Emergency Information


During an Earthquake:

Stay Calm. If outdoors - stay outdoors. If indoors - stay indoors.


  • Drop, cover and hold. If indoors, take immediate cover under a heavy desk, table, or bench and hold on.
  • If you are in a hall move next to an inside wall. Turn away from glass/windows. Cover your head/neck with your arms and close your eyes.
  • Wheelchair - If you are in a wheelchair, stay in it and set your brake. Move to safe cover if possible. If possible cover your head with a book or your arms and close your eyes.
  • Again, keep away from windows, tall bookcases and objects that might fall.
  • Hang onto whatever you are hiding under to keep it from moving away from you.
  • Remember after shocks may occur anytime. Power might be out, water pipes may have broken; fire alarms may be going off - use caution.
  • In a crowded place: Move away from heavy overhead objects.
  • Do not rush for a doorway - others will have the same idea. If you are in a theater or gymnasium, stay in your seat, protect your head with your arms or get under the seat if possible. Do not attempt to leave until the shaking stops.


  • If you are outside, move to a clear area, away from trees, light poles, signs, buildings or downed wires.
  • In a vehicle:
    If you are driving, slowly pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, light poles, underpasses and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops.

After an Earthquake:

  • Check for injuries: Give first aid. Do not move seriously injured people unless there is danger of further injury.
  • Evacuate damaged buildings: Aftershocks could cause additional damage or buildings can collapse. Do not reenter until declared safe. Go to your designated assembly areas. Report injured or trapped individuals to the building evacuation coordinator. Supervisors and instructors will take roll of staff and students. Report missing individuals to the building evacuation coordinators.
  • Emergency operation center: Report injuries, individuals trapped, fires, gas leaks, damaged areas or buildings to the emergency operation center (security office). If the security office is unusable, a note will be posted where the center is located. The center will also provide information where injured persons should go, be able to contact rescue personnel and provide as much information and assistance as possible.
  • Looking for hazards: If building exits are blocked or there is a hazard, use caution tape (located in security vehicle, disaster kit, or with security office and evacuation coordinators) to block off area. Use the buddy system (two people). Start outside - do not put yourself at risk.
  • Do not use elevators: Elevators might have been damaged during the earthquake. Evac-chairs to assist people down stairs are located on each floor next to an evacuation route.
  • Do not use the telephone: Except for emergencies. If the power is out use the emergency telephones, cellular phones or pay phones.
  • Check for fires: Use fire extinguishers on small fires only.
  • Check utilities: Gas, electrical, and water lines may be broken. Do not use matches, candles, open flames or electrical switches in buildings that have gas.
  • Gas: If you smell gas, exit the building immediately. Have others do the same. Shut off main gas valves outside, if possible.
  • Electrical: Assume all downed or damaged lines are live. Do not touch anything in contact with power lines. If electrical wiring is broken, shut off a main switch, if possible.
  • Water: If water pipes are broken, turn off domestic lines. Be careful not to turn off water to sprinkler systems, if the pipes are not broken.
  • Chemical spills: Keep people away from buildings that could have chemical spills. Chemicals could have fallen from shelves and mixed together that could be hazardous.
  • Do not leave campus until - the roadways and bridges are determined safe by emergency personnel. Listen to car radios (KGY 1240) for emergency information. Advise your supervisor or evacuation coordinator before you leave campus.
  • Disaster kit: The college has two large disaster kits. One is located in Building 31 in the sprinkler riser room and the other one is located in Building 14 (maintenance shop). These kits contain: rescue equipment, tools, shovel, first aid supplies, portable PA system, flashlights, blankets, stretcher and caution tape.
  • Administrative Services also has small disaster kits (pry bar, gloves, am/fm radio (tune to am 1240 for information), light sticks, blankets and first aid kits). In addition, Administrative Services has individual survival kits that contain: water, food, light sticks, whistle, space blanket and other items. Additional food is located in the cafeteria, bookstore, vending room and vending machines.


NOTE: Know the location of exits and pull stations in your area. Fire extinguishers should only be used on small fires. Make sure the fire department has been called prior to using a fire extinguisher and you have received training on how to use a fire extinguisher.


When you discover a fire:

As you exit the building, pull the fire alarm as you leave (if it can be done safely).

Inform others to exit the building immediately, using the nearest cleared exit.

Assign someone to call the fire department, 911 and campus security, extension 5299 (from another building/safe location). Give your name, location of the fire and the extension number you are calling from.

Go to your assembly areas. At the assembly areas, employees should:

  • Account for all individuals under their span of control
  • Report injuries, casualties, hazardous conditions and missing individuals to their evacuation coordinator who will report to security or emergency personnel

When a fire alarm goes off: A continuous alarm will signal an evacuation.

  • Follow instructions in an orderly fashion
  • Exit calmly and quickly
  • Assist others in your area, especially injured or disabled persons
  • Do not use elevators
  • Meet in designated assembly area
  • Instructors, supervisor and employees will account for all individuals under their span of control.
  • Assign someone to call the fire department, 911 and campus security, extension 5299 (from another building/safe location). Give your name, location of the fire alarm and the extension you are calling from.
  • Assist evacuation coordinators

Do not return to the building until instructed to do so by the fire department.

Notify evacuation coordinators, campus security or fire fighters on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.

NOTE: If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) on the window as a marker for rescue crews. If there is not a window, stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location.



Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are located in the Security Office - Building 25, Building 34 Room 104 (Resource Center), and Building 22 Room 201 Instruction Office.

If you are injured or are reporting an injury, call security at extension 5299. If you are unable to contact the security office, dial 911. If you are in doubt about the severity of the injury and are not sure whether or not to call the medics (911), even if it's a minor injury, call the medics to be on the safe side. Provide the following information:

Your name and telephone number - extension.

Nature of the emergency.

The location of the injured person.

Provide first aid if you are qualified.

Wait for assistance. Appoint a person to meet the medics and direct them to the scene.

Do not move the injured person(s) unless they are in danger of further injury.

If the injury is minor, they can go to the security office or an officer can go to the scene and provide first aid.

Report all occupational illness and injuries to your supervisor as soon as possible. An Occupational Illness and Injury Report must be completed as soon as possible after the incident. Additional forms are available at the security office.

Within eight hours after the fatality or probable fatality of any employee from a work related incident or the inpatient hospitalization of two or more employees as a result of a work related incident, the supervisor shall report the incident by telephone to the Department of Labor and Industries at (360) 902-5085 or to OSHA at 1-800-321-6742 (WAC 296-24-020 (3)).



Report all spills of hazardous chemicals immediately to campus security. Also, report suspected gas leaks or suspicious odors. If you are unable to contact security, dial 911 and report the hazard.

Call 911 if the spill presents any possible risk to persons or property.

When calling 911 provide as much information as possible:

  • Exact location of the spill, including room number if inside a building
  • Name of spilled material
  • Quantity
  • Appearance - solid, liquid, odor, color, etc.
  • Injuries or physical effects to those who have been exposed
  • Area of contamination
  • Your name, department, and the phone number you are calling from

If it is inside a building, a determination must be made whether or not to evacuate the building. If anyone is having problems breathing, eyes watering or any other discomfort, evacuate the building and immediately call 911. If unsure about the hazardous material, evacuate the building to be on the safe side.

When evacuating the building, inform persons that there is an emergency situation that they need to exit the building. Inform them which exit to use and where they need to go, i.e., parking lot, baseball field or another building. Keep upwind of the building. Secure the building (if possible) so persons do not enter the building and/or seal the area off, using caution tape.

If the spill occurs outside and depending on the type and size of the spill, you may need to call 911. If you are not sure if it's a hazard or not, call 911 to be on the safe side.

If the spill occurred outside, regardless of the size, call the Department of Ecology, 24-hour Emergency Spill Response at 407-6300 and the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 to report the spill. This applies to gas leaking from gas tanks of vehicles.

Employees must be aware for the safety of themselves and others. We are not trained as first responders for hazardous material spills. This is the responsibility of the fire department.

The fire department will determine when it is safe to return to a building/area.

General safety precautions at a hazardous material spill:

  • Think safety. Keep upwind and upgrade of an incident.
  • The first priority is to isolate the scene and keep others away.
  • Do not touch any container.
  • Park vehicles heading away from the area (then approach on foot).
  • Do not use flares (use barrier tape, traffic cones or barricades).
  • Treat all hazardous materials as if they were toxic or explosive.
  • Avoid inhaling any gases, fumes or smoke.
  • Anticipate changes in wind direction.
  • Keep contaminated, ill or injured people away from others.
  • Always consider the possibility of more than one hazard being present.
  • Be alert for leaking water, fuel or other fluids.
  • Latex or leather gloves are not adequate protection against most hazardous materials.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke at any hazardous material spill.



If you are in an area that has become exposed to a hazardous material, you may be instructed to Shelter In Place. This guide describes what you need to do.

Make sure that you are within the area that is being asked to take shelter.

Close Off the Building's Outside Ventilation

  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Turn off and close all sources of outside air, including heating/air-conditioning systems, and vents.

Prepare a Shelter Room

  • Go to a room on the highest floor available that has few or no windows, and preferably no door to the outside. Bring a battery-operated radio if one is available.
  • Shut and seal the room's door with duct tape (if available). Place a damp towel or jacket at the base of the door. Use duct tape and plastic (if available) to cover any windows, sealing over the entire window and frame.
  • Maintenance should be notified to shut down HVAC.

NOTE: Sealing the room just slows the flow of air from the outside, protecting you longer from possible exposure.

Listen for Instructions

  • If you have a portable radio listen to local emergency alert station (KGY 1240 AM).
  • If you are told there is danger of explosion, close window shades, blinds or curtains, and stay away from the window to avoid injury.
  • You can provide a minimal amount of breathing protection if necessary by covering your mouth and nose with a damp cloth.
  • Stay in your shelter until you are told that it is safe to go out or are asked to leave.