Emergencies and Evacuations
What is an Emergency?
What exactly is an emergency? An emergency is an unforeseen event or condition requiring prompt action. Emergencies at North Shore Community College can be generally classified as Medical Emergencies, Fire/Fire Alarm Emergencies, Public Safety Emergencies & Environmental Emergencies. Emergency conditions either effect an individual, a small group or the entire college. In the case they affect the entire College they typically involve the evacuation of the Campus(es).
There are many reasons a Campus may have to be evacuated. The most common is due to a fire alarm activation. Other reasons for evacuating a campus could be a bomb threat, environmental condition or a physical threat. Whether you are asked to evacuate the facility by Public Safety personnel or the fire alarm sounds:
- Collect all personal belongings including book bags, jackets, brief cases, etc. Why? Because you can't count on returning to the building and in the case of a bomb threat such items would be considered suspicious and handled as a possible "device".
- Immediately leave the building following any verbal instructions and following the evacuation route posted adjacent to the primary classroom exit door.
- Faculty should assign someone to provide assistance in assuring students with disabilities are directed to the evacuation point.
- Faculty should turn off all gas and electrical appliances. The lights should be left on, the corridor door closed and left unlocked.
- Upon exiting the building move well away from the building. This will prevent a "log jamb" of people at the entranceway and allow the fire department swift access.
- Re-entry. The College public safety personnel shall notify you when it is safe to return to the building.
We recommend that faculty review the evacuation procedure with their class at the beginning of each semester. Students should also take time to review the evacuation route posted next to the primary classroom exit door.
We recommend that students with disabilities identify themselves the faculty member if they feel they may require assistance during an evacuation. Together they can formulate an evacuation plan. Under no circumstances are the elevators be used when a fire alarm is sounding.
Persons w/Disabilities - Evacuation Points
- Danvers Math and Sciences Building: The second floor evacuation point is located at the center stairwell.
- Danvers Berry Building: The third floor evacuation point is located at the south end of the building. Individuals on the second floor may evacuate via the exit located at the south side of the building.
- Health Professions and Student Services: Persons on the second floor are to proceed to the Center of the building main exit. Persons on the Third Floor are to Center & the West stairwells where a monitor will assist in your evacuation should an actual emergency exist
- Lynn: The evacuation point is at the end of each corridor on the upper levels.
- All Campuses: Students with disabilities having first floor classes are to exit the building using the posted evacuation route.
Reporting a Fire, Smoke, or Burning Odor
FIRE ALARM PULL BOXES are located around the facilities and are present at all building exits; Pull handle and exit building.
REPORTING A FIRE BY PHONE to the Campus Police Emergency Number: Call extension 6222; Provide your name, the campus & building, the exact location, the nature of the fire & if anyone is injured; Answer any questions & exit the building.
Reporting an Emergency
Call extension 6222; Provide your name & extension, the campus & building, the exact location, the nature of the emergency; Answer any questions & stay on the phone.
For additional information on the Campus Police Departments response to emergency calls see the Crime Reporting & Response section of the web site.