergency Room 417-347-6656
Mercy Hospital Emergency Room 417-625-2300 

 WINTER WEATHER EMERGENCY (top)

RESPONSIBILITYThe authority to not convene classes or to dismiss school early lies with the Academic Dean and the President’s Office. 

CANCELLATION OF SCHOOL (read more)
When severe weather conditions (i.e. ice storm, blizzard, etc.) warrants making transportation hazardous, and those conditions are known by 6 a.m., a “classes cancelled” or “campus closed” announcement will be made on local television and radio stations. Radio Stations: KZRG-AM/FM (1310 AM/102.9 FM). Television Stations: KOAM-TV (7), KODE-TV (12), KFJX-TV (14) and KSNF-TV (16). Other local media outlets will be utilized if possible.

Check the OCC Homepage www.OCC.edu to see if any current information is available.

NOTE: Do not call the media outlets, the college switchboard or OCC Security to verify school closing; rather check the OCC Homepage or listen or watch for the announcement through one of the above media outlets.  

 BIOHAZARD EVENT (top)

A Biohazard Event can be anything that includes a blood spill, sewage spill, or clean up after a medical emergency. When someone comes upon such an event they must:

1. Notify the Physical Plant Director immediately at 417-850-4914 or ext. 2201. Explain the location and what the biohazard event consists of. Do not hang up the phone until the Physical Plant Director hangs up first.

2. The Physical Plant Director will notify the proper agencies and explain the information reported. 

3. The Physical Plant Director will determine if the biohazard event will need additional assistance for clean up. The Physical Plant Director will notify the proper agencies to administer clean-up. 

4. The area should be evacuated at once to prevent further contamination as much as possible without putting oneself in immediate danger. Follow fire emergency evacuation procedures when evacuating the building. 

5. Anyone who may be contaminated by biohazard material is to avoid contact with others and remain in the vicinity. 

6. Call 911 [see 911 Emergency Plan page] as necessary. 

 CIVIL DISTURBANCE (top)

In the event of a civil disturbance, Campus Security or OCC personnel will contact the Joplin Police Department at 911 [see 911 Emergency Plan page]. 

If a civil disturbance should develop on or off campus during a school activity, the College Administration may find it necessary to: 

1. Cancel or delay scheduled activities or events. 

2. Request Security Officers to remove individuals from campus. 

3. Request Security Officers to contain and isolate disruptive persons. 

4. Invoke lockdown procedure. 

5. Request police intervention. 

6. Request that Security lock all outside doors to the building to control traffic. 

 EARTHQUAKE (top)

Earthquakes strike without notice or warning! With this in mind, faculty and staff should instruct students on general procedures and evacuation from buildings. 

In the event of an earthquake, certain precautions should be taken in case the building cannot be evacuated. 

If INDOORS, have students: 

1. Take cover under desks, tables, or heavy furniture.

2. Take cover in interior doorways or narrow halls. 

3. Stay away from windows and beware of falling objects. 

If OUTDOORS, have students: 

1. Move away from buildings. 

2. Avoid trees, electrical poles, overhead wires, and fallen wires. 

After the earthquake is over, faculty and staff will take charge: 

1. Evacuate the buildings as soon as possible. 

2. Do not light a fire until advised that it is safe to do so by the authority having jurisdiction. 

3. Avoid fallen electrical lines and leaking gas lines. 

4. Never enter or reenter a building until it has been determined safe by the authority having jurisdiction. 

5. Follow instructions from the College Administration or authority having jurisdiction. 

6. Check radio for latest bulletins. 

 CHEMICAL EMERGENCY (top)

If a significant hazardous or chemical spill occurs, call 911 [see 911 Emergency Plan page] and the OCC Physical Plant Director at either 417-850-4914 or ext. 2201 during daytime hours (6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) or the OCC Security Officer at either 417-825-5397 or ext. 2222 after business hours (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.) The Physical Plant Director will notify the proper agencies to administer clean-up. The area must be evacuated to prevent any type of exposure or contamination. 

Anyone who may have been contaminated or exposed must avoid contact with others and must remain in the vicinity. If necessary and if trained in first aid, begin first aid procedures if safety permits. If necessary, pull fire alarm, which activates all fire alarms within the building, and evacuate the building. 

No one is to re-enter the building until the all clear has been given by the Physical Plant Director. 

 FIRE (top)

1. Any individual that discovers a fire must activate manual pull alarms which are located throughout the buildings. Activating one pull alarm will sound all alarms within the building. 

2. After activation of the fire alarms, the individual must then notify the appropriate authorities as to the location of the fire by dialing 911 [see 911 Emergency Plan page]. The Physical Plant Director must be notified as well at 417-850-4914 or ext. 2201.  

3. Upon hearing alarms, all occupants of the building must proceed to approved evacuation exits as instructed on the emergency exit maps located inside the building.  

4. OCC personnel may check the building to see that all occupants have evacuated the building. 

5. After above steps have been accomplished, personnel may attempt to extinguish the fire, if safe to do so, with portable extinguishers located throughout the buildings. 

6. The Physical Plant Director will notify the Vice President of Student Life about the emergency. No one is to reenter the building until the Physical Plant Director or fire department gives the all clear. 

 BOMB THREAT (top)

WARNING SYSTEM: 

If anyone receives a phone call with information that a bomb has been placed in a building on campus, he/she will immediately inform the OCC Physical Plant Director at 417-850-4914 or ext. 2201, the local authorities (police and fire) at 911 [see 911 Emergency Plan page], and the College Administration at 417-626-1234. 

If the Vice President of Student Life receives a bomb threat, he will notify other OCC administration, the Physical Plant Director, and inform local authorities. If a teacher or staff member receives a bomb threat, he/she will immediately notify Physical Plant Director at 417-850-4914 who will then follow the above procedure. 

ACTION TO BE TAKEN 

Clear the building by activating the fire alarm system. Notify the proper persons and take action listed under the warning system. 

The Physical Plant Director or Security will do a check of the building to determine that all persons have been evacuated. 

Inspection of the building will be accomplished by a special team composed of local authorities and selected school personnel. 

SECURE ALL POSSIBLE INFORMATION  

The person receiving the bomb threat should remain calm and every effort should be made to receive as much information as possible. 

Bomb threat calls are brief! Try to “TALK THE PERSON” into giving such information as:

*Time set for the explosion.

*Location of the bomb or bombs (what building/what section of the building).

*Type and description of the bomb.

*Reason for call or threat.

*When asking the caller questions, listen for clues:

1. background noise

2. caller’s voice

3. threatening language

4. gender of caller

Dial “0” from any campus phone to implement telephone warning system as soon as possible. 

 LOCKDOWN SITUATIONS (top)

Lockdowns are used when it is safer to stay in an area that can be secured than it would be to move through the building where the potential threat may be encountered. A dangerous person could be someone with a legitimate purpose on site (student, employee, authorized visitor, contractor) or an unauthorized visitor. Example: An armed intruder is in the building.

PROCEDURES FOR LOCKDOWN: 

Warning signal: A text message and/or e-mail message will be sent to all students and staff stating, “Everyone go into lockdown mode immediately.” This warning system will be used in the event of discovered weapons, suspicious intruder, shooting, and hostage situation or as the President deems appropriate. 

Please follow these steps: 

1. Move all students who are outside the buildings or in hallways and common areas to the nearest building or room. 

2. If students are in the dorms, instruct them to remain in their rooms away from the windows and lock all doors to the dorms. 

3. Immediately lock or barricade doors or openings and windows and pull shades. 

4. Turn off lights. 

5. Call 911. 

6. Keep everyone away from the doors and windows and move to an area that will provide cover. 

7. You will find at the back of this flip chart 2 blank red and green sheets of paper. If possible turn flip chart to red paper and place in outside window and/or door window to signal that you need help. Turn flip chart to green paper and place in outside window and/or door window if no assistance is needed. 

8. Maintain a calm environment by remaining calm yourself and reassuring students and staff that everything possible is being done to return the situation to normal. 

9. If a gunshot or an explosion is heard, immediately instruct everyone to lie down on the floor. 

10. Remain in the secured area until notified to evacuate, unless there is a greater risk to your safety by remaining in your current location. 

 MEDICAL EMERGENCY (top)

All medical emergencies occurring on campus should be reported immediately by calling 911 [see 911 Emergency Plan page]. 

Medical emergencies include: 

Any life-threatening situation; 

Loss of consciousness; 

Chest pain; 

Excessive bleeding; 

Seizures; 

Head injury with loss of consciousness; 

Compound fractures; 

Allergic reactions with shortness of breath, excessive swelling; 

Ingestion or inhalation of a toxic substance; 

Lacerations of the eyeball. 

In most cases, emergency response personnel are only minutes away, and unless an injury is life-threatening, apply-ing first aid may not be necessary. However, in the event of a disaster that extends beyond your location, response may be delayed, making it necessary for you to apply first aid and take appropriate action. 

State that medical aid is needed and provide the following information: 

Location of injured person (e.g. which building, room, number, etc.); 

Type of injury or problem; 

The individual’s present condition; 

The sequence of events leading to the emergency; 

Medical history and name of injured person’s doctor, if known; 

The phone number at your location; 

Stay on the phone with the dispatcher. 

ILLNESS OR INJURY TO STUDENTS/ FACULTY/ STAFF 

During the regular academic sessions, students with non-emergency, non-life threatening illness or injury should be referred to the Richardson Health Center located in the lower level of the Mabee Student Center at ext. 2360. When the Richardson Health Center is closed, referral is made to the either Freeman Hospital Emergency Room (417-347-6656) (1102 W. 32nd) or St John’s Hospital Emergency Room (417-625-2300) (2727 McClelland.) 

Serious illness or injury to students on campus should be reported by calling 911[see 911 Emergency Plan page] for emergency medical service. A paramedic/EMT will respond to evaluate the situation and arrange for the student to be transported for medical treatment. 

A NOTE TO COLLEGE PERSONNEL 

A report must be completed for all incidents of work-related illness or injury. The Executive Director of Campus Operations, available at ext. 2028, is to be called for assistance. 

 911 EMERGENCY PLAN (top)

1. Identify the Problem (to determine if a call to 911 is needed) 

When a Person: 

• Is or becomes unconscious 

• Has chest pain or pressure

• Is bleeding severely

• Has injuries to the head, neck, or back 

• Is having difficulty breathing or is breathing in a strange way 

• Has pressure pain in the abdomen that does not go away 

• Is vomiting or passing blood 

• Is having a seizure, has a severe headache, or has slurred speech 

• Appears to have been poisoned 

• Has possible broken bones 

• Has what you think could be a medical emergency 

DO NOT MOVE THE VICTIM UNLESS THE SCENE IS UNSAFE OR BECOMES UNSAFE. 

2. Make the Emergency Call: CALL 911 

STATE: WHERE: Calmly give the location of the injured or ill person. 

WHAT: Give a clear description of what happened if known, and how many involved. 

WHO: Report who the injured or ill persons are if known. 

WHEN: Report when the injury happened or illness began. 

WITH: Stay with the injured or ill person until help arrives. 

DO NOT HANG UP THE PHONE UNTIL THE RESPONDER TELLS YOU TO DO SO! 

3. Call Security or Other College Personnel 

Call Security at 417-825-5397 or ext. 2222 after business hours (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.) or the Physical Plant Director at 417-850-4914 during day hours (6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and inform him that a call is out to 911. Give them the same information that you gave to the 911 operator. Security or the Physical Plant Director will locate the campus nurse and both will respond to the emergency if available. 

ALSO CALL IN CASE OF: Call 911 

• Fire or Explosion 

Presence of Noxious Gas 

• Swiftly Moving or Rapidly Rising Waters 

• Downed Electrical Wire 

• Vehicle Collisions with Injuries 

• Victims Who Cannot Be Moved Easily 

 TORNADO/SEVERE WEATHER(top)

Tornado Watch - A report issued to alert persons to the possibility of a tornado development in a specified area, for a specified period of time. 

Tornado Warning - A report issued when a tornado or funnel cloud has actually been sighted in the area or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate the location of the tornado at the time of detection, the area through which it is expected to move, and the time period during which the tornado will move through the area warned. 

 I. In the event of a tornado watch, the following guidelines will be followed: 

A. During School Hours 

1. Notification will be made to the following: 

a. The office of the Vice President of Student Life

b. The Physical Plant Director 

2. During a tornado watch, normal routine will not be interrupted unless a tornado warning is issued. 

3. Physical Plant Personnel should unlock shelters during a watch in the event a warning is issued. 

 B. After Hours 

1. Notification will normally be received by Security Personnel through weather radios. A Security Officer will notify the following: 

a. The Residence Directors 

b. The Physical Plant Director 

c. The Vice President of Student Life

2. Personnel will prepare to implement procedures to be followed in Section II of this plan in case a tornado warning is issued. 

II. In the event of a tornado warning, an alert siren will sound for 3 minutes. The alert will consist of a loud, steady tone city-wide. The guidelines listed below are to be followed: 

A. During School Hours 

1. Notification will be made immediately as listed in I-A-1

2. The following information should be obtained via weather radios by RDs & other personel. 

a. Location of the tornado at time of detection 

b. The area through which it is expected to move 

c. The time period during which tornado will move through the area warned is 7–10 minutes before the storm hits 

NOTE: It is not possible to predict the exact time a tornado will strike or its exact path. The average speed of a tornado is approximately 40 mph. 

3. The following personnel will take the listed actions. 

When a tornado warning alert sounds: 

a. The Physical Plant Director or staff will: 

1.) Dispatch personnel to pre-designated areas of responsibility to make notification to evacuate space and proceed to assigned shelters. 

2.) Insure that a check is made after initial notification to evacuate to shelter areas, to insure no classroom areas were missed. 

3.) Obtain emergency radio equipment from Physical Plant Department Office. 

b. The Vice President of Student Life or staff will direct people to nearest storm shelters designated by maps. 

c. Upon receipt of evacuation notification or sounding of alert siren, Faculty members will: 

1.) Immediately dismiss class and instruct students to evacuate to shelter areas in the building in which they are located. 

2.) Turn off all lights and electrical equipment in your classroom. 

3.) Insure all students proceed in a calm, orderly, but quick manner. 

4.) Report to one of the shelter areas diagrammed in this plan. 

d. Upon release from classroom by professor, students will: 

1.) Proceed to shelter areas by the closest evacuation routes. 

2.) Move quickly but orderly and quietly so that all might arrive to shelter areas with a minimum of confusion and maximum safety. 

3.) Take a seat on the floor of your assigned shelter area. Protect your head with arms and hands. 

4.) Remain in shelter areas until all clear is declared. 

e. Upon receipt of evacuation notification, staff will: 

1.) Proceed to shelter areas by the closest evacuation routes. 

2.) Move quickly but orderly and quietly so that all might arrive to shelter areas with a minimum of confusion and maximum safety. 

3.) Take a seat on the floor of your assigned shelter area. Protect your head with arms and hands. 

4.) Remain in shelter areas until all clear is declared. 

B. After Curfew 

1. Notifications will be made immediately as listed in I-B-1

2. Students are advised to report to shelter areas immediately. 

3. Safety procedures will remain the same. 

NOTE: No one is to re-enter a building until the all clear has been given by the Physical Plant Director or Security. 

III. Shelter Areas  

A. Students living in dormitories on campus. 

1. Shelter areas will be in the interior hallway of the first floor of the dormitory in which the student is presently living. See diagrammed shelter areas for proper areas and exceptions. 

2. Once inside the shelter area, students should protect their heads. Move as close together as possible to allow for others to enter the shelter area. 

3. Dorm supervisors will insure that all doorways are closed, but not locked after all students have entered. 

B. Off-campus students, faculty/staff and guests. 

1. Proceed to the closest shelter available at the time of the alert 

2. Do not attempt to reach your home while driving your automobile. Instruct your family what to do in case of a tornado. 

Report only to the closest shelter area. 

C. If a shelter area cannot be reached, take cover in a low area. If possible, place yourself under a piece of heavy furniture such as a table or an office desk. 

NOTE: Shelter areas will always depend on your location at the time of the alert. Do not attempt to go across the campus to get to a certain shelter. Take shelter quickly. 

IV. Trouble Areas/Places to Avoid  

A. Avoid Turkey Creek. Although low areas and ditches are good protection, flash floods often accompany tornadoes. 

B. Do not take shelter in parked vehicles. 

C. Avoid high stairwells, and rooms or hallways with windows or high voltage equipment. 

D. If injury does occur during an emergency situation, await the all clear, and then immediately call for assistance. 

However, be extremely careful in stepping on debris. There may be live wires in the rubble that could cause electrocution if stepped on. 

E. If a storm were to hit at night, and you are uninjured or only slightly injured, do not attempt to walk out of rubble if the possibility of further injury is present (i.e. gas leaks, etc.). Wait for assistance with light to help in getting you out of hazardous areas. 

V. Special Conditions/Circumstances  

A. Dining Hall - If a storm alert were to occur while the dining hall was occupied, the following procedures are to be utilized: 

1. All occupants of the dining hall are to proceed quickly and orderly to the hallway between the gymnasium and the dining hall. 

2. As many as possible are to occupy the offices, storage rooms, bathrooms, and locker rooms. These areas have been determined to be primary shelter areas and are relatively safe. 

3. Anyone left in the dining hall should squeeze as closely as possible into the hallway. Dining tables can be utilized to hide under and as barricades for protection from broken glass. Stay away from glassed-in areas. 

B. Multi-Purpose Building - There is a very limited amount of shelter space available in the Multi-Purpose Building should a severe storm hit. The shelter areas are listed as: under the blue stadium seats-north side, shower rooms in locker rooms, gym-floor level hallway, southeast corner.

C. Chapel - If a storm alert were to occur while the chapel was heavily occupied, the following procedures are to be utilized: 

1. All occupants of the chapel are to proceed quickly and orderly to the basement of the chapel. 

2. As many as possible are to occupy the classrooms, offices, storage rooms, and bathrooms. These areas have been determined to be primary shelter areas and are relatively safe. 

3. Classroom and office desks and tables can be utilized to hide under and as barricades for protection from broken glass. 

 DIAGRAMS OF FLOOR PLANS (top)

Copies of building floor plans are posted in the blue and white flip-charts throughout the campus as guides for emergency evacuation and shelters. Shelter areas are shaded in gold and the evacuation routes identified red.