My Bryan Campus CIRT Training 2
Campus Safety & Emergency Procedures

Bryan Campus CIRT Training
Campus Safety & Emergency Procedures
Blinn College, Bryan Campus

 


Blinn College's Bryan Campus is home to the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) comprised of trained faculty and staff volunteers committed to respond during a critical incident. We would like to extend our thanks to you for taking the time to make our campus a safer place by becoming familiar with the CIRT Campus Safety and Emergency Procedures.

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You must complete the information on the last page of the training. Please type in your full name and your Blinn College ID# immeidately following your name.

 

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Our Mission

Our mission is to help in the continuing effort to provide for a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  To achieve our mission, Blinn College has developed a plan in partnership with police, faculty, staff, students and local emergency agencies to assist in responding to a critical incident that may occur on our campuses. These responses may include evacuations, providing shelter-in-place, crowd and/or traffic control, etc.

The Blinn College Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of approximately 30 faculty and staff volunteers committed to respond during a critical incident.  The CIRT is a group of volunteers trained to assist in mitigation, response, and recovery processes of critical incidents.  While not trained to be police officers, firefighters, or medical personnel, the team members have immediate communication access to required trained professionals.

 

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Chain of Command-Incident Command System

It is crucial that a system is in place for response, mitigation and recovery.  Blinn relies upon the incident command system for such processes.  Having the incident command system in place allows for more effective and efficient means for responding and standing on our own during a critical incident until help arrives from local agencies.  Also, the incident command system is the system used by all outside emergency agencies.  Having this system in place allows for a universal way of responding.   It also allows for a more accurate and streamlined way of organizing and communicating during a critical incident.

During a non-medical emergency, campus police are notified at extension 7600.  If a medical emergency occurs, it is critical that 911 be notified first.  Then notify campus police at 7600 with details of the medical emergency.

 

Let's Meet the CIRT Personnel

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Incident commander:  Has overall responsibility at the incident.  Sets objectives and priorities

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Administration:  Personnel selected by the Provost, Brazos County campuses to assist in mitigation and recovery of a critical incident.

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Public information officer:  Provides current facts about the incident to the media.

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Police officer sergeant :  In charge of police operations and support services, reports directly to incident commander.


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Police officer:  Conducts tactical operations to carry out the plan, develops the tactical objectives, and organization.

 

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Communications supervisor:  In charge of communications.  Blinn uses public service, pager and two-way systems.  Reports directly to incident commander

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CIRT supervisor:  In charge of CIRT personnel and assists the police to carry out the plan.  Reports directly to incident commander


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CIRT personnel:  Assist police in operations to carry out the plan.  Reports directly to the CIRT supervisor.

 

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Finance/logistics officer:  Monitors the cost of operations, and conducts damage assessment.  Provides for procurements, maintenance and transportation.

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Planning officer:  Provides situation status, resource status and technical support.

 

  

 

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Natural Disasters

Blinn College is on the calling list with Brazos County's District Automated Alert System.  In the event of severe weather conditions, Blinn on the Bryan campus will be notified.  The campus police will activate the CIRT if the weather dictates a shelter-in-place response.  Providing shelter-in-place means to direct people to windowless classrooms and interior hallways.  Since the buildings do not have interior stairwells, the people on the top floor  must stay on the top floor.  It is not an evacuation process. 

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FIRE

 

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In the event of a fire alarm, all buildings must be evacuated.  This includes, classrooms, laboratories, offices, restrooms, etc.  The instructor is responsible for evacuating their classroom in which the CIRT member will direct them out of the building. Evacuees must remain at least 100 feet from the building.   This allows for the first responders to be able to access the buildings.

The CIRT members ensure that the buildings are clear.  Clear means no inhabitants and no signs of fire.  Once the buildings are evacuated, all persons will remain outside of the buildings in their designated areas until authorized to re-enter the building. 

Instructors and staff are required to review the evacuation routes in their area.  Evacuations are mandatory under any circumstances.  Persons not responding to evacuation procedures risk not only physical injury to themselves or others, but also disciplinary action.

 

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Violence/Weapons Threat

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In the event a threat of violence is received, weapon or no weapon, Blinn College Police will assume command.  The Director of Police or next ranking officer will assess the situation and determine what action is to be taken.  Blinn College Police may activate the CIRT to evacuate or isolate people depending on the situation at hand.

The reporting person should notify Blinn College Police as soon as it is safe to do so.  If possible, the reporting person should advise the police of what type of violence is being threatened, whether a weapon is involved, the identity of the person if known, the location of the threatening person, and the number of other persons present. 

Any action that can be safely taken to remove as many innocent people as possible from harm's way should be considered.

 

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Bomb Incident Plan

 

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In the event a bomb threat is received, the Blinn College Police will assume command.  They will assess the situation and determine what action is to be taken. 

Written threat

If a written threat is received save all materials, including any envelope or container in which it was received. 

Suspicious package

If you receive a suspicious package, look for the following:  mailed from a foreign country, excessive postage, misspelled words, addressed to title only, rigid or bulky, badly typed or written, lopsided, oily stains on wrapper, protruding wires, strange odor, no return address, or restrictive markings.  If a suspicious package is located, notify the Blinn College Police immediately.  Police and CIRT will then evacuate, mark, and secure the area until the bomb squad assumes command.

Telephone threat

If a threat is telephoned in, keep the caller on line as long as possible.  Call the Blinn College Police as soon as possible on another telephone if possible.    While the caller is on the phone, record the following: the day and time, the number at which the threat was received, the exact wording of the threat, the sex of the caller, the caller's voice quality and background noises.  It is very important to get as much information as possible from the caller.  Ask them many questions.

 

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Robbery Attempt

 

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Robbery, especially aggravated (armed) robbery is a very real threat that exists in our society today.  Not only does it occur in the business world, it also occurs on college campuses around the nation including Texas.  Blinn College Police have a plan in place in areas of potential risk.  Personnel in these areas have received written guidelines and training on how to respond to a robbery incident.  CIRT is trained in the role they may play in the event of a violent crime of this nature.

The safety of our faculty, staff, students and visitors is the number one concern.  Never risk your life for money or other possessions.   It is our not our recommendation that you attempt to disarm a person with a weapon.  If you see suspicious persons, vehicles or actions, report them to campus police immediately.

 

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Hazardous Materials

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In the event of a spill or release of gas of a known/unknown hazardous material and no injuries occur, the responding person should notify the campus police at extension 7600.  If injuries have occurred, call 911 first then campus police.

The safety and security of those in the immediate area should be top priority.  Also, having as much information about the type of chemical, volume of the spill, number of person/s exposed or injured, and any other useful information is very crucial for responders to know.

If the level of the threat warrants it, evacuation of the area or building will occur and Bryan Fire Department will be summoned by Blinn College Police to take control of the scene.

 

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Biological/Chemical Threat

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In the world today, there is the possibility of a biological/chemical weapons threat to our country.  Some of the most likely biological agents to be used are anthrax, botulism toxin, plague, smallpox, tularemia and viral hemorrhagic fevers such as ebola.  Those chemicals listed among the most likely are sulfur mustards, VX, sarin, chlorine and hydrogen cyanide.

In the event of a biological/chemical threat, Blinn College will assume command.  The person reporting the incident must notify the campus police as soon as it is safe to do so.  If possible, the person reporting the incident should advise the police of the type of organism/chemical that is suspect.  The affected area should be isolated for the safety and security of others.  If necessary the building engineer has the capability to shut down the ventilation to the room and/or building in which the incident occurred.  Accountability of persons exposed is of high priority.

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BONUS QUESTION!

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