About Macon State
A. Building evacuations will occur when an alarm sounds and/or upon notification by Macon State College Police or other designated Macon State officials. The call tree may only be activated by the President, or his designee. If Macon State Police implements the call tree, persons with calling responsibilities are encouraged to use the following verbage:
â€œThis is _____ calling from the Office of ___. The Emergency Call procedure has been activated. Call the next office on the Call Chart and relay the following information: ______________________________________________________. (This blank will contain the information from Macon State Police relative to the emergency and specific actions to be taken.)â€
B. When the building evacuation alarm is activated during an emergency, leave by emergency evacuation route for the area in which you are located. If the exit is blocked, use the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.
C. ASSIST THE HANDICAPPED IN EXITING THE BUILDING!! DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS IN CASE OF FIRE AND/OR POTENTIAL POWER LOSS.
D. Once outside, proceed to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. Know your assembly points.
E. DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING UNLESS TOLD TO DO SO BY A COLLEGE OFFICIAL.
CAMPUS AREA EVACUATION
A. Evacuation of all or part of the campus grounds will be announced by the Chief of Police.
In the event a mishap occurs such as an explosion or a downed aircraft (crash) on campus, take the following action:
All incidents of unintentional fires will be reported to the Macon State College Police immediately whether or not Fire Department Response is required. All department heads, supervisors, etc., will ensure that their employees are aware of the location of fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull boxes in their work area(s). All employees should be made aware of emergency evacuation routes for their work area, the location of fire exit windows, etc. Also, do not use elevators in the event of a fire.
In the event of a fire:
During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow steps outlined below:
Snow, ice or flooding can make travel to and from campus hazardous. When the potential or conditions develop that would make travel to and from the campus hazardous, the following steps will be followed:
The Macon State College Police offer 24-hour assistance. Immediately contact Campus Police if hostile or violent behavior, actual or potential, is witnessed.
If taken hostage:
Hazardous chemicals are utilized on campus in various locations. Tractor trailers and contractors who may be traveling on campus may have hazardous chemicals that may threaten the environment of the campus in the event of a spill. The following steps will be followed in the event of a chemical or radiation spill:
In its natural state, natural gas is colorless and odorless. An odorant called â€œmercaptanâ€ is added to the odorless gas for safety purposes, and smells like rotten eggs. This additive makes even the smallest leaks easier to detect. Natural gas is flammable - if there is a flame or even a spark in the area of a leak, it could cause an explosion. Fortunately, natural gas leaks are very rare, and explosions are even more uncommon. The mixture of natural gas and oxygen in the air must be at a precise proportion for a spark to set it off.
Demonstrations may be conducted on campus. Demonstrations will not be interrupted unless one or more of the following conditions exist as a result of the demonstration:
Students, faculty, staff and visitors may contact Macon State College campus police at (478) 471-2414. In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
TORNADO ALERT PROCEDURES
All faculty, staff and students at all locations of Macon State College should become familiar with severe weather conditions and what actions should be taken in the event they occur. These guidelines specifically concern alerts issued by the threat of tornados.
The Tornado Watch means that tornados could develop in this general area. The college will not attempt to notify all faculty, staff and students when a watch is issued, but campus police officers will actively monitor weather radios and weather conditions. Personnel will continue with their routine activities. Notification of the tornado watch to police will be delivered in by a variety of means.
The Macon Campus may receive a telephone call from the American Red Cross, which would receive notification from the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency; or Campus Police may be notified through our own weather radio monitoring; or through public media broadcasts.
The Warner Robins Campus also has a weather radio, which is monitored in the administrative offices, and security guards at WRC have a weather station on their two-way radios.
Personnel at Robins Air Force Base would notify administrators at the Robins Resident Center by activation of the Automated Emergency Notification System. Thereafter, personnel at the center would be encouraged to listen to commercial radios or weather radios for changes in weather conditions.
A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar in the general area.
Macon Campus -- In the event a tornado is sighted that threatens Bibb County, local authorities will activate a siren system. One of these devices is located on the south side of Macon campus and can be heard in all buildings. The siren will sound constantly for three minutes per round and continue until the weather danger passes. When weather permits this system is tested on the last Wednesday of every month. During the tests, the sirens sound for about 45 to 90 seconds.
Warner Robins Campus -- At this time, the City of Warner Robins does not utilize a siren system. Security officers at the Warner Robins Campus monitor the weather via specially equipped weather radios. Officers and the senior administrator on duty will as quickly as possible issue notifications of the warning to faculty and students in classrooms on campus.
Robins Resident Center -- Robins Air Force Base uses a siren system that covers the entire base. Sirens are activated with a 3-5 minute steady tone in case of a tornado warning. Siren checks also are performed once a week on Wednesdays at noon.
Actions to take in case of a tornado warning
College faculty and staff should provide leadership for students and visitors. All personnel should close doors and go to the safest space available in the building. Do not go outside. Personnel will move to the lowest level in the building and an interior room or hallway away from windows and glass doors. If a tornado is approaching, take cover under a desk or table as an additional protective measure. If nothing is suitable to get under, get on the floor in the center of the room and remain until an all-clear indication is announced.
Tornados come and go quickly so there may not be time for a warning. When in doubt, take shelter.
If personnel are outside, the risk of injury is greatly reduced by moving inside a strong building. But if caught outside, personnel should stay out of automobiles and lie flat in ditches or culverts.
Macon State College endorses the preparedness guidelines assembled in a publication put together by the American Red Cross, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A copy of that publication is at this Website location: http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/NWSTornado/