Emergency Evacuation Plan and Procedures
What is an Emergency?
An emergency is an unforeseen event or condition requiring prompt action. Emergencies at Middlesex Community College can be generally classified as Medical Emergencies, Fire/Fire Alarm Emergencies, and Public Safety Emergencies & Environmental Emergencies. Emergency conditions either affect an individual, a small group or the entire college. In the case they affect the entire College they typically involve the evacuation of the Campuses.
There are many reasons a Campus may have to be evacuated. The most common reason for evacuation is due to a fire alarm activation. Other reasons for evacuating a campus could be a bomb threat, environmental condition or a physical threat. When you are asked to evacuate the facility by Public Safety personnel or the fire alarm sounds:
- Collect all personal belongings including book bags, jackets, brief cases, etc. Why? Because you can't count on returning to the building and in the case of a bomb threat such items would be considered suspicious and handled as a possible "device".
- Immediately leave the building following any verbal instructions and follow the evacuation route posted adjacent to the primary classroom exit door.
- Faculty should assign someone to provide assistance in assuring students with disabilities are directed to the evacuation point.
- Faculty should turn off all gas and electrical appliances. The lights should be left on, the corridor door closed and left unlocked.
- Upon exiting the building move well away from the building. This will prevent a "log jam" of people at the entranceway and allow the fire department swift access.
- Re-entry: The College public safety personnel shall notify you when it is safe to return to the building.
We recommend that faculty review the evacuation procedure with their class at the beginning of each semester. Students should also take time to review the evacuation route posted next to the primary classroom exit door.
We recommend that students with disabilities identify themselves to a faculty member if they feel they may require assistance during an evacuation. Together they can formulate an evacuation plan. Under no circumstances are the elevators to be used when a fire alarm is sounding.