Emergency Alerts & Procedures

Emergency Procedures

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 Active Shooter

Escape if safe to do so.
If you know location of assailant, consider escaping if a safe route is available.

If unsafe to escape:

  • Lock and barricade doors if applicable.
  • Turn off lights and close blinds.
  • Keep out of sight and take adequate cover behind concrete walls, thick desks or file cabinets.
  • Silence cell phones, radios and televisions.
  • Do not leave your classroom/work space until notified via BHCC alert or a building coordinator or BHCC police officer/security.

If an armed intruder comes into your office or classroom:

  • If possible, identify an escape route behind you.
  • If flight or escape is impossible and there are no other options, make a personal choice to negotiate with or overpower the armed intruder.

 Fire

  • Walk to the nearest exit; do not use elevators.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm or call 911.
  • If you get caught in smoke, drop to hands and knees and crawl to nearest exit.
  • Hold your breath as much as possible; breathe through your nose and use a filter such as a shirt, towel or scarf.
  • Assist persons with disabilities and direct emergency responders to location of disabled or trapped persons.
  • Meet at designated assembly areas.
  • Move away from building entrances.

 Hurricane

  • Go to rooms and corridors in the innermost part of a building.
  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all doors, including those in main corridors, making sure they latch.
  • Avoid being under heavy objects such as lights, wall hangings and other items which may fall.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Remain inside until the hurricane has passed or you are cleared to leave.
  • Help direct people with disabilities to a safe place.
  • If you’re caught outdoors, lie flat in nearest depression (a ditch or ravine) and cover your head.

 Hazardous Materials /Chemical Spills

  • Alert people to evacuate the immediate spill area.
  • Alert the BHCC police department.
  • Avoid breathing vapors from spilled chemicals or substances.
  • If personally contaminated, seek eye wash and/or emergency shower.
  • If clothing or footwear is contaminated, remove if possible before leaving the area of the spill.
  • Do not attempt to clean up the spill on your own. Leave it to the experts.
  • Do not operate any electrical devices, phones (including mobile), appliances, light switches or equipment with open flames, within spill area.
  • Re-enter area only when directed by authorities.

 Severe Winter Storm

  • The community will be notified via local TV and radio stations, BHCC Alert, Twitter, Facebook and the College website if the College plans to close or close early.
  • Stay safe, warm, dry and calm.
  • Do not drive unnecessarily.
  • Dress warm enough to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Do not go outside unless absolutely necessary.
  • When shoveling snow, do not overtax your physical abilities; take frequent breaks.

 Suspicious Activities and Packages

  • Always report unusual or suspicious activity to the BHCC police/security department. Call ext. 2222 or 617-228-2222.
  • Alert others in the area.
  • If you see a suspicious package, do not open or shake it.
  • Do not pick up or carry suspicious packages or show them to others.
  • Do not sniff, touch or taste suspicious packages or items.
  • Leave the area and prevent others from entering.

 Medical Emergency

  • Activate Emergency Medical Services by calling ext. 2222, 617-228-2222 or 911.
  • If trained, administer first aid or CPR or utilize an automated external defibrillator (AED) as needed.
  • If not trained, remain calm and direct first responders to the incident.
  • Reassure the victim that help is on the way.

 Power Outage

  • Remain calm and follow directions from the BHCC police.
  • Secure all experiments, unplug electrical equipment, turn off lights, and shut off lab equipment.
  • Do not use candles or other type of flame for lighting.
  • Fully close fume hoods.
  • If trapped in an elevator, do not pry open elevator doors. Use the emergency phone to contact campus police.