- AMHERST COLLEGE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLANAMHERST COLLEGE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN
- Emergency Preparedness General Policy
- Amherst College Incident Command System
- AC Alert - Notification System
- Information Technology Communication Emergencies
- Department Specific Emergency Action Plans
- Response Actions for Individuals
- Incident Command System - Team Member Tools
- Emergency Preparedness - Drills and Training
- Websites for Emergency Preparedness
Criminal and Violent Behavior
Emergency - Call Amherst College Police
(Ambulance, Fire, Haz-Mat, Police)
The Amherst College Police are located in the Services Building and is staffed 24 hours a day for your assistance and protection. They are available 7 days a week 365 days a year.
REPORTING CRIMES IN PROGRESS
- Be alert to suspicious situations or persons and report to 413-542-2111.
- If you are a victim or witness to any on-campus violation of the law, such as assault, robberies, or theft, contact 413-542-2111.
- Notify 413-542-2111 as soon as possible and provide them with the following information:
- Nature of incident
- Location of incident
- Description of person involved
- Description of property involved
Stay on the line with the dispatcher until help arrives. Keep the dispatcher updated on any changes so responding units can be updated. Even if you cannot communicate, keep the line open. The dispatcher may be able to learn more about what is happening.
REPORTING CRIMES NOT IN PROGRESS
If you have become a victim of a crime and it is not an emergency or life-threatening situation, telephone Amherst College Police at 413-542-2291 and be prepared to provide at least the following information:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your telephone number
- A brief synopsis of what occurred
- Your exact location at the time of the call (room #, campus building, etc.)
EMERGENCY CALL BOXES
Located at strategic locations on campus are emergency call boxes, which are commonly called “blue lights.” The boxes have a blue light on top and are marked “EMERGENCY.”
In the event of an emergency, to use the Emergency Call Box:
- Push the emergency button to alert the dispatcher
- When the dispatcher answers, hold the button in to relay your emergency to the Dispatcher
During a robbery you should:
- Stay calm.
- Do exactly as told by the robber, either by his words or actions.
- Give exactly the amount demanded.
- Be polite, courteous, and observant.
- Observe the robber; look directly at him or her; concentrate on actions, speech, and appearance. Note the weapon used jewelry, and clothing worn.
- Retain evidence such as a note.
- Stay calm.
- Go to the robber’s exiting door and observe direction of escape.
- Activate alarm if an alarm is available.
- Dial 413-542-2111.
- Do not allow anybody to disturb the crime scene.
- Lock all valuables.
- Notify superior.
- Write down all observations.
- Cooperate with the police.
- Do not discuss anything with the news media
Safety at the Office
- Do not give out personal information while at work.
- If working after hours, be sure the door of the building locks behind you upon entering and leaving.
- Keep your office door locked
- Do not inform others that you are alone. If you have an active order of protection, notify Amherst College Police
Safety in the Car
- Park in well lit areas and have your key ready to unlock your vehicle.
- You may wish to carry a cellular phone in your vehicle. While a cell phone cannot protect you, it can be useful for notifying the authorities.
- Check your back seat before getting in to make sure no one is hiding there.
- Keep doors locked at all times. If your car breaks down, raise the hood, put on emergency lights, and lock doors. Wait for someone to stop (stay in your locked car), and ask them to call the police or tow service or use your cellular phone to request assistance.
If You Are the Victim of a Sexual Assault:
- Look for situations that you can exploit to your advantage. Your primary objective should be to survive the attack and avoid serious injury to yourself.
- Take notice of the characteristics of your assailant including his habits, surroundings, contacts, speech and mannerisms. This information is important for the police in trying to apprehend the criminal.
- Call 413-542-2111.
- If you have been raped, do not shower, bathe, douche, or destroy any clothes you were wearing.
- Do not disturb the area where the assault occurred. If you change clothes, put clothes in a paper bag and take them to the hospital or police station for evidence. It is best not to change clothes.
- Seek medical help. Be sure to get medical attention for injuries and tests for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
Explosion, Aircraft Crash or Similar Incident
- Immediately take cover under tables, desks or anything that will give protection from falling glass and debris.
- After the effects of the incident have subsided, call 413-542-2111. Give your name, describe the location, and describe the nature of the emergency.
- Notify emergency personnel of persons with disabilities who are in the building and are not able to evacuate.
- Do not use elevators in case of fire.
- Once outside, move to the emergency assembly area or another clear area at least 150 yards from the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. If requested, assist emergency personnel. Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by the Amherst College Police.
- Do not return to the affected area, pick up any debris, light a match or smoke.
All bomb threats must be treated as a serious matter. To ensure the safety of the faculty, staff, students, and the general public, bomb threats must be considered real until proven otherwise.
In most cases, bomb threats are meant to disrupt normal activities. However, a decision regarding evacuations will be made by Amherst College Police, fire officials, or other authorities. The procedures described below should be implemented regardless of whether the bomb threat appears real or not.
- DO NOT HANG UP THE PHONE THAT THE CALL CAME IN ON. IF POSSIBLE, USE ANOTHER PHONE TO CALL 413-542-2111.
- Any person receiving a telephone call that a bomb or other explosive device has been placed on campus should obtain as much information as possible:
a. Time of call and phone line the threat was received
b. Description and the location of bomb.
c. Perceived personal characteristics and gender of person
d. Noticeable speech pattern, accent, etc
e. Description of any background noise
f. Reason bomb was placed on campus
- The emergency personnel will conduct a bomb search. Do not touch any suspicious objects!
- If building evacuation alarms sound or you are instructed to leave by the AMHERST COLLEGE POLICE, leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.
- Do not use elevators in case of fire.
- Notify emergency personnel of persons with disabilities who are in the building and cannot evacuate.
- Once outside, move to emergency assembly point or another clear area at least 150 yards from the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. If requested, assist emergency personnel.
- Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by the Amherst College Police
- If you observe a suspicious object, which may be a potential bomb on campus, do not handle the object. Clear the area and immediately call 413-542-2111. If an evacuation alarm sounds, follow established building evacuation procedures (See the Emergency Evacuation Plan)
Civil Disturbance or Demonstrations
- Most campus demonstrations are peaceful. Carry on business as normally as possible. Avoid provoking or obstructing the demonstrators.
- Should a disturbance occur, call 413-542-2111. Use a private office when calling. Any threatening disturbance should be called in to 413-542-2111. The following actions should be taken:
a. Alert all individuals in area of disturbance.
b. Lock doors, secure files, documents and equipment.
c. If necessary, cease operations and evacuate.
d. Contact 413-542-2111 for more instructions.
e. If a class is disrupted, call 413-542-2111.
An “active threat” is defined as any incident that by its deliberate nature creates an immediate threat or presents an imminent danger to the campus community. Types of “active threats” can include active shooter, sniper, and suicide/Homicide bomber.
If you encounter an active threat:
- Stay calm and assess the situation. Determine the location of the threat if possible.
- Call 413-542-2111 as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Evacuate the area by a safe route if possible, if not seek an area of safe refuge.
- If you must seek a safe refuge, secure all doors and windows as quickly as possible and barricade as many items between you and the threat as possible (i.e. arm chairs, tables, cabinets, etc.).
- Once in a secure location, DO NOT open the door for anyone but the police.
- Render first aid to injured persons that may be in your area. Do this as long as it is safe to do so.
- Do not attempt to make contact (verbal or physical) with the individual responsible for the threat unless no other option is available.
- If you must have contact with the individual posing the threat, attempt to find some cover (solid objects) to place between you and the individual.
- DO NOT approach police officers as they attempt to locate the threat. Follow all instructions given by law enforcement personnel. This is for your safety and the safety of those around you.
A hostage situation refers to the unlawful abduction or restraint of one or more individuals with intent to restrict their freedom, also referred to as a “barricaded suspect.”
Individual and Group Safety Information
- Be patient. Time is on your side. Avoid drastic action.
- The initial 45 minutes are the most dangerous. Follow instructions, be alert and stay alive. The captor is in a highly emotional state of mind.
- Don't speak unless you are spoken to and then only when necessary. Don't talk down to the captor, who may be in an agitated state. Avoid appearing hostile. Maintain eye contact with the captor at all times if possible, but do not stare. Treat the captor like royalty.
- Try to rest. Avoid speculating. Comply with instructions as best you can. Avoid arguments. Expect the unexpected.
- Be observant. You may be released or may escape. The personal safety of others may depend on your memory.
- Be prepared to answer the police on the phone. Be patient. Attempt to establish rapport with the captor. If medications are needed by anyone, say so. The captors in all probability do not want to harm persons held by them. Such direct action further implicates the captor in additional offenses.
The following are safety recommendations in case you are in a building in which a hostage situation is taking place:
- If you are able to leave the area or the building without placing yourself in danger, take the closest exit and go to the nearest phone and call AMHERST COLLEGE POLICE by dialing 413-542-2111.
- If you are unable to leave the area of the building without placing yourself in danger, go to the nearest unused office, lock and barricade the door, and call AMHERST COLLEGE POLICE by dialing 413-542-2111.
- While on the phone to police, state clearly that you need immediate assistance. If you are not in immediate danger, don't hang up until told to do so. Give your name, location, the nature of the problem and the people or area it involves.