quinebaug valley community college

Emergency Response – Weather Related Emergencies

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

Campus security:
860.932.4915

Office of the CEO:
860.932.4140

Building supervisor:
860.932.4157

REPORTING AN EMERGENCY

  1. Nature of the emergency
  2. If police, fire or ambulance is needed
  3. If there is a weapon involved
  4. If suspect is still present, if not identify the direction the suspect went.

INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSING POLICY

WEATHER RELATED EMERGENCIES

In the event of a natural disaster such as hurricanes, blizzards, tornados and floods the primary criteria is preparedness.  The more warning of a storm, the better prepared the college community will be to deal with the situation. NATURAL DISASTER

Hurricane and Blizzard 
The Emergency Response Team meets to assess the storm and receive updated information from all reliable sources.  The CEO is kept informed on all accounts.  The campus community is notified via email, text messaging or campus voicemail and/or notices posted throughout the campus. Community members receive instruction from Emergency Response Team members or staff about hurricane/blizzard procedures.

Facilities Department will remove all movable objects from the grounds.

All those that have a medical condition are personally responsible to have an adequate supply of required medications, such as insulin, inhalers, etc., to last through an anticipated storm.
All buildings will be locked down with the exception of the Gym, which might be needed for shelter.

All non-essential personnel will be directed to leave campus. Students will be encouraged to contact their families and inform them of their departure from campus and indicate their destination plans.

Elevators will be de-activated after all physically challenged individuals are relocated to ground level floors.

Normal operations of the college will be suspended until the emergency passes. After the emergency is over, an assessment of injuries and property will be conducted.

The CEO will be immediately advised of campus conditions and will update the campus community when it is safe to return to normal campus operations.

Earthquake 
If indoors seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment.

If outdoors move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. *Caution: Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.*

If in an automobile stop in the safest place available, preferably away from power lines and trees.   Stop as quickly as safety permits but stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.

Tornado Warning 
Emergency Response Team meets and follows the most updated information.

ERT alerts the campus community ASAP using QVCC communications channels. If time permits, release a telephone broadcast, email alert or one on one verbal notification.

Facilities Department liaisons with the utility companies and be prepared to disconnect utilities to affected buildings. They also aid by communicating the possible threat of a tornado to the occupants of campus buildings.

Take shelter within a building by moving to the center hallways, avoiding glassed areas.

After the threat is over, ERT will do assessment of injuries and damaged property.

CEO will be notified and will notify the campus when to resume normal operations.