Emergency management framework
In the event of an emergency that directly affects Florida Palms University, all students and employees will be notified by telephone, e-mail and the School website.
Students and employees should refer to the following person or agency when reporting or seeking help on a criminal incident. Please note that any emergency that requires immediate attention should not be waited upon to report to the school’s President but rather contact the appropriate agency by calling (911).
Examples of life threatening serious situations and responses
Examples: Buildings, grounds, automobiles.
- Call the appropriate college official at the location.
- Clearly identify the location of the incident: building name, physical location on campus, room or area where fire is located.
- Evacuate the area.
- Gather in the parking lot.
- Check the evacuation signs posted in the hallway and follow to the exit.
- Call the fire department.
- Remain in the parking lot until the fire department has indicated that it is safe to re-enter the building.
Severe Weather (i.e., tornados)
Tornado watch – Indicates that conditions are right for a tornado to develop and that the sky and public information system should be monitored.
Tornado warning – Indicates a tornado has been sighted or is indicated on radar and confirmed by spotters.
When a tornado warning is received by way of siren or public broadcast, Florida Palms University faculty and staff will ensure that all persons with disabilities are evacuated to designated safety areas first, along with other students and visitors.
If a designated safety area cannot be reached, move away from windows to an inside hall or take cover under desks or tables.
Protect yourself by
- Lying face down.
- Drawing your knees up under you.
- Covering the back of your head with your hands.
Emergency evacuation signs are located in the halls of the campus
If an electric power outage occurs, the following procedures need to be taken:
- Emergency flashlights will come on in each room.
- Open doors and window coverings to take advantage of natural lighting.
- Carry a flashlight to the exits.
- Assault (verbal or physical)
- Theft in progress
- Hostage situation
- Gang activity
- Help those in need of assistance.
- Weapon on campus
- Do not resist or attempt to retaliate unless your life depends on self-defense.
- Call local law enforcement.
- Report any criminal disturbance to the School President immediately.
- Do not hang up or put the person on hold.
- Record date and time you were notified of a bomb threat.
- Obtain as much information as possible.
- Call the School President or Director of Operations.
- The School President or Director of Operations will call the local law enforcement.
- Do not take any further action, unless you are specifically asked to do so.
Immediately report all cases of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, or disruptive behavior to the School President or Director of Operations.
- Throwing rocks in windows.
- Blocking chairs and tables in classrooms
- Writing on walls and defacing the School property.
- Verbal abuse of students or employees.
- Disturbing instructors or students.
- Unauthorized protests.
Drug or alcohol intoxication
Make written documentation of the incident.
Immediately call the School President or Director of Operations.
Recognize the ability of the disturbed person to deal rationally with his/her behavior is limited; therefore:
- Medical emergencies.
- Occupational accidents requiring medical treatment other than minor first aid.
- Accidents caused by property damage or unsafe conditions.
- Apparent minor injuries that may become major injuries requiring medical treatment by a physician at a later date.
- First responders may call 911 if they determine that immediate medical attention is necessary. Once emergency services have been contacted, the School President or Director of Operations should be notified of the location of the emergency.
- ALWAYS document the incident.
Minor First Aid
For the treatment of minor injuries not requiring the services of a physician or registered professional personnel under the standing orders of a physician, a Red Cross First Aid Kit is maintained in the ladies restroom with band aids and supplies for minor injuries.
In the situation where a building must be evacuated, evacuation routes are posted in the hallways of the buildings. For instructors, follow the path indicated unless it endangers you or your students. Be aware of alternate routes to leave your building. Once outside, assemble the group to account for your students. Shut doors behind you as you leave, ensuring all students are out of the room/building.
In the event staff should have to evacuate a facility, they are to close their office doors behind them and exit according to the posted evacuation routes, unless they are blocked or unsafe.
Evacuation routes are posted in the halls of the buildings. All staff should familiarize themselves with alternate routes from their office to the outside. In the event of a tornado, staff should move to the interior offices and protect themselves, if possible.
The lockdown process will only be initiated with the approval of the School President or Director of Operations.
Lockdown is intended to limit access and hazards by controlling and managing staff and students in order to increase safety and reduce possible victimization.
- REMAIN CALM.
- If safe, check halls and clear them of students and staff.
- Lock all doors and barricade with furniture if necessary.
- Lock windows and close blinds.
- Do not unlock doors or allow anyone in or out until ordered to do so by proper authorities. Keep a cell phone with you if possible. Faculty/staff will be updated through their cell phones.
Emergency response and evacuation drills
Florida Palms University conducts a test of the emergency response and evacuation procedure at least once a term. The test is unannounced to the students and takes place at a time when most of the students, faculty and staff are expected to be present on campus. An emergency response log is maintained in the President’s Office and includes the date, time and whether the drill was announced or unannounced.