Appendix M: Emergency Procedures

This appendix provides some general information to help ensure the personal safety of the community while on campus.  It does not cover all conceivable contingencies, but does address those conditions that are statistically most likely to occur, even though all risks are quite low.

When an actual emergency occurs, individual safety is of primary importance.  No individual should place himself or herself in jeopardy in an attempt to protect work or property during time of emergency.

PERSONAL INJURY/ILLNESS

In the event of minor injury, such as a small cut, some basic supplies are retained in first aid kits located in the post office and maintenance building.

Should any student, visitor, faculty or staff become aware of a medical emergency, e.g. heart attack, seizure, etc. call 9-1-1 for emergency medical service and transport.

If a serious injury occurs or someone becomes seriously ill, use appropriate supplies to provide temporary aid.  At any time a serious injury or illness occurs, make certain that emergency medical services are summoned by dialing 9-1-1 and reporting the need for such assistance.  It is very important to advise the Business Office and the Dean’s Office of the exact location of the injured or ill person so that emergency response personnel can be promptly directed to the site.  You should also send someone outside to wait for emergency personnel to direct them quickly, especially if the person in need of assistance is in one of the housing units.

Those persons not directly involved with the care of the person in need of assistance should remain away from the area and ensure that emergency personnel have clear access.

EMPLOYEE PROCEDURES

Employees who sustain an injury on duty that requires minor first aid, should report it to the Business Office.  A first report of injury will be completed if appropriate.  If a serious injury occurs, appropriate transport to a medical facility will be arranged.  A first report of injury will be made by the Chief Financial Officer, and the Seminary’s carrier of Workers’ Compensation will be notified.

FIRE

If there is smoke or flames, dial 9-1-1 and report the situation.  Use a fire extinguisher to contain the fire.  If evacuation is appropriate, pull the nearest fire alarm.  Notify the Business Office and Physical Plant.

Housing units are equipped with smoke/heat detection units.  In addition, fire extinguishers are located strategically throughout all of the buildings on campus.

No one should place herself or himself at risk attempting to extinguish a fire.  A fire station is located a short distance from campus, and properly equipped, professional firefighters can provide excellent response.

If you do not detect the cause of the fire or are not involved in its containment, you should leave the building in a quick and orderly manner through the nearest exit, including windows, if necessary.  After exiting the building, move as far from the building as you can.  No one should re-enter the building until approval to do so is given by safety personnel or the Business Office.

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL

If you suspect any hazardous materials, i.e., chemical, gas, liquid, bomb, etc., please contact the Business Office and Physical Plant.  The appropriate emergency service will be contacted and evacuation begun, if necessary.

TORNADO OR SEVERE STORMS

Kentucky has a history of experiencing tornadoes.  When tornadoes occur, there may be little warning.  In some cases severe storms may pose hazards that are significant, though the prospect of damage may be somewhat less from a storm.

Few shelters are guaranteed completely safe, but structural design makes some spaces safer than others.  The basements of campus buildings provide ample shelter spaces.  If, for any reason, you are unable to reach the basement before it becomes clear that a tornado has reached the campus, get to the lowest, most internal point you can.  Then drop to the floor and get under the heaviest item available (including internal doorways or against internal walls), covering your head and neck.  Stay away from windows.

EARTHQUAKE

Although the likelihood of a very strong earthquake in the Lexington area is remote, the Bluegrass region is susceptible to damage from the New Madrid Fault, centered in New Madrid, Missouri.  This fault brought about the most violent quake in the history of North America in the early 1800’s.  Shaking caused by that earthquake caused church bells to ring as far away as Boston, and the Ohio River actually flowed backward for several hours.

There is typically no warning prior to an earthquake.  Violent shaking begins suddenly, and it is often confusing because no one immediately understands the cause of the disruption.  When such shaking occurs, it is important to take advantage of safety features as quickly as possible.  Earthquakes occur quickly, and typically the first event will last only a few seconds.

As soon as individuals realize that an earthquake is occurring, each person should seek personal protection.  Doorways provide reasonable protection, as do pieces of heavy furniture.  Stay away from windows, bookcases, and any other areas where heavy object may fall.  If no doorway or heavy furniture is readily available, individuals should brace themselves against an inside wall.  Each person should  cover his/her head and neck as well as possible.

Do not attempt to leave the building while shaking is in progress.

As soon as the initial shock has subsided, quickly evacuate the building by the nearest exit, unless that exit appears to pose risk from falling objects.  Stay away from the building, and do not re-enter the building unless it is approved by safety personnel or the Business Office.

PERSONAL SAFETY

The following suggestions can assist you in being safe when you are on campus:

▪     Have a cordless or cellular phone.  If you have to leave the buildings quickly, grab the phone and call 9-1-1 on your way out.

▪     If you are accosted, scream.

▪     If you have pepper spray or mace, be sure you know how to use it.

▪     Use a buddy system.  Men and women should be cautious about where they go alone!

▪     Park close to buildings and in well-lighted areas.

▪     If you are uncomfortable about going into a public parking area, ask security in the building for assistance or call the police.

▪     Pay attention to your surroundings.

▪     Use your common sense.

▪     Be alert and be aware.

GENERAL SAFETY

▪     Keep all community areas locked when not in use.

▪     Keep all car doors locked.

▪     When walking on campus after dark, please do not walk alone.

▪     Do not prop open doors for access after hours.

If any incidents occur, call the police at:  258-3600 (Non-Emergency) or 9-1-1 (Emergency).  Please inform the Chief Financial Officer on the next business day.