Fires and Explosions
- Employees should activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
- Close doors behind you (DO NOT LOCK) as you exit the building, using the closest safe exit. Inform others to do the same.
- Evacuate to a safe area at least 500 feet from the building out of the route of responding emergency vehicles, and upwind from the site.
- Do not use elevators.
- Call 911.
- Report any trapped or handicapped persons needing assistance.
- Do not re-enter the building until Police declare it safe for reoccupation.
Secure in Place Event
A secure in place event is used to isolate persons from a danger and involves locking a building and barring admission to outsiders.
- If you hear gunfire, immediately seek refuge, preferably in an area that can be locked from the inside.
- Lock, wedge, or barricade doors.
- Turn off lights. Remain still and quiet. Do not answer the door.
- If it is safe to do so, use any available phone to call 911.
- Monitor your surroundings.
- Wait for Police to assist you out of the building.
- Use your cell phone for receipt of text messages updating instructions and information.
- Should you be confronted by the shooter(s)
- YOU must decide on your action:
- If you hide, minimize all movement.
- If you run, zigzag as you move.
- When you exit a building, run as fast as you can to safety with your hands in clear view.
- Be aware that you might be perceived as an attacker by responding law enforcement personnel. Do not make furtive or sudden moves when confronted by a responder.
Any person receiving a bomb threat should keep the caller on the line as long as possible, ask them to repeat the message, and record every word that is spoken.
- If conditions permit, the person receiving the call should ask:
- When is the bomb going to explode?
- Where is it right now?
- What does it look like?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What will cause it to explode?
- Why did the caller place the bomb?
- What is your address?
- What is your name?
- Inform the caller that the building is occupied and that the detonation of a bomb could result in death or serious injury to many innocent people.
- Other things to be noted:
- Time of the call
- Age and/or gender of the caller— child/juvenile/adult
- Voice quality
- Emotional condition
- Background noises: vehicles, voices, music etc.
- Immediately call Police to report the incident.
- Take notice of anything unusual in the area. Do not touch any item. Report it as soon as possible.
- Campus Administration will determine whether evacuation of the building is necessary.
- If an emergency exists, activate the building alarm and walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and move at least 500 feet away and out of the route of emergency vehicles.
- DO NOT RE-ENTER the building until Police declare it safe.
- Call 911 and report the emergency.
- Ask someone else to call Police to report the emergency and direct emergency responders.
- Unless trained, do not attempt to render first aid before assistance arrives.
- Unless the environment becomes unsafe, or the injury becomes life-threatening, do not move a person who has fallen or appears to be in pain. Keep the person stable, in a comfortable position, and covered if necessary.
- If you are trained in use of an AED, ensure that the 911 system is notified.
- Appoint persons to guide the emergency responders to your location.
- Make sure that the scene is safe and the victim can be approached safely.
- Open the AED case and follow the instructions.
A psychological crisis may exist when a person is threatening harm to themselves or others, or appears to be out of touch with reality.
If a psychological crisis occurs:
- Never try to handle on your own a situation you feel is dangerous.
- Notify Police at 610-892-1496.
- In extreme emergencies call 911.
If a major utility failure occurs during regular business hours, immediately contact Physical Plant. If voicemail is reached, contact Police.
- If an emergency exists, call 911. Activate building alarm if evacuation is needed.
- Once outside, move to a clear area at least 500 feet from building. DO NOT RE-ENTER until emergency responders declare it safe.
Hazardous Material Spill
- Evacuate personnel from the spill area and alert all people in the vicinity of the spill.
- Call 911 from a safe location. Be specific about the nature and location of the spilled material, if known.
- Isolate the spill area and close doors to the room, if it is safe to do so.
- Do not re-enter the area until Police declare it safe for reoccupation.
Penn State Brandywine has a variety of emergency communication methods available which will be used during an emergency. These include:
- Penn State Brandywine website (www.bw.psu.edu)
- Outside media announcements
- Text, email, and voice alert messages (https://psualert.psu.edu)
Do not attempt to answer media questions about campus emergencies either in person or by phone. Refer news media to the Public Information office: 610-892-1254.