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Public Safety 678-359-5101
Evacuation of all or part of the campus grounds will be decided by the President and announced by the Gordon College Emergency Notification System (GCENS) and the outdoor emergency broadcast system. During evacuations follow directions and remain in your assembly area or shelter until told by Gordon State College personnel to do otherwise.
All incidents or accidents involving fire on campus must immediately be reported to the Gordon State College Department of Public Safety. This includes occurrences of fire that do not require response from the fire department. Departmental supervisors will ensure that employees are aware of the location of fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull boxes in assigned work areas annually. Gordon employees should familiarize themselves with emergency evacuation routes and procedures for individual work stations.
Public Safety in conjunction with other authorities will monitor the National Weather Service and Department of Transportation for severe weather updates. The public information specialist and the Public Safety Department will initiate notifications when severe weather is expected to impact the campus. When such threatening weather conditions exist, persons should take action and instruct others to do the same.
Mail and packages delivered to each department should be screened for any suspicious characteristics. Indicators of suspicious mail or packages include the following:
Fictitious, unfamiliar or no return address
Hand written or poorly typed address
Address to a title only or an incorrect title
Mailed from a foreign country
Excessive string or tape on package
Misspelling of common words
Restrictive markings such as "confidential", "personal", etc.
Excessive weight and/or feel of a powdery or foreign substance
Discoloration or stains
Hazardous chemicals are utilized on campus in limited quantities and locations. Common carriers and contractors that travel in the vicinity however, may be transporting hazardous chemicals or materials. These chemicals could threaten the environment in the event of a spill. The following steps will be taken in the event of a chemical, biological, or radiation release.
Bomb threats represent a potential danger to the safety and welfare of the Gordon State College community. Anyone who receives a bomb threat or observes a potential bomb should not handle the object and stay away from the area. In all cases Gordon State College Public Safety should be contacted immediately at 678-359-5111 or 5111 when on campus. Public Safety officials will determine if evacuation is necessary. In the event of an evacuation use your designated evacuation route and do not panic. Public Safety or other appropriate officials will announce "all clear" when it is safe to return to the building or area. Do not return to the building or area until an "all clear" signal is given.
Do not delete the message. Print the message if possible for Public Safety.
In the event of a threatening call complete the Threatening Phone Call Log Form.
|Date:||____________________________||Time Call Received:||_________________________|
|Number Called Received at: ___________||Number Call Received From: __________________|
Call Public Safety at 678-359-5111 or 5111 by campus phone to report threat.
Provide as much detailed information as possible and cooperate with authorities.
If notified to do so, evacuate the building utilizing the standard evacuation routes.
Report suspicious items and activities to Public Safety. Do not touch anything.
If asked, accompany Public Safety personnel for building search.
Leave doors open and do not use electrical switches.
Do not use hand held radios, cellular phones, or other electronic devices.
All incidents or accidents involving an electrical power failure, gas line break or sewer main break may be defined as a utility emergency.
Demonstrations may be conducted on the Gordon State College campus without interruption when they do not interfere with the normal operation of the college. Activities that prevent access to any college facility or property are prohibited. Inappropriate conduct also includes the threat of physical harm to persons or property. If these conditions exist, immediately contact Public Safety at 678-359-5111 or 5111 by campus phone.
A medical emergency is where an individual may be sick or injured and there is an immediate concern to aid the person. A psychological emergency exists when an individual is threatening to harm themselves or others, or does not have a clear perception of reality.
Violent or criminal behavior can be defined as a situation in which an individual threatens life or property. The following steps should be taken to prevent or lessen the effects of these types of behaviors.
An active shooter can be described as a person who may cause death or serious bodily injury through the use of a firearm. This is a dynamic situation that usually evolves rapidly and demands action from law enforcement officers. The immediate response of the first officers on the scene is to take aggressive measures to find and stop the life-threatening situation.
Stay alert and look for appropriate cover locations. Brick walls, large trees, retaining walls, parked vehicles and any other objects which may stop firearm ammunition penetration, may be utilized as cover.