Fire or Bomb Threat, including Alumni Center

Threats are delivered in a variety of ways. All threats should be treated seriously and handled according to this procedure. Do not ignore any threat; it must be treated as real until properly evaluated. The following procedures will be used in the event of a written or telephone bomb threat or if any explosive/incendiary devices are directed at or found anywhere on the premises.

All threats will be taken seriously. The Police, Security and Administration will complete a threat assessment. Evaluation will be made on the basis of facts at the time. Many of the available facts will be obtained from the person who received the threat or who might have been exposed from the threat. When the threat is judged not to be credible, no further action need be taken. However, if a threat is judged to be credible, the building will be evacuated.

BUILDING EVACUATION PROCEDURE (including Alumni Center): Everyone is to evacuate the building immediately and report to the designated Collection Point at the far South parking lot (lower level parking lot.

Building Evacuation

Evacuation is required when the safety of the College community is best served by requiring everyone to vacate the building(s). Situations include fire, in the event of a bomb threat, or if other hazard is detected.

Everyone is to evacuate the building immediately and report to the designated Collection Point at the far South parking lot.

Steps to take:

  • Shut down any hazardous operations and render them safe if it is possible to do so.
  • Take jackets if readily available Close doors (but do not lock) as you leave.
  • If you are away from your office or room and the alarm sounds, do not return, proceed immediately to the designated area -south parking lot-lower level.
  • Notify all others in your area if they did not hear the alarm Once a room is vacated, turn lights off and/or leave a sticky note on the door if possible to indicate empty room.
  • Instructors and staff should make every effort to ensure that all students evacuate- i.e. library staff should insure that all students have been evacuated from the library and turn off lights to indicate that space has been evacuated.
  • Exit the building via the safest route, walk quietly, and swiftly. Feel exit doors before opening- if hot to touch, move to next exit.
  • DO NOT use elevators
  • Report to designated evacuation point at far south parking lot, lower level and wait for directions
  • DO NOT reenter the building until the "all-clear" is given.

If you are trapped by smoke, heat or flames:

  • Leave the room door closed and seal cracks and ventilation grills with clothes (clothing, towels, etc)
  • Call 911 (or 9-911 from campus phone) and notify operator of your location
  • Hang emergency notice in window if possible (clothes, sheet, towel. . .) Stay close to the floor

Evacuation of persons with disabilities:

  • Hearing impairments:
    • gain the person's attention (wave, gesture, turn lights on and off)
    • write a note indicating evacuation directions and escort if possible
  • Visual Impairments:
    • announce that evacuation is necessary
    • offer your arm for guidance
    • explain the path and any obstacles
  • Mobility impairments:
    • If evidence of fire, smoke or emergency, evacuate all people from the area
    • If there is no immediate evidence of fire or emergency, move persons to the predetermined Area of Evacuation Assistance (area near stairwells to the north or
    • South - farthest from area of danger on the second and third floors of Clark; 2nd floor lobby outside of administration.)

Telephone Threat

Steps to take:
  • Treat any threat as genuine and report as soon as possible.
  • DO NOT transfer phone call. DO NOT hang up.
  • Get attention of someone and give note saying: "Bomb Threat- notify Security (402) 354-6911"
  • Keep them on the phone and ask them to repeat the message:
    • Exact location of the bomb
    • Time set for detonation
    • Description of explosive or container
    • Type of explosive
    • Reason for call or threat
  • Also note:
    • Date and time of the call
    • Caller ID information (on phones so equipped)
    • Exact language used
    • Sex of caller
    • Estimated age of caller
    • Peculiar or identifiable accent
    • Identifiable background noise
  • DO NOT discuss the threat or warning outside the College. These issues are considered confidential and should be treated as such.

Steps to notify security and evacuate building:

  1. Call (402) 354-6911 - Security come to investigate
  2. Call (402) 354-7263 or 4-7261 to notify Adminsitration
  3. 911 - if immediate threat is deterimed. Alert security that 911 has been called

When directed by administration, security or other law enforcement personnel, Front Desk Staff will make an announcement with overhead paging system to follow Evacuation Procedures.

Everyone is to evacuate the building (including the Alumni Center) immediately and report to the designated Collection Point at the far South parking lot.

Mail or Written Threat

Recognizing common features of suspect letters/packages are:
  • Unusual noises, i.e. ticking, clicking, etc.
  • Liquid leaking from package/letter, oily stains, discoloration or crystal substance on wrapper.
  • Strange odor.
  • Excessive tape or string.
  • Protruding wires
  • Excessive weight
  • Lopsided or uneven packaging
  • Incorrect title with the name or an address to a title only with no name
  • Source of the letter/package is not recognized by recipient/addressee
  • Badly typed or poorly written information
  • Misspelling of common words
  • Restrictive markings i.e. "Confidential", "Personal", etc.
  • No return address
Steps to take:
  • Save all articles, including any envelope or containers.
  • Avoid unnecessary handling.
  • Any suspected letter that might be contaminated should be placed in a plastic bag (e.g., garbage can liner) and sealed.
  •  DO NOT discuss threat or warning outside the College.

Steps to notify security and adminsitration:

  1. Call (402) 354-6911 - Security come to investigate
  2. Call (402) 354-7263 or 4-7261 to notify Adminsitration

Discovery of Suspicious Package or Suspected Explosive Device

Steps to take:
  • Do not attempt to remove the device/object.
  • Immediately leave the area and notify the operator (402) 354-6911.
  • Wait for further instructions.
  • DO NOT discuss the threat or warning outside the College.

Steps to notify security and evacuate building:

  1. Call (402) 354-6911 - Security come to investigate
  2. Call (402) 354-7263 or 4-7261 to notify Adminsitration
  3. 911 - if immediate threat is deterimed. Alert security that 911 has been called

When directed by administration, security or other law enforcement personnel, Front Desk Staff will make an announcement with overhead paging system to follow Evacuation Procedures.

Everyone is to evacuate the building (including the Alumni Center) immediately and report to the designated Collection Point at the far South parking lot.

Fire or Explosion Code Red

Take the following actions but DO NOT use elevators

  • Fire alarm sounding/fire strobe flashing, no smoke or flames sighted:Unless you are instructed otherwise, immediately evacuate the building and proceed to the south parking lot.

  • Smell something burning, no smoke present
    Dial (402) 354-6911 to report to Security, who will come to investigate. If off-site, follow specific site instructions.

  • Smoke and/or flames sighted:
    • Activate R.A.C.E. procedures
    • Rescue those in danger
    • Alarm
      • Pull fire alarm
      • Dial (402) 354- 6911 make contact with the hospital operator, and give the following information:
      1. Exact location of fire
      2. Your name
      3. Type of fire, if known
      4. In the event of multiple fires, repeat steps a. and b.
      5. Stay on the phone; DO NOT hang up
    • Confine the fire by closing the door of the room with the fire in it.
    • Extinguish the fire or Evacuate, if necessary.
      • If evacuation is necessary, call (402) 354-7000 for Front Desk staff to announce "Fire emergency" evacuation procedures on overhead paging system.
      • Fire extinguisher operation - Initiate P.A.S.S. procedures
        • Pull the pin
        • Aim low, pointing to the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire
        • Squeeze the handle, releasing extinguishing agent
        • Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it is out

  • Notify Health System Safety Officer ((402) 354-4048)

  • The person(s) who initiates the call will complete a Fire and Drill Evaluation Report (in collaboration with security) within one week of incident.

Reviewed October 20, 2009; Reviewed October 1, 2010; April 28, 2011; May 16, 2013

Fire Drill Procedures

Drills will be conducted according to National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) guidelines.

When a red "X" is found:

  • Follow steps outlined on previous page ("Smoke or flames sighted") but DO NOT pull the fire alarm.
  • Place a fire extinguisher on top of the red "X" (to simulate putting the fire out).
  • Complete the "Code Red & Fire Evaluation Report" and forward it to the Safety Office.

Evacuate - Upon issuance of "Code Red", all persons will evacuate to their fire evacuation collection points.

  • Follow posted evacuation routes
  • Use stairs; DO NOT use elevators
  • Close doors behind you
  • Assist disabled persons
  • Stay low if smoke is present

Job Specific Duties During Evacuation:

  • If it does not pose an additional threat, employees may conduct a sweep of the surrounding offices in their immediate area to be sure all individuals are evacuated as they are departing the building. If readily available, place a yellow post-it note on the outside of each office door checked to signify all persons from within that office have evacuated as you depart.
  • Fire department personnel will be directed by security.
  • Area of Evacuation Assistance for physically handicapped individuals are the areas near stairwells to the north or south (farthest from area of danger) on the second and third floors of Clark; 2nd floor lobby outside of administration.
  • Designated fire evacuation collection point for the College is the Far South Parking Lot (lower level).
  • Individuals will remain in designated collection points until Code Red is cancelled.
  • Fire Extinguishers and pull stations are located on each floor (Maps posted on campus)

Revised: March 10, 2009; October 20, 2009; January 13, 2010; April 28, 2011; Reviewed September 11, 2012; May 16, 2013