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Risk Management

Emergency Information

It is the commitment of La Sierra University to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of the campus community. This plan incorporates safety aspects, fulfills codes and regulations and strives for the prevention of accidents.

Emergency Action Plan

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Philosophy 
It is the commitment of La Sierra University to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of the campus community. This plan incorporates safety aspects, fulfills codes and regulations, and strives for the prevention of accidents.

Responsibility for Safety 
The Office of Risk Management is responsible for monitoring the following: personal safety, building security, fire prevention, automobile regulations, life safety in emergencies, and the prevention and recording of injuries and illnesses. A Safe work environment only exists when all employees observe safety procedures as an integral part of every work procedure.

The Safety Committee provides oversight to the university safety program based on the plan outlined in this business emergency action plan. Subcommittees for emergency actions, hazardous materials, property inspection, and safety education lead out in the implementation of this plan. A list of personnel and duties of the Safety Committee and its subcommittees is outlined in Appendix A.

We acknowledge our obligation to provide our employees with a place of employment that is free of recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical injuries. The responsibility for the safe operation of each department rests with the supervisor in charge of that area.

It is the responsibility of each employee to accept and comply with all safety and health standards and work rules, regulations, and instructions that are applicable to their own actions and conduct.

Emergency Coordinator
In the event of a campus disaster or emergency condition, the Emergency Action Team and the Coordinator (Director of Security) shall notify and convene the team to handle the situation. This team will inform the President and Vice-Presidents of the situation and the actions being implemented under the Emergency Action Plan. The team will be responsible for notifying the Safety Building Coordinators of all affected buildings on campus. The Coordinators will be responsible for assisting the Emergency Action Team in implementing the plan in their assigned areas.

The Emergency Action Team will work with the Executive Director of Public Relations who will be responsible for issuing all communications to the campus community, the media, and the public.

Campus Closure Policy

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Emergency Notification System and Procedures

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H1N1 Flu Preparedness

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La Sierra University is taking precautions to reduce the potential for the spread of H1N1 flu if the need should arise on our campus.

To minimize transmission on campus, any student, faculty member or staff person who becomes sick with the flu is encouraged to stay away from campus, out of the classroom or office, until they become symptom-free. Watch for the standard flu symptoms, including fever (100 degrees or higher), cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 Flu.

Faculty members need to begin making plans now to accommodate students who contract H1N1 Flu during the academic instructional periods. It is the intent of Administration that NO student will be penalized academically for work missed while recovering from H1N1 Flu. We do not want students feeling pressure to attend classes for fear of suffering academic penalty while they are infectious. Faculty members need to:

  • Inform students about plans and procedures for providing and completing course work.
  • Assess the possibility of altering course-work requirements
  • Provide on-going assignments by e-mail, internet links, phone, teleconferencing, or calling into recorded messages.
  • Gather students' email addresses and phone/cell numbers for use in communicating class information in a timely fashion
  • Consider providing distance learning instructional materials for their students
  • Consult with university health services personnel about students with health care needs
  • Review how to accommodate students, particularly international students, who must remain on campus during any potential pandemic outbreak

Administration is reviewing and planning precautions to protect employees from exposure to the influenza virus during any pandemic. The following approach is being implemented regarding employees who may have contracted the H1N1 Flu virus:

  1. ANYONE with flu-like symptoms shall not remain at work or in engage in any organized activity.
  2. Employees are expected to stay away from work or leave work if they have flu-like symptoms.
  3. Employees with flu-like symptoms should be tested as soon as possible by Health Services or their own physician.
  4. Departments will seek to limit or eliminate non-essential social interaction of students or employees.

While we are still early in this world-wide situation, public health officials recommend several health practices you can start doing on a regular basis to lessen the chance you will contract the virus:

  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water, or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. We recommend that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds.
  • When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.
  • Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus.
  • Practice social distancing from people exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including avoiding personal contact, and practicing alternate greeting techniques instead of traditional hand-shaking.

Administration will continue to update the campus with additional steps as the flu situation unfolds in our area. You may also sign up for emergency notifications via text message by registering your cell phone with e2campus. Phones need to be SMS capable and standard text message fees may apply for this service.

KEY H1N1 FLU UPDATE LINKS

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):www.cdc.gov/swineflu

World Health Organization (WHO):
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html

For current information about the situation in our local Riverside area:

Riverside County Community Health Agency Department of Public Health Information Hotline: (951) 955-2000.

Lockdown Procedure

A Lockdown is an emergency protocol to prevent people or information from escaping, which can only be ordered by someone in command i.e. Campus Security. It is a procedure used to protect people inside a facility from a dangerous external event. The term "lockdown" can be defined as an emergency course of action taken by an agent of authority to contain a problem or incident within the area of its origin by controlling the movement of people.

While there is no hard rule regarding the practicing of drills relating to lockdown procedures, the University will practice the lockdown procedure twice a year: once during the fall quarter and once during the winter quarter including testing all emergency communication devices.

1. Partial Lockdown: means that the doors leading outside of the building are locked and people may not exit or enter the building. During a partial lockdown, teaching and normal work processes can continue until the All Clear is given.

2. Full Lockdown: means there is a major incident or threat of school violence with the school, or in relation to the school. All perimeter gate access will close and traffic will be directed through the main entrance gate. Individuals must stay where they are and may not exit or enter a building, residence hall, classroom, and office space. See Full Lockdown Protocol for detailed actions.

3. Lockdown with intruder: The threat or intruder is inside the building.

4. Hold and Secure: when it is desirable to secure the campus due to an ongoing situation outside and not related to the University (e.g., a bank robbery occurs nearby but not on University property). In this situation, the University continues to function normally, with the exterior doors being locked until such time as the situation near the campus is resolved.

5. Shelter in Place: for an environmental or weather related situation, where it is necessary to keep all occupants within the campus, to protect them from an external situation. Examples may include chemical spills, blackouts, explosions, or extreme weather conditions.

6. Stays in Place: if an incident (hazardous environment, armed intruders, etc.) develops that requires individuals to remain where they are until the All Clear is given by Campus Security or the Police and/or Fire Department.

 

Full Lockdown Protocol

The following procedures should be followed when a threat or intruder is inside a building or on campus property:

  • Campus Security will initiate e2Campus emergency mass notification system, PA system exterior and interior, TV monitors or computer monitors. The announcement will be repeated several times.
  • Perimeters gates will close, entrance only through main gate.
  • Remain calm. Encourage others to remain calm.
  • Provide assistance where required (e.g. helping those with physical disability or language comprehension).
  • Immediately cease all activity (i.e. teaching, group work, meetings etc...).
  • Enter the nearest classroom, office, or secured space.
  • Lock or barricade all doors where possible (e.g., use belts, ties, telephone cords). Card Access doors will be locked during a lockdown but can be opened from the inside.
  • Turn off all lights, computers, and projectors. Mute cells phones or any other devices that may indicate a room is occupied.
  • Draw curtains and lower blinds where practical to do so. Stay away from all windows and doors.
  • Sit on the floor or crouch under or behind desks and bookshelves where possible so as to be as invisible as possible.
  • Turn off all cell phones. Calls to 911 should be made only if specific information becomes available regarding the location or conduct of the intruder or if the status of the emergency changes.
  • Be as quiet as possible.
  • DO NOT respond to anyone at the door until All Clear is announced over the PA system or if you are certain it is safe to do so (i.e. if police are at the door).
  • Campus Security will provide additional information and direction over the PA system when appropriate including notice of termination of the lockdown.
  • If you are directed to leave your secured area, assist others in moving as quietly and quickly as possible.
  • Should the fire alarm be activated during lockdown, wait for further direction on the PA system before taking action.

Responsibility for Safety

The Risk and Safety department is responsible for monitoring the following: personal safety, building security, fire prevention, automobile regulations, life safety in emergencies, and the prevention and recording of injuries and illnesses. A Safe work environment only exists when all employees observe safety procedures as an integral part of every work procedure.

The Safety Committee provides oversight to the university safety program based on the plan outlined in this business emergency action plan. Subcommittees for emergency actions, hazardous materials, property inspection, and safety education lead out in the implementation of this plan. A list of personnel and duties of the Safety Committee and its subcommittees is outlined in Appendix A of the Business Emergency Action Plan (BEAP).

We acknowledge our obligation to provide our employees with a place of employment that is free of recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical injuries. The responsibility for the safe operation of each department rests with the supervisor in charge of that area.

It is the responsibility of each employee to accept and comply with all safety and health standards and work rules, regulations, and instructions that are applicable to their own actions and conduct.

Safety Protocols

La Sierra University is committed to providing a safe and healthful environment for its students, employees and visitors.

The following safety protocols are an outline of appropriate responses to emergencies that may occur on campus.

 

Emergency Coordinator

In the event of a campus disaster or emergency condition, the Emergency Action Team and the Coordinator (Director of Security) shall notify and convene the team to handle the situation. This team will inform the President and Vice-Presidents of the situation and the actions being implemented under the Emergency Action Plan. The team will be responsible for notifying the Safety Building Coordinators of all affected buildings on campus. The Coordinators will be responsible for assisting the Emergency Action Team in implementing the plan in their assigned areas.

The Emergency Action Team will work with the Executive Director of Public Relations who will be responsible for issuing all communications to the campus community, the media, and the public.