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Emergency Preparedness: Specific Situations

FIRE

Be Prepared!
 
  • Know where the fire alarm pull stations are and how to activate them.
  • Know your evacuation routes and keep them clear at all times. Never use the elevator to evacuate.
  • Know where the closest fire extinguishers are and review the instructions for their use.
 
If Fire or Smoke Is Detected
 
  • Activate the building alarm system.
  • Evacuate the building, moving a distance of at least 100 feet from it. Follow posted building evacuation routes if possible.
  • Notify others as you leave the building by shouting “fire” and knocking on doors.
  • If possible, close doors and windows as you leave to prevent the fire from spreading.
  • If there is smoke in the area, get down on the floor and crawl out of the building.
  • Feel all doors before opening them. If a door is not hot, open it slowly. If a door is hot, DO NOT open it. Move to a second exit, or if one is not available, stay in place and try to open a window for fresh air.
  • If you are unable to evacuate, call 911 and give your location. Try to do something to help identify your location from the outside of the building (e.g. hang a sheet, blanket, or colorful piece of clothing out the window).
  • Once you are outdoors, if you know the specific location or cause of the fire, or are aware of someone still inside the building, provide that information to Campus Safety at (703) 284-1600 (ext. 1600 on campus) or emergency-response personnel.
 
MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
 
  • Dial (703) 284-1600 (ext. 1600 on campus) to report a serious illness or injury. If the situation is potentially life-threatening, dial 911.
  • Provide the level of first aid for which you are trained and equipped. Generally, do not try to move an injured person; this should be done ONLY when the person’s position puts him or her in additional danger.
  • When possible, have someone meet the ambulance or Campus Safety officer at a clearly visible location to quickly direct them to the injured or ill individual.
  • If sudden cardiac arrest is suspected, use one of the automated external defibrillators (AED) located around campus and identified by AED signs. Dial 911 immediately and bring an AED to the incident site. No previous experience is necessary to operate the device; it will talk the user through its safe application and will not shock someone with a normal heart beat. When a wall-mounted AED case is opened, an alarm will sound to alert others that help is needed.
 
POWER OUTAGE
 
  • In the event of a power outage, limited emergency power is supplied to campus buildings to provide for safe evacuation (but not for continued occupancy).
  • Power outages should be reported to the Physical Plant by calling (703) 284-1529 (ext. 1529 on campus) or Campus Safety at (703) 284-1600 (ext. 1600 on campus).
  • Use a flashlight, NOT candles.
  • Evacuate laboratories immediately, since most fume hoods will not operate when building power is cut off.
  • If Campus Safety personnel determine that relocation to a safer area is necessary, they will go from floor to floor to notify students, faculty, and staff in academic buildings. Residence Life staff will notify students in the residence halls.
 
NOTE: Campus Safety and several other offices have battery-powered radios and will keep the campus community informed during situations that result in power outage.

SEVERE WEATHER
 
  • In the event of severe weather or other unusual conditions, Marymount University may delay or cancel classes, or close altogether. Information about delays, cancellations, and closings will be made available through MU Alerts and other media as soon as possible once a decision is made. Consult Marymount’s Weather and Emergency Information Line, (703) 526-6888 (ext. 6888 on campus), the University’s Web site (www.marymount.edu), and local radio and television stations for information.
  • Power outages may occur during severe weather. To reduce the potential for injury and/or damage, please refer to the instructions under “Power Outage.”
 
If a Tornado/Hurricane Warning Is Issued
 
  • Immediately move to the lowest interior floors of your building, and into a windowless area (hallway, bathroom). As you leave your room/office, close windows and lock the door behind you.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Do not evacuate the building unless a fire begins or the building structure is unsafe.
  • If you are outside in your vehicle and see a tornado approaching, do not remain in your car. If there is a sturdy building nearby, go to the lowest level of that structure for protection. If you are out in the open, lay in as low an area as possible, away from cars.
 
BOMB THREATS
 
  • Take all calls seriously and report them to Campus Safety at (703) 284-1600 (ext. 1600 on campus) immediately.
  • Try to obtain as much information from the caller as possible: location of the bomb; detonation time; reason for the threat; information about the caller (age, affiliation with any organization, etc.)
  • Notify your supervisor or the person responsible for the building.
  • Do not try to locate the bomb and never touch suspicious objects or packages.
  • Do not use portable radios or pull the fire alarm in a facility where a bomb may be located.
 
TOXIC ODORS AND SPILLS
 
  • In the event of a biological, chemical, or radioactive spill, or if an odor of gas or a noxious substance is detected in your area, leave the area immediately and call Campus Safety at (703) 284-1600 (ext. 1600 on campus).
  • If possible, secure the area to prevent others from entering.
  • If the hazard is thought to place all building occupants at risk (e.g. the odor of natural gas), pull the fire alarm to evacuate the building.
  • In campus science laboratories, follow the posted instructions.
  • Do not re-enter the building/area until it is determined safe by emergency responders.
 
ROBBERY/ASSAULT
 
  • Cooperate, giving the person exactly what he/she is asking for, nothing more.
  • Try to notice distinguishing traits: clothing, race, height, weight, age, eye color, facial hair, or other identifying features such as scars, moles, etc.
  • Pay attention to the type of weapon used, if applicable.
  • Listen carefully to the person’s voice for distinguishing characteristics.
  • Record what direction the person goes after the confrontation. If a vehicle is used, record the license plate number, as well as the make and model.
  • Call Campus Safety at (703) 284-1600 (ext. 1600 on campus) immediately following the incident. Campus Safety personnel will come to your assistance and notify the police.
 
SITUATIONS REQUIRING EVACUATION, LOCKDOWN, OR SHELTER-IN-PLACE

Evacuation
Whenever a building alarm sounds, you must evacuate to a distance of at least 100 feet from the building. Await instructions from Campus Safety officers or other emergency personnel.
 
Lockdown
In the event of an emergency involving an imminent threat of harm, it may become necessary to “lockdown” one or more buildings to protect occupants and minimize the overall exposure to danger.

A lockdown is a temporary sheltering technique that may last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. When alerted that the campus or specific buildings are in lockdown, occupants of any building within the subject area are to remain inside, away from windows, and lock room doors and windows.

Do not shelter in a hallway; go to an office, classroom, or residence hall room that can be locked. Turn off room lights, stay away from windows and doors, and remain quiet. No one should enter or exit the lockdown area until the “all clear” has been sounded.

If you are outdoors when a lockdown is announced, take shelter in the nearest campus building. If specific buildings or areas of the campus are known to be unsafe at a given time, instructions to evacuate/avoid those buildings or areas will be given by Campus Safety personnel or a public safety official.

Shelter-in-Place
In the event of a chemical or biological attack, the order to “shelter-in-place” may be given.
 
To shelter-in-place
 
  • Move to an interior room or hallway with no windows.
  • On your way to the sheltered space, close windows and doors to the best of your ability.
  • Yellow emergency kits are located in easily accessible locations in each campus building. They contain basic first aid supplies, a flashlight, a hand-crank AM/FM radio, a walkie-talkie, and instructions on communication and sheltering in place. Each yellow box is sealed; it is a violation of University policy to break the seal on an emergency supply kit, if no emergency has occurred. Yellow emergency kits can be found in the following campus locations:
 
Ballston Center Main Lobby security desk
Berg Annex Residence Life Office and ITS Office
Butler Hall Admissions Office
Caruthers Hall Lobby
Gailhac Hall School of Arts and Sciences main office
Gerard Hall/Gerard Hall Annex Residence Life Office
Ireton Hall HR Services Office
Lee Ostapenko Hall Lobby
The Lodge Campus Ministry Office
Main House/Chapel Second floor hallway, next to hall telephone
St. Joseph Hall Financial Affairs Conference Room
Reinsch Library Circulation Desk, main level
Reston Center Main Lobby reception area
Rose Benté Lee Center Main Lobby Desk
Rowley Hall/Academic Center Rowley Lobby Desk
 
  • Designated personnel will be responsible for turning off air-handling systems to reduce the flow of air into the buildings from outside.
  • Specific instructions will be provided by Campus Safety officers and, in the residence halls, by Residence Life staff. Remain indoors until you are advised that it is safe to leave. Shelter-in-place would likely be needed for no more than a few hours.

Arlington Alert

You may wish to consider registering for Arlington Alert, Arlington County’s emergency notification system that sends important alerts and updates via cell phones, pagers, and e-mail. To sign up, visit Arlington Alert.