Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College
Emergency Response App

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The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). 


COVID-19 Daily Checklist 
Once you resume working onsite, there is a check list you’ll be asked to review each day prior to entering the workplace. The District and Colleges are making every effort to protect all and asking all employees to take the steps every day. 


STEPS: 

  1. Check the symptom list below. 

  2. If you have any of the symptoms listed call your supervisor and let them know you are staying home due to having the identified symptom AND 

  3. Email Human Resources at Cheryl.detwiler@gcccd.edu with the same information provided to your supervisor. 


WHILE AT WORK: 
If you become ill at work with any of these symptoms, follow steps 2 and 3 above. 

  • Do you have a FEVER (a temperature above 100.0 F)? 

  • Do you have a COUGH

  • Do you have SHORTNESS OF BREATH

  • Do you have MUSCLE ACHES or CHILLS

  • Do you have a SORE THROAT or HEADACHE

  • Do you have LOSS of TASTE or SMELL

  • Do you have NAUSEA, VOMITING, DIARRHEA, or LOSS OF APPETITE

  • Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with been DIAGNOSED with COVID-19, or PLACED ON QUARANTINE

  • Have you been asked to SELF-ISOLATE OR QUARANTINE by a medical professional or local public health official


Face Covering FAQ 
Face coverings are required in public spaces, per the State of California. Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. 

What is a cloth face covering? 
A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face.

How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent spread of COVID-19? 
There is scientific evidence to suggest that use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions. 

When should I wear a cloth face covering? 
You should wear face coverings when in public places, particularly when those locations are indoors or in other areas where physical distancing is not possible. 

How should I care for a cloth face covering? 
It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. 

Cloth face coverings should be discarded if: 

  • No longer cover the nose and mouth 

  • Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps 

  • Cannot stay on the face 

  • Have holes or tears in the fabric 


Additional Resources 

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District commits itself to providing the highest level of training and information to students, staff, faculty and visiting community members. GCCCD encourages everyone to familiarize themselves with how the District plans for emergencies, and how to improve your understanding of emergency preparedness and response.

This guide is based on presently available information, as well as current Federal and State recommended protective actions. The procedures may be updated when additional, relevant information becomes available or when Federal and State guidance is modified. In every situation, common sense and awareness of personal safety should take precedence over any action described in these procedures.


GENERAL ACTIONS:  

  • For emergencies call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

  • Be prepared to gather keys and personal belongings.

  • Evacuate or shelter-in-place, depending on type of emergency.

  • If evacuating, assist persons with disabilities. Evacu-Trac chairs located near elevators on 2nd floor.


EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:

Fire/Police/Ambulance:
9-1-1


Campus Safety Numbers
Campus and Parking Services (CAPS):
Ext. 7654 from campus phone or
619-644-7654


GCCCD Emergency Information Number:
800-550-3922


Student  Health Services at Grossmont:
Ext. 7192 from campus phone or
619-644-7192


Student Health Services at Cuyamaca:
Ext. 4200 from campus phone or
619-660-4200


Off-Campus Safety Numbers
San Diego Sheriff's Non-Emergency Number:
858-565-5200


Poison Control:
800-222-1222


Rape and Abuse Crisis Line:
888-385-4657


Suicide Prevention Line:
888-724-7240


Anonymously report a crime with Crime Stoppers:
888-580-TIPS (8477)



REPORTING AN EMERGENCY:
When contacting authorities, calmly state:

  • Your name, extension number, and location of the emergency (building/room).

  • Nature of the emergency (fire, chemical spill, medical, etc.).

  • Any injuries.

  • Any hazards which may affect responding emergency personnel.

  • A phone number near the scene where you can be reached.

  • DO NOT HANG UP; let the 9-1-1 operator end the conversation.


EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS:
In the event of an emergency, numerous methods will be used to communicate information:

  • Emergency Notification System – you will receive an emergency message via cell phone, landline phone, and email.

  • Emergency Information Line 800-550-3922 – call for general information and instructions for faculty, staff, and students regarding campus operations, business or classes.

  • Outdoor public address system will alert those not in a building.

  • District college websites.

  • District college Facebook and Twitter pages. 

  • News media – information will be sent to the news media; check television, radio and news websites.

 
FIRE ALARMS:

  • Fire alarms are installed in all buildings throughout the district and can be activated in a number of ways depending on the system that’s in place for that specific location whether it’s automatic or a pull station.


RESPONSE TO FIRE ALARM:
When a fire alarm sounds:

  • Gather keys and personal belongings quickly.

  • Secure your office or classroom, if able to do so quickly (close windows and doors in order to contain the fire).

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. 

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

  • If you see smoke or flames call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

  • If you know a fire alarm was tripped accidentally, immediately notify CAPS at ext. 7654 or (619) 644-7654.

 

EVACUATIONS: 
State law requires occupants to evacuate to a safe location when a fire alarm sounds, or when ordered to do so by emergency response personnel.

  • If you see smoke or flames call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

  • Stop your work or class.

  • Gather your personal belongings such as glasses, medications, keys, purse, and close, but do not lock doors as you leave.

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

  • Know your surroundings so you can exit safely in the dark.


LOCK-DOWN (DUE TO AN ACTIVE THREAT):
If you are unable to safely escape and must hide

  • Remain calm, as the situation may be dynamic. Be prepared to make quick decisions which could save your life.

  • Find a hidden location. Place furniture as a blockade behind door if possible.

  • Lock doors and turn off lights.

  • Move away from windows. Close blinds or cover windows, if you’re able to do so quickly.

  • Call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UPand give as many details about the situation as possible, including the location of assailant if known.

  • Silence your cell phone and remain quiet.

  • Do whatever necessary to survive the situation.

 
SHELTER-IN-PLACE: 
There may be situations when it’s simply best to stay where you are and avoid any uncertainty outside. This can be due to everything from hazardous materials, to fires, to weather related events, chemical spills or explosions.

  • Select or move to an interior room, with few or no windows, and the door can be locked if possible.

  • If possible, choose a room with a hard-wired telephone as cell phone towers may be overwhelmed or damaged in an emergency.

  • Lock all available doors and turn off fans, heating & air conditioning if possible.

  • Await further instructions from authorities.

  • Depending on the situation and campus protocol, along with information from lead agencies, an emergency notification may or may not be sent.

The potential for a school shooting, stabbing or other threat exists on every campus. Although the possession of firearms on or around the campus is prohibited, previous local and national threats dictate the importance and need for a response plan. In the event you observe an individual with any type of weapon on the campus, immediately call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

When an active threat, like an active shooter, is in your vicinity you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation.


ACTIONS: You have three options.

RUN 

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.

  • Leave your belongings behind.

  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow. DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

  • Help others escape, if possible. 

  • Do not attempt to move the wounded. 

  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be. 

  • Keep your hands visible.

  • Call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) when you are safe. Provide the following information:

    • Location of threat.

    • Number of assailants.

    • Physical description.

    • Number and type of weapons.

    • Number of potential victims.


HIDE

  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.

  • Lock the door or block the entry (place furniture as a blockade behind door if possible) to your hiding place.

  • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet. 

 
FIGHT 

  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.

  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible. 

  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter. 

  • Commit to your actions…your life depends on it. 

 

When law enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm and follow instructions.

  • Drop items in your hands (bags, cell phone, etc.).

  • Raise hands and spread fingers, keeping hands visible at all times.

  • Avoid quick movements toward officers.

  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling.

  • Do not ask questions when evacuating.

  • Follow all directions as instructed.

 
TIPS: 
The first officers to arrive on scene will not stop to help the injured. Expect rescue teams to follow initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove the injured. Once you have reached a safe location, you likely will be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so. 

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

ACTIONS: 
In the event of an aircraft crashing into a campus building, or fallen debris on campus from an aircraft: 

  • Immediately take cover under tables, desks, or other objects, which will give protection against falling glass or debris.

  • If directed to do so, or in case of fire, activate the fire alarm.

  • If the building is being evacuated, leave building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.  

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 500 feet away from the crash site and debris. 

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point. 

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles. 

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.


If already outdoors, keep a safe distance from debris.

  • DO NOT remain downwind from a burning plane.

  • Go to a clear area at least 500 feet from the crash site.

  • Always avoid power or utility lines.

  • Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

 
TIPS:
If you become trapped:  

  • Alert emergency search and rescue crews or anyone within shouting distance of your location.

  • If possible call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) and report your location.

  • If a window is accessible, place an article of clothing or other signal in the window to alert rescuers to your location. Whistle, shout, pound on a wall or door to make noise at regular interval to alert rescuers to your location.

  • Stay low, near the floor. During a fire the air nearest the floor will contain the least smoke, contaminants and heat.

  • If you are injured, tend to your wounds.  

 
Crash near campus:  
In the event of a major community emergency, the campus may be used as a staging area or command post by emergency responders.

  • Keep campus access roads open and remain clear of the command post and responders.

  • If instructed to evacuate, calmly exit the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 500 feet away from the affected building(s).

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. 

  • Remain at the evacuation point until receiving further instructions from a GCCCD official, law enforcement officer or firefighter. 


Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

The majority of bomb threats are crank calls where a bomb has not been planted. The caller achieves satisfaction by observing a building being evacuated because of their telephone call. 


ACTIONS: 
If you receive a bomb threat over the PHONE:

  • Remain calm and DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does. If the caller does hang up, set the phone down and then on another phone call 9-1-1.

  • If possible, signal or pass a note to other staff members to listen and help notify authorities by calling 9-1-1.  Be sure to notify your supervisor as well.

  • If the phone has a display, copy the number and/or letters on the window display.

  • Record the call, if possible.

  • Write down the exact wording of the threat.

  • Keep the caller on the line as long as possible and gather as much information as possible.

  • Try to obtain and document the following information:

    • Where is the device? Identify the location of the device with as much precision as possible.

    • What type of explosive device?

    • What the device looks like?

    • What will make it detonate?

    • Why was it placed?

    • Exactly how is the threat to be carried out?

    • Estimate the sex, race, and age of caller

    • What kinds of background noises?

    • How would you characterize the caller’s voice? Is there an accent?  

  • Listen for background noises. 

  • Listen closely to the voice for accents, speech impediments or age indications.


If you receive a VERBAL threat:

  • If the perpetrator leaves, note which direction they went.

  • Call 9-1-1.

  • Write down the threat exactly as it was communicated.

  • Note the description of the person who made the threat:

    • Name (if known)

    • Gender

    • Body size (height/weight)

    • Distinguishing features

    • Race

    • Type/color of clothing

    • Hair and eye color

    • Voice (loud, deep, accent, etc.)


If you receive a WRITTEN threat:

  • Handle the document as little as possible.

  • Call 9-1-1.

  • Rewrite the threat exactly as is on another sheet of paper and note the following:

    • Date/time/location document was found.

    • Any situations or conditions surrounding the discovery/delivery.

    • Full names of any personnel who saw the threat.

    • Secure the original threat: DO NOT alter the item in any way.

    • If small/removable, place in a bag or envelope.

    • If large/stationary, secure the location.


If you receive an EMAILED threat:

  • Leave the message open on the computer.

  • Call 9-1-1.

  • Print, photograph, or copy the message and subject line; note the date and time.


If a suspicious package is located:

  • DO NOT touch, tamper, move, jar, or make large noises in the area surrounding the package.

  • Refrain from any radio transmissions or use of cell phones within 300’ of the package.

  • Move yourself and others beyond 300’ and notify law enforcement by calling 9-1-1.
    Direct someone in the vicinity to call CAPS 619-644-7654 (ext. 7654).

  • Immediately begin evacuating the area.


TIPS: 
If the building is evacuated  

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators. 

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. 

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). 

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. 

 
Download and print the Bomb Threat Checklist.

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Civil disturbances can occur on or near campus. They may be in the form of riots, gang activities, strikes, demonstrations or other activities. Proactive measures to deal with potential civil disturbances will be considered and implemented as often as possible. If a significant threat to personal safety exists, partial or full site evacuations/closings will be implemented by the site administrator.

Civil disturbances in progress will be carefully evaluated to ensure the safety of all persons on campus. Evacuations may or may not be implemented depending on the exact situation. Evacuations will not be conducted if people need to cross a disturbance area to evacuate.

Review Emergency Preparedness and Management Plan Policies and Procedures 


ACTIONS: 
If you are asked to shelter-in-place: 

  • Select or move to an interior room, with few or no windows, and the door can be locked if possible.

  • If possible, choose a room with a hard-wired telephone as cell phone towers may be overwhelmed or damaged in an emergency.

  • Lock all available doors and turn off fans, heating & air conditioning if possible.

  • Await further instructions from authorities.

  • Depending on the situation and campus protocol, along with information from lead agencies, an emergency notification may or may not be sent.


If you are ordered to evacuate 

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.  

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.  

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). 

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point. 

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

 
TIPS:
Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time, and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake.


PREPARE

  • Prepare an emergency kit with at least a 72-hours supply of food and water, along with other supplies including a flashlight, portable battery-operated radio, batteries, medicines, first aid kit, money, and clothing.

  • Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.

  • Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.

  • Know the safe spots in each room – under sturdy tables, desks, or against interior walls.

  • Know at least two exit routes from your neighborhood, or any building you are in, in case of emergency.

  • Know the danger spots – near windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fireplaces and tall, unsecured furniture.

  • Decide how and where your family will reunite if separated during an earthquake.

  • Learn first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

  • Secure your space by identifying and fixing hazards, indoors as well as any weaknesses in the building, and securing moveable items.

  • Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.


ACTIONS:
During heavy shaking: 

  • DROP: Drop wherever you are on to your hands and knees. If you’re using a wheelchair or walker with a seat, make sure your wheels are locked and remain seated until the shaking stops. 

  • COVER: Cover your head and neck with your arms. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris. Stay on your knees or bent over to protect vital organs. 

  • HOLD ON: If you are under a table or desk, hold on with one hand and be ready to move with it if it moves. If you can’t find a table or desk, cover your head and neck with both arms and hands. If seated and unable to drop to the floor, bend forward, cover your head with your arms, and hold on to your neck with both hands. 

  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. 

 
After the shaking has stopped: 

  • Expect aftershocks to follow the main shock of an earthquake. 

  • Check yourself to see if you are hurt and help others if you have training.  


If you are in a damaged building 

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.  

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators. 

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.  

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). 

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point. 

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles. 

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction. 

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. 

 
If you are trapped 

  • Protect your mouth, nose, and eyes from dust.  

  • Send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting to help rescuers locate you. Text messages may be more reliable than phone calls. Save phone calls for emergencies. 

  • Once you are safe, listen to local news reports for emergency information and instructions via battery operated radio, TV, social media, or from cell phone text alerts.  

 
TIPS:  

  • If you are in a vehicle, pull over and stop. Set your parking brake. 

  • If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow. 

  • If you are outdoors, stay outdoors away from buildings. 

  • DO NOT get in a doorway. 

  • DO NOT run outside. 


Be careful during post-disaster cleanup of buildings and around debris. Do not attempt to remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, and sturdy, thick-soled shoes during cleanup. 

Learn more on how to better prepare and stay safe before, during and after an earthquake.
Ready.gov/earthquakes 

Earthquake Early Warning App (MyShake) - Even seconds of warning can be invaluable giving people enough time to Drop, Cover, and Hold On ahead of an earthquake - ultimately decreasing injury through this early warning notification. Check out the website and consider downloading it to your mobile phone today. 

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

For a variety of reasons, it may be necessary to relocate part or all of the campus community to an on- or off campus location. This plan is designed to reduce the possibility of death or injury through an organized evacuation procedure.

In some emergency situations, you may be told to shelter in place or evacuate if necessary. Faculty, staff and students will be notified in several ways.  Potential communication methods include: 

  • Text Messaging

  • Voicemail Messages

  • Email Messages

  • Campus Telephones

  • Emergency Website Updates

  • Public Safety Website Updates

  • Emergency Information Hotline

  • Public Address System (mega phone)

  • Social Media

  • Fire alarms


ACTIONS:
In the event of an evacuation: 

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.  

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators. 

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.  

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). 

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point. 

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles. 

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction. 

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. 

 


TIPS:  
If smoke or flames is present, dial 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).  Know your surroundings so that you can evacuate in the dark.

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated. 

ACTIONS: 

  • Pull the fire alarm and call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP), if not already done. 

  • Alert people in the area to begin immediately evacuating the building, following your building marshal’s instructions. Stay upwind from the fire. 

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.  

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators. 

    • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.  

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). 

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point. 

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles. 

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction. 

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. 

  • Call CAPS at ext. 7654 or (619) 644-7654 (give your location). 


If you see smoke or flames call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

  • The building must be checked to determine that it is safe before students and staff are allowed to reenter.

  • Only designated and trained employees from the following categories can give the "all clear" signal before the building is reopened for use: 

    • Sheriff's Department or local law enforcement 

    • Campus & Parking Services 

    • Building Marshals 

    • Maintenance and Operations Personnel 

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction. 

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO

 

TIPS: 

  • Know location of fire extinguishers in your area and how to use them.

  • For a small fire which can be safely extinguished (e.g., in a waste-basket), use an extinguisher to put out the fire.  If unsuccessful, activate fire alarm, evacuate the building and immediately notify CAPS at ext. 7654 or (619) 644-7654.  

  • During an evacuation, walk, don't run. Keep noise to a minimum. Close, but do not lock doors helping to contain fire and smoke. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

  • If you suspect fire in the building, test doors before opening. Use the back of your hand to feel the door or doorknob before opening.

  • If you hear a fire alarm, call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) to report the alarm, evacuate, and do not re-enter the building until told it is safe. 

  • Be prepared. Know the location of two exits closest to your area, evacuation routes out of the building and evacuation points. Keep corridors free of flammable materials to prevent rapid fire spread. 

  • Never prop open hallway doors, or lock fire exit doors. 

  • Report damaged or vandalized fire safety equipment to Public Safety immediately.  

  • If you become aware of someone starting a fire or causing a false alarm, notify Public Safety immediately. 


Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

All district employees who work with or around hazardous materials must familiarize themselves with the following:

  • Fire alarm location and operation.

  • Emergency exits and evacuation plan.

  • Fire extinguisher location and operation.

  • Spill and containment response measures for specific hazards in their area.

  • Available spill response equipment.

  • Specific and immediate first aid measures for hazards in their area.


ACTIONS:
Immediate action in the event of a spill:

  • If an immediate fire hazard exists or medical assistance is required, call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).  

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.  

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators. 

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. 

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). 

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point. 

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles. 

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction. 

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. 

 
For spills not involving immediate danger to life or property: 

  • Confine the spill. 

  • Evacuate the immediate area and limit access. 

  • Notify your supervisor. 

 
TIPS: 
Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

  • Call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) or have someone else do this. 

  • Provide as much information as possible to the dispatcher, including: 

    • Age 

    • Gender 

    • Illness or injury if known 

    • Level of consciousness 

    • Interventions performed such as CPR or AED 

  • Remain with the individual until the emergency personnel arrive. 

  • Ask a bystander to remain in the lobby or building to direct emergency responders. 

  • Ask the victim “Are you okay?” and “What’s wrong?” 

  • Check breathing and pulse. 

    • If you are trained in CPR/AED and/or first aid, begin treatment of any life-threatening injuries or conditions while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. 

  • Control serious bleeding by applying direct pressure on the wound. 

  • Keep the victim still and comfortable, having him/her lay down if necessary until emergency responders arrive. 

A mental health emergency is any situation involving individuals in distress who are unable to appropriately manage themselves.

A mental health emergency or psychological crisis may include:

  • Suicidal behavior.

  • An individual threatening harm to themselves or others.

  • A psychotic break (sudden loss of contact with reality and/or bizarre behavior).

  • An unusual or prolonged reaction to traumatic event(s).

  • Any behavior that is unreasonably disturbing to the academic, work or living environment.


ACTIONS:  

  • For all behavior where harm is a real threat, whether to self or others

    • Call 9-1-1 immediately (DO NOT HANG UP)

  • For other concerns and/or issues

 
For unusual or potentially dangerous situations: 

  • Never try to handle a situation that is potentially dangerous to you or others. Immediately call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

    • Clearly state immediate assistance is needed.

    • State your name, where you are calling from and the nature of the problem. 

  • All suicide attempts need to be reported to the sheriff’s department so the safety of the individual can be properly addressed. 

 
TIPS:

  • Take a Mental Health First Aid Training Course to learn to cope.

  • Have hotline and emergency phone numbers stored in your cell phone.

Distracted walking incidents are on the rise, and everyone with a cell phone is at risk. We are losing focus on our surroundings and putting our safety at risk.


ACTIONS: 

  • HEAD UP, PHONE DOWN.

  • Walk on a sidewalk or path when one is available.

  • Look left-right-left before and during crossing.

  • Always cross the street on marked crosswalks.

  • If your view of approaching traffic is blocked, move to where you can see the traffic before crossing. Stop and look left-right-left again.

  • At intersections, scan over your shoulder for turning vehicles. Make eye contact with the driver of a stopped car while you are crossing in front or in back of it.

 
TIPS:  

  • Watch out for cars backing out of parking spaces. Stay out of a driver’s blind spot.

  • Do not be foolhardy and step in front of a moving vehicle, even if you have the right of way. Be alert and use common sense.

  • When traffic-control signals are not in place or not operational, the driver of a vehicle must yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping to yield to a pedestrian crossing the roadway or within a crosswalk.

  • Avoid the use of headsets or in-ear audio devices when crossing roadways.

  • Stay away from traffic after drinking alcohol or when taking medication which may cause dizziness or blurred vision. Call a cab or take a ride sharing service instead.

  • When walking after dark, wear reflective materials and carry a flashlight or use your cell phone light. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018, 85% of pedestrian deaths involving vehicles resulted from being struck head on by the vehicle. Stop using phones while walking, and not just in crosswalks and intersections.

ACTIONS: 

In the event of an evacuation

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

Remember not all situations require evacuation and areas of refuge maybe a better alternative. If training on how to use the Evacu-Trac chair is requested, please contact the Public Safety Compliance Specialist (619) 644-7495.


TIPS: 
Evacu-Trac chairs are designed to assist people in a wheel chair evacuate from their location. While training ahead of time, on the use of an Evacu-Trac chair is helpful, it isn’t required to be able to use it.  It’s designed so that a small attendant can easily move a much larger passenger down the stairs.

The Evacu-Trac is easily set up and ready for a passenger to transfer from their wheelchair to the comfortable sling seat. It has durable rubber tracks which firmly grip the stairs and the safety brake can stop the unit on the stairs if necessary.

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

To ensure your personal safety, whenever possible:

  • Park in well lighted areas near your destination.

  • Avoid parking near strangers loitering or sitting in vehicles.

  • Remember where you parked so you can return directly to your vehicle.

  • Don't leave valuables in plain sight.

  • Don't carry a lot of items in your hands when you are walking to and from your vehicle.

  • Have your vehicle key in your hand ready to use.

  • Lock your doors immediately after getting into your vehicle.

  • Avoid talking on phone and texting while walking to and from your vehicle.

  • Walk confidently and at a steady pace. Make eye contact with people as they pass.

  • Listen to your sixth sense.  If you feel uneasy about a situation or a person, call for help, walk the other way, ask for an escort, walk in a group, report the suspicious situation to the Sheriff's office or local police, etc.

  • Avoid walking alone at night and use Campus and Parking Services Escort Program. Call 619-644-7654 for an escort.

ACTIONS: 

If a power outage occurs, call CAPS at ext. 7654 or (619) 644-7654 and give them your name and location.

  • If evacuation of the building is necessary, exit the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators.  

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators. 

  • Get your keys and any absolute necessities (e.g. medications, ID, wallet). Unplug all computers and equipment possible.  

  • Lock the door behind you and use a flashlight or your cell phone light to leave. DO NOT light candles. 

  • Laboratory personnel should secure experiments or activities that may present a danger with the electrical power off or when it is restored unexpectedly. If a hazard exists, notify the lab instructor and call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.  

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). 

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point. 

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles. 

    • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction. 

    • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. 

 
If people are trapped in an elevator: 

  • Tell the passengers to stay calm and that you will get help. 

  • Call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP). Give your location (building, floor). 

  • Try to keep the trapped passengers calm. Talk to them until help arrives. 

 
TIPS: 
When mechanical ventilation is interrupted, vapors or chemicals may reach hazardous concentration levels. To avoid this, use natural ventilation and clean up or put away chemicals and close containers. If this is not possible, respirators may be required. 

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Utility interruptions may occur as minor localized incidents and increase in scope to major widespread outages. These interruptions can also vary greatly in the amount of time needed to restore utilities to normal operation. Some of the utilities that are commonly interrupted include electricity, water and natural gas.

ACTIONS:
In the event of a hazardous situation such as a gas leak, electrical fire, damaged power lines or flooding:

  • Immediately leave the area and/or exit the building immediately. Follow instructions from administrators.

    • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.

  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.

  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).

    • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.

    • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.

  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.


IF safe to do so as you exit the building

  • Remove ignition sources near gas leak (e.g. oxygen)

  • Turn off electronics prior to water contact


Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Definitions Per the Clery Crime Reporting Handbook:

Motor Vehicle Theft
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned-including joy riding).

Robbery
The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force, violence, and/or causing the victim fear.

Burglary
The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Larceny/Theft
The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Constructive possession is the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.


Procedure:

  • Immediately notify 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) during or after the incident.

  • Remain calm and avoid actions that might cause escalation of the situation.

  • Use best judgement for demands concerning hostages or in potential assault situations.

  • Mentally note as many characteristics of the antagonist as possible including but not limited to:

    • Sex

    • Age

    • Height

    • Weight

    • Skin color

    • Eye color

    • Hair color

    • Clothing description

    • Visible scars, moles or tattoos

    • Type of speech used, voice characteristics

  • Remain available to speak with emergency responders.

  • DO NOT leave the scene and complete a report as soon as possible.

  • If necessary, invoke emergency first aid or medical response.

  • DO NOT make any attempt to detain a burglar.

  • DO NOT enter a scene of a crime before enforcement officers arrive.



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