Emergency Guidebook 2010

DPS – Dial 8-911
Campus Security – 439-3634
Chemical Hygiene Officer – 439-3638
VP Student Services – 439-3716
NMSU-A President – 439-3696

NMSU Alamogordo Emergency Guidebook

MEDIA/PUBLIC RELATIONS

During an emergency or disaster, the spokesperson for New Mexico State University Alamogordo will be the administrator in charge or the individual in the Information Services/Public Information Office. Other university employees shall refrain from discussing the emergency situation or university responsibilities with the media unless given expressed written or verbal permission.

The Information Services/Public Information Office will prepare, on the direction of the administrator, media releases which will be the official statements of the administration. Also the office will handle the direct contact with the media, arrange press conferences, and respond to telephone interviews/requests from the media.

EVACUATION PLANS

In the event that an evacuation is needed due to a fire or other emergency, please remain calm. Evacuate your building at the nearest exit. Do not run or use elevators! Once you have evacuated, please go to the meeting area assigned to your building (at least 50 feet away from building) and await further instructions. If someone needs assistance leaving the building and you can do so SAFELY, please assist this person out of the building to your assigned meeting area. Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by Campus Security and/or other authorized personnel.

EXPLOSION

If there is an explosion, take immediate cover under tables, desks or other objects that will give you protection from falling glass and debris. Do your best to remain calm. Once it is SAFE to do so, evacuate the building and report to your assigned meeting place (at least 50 feet away from building) so that an accurate account of the building’s occupants can be made. If others around you need assistance and you can SAFELY do so, assist them in exiting the building. Use caution when opening doors or exiting the windows of the building. As soon as possible, contact DPS by dialing 8-911 and tell them as much information as possible including the location of the explosion, other locations in the building where injured people may be and any injuries you have observed. Follow all instructions given to you by Campus Security and/or other authorized personnel.

FIRE

If the fire alarm sounds, remain calm and immediately evacuate the building by the nearest exit. If you observe smoke or a fire and the alarm is not sounding, leave the building IMMEDIATELY. While doing so, attempt to find the nearest pull station and ACTIVATE the fire alarm if it is SAFE to do so. Close doors behind you if possible and SAFE to do so. Shut down any hazardous operations quickly if it is SAFE to do so. If it is not safe to use the nearest exit, go to the next nearest available exit. DO NOT use elevators! Contact DPS by dialing 8-911 as soon as possible. Remain calm; do not run! Go to your building’s assigned meeting area (at least 50 feet away from building) so that an accurate account of building occupants can be made. If you can do so SAFELY, assist any person(s) with disabilities during the evacuation. If you know of anyone who may possibly be trapped inside, notify Campus Security or DPS and provide the trapped person(s) last known location.

If a minor fire is controllable, immediately direct the exhaust of the fire extinguisher to the base of the fire.

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ANTHRAX

For anthrax to be effective as a covert agent, it must be aerosolized into very small particles. This is difficult to do, and requires a great deal of technical skill and special equipment. If these small particles are inhaled, life threatening lung infection can occur, but prompt recognition and treatment are effective.

Some characteristics of suspicious packages and letters include excessive postage, handwritten or poorly typed addresses, incorrect titles, title, but no name, misspelling of common words, oily stains, discolorations or odor, no return address, lopsided or uneven envelope, protruding wires or aluminum foil, excessive weight, excessive security material such as masking tape, string, etc., visual distractions, ticking sound, marked with restrictive endorsements, such as “Personal” or “Confidential”, a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address.

If a letter or unopened package is marked with a threatening message such as “ANTHRAX”, do not shake, open or empty the contents. Place the package or envelope in a plastic bag or some other type of container to prevent leakage of content. Next, leave the room and close the door or section off the area to prevent others from entering. Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading the powder to your face and contact DPS, the NMSU-A President and Campus Security.

If there is a possibility of room contamination by aerosolization, turn off local fans or ventilation units in area and leave area immediately. Close the door or section off the area to prevent others from entering. Contact NMSU-A President at ext 3640, and Security at ext 3634. Do not reenter the area until cleared by DPS. Contact the Facilities Department (ext 3612) to shut down the air handling system in the building. If possible, list all people who were in the room or area, especially those who had actual contact with the powder. Give this list to both the local public health authorities so that proper instructions can be given for the medical follow-up, and to law enforcement officials for further investigation.

CHEMICAL PROBLEM

If it is an emergency situation and there is potential of life endangerment, immediately activate the fire alarm system. If the system is disabled, give verbal instructions to evacuate the building. Contact the fire department (8-911) and Security at 439-3634. The effected site should be evacuated and sealed off to prevent further contamination. Please assist individuals to exit the building safely. Individuals who may be contaminated should avoid contact with others. If the persons have come into physical contact with a chemical, wash them with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Remove all contaminated clothing and get medical attention. If a person has been overexposed by inhalation of a chemical, get individual to fresh air and get medical attention.

UTILITY/POWER OUTAGE

If it is a non-emergency situation and there is no potential of life endangerment, notify the following areas of the outage; Facilities at 439-3600 and Security at 439-3634. Faculty or Staff in the building should take steps to insure that individuals remain calm and do not panic.

If it is an emergency situation and there is potential of life endangerment, immediately activate the fire alarm system. If the system is disabled give verbal instructions to evacuate the building. Contact the fire department (8-911) and Security at 439-3634. Assist individuals to exit the building safely.

In the event that the elevator malfunctions: Press the RED button next to the HELP label. This will put you in contact with the monitoring system, who will then contact Security or DPS on your behalf.

WEATHER EVENT

In the event of severe weather, the National Weather Station will issue a warning or advisory. Weather alerts can include, but are not limited to, ice storms, snowstorms, thunderstorms, or tornado watches and warnings. If possible, stay inside your building, away from windows and other areas with glass. Do NOT use your cell phone or any type of portable phone during a thunderstorm. If you are outside, immediately go into a building to avoid possible falling tree limbs and other debris.

SUICIDE ATTEMPT

If there is a possible suicide attempt: In the event of person expresses suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide, do not leave the person alone if you can remain with them SAFELY. Contact DPS by dialing 8-911. Remain calm. (Ensure your personal safety.) If weapons are present, leave the area immediately. DO NOT touch any weapons or other items that the person may consider using, or has used. Advise DPS of all possible weapons or other items if you can do so SAFELY. Show support to the person without being judgmental. Follow all directions given to you by Campus Safety and/or other authorized personnel.

If there is a possible suicide: DO NOT touch anything in the area. IMMEDIATELY contact DPS by dialing 8-911 and report the situation. Remain calm and be prepared to give all information possible to DPS including your name, phone number, location, name of victim if known and any other pertinent information.

ALCOHOL/DRUG MISUSE

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on university property, or as part of any university activity, is prohibited and is a violation of university policy. University property is defined as all lands and buildings under the control of the Board of Regents at New Mexico State University.

Students and employees who violate this prohibition will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include termination of employment or expulsion from school. If you suspect that a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but the student is not behaving in a disruptive manner, wait until the class is dismissed and express your concerns to the student. If the student is behaving in a manner which is disruptive or dangerous to self or others, ask the student to step outside the classroom, then escort the student to the Student Services building and speak to Vice President for Student Services or call Security. If the student refuses to leave the classroom, dismiss the class for a short break and ask another student to contact Security at 439-3634. A taxi or responsible third party should be called to escort the student home safely.

Note: Ultimately, the instructor must determine how to handle a situation, which occurs in his or her classroom.

GUN/KNIFE POSSESSION

The possession and carrying of firearms, loaded and unloaded, is prohibited on all lands under the control of the Board of Regents at New Mexico State University, except in the following cases: Law enforcement personnel engaged in the official performance of their assigned duties; approved university experiments and/or projects; transporting of firearms to and from a place of storage; or for approved ROTC or academic use.

Alamogordo Department of Public Safety Officers are on duty 24 hours each day, and are required to respond to criminal and emergency situations while off-duty. Therefore, DPS officers may carry firearms when off-duty and out of uniform, but should be required to produce official documentation confirming their identity.

Individuals carrying a firearm on university property should be notified that they are in violation of established university policy. Instruct individual to leave the area and properly dispose of the weapon before returning to the campus. Contact the NMSU-A President at 439-3640, the VP for Student Services at 439-3717, and Security at 439-3634 and apprise them of the situation.

If the person becomes threatening and there is a potential of life endangerment, immediately contact the Police Department (8-911) and Security at 439-3634 and notify them of the situation. Notify campus population of danger and to stay out of area. DO NOT reenter an evacuated building until the “all-clear” is given by DPS.

LOCKDOWN

In the event that an emergency situation occurs, Campus Security and/or other personnel will lockdown some or all buildings on campus. You will be notified of a lockdown by the Emergency Notification system (e2 campus).

In the event of a lockdown, remain calm, lock your doors, close and lock your windows and shut blinds. If you can do so SAFELY, inform others in your area of the lockdown. If someone needs assistance and you can do so SAFELY, help get them to the lockdown area. If you are in an area that does not lock, use all available items including desks, dressers, tables, chairs, etc. to barricade doors. Stay low to the floor away from windows and doors and under desks if possible. DO NOT leave the area until you are told to do so by Campus Security and/or other authorized personnel.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

Remain calm and contact DPS by dialing 8-911. Do not move the injured/ill person. If it is SAFE to do so, comfort them and reassure them that help is on the way. Do NOT touch the person if you are not certified in first aid and/or do not have personal protection gear if there is danger of coming into contact with bodily fluids. If you are certified in first aid and it is SAFE to do so, provide care to the person to the extent you are capable. Follow all directions given to you by Campus Safety and/or other authorized personnel.

BOMB THREAT

In the event you receive or overhear a bomb or other mass threat, contact 439-3634 Campus Security immediately. For security reasons, it is best (when possible) to avoid using a cell phone or two-way radio when reporting the threat. Do not activate any fire alarms. In the event the threat is received by phone, keep talking to the caller as long as possible and listen carefully. Try to document any pertinent information you can gather from the call. Follow all instructions that are given to you by Campus Security and/or other authorized personnel.

If evacuation is required, do so calmly and report to your assigned meeting place (at least 50 feet away from building) so that an accurate account of the building’s occupants can be made.

SEXUAL ASSAULT

In the event that a student/staff member discloses that he/she was the victim of a sexual assault, listen and do not be judgmental. This person is telling you because he/she trusts you. Reassure the student/staff member that what happened is not his/her fault and that he/she should do what is best for him/her.

Offer options so that the victim can make an informed decision about what is best for him/her. Do not make his/her choices for him/her. Options can include:

  1. Report the assault to DPS, 8-911
  2. Report the assault to Campus Security, 439-3634
  3. See a trained counselor at The Counseling Center (services are free) at 1900 East 10th Street
  4. Call a hotline to have questions answered
    • National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-4673
    • Local Sexual Assault Hotline, 575-437-7404 (prompt 2)

STALKING

If a student/staff member reports to you that he/she believes that he/she is in an abusive relationship or is being stalked, he/she may be in imminent danger or not immediately at risk. Stalking and IPV is a serious crime and is often minimized. College campuses are closed environments and for that reason, pose a great risk to victims of intimate partner violence/stalking.

If the victim believes he/she is in imminent danger: locate a safe place: police, residence unknown to assailant, domestic violence shelter, church, or public place. Call 8-911 or Campus Security.

If a student in your class has a protection/restraining order, contact Campus Security at 439-3634 so that you can follow campus policy.

ACTIVE SHOOTER

If you see or hear of an active shooter ON campus, immediately contact DPS by dialing 8-911. Do NOT approach the person with the weapon. Remain calm and if it is SAFE to do so, immediately leave the area and advise others to do the same. If possible, enter a building and go to a classroom or SAFE ZONE and secure the door, close the windows, turn off the lights and stay low to the floor, away from the door. If the door will not lock, use barricades to help stop it from opening. Do NOT leave the area until you are instructed to do so by Campus Security and/or other authorized personnel. Follow ALL instructions given to you by Campus Security and/or other authorized personnel.

HOSTAGE SITUATION

If you see or hear of a possible hostage situation: Immediately remove yourself from any danger. Remain calm and contact DPS by dialing 8-911 as soon as you can do so SAFELY. Be prepared to give as much information as possible to DPS including your name and phone number, the location, number of possible hostages, number of possible hostage takers, physical descriptions of the hostage takers, any possible injuries and the types of weapon being used.

If you are taken hostage: Remain calm and cooperate with your captors. Do NOT attempt to escape unless there is NO danger in doing so. If possible, call DPS by dialing 8-911 and leave the line open. Do NOT draw attention to yourself. Do what you are told to do. Do not speak unless spoken to and do NOT try to intimidate the captors. Stay low below windows and behind cover if possible.