EMERGENCY AND EVACUATION
Emergencies at Lewis-Clark State College don't occur very often. However, everyone must be prepared and act properly when an emergency does occur. The Campus Security Department works with Building Evacuation Monitors and each building has an evacuation plan in place if such an event does occur. Staff members of Campus Security and other departments are trained and will respond accordingly when fire, bomb-threat, etc. does occur.
WHAT CAN I DO?
You have already taken the first step by reading this information. In addition you can (re)familiarize with your daily surroundings. Know the specific "ins and outs" unique to your work area (emergency routes out of the building; location of fire extinguishers, location of the nearest first-aid kit, alarm boxes). Review these pages every so often. In the event of an emergency, you probably won't have the time to read this! Encourage your co-workers, room-mates, and friends to become familiar with this information. Familiarity may one day save a life!
Campus Security in conjunction with the PDT program offers classes in campus safety and active shooter prevention. Please check for scheduled classes to attend or contact Security for individualized training.
All emergencies, day or night, should be directed to the Campus Security office whenever possible. Patrol officers are available 24-hours/day, 7 days a week. Department personnel will respond and initiate whatever action is necessary, including the notification of specific emergency services (Police, Ambulance, Fire). Campus Security will also determine the need to alert the administrative chain of command.
REPORTING EMERGENCIES OR CRIMINAL ACTIONS:
When reporting an emergency, crime, or suspicious activity, be prepared to provide a situation assessment which should include:
~Type of emergency or criminal activity
~Exact location of emergency or criminal activity
~Description of individuals involved
~Size of the area involved
~Number of injuries/casualties
Remain calm and stay on the line until you are sure the emergency responders know where to find you and/or the emergency. Note: if you call Campus Security and/or (9) 911 from an LCSC phone, you must advise the officer/dispatcher where you are located. We have no way of knowing your location unless you tell us. know the name of the building you are in and the room number of the emergency. The Campus Security Department will convey this information to the appropriate emergency services.
Business/day time emergencies: (208) 792-2226 or ext. 2226 from an LCSC phone.
24 hours/day emergency phone: (208) 792-2815 or ext. 2815 from an LCSC phone.
Other emergency services:
Lewiston Police: (208) 746-0171 or (9)911
Lewiston Fire: (208) 743-3554 (non-emergency) or (9)911 (emergency)
Student Counseling Services:
Telephone: (208) 792-2211 (8 am to 5pm).
After hours call: YWCA Crisis Line at 746-9655 or 1-800-669-3176. You can also call St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Emergency room at 743-2511 or 1-800-678-2513.
We have so received a list from the Student Counseling Services office with National Help lines. Most are 800# and therefore free of long distance charges. However, there are a few that are across country. Call Student Counseling Services at 792-2211 for information on local chapters and/or self help groups.
*Plan ahead for a fire emergency. Know your emergency escape routes (at least two).
*Walk through the exit routes so that you can find your way in thick smoke. Note the corners, obstacles, doors, hallways.
*Learn the location of the fire extinguisher and alarm boxes.
*Keep room exits and Hallways clear of obstructions (Call Physical Plant at #2247 for excess furniture).
*Pull the nearest alarm box and call (9)911 and 792-2815 (or 2815), if possible.
*If you are able to extinguish the fire with a portable fire extinguisher, position yourself between the fire and a emergency exit to ensure your safety.
*Evacuate immediately if you can not contain the fire. Let the Fire Department handle the situation.
*Exit quickly, even if you only suspect a fire. Don't pause for belongings. Make sure others are evacuating . In a fire, seconds count! (Campus Security personnel will assist with the evacuation process.)
*Feel doors before opening, if cool , open slowly and check conditions. If hot, do not open; try alternate route.
*Use the stairs, not elevators. In a fire, elevators may be deadly, as they fill up with smoke and may stop operating.
*In smoke, stay low or crawl! The best air is near the ground. If possible, cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth.
*Close doors behind you to prevent the fire/smoke from spreading
*DO NOT GO BACK FOR ANY REASON.