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Shelter-in-Place Drill


The Shelter-in-Place Drill

The following section describes what to expect the day of the drill and the action steps to take once it begins.

Date and Time: September 13, 2016 | Noon - 12:20pm

Location: All RCC Campuses (Suffern, Haverstraw, and Orangeburg)

Overview of Drill

This drill is a DISCUSSION based drill. At 12:00 NOON an RCC ALERT Emergency Notification Message will go out. It will state: “This is a test of the RCC ALERT Emergency Notification System. This is a Shelter-in-Place drill. ”

When the drill begins at 12:00 noon please take 10 minutes to go over the attached document with people in your area. Faculty are expected to review it with their students and Directors with their staff. There will be NO EVACUATION during this drill. Faculty and Administrators will be having discussions with their students and staff once the drill is underway. After the discussion, please take 5 minutes and attempt to BARRICADE or LOCK your classroom or office doors during the drill for practice.

Discussion 1

A severe storm front has hit the campus. Tornadoes are a possibility, along with strong winds and large hail. Heavy rainfall and lightning is expected soon. Where should you seek shelter?

  1. Tornadoes cause the least amount of damage to areas below ground and in inner rooms.
    1. Move to the lowest part of the building.
    2. Restrooms are often located in the inner-most part of the floor, so seeking shelter in restrooms is a good choice.
    3. Cars are not a good choice when tornadoes are present.
  2. If tornadoes are not an issue, seek shelter inside any sturdy structure.
  3. If heavy rains start to cause flooding, change your strategy to move to higher ground. Seek upper floors, but stay near inner rooms for maximum protection.

Discussion 2

A tanker truck delivering chemicals to campus has tipped over on College Rd. Its cargo is a poisonous chemical that is emitting toxic fumes that are blowing toward the campus. Where should you seek shelter?

  1. Toxic substances that are airborne can travel considerable distances. However, the closer you are to the source, the greater the concentration.
  2. Immediately move to rooms inside structures that can be sealed as much as
  3. Heating and air conditioning systems will be turned off by campus personnel, but you should still try to block the entrance of outside air as much as possible. Seal doors with whatever material you have on hand, such as coats, paper towels, book pages or rugs.

Discussion 3

An armed person has entered the campus on the south side and has already shot two people in the quad. The gunshots could be clearly heard across campus. Where should you seek shelter?

  1. Wherever you are, move AWAY from the source of the shooting.
  2. Move quickly and encourage others to go with you.
  3. For these situations, Public Safety will immediately respond, so you will be directed to move far away from the situation until it is resolved.
  4. If you cannot move out of harm’s way, lock the door if able, use barricades if
    available, darken the room and be quiet. (Turn your cellphone to silent and silence the vibrate function)
  5. If you must act to protect yourself, be prepared. It is not an easy task, but it may save your life.

PLEASE DISCUSS THESE ISSUES with students, faculty, co-workers, family and
friends. People's survival in emergency situations depends on taking the correct actions.