RSCC Policies & Guidelines
Roane State Community College
Policy Number: GA-13-01
Subject: Emergency Procedures for Fire & Bomb
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that faculty, staff, students and visitors respond appropriately in the case of a fire or bomb.
In the Event of a Fire
- In order to minimize confusion, liability, and physical harm to occupants of buildings in emergencies, the following plans of response have been developed.
- Each person has responsibilities that must be fulfilled in order to make the plan work. In the case of a fire the fire alarm will be pulled to set off the alarm in the building where the emergency is located. If the alarm is activated, the designated personnel will immediately call police/security. The local 911 center will also be called to notify the appropriate fire department.
- Immediately on hearing a fire alarm, all faculty and staff must assist in getting all occupants out and at least 200' away from the building via the nearest exit and until the "all clear" is given and the alarm is silenced.
- The elevator in the building will immediately be checked and shut down by physical plant/security employees. Physical plant/police/security will locate the fire zone and call the appropriate fire department if necessary.
- If it is a false alarm, the alarm will be silenced and the elevators will be turned on. The building will be declared safe for re-entry.
In the Event of a Bomb Threat
- In the event a bomb threat is made by telephone:
- College personnel receiving the threat should attempt to keep the caller on the phone. If possible, have other office personnel notify the Roane State Police Department (RSPD).
- Personnel receiving the call should attempt to illicit information from the caller as to the location of the device; expected time of detonation; and attempt to gather as much information about the caller as possible. Please refer to the attached bomb threat guideline at the end of this policy.
- If the threat is made by mail, personnel should handle the letter/package as little as possible.
- If the threat is received by email or fax, personnel should take care to preserve the documents.
- Roane State Police will immediately respond to the area where the call is received and to the area where the device is proposed to be located if known. RSPD will also notify the appropriate police and fire of the threat.
- RSPD officers and security will be responsible for the orderly evacuation of the building if deemed necessary by the Chief of Police and the campus site director.
- Personnel are asked to conduct a close visual only inspection of their work area for any suspicious or unfamiliar packages and immediately notify RSPD of any suspicious package existence.
- PERSONNEL SHOULD NOT TOUCH OR REMOVE ANYTHING FROM THEIR WORK AREA.
- Searches for any reported device will be the responsibility of RSPD in cooperation with local responding law enforcement. It shall be the responsibility of the RSCC President or designee, the Chief of Police, and the site director to approve re-entry into the building.
- If an individual or group poses a threat to anyone on campus, security should be notified immediately at extension 4500.
- Responsible Party
The Chief of Police shall be responsible for development and maintenance of this policy for issuance by the Vice President of Business and Finance.
Attachment: Bomb threat guideline
Revision History: 06/20/1990, 07/01/1990, 07/26/1995, 03/20/2023
TBR Guideline Reference: B-100
Revision Date Effective: 03/20/2023
Revision Approval By: Christopher L. Whaley, President
Original Date Effective: 01/11/1988
Original Approval By: Cuyler A. Dunbar, President
Office Responsible: Vice President for Business & Finance
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