Levels of Emergency

Definitions of an Emergency or Crisis
A crisis is defined as any event, accident or situation that jeopardizes or harms the college’s:

  • Students, faculty or staff
  • Mission and daily operations
  • Financial stability
  • Reputation or image

The following definitions of an emergency are provided as guidelines to assist in determining the appropriate response.

  • Minor Emergency: Any incident, potential or actual, which will not seriously affect the overall functional capacity of the college. These generally are handled through routine procedures not requiring major policy considerations or decisions.
  • Major Emergency: Any incident, potential or actual, which affects an entire building or buildings, and which will disrupt the overall operations of the college.¬† Outside emergency services will probably be required, as well as major efforts from campus support services.¬† Major policy considerations and decisions will usually be required from the college administration during times of the emergency.
  • Disaster: Any event or occurrence that has taken place and has seriously impaired or halted the operations of the college. In some cases, mass casualties, severe property damage or long-term interruption may occur. A coordinated effort of all campus resources is required to effectively control the situation. Outside emergency services will be essential. In all cases of disaster, an Emergency Command Post will be activated, and appropriate support and operational plans will be executed.

Types of emergencies include

  • Fire
  • Tornado
  • Hurricane
  • Flood
  • Earthquake
  • Chemical or Hazardous Material Spill
  • Explosion
  • Bomb Threat
  • Medical (First Aid)
  • Troubled, Violent or Criminal Behavior
  • Civil Disturbance or Demonstration
  • Pandemic