Personal Safety Guide
In the wake of a number of campus shootings we would like to provide Students, Faculty and Staff with a few strategies to aid you in preparing for a potentially violent situation in the unlikely event one should ever occur on our campus.
It's important to note that in the first minutes of a violent situation you become the first responder and you are responsible for your personal safety along with the safety of others around you. Many times the event is over before Law Enforcement arrives.
As you review this document please take time to consider how these guidelines would apply to you while you're in your typical learning/teaching/working environment. Research has shown that there is a significant advantage for people who have prepared to react in an emergency as opposed to those who are unprepared. Preparation helps develop a survivalist mind set.
We encourage everyone engage in the "what if's" exercise. What this means is to visualize a situation, apply our guidelines, formulate an action plan and practice the plan. Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Make this a group exercise. Involve your coworkers and students in the discussion; there is nothing like having everyone on the same page when trouble strikes.
Please program the College Emergency Number into your cell phone (781) 477-2100. Also, encourage your coworkers and students to program this important number into their phone (the number is posted on a red sticker in every classroom).
The Campus Police are here to answer your questions. We also would appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us as well as any innovative strategies that we could share with the College Community.
As soon as you become aware of a potentially dangerous situation, if it is safe to do so, exit the building/area immediately, moving away from the immediate path of danger and take the following steps:
4) Individuals not immediately impacted by the situation are to take protective cover, staying away from windows and doors until notified otherwise.
6) Emergency broadcast e-mails, web page notifications and digital signage network may be utilized to further provide relevant information pertaining to campus emergencies.