Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Administration Building

Campus Emergencies

Active Shooter

Call 911 or the Department of Public Safety at 661/395.4554.

Remain calm and answer the dispatcher’s questions. The dispatcher is trained to obtain the necessary and required information for an appropriate emergency response.

If safe to do so, stop and take time to get a good description of the shooter. Note height, weight, sex, race, approximate age, clothing, method and direction of travel, and his/her name, if known.

If the suspect is entering a vehicle, note the license plate number, make and model, color, and outstanding characteristics. All of this takes only a few seconds and is of the utmost help to the responding officers.

NOTE: An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active shooter event as to whether he/she chooses to run to safety or remain in place. However, best practices for an active shooter event are listed below.

If outside when a shooting occurs

Drop to the ground immediately, face down as flat as possible. If within 15-20 feet of a safe place or cover, duck and run to it. Move or crawl away from gunfire, trying to utilize any obstructions between you and the gunfire.

When you reach a place of relative safety, stay down and do not move.

Wait and listen for directions from Public Safety and/or public agency personnel.

If shooter is outside your classroom/office

Stay inside the classroom/office.

If possible, close and lock the outside door to the room.

Close the blinds, turn off the lights, remain quiet and move behind available cover. Stay on the floor, away from doors or windows, and do not peek out to see what may be happening.

If possible and safe to do so, report the location of the assailant.

Threatening Classroom Situations

If suspect is in close proximity

Lie motionless and pretend to be unconscious.

Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the shooter except for self-protection.

An individual must use his/her own discretion about when he or she must engage a shooter for survival.

Reporting a threat

While shootings in schools are rare episodes, when they occur, they are often devastating. As an institution of higher learning, it is important for Bakersfield College to view these types of incidents with the appropriate perspective. Since 1966, there have been 89 shooting deaths at U.S. universities and college campuses; Virginia Tech was the largest. Compare that to the approximately 1,100 that commit suicide on college and university campuses every year, or the 1,400 to 1,700 alcohol related deaths on college and university campuses each year.

Despite shootings on campuses being rare, we as a community must be vigilant and prepared. It is important to note a few facts about these types of shootings. The Secret Service has studied the 30 major shooting incidents that have taken place at schools (elementary through college) since 1974. They found remarkable similarity in them. First, almost all of the individuals who have committed these crimes have been male, and were known for being isolated socially.

Almost all of them planned out their actions in advance, and over three quarters of them actually shared their plans with others before putting them into effect. Unfortunately, in only two cases did anyone report the plan to authorities before the attack. With these facts in mind, it is critically important that members of our community report threats and potential threats in a timely manner.

If you believe an individual poses an imminent threat to a member or members of the college community please contact the Department of Public Safety immediately. If you are located at an off campus site, and believe imminent danger is likely, please contact 911 immediately and then contact the Department of Public Safety.

If you do not believe that harm is imminent, but an individual’s behavior seems threatening or seems like it could lead to harm to the individual or to the community, you should report the concern./p>

If you are a student or a faculty member, contact the Department of Public Safety or your Dean’s office. If you are a staff member or other member of the community, contact Public Safety or the local police. It is better to err on the side of notifying the appropriate individuals than to remain silent; the institution has resources with which to assess these situations and the individual of concern. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (661) 395-4554.

Weapons on Campus

State law and College policy prohibit the possession or use of weapons on College property. It is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison to possess any firearm on College property, whether in a book bag, in the car, or in an office, or classroom. Possessing a concealed weapon or automatic weapons of any kind is illegal, whether on campus or in the community.

Campus policies prohibit bringing on campus weapons such as knives with blades longer than 2 1/2 inches, switchblades, dirks, daggers, stun guns, BB-gun, air guns, metal knuckles, nun chaku, etc. Penal Code 626.10

If you see a gun or other weapon on College property, please alert the Department of Public Safety at 661-395-4555 with a description of the location of the weapon and/or the individual carrying it.

If you believe that the weapon is being or is about to be used, dial 9-1-1 from a land-line, and from a cell phone, dial either 661-395-4555 Department of Public Safety or 9-1-1.

Violent/Criminal Behavior

Everyone is asked to assist in making the campus a safe place by being alert to suspicious situations and by reporting them as outlined below. Do not take unnecessary chances.

If you are the victim of, or if you witness an on-campus violation of the law, such as assault, robbery, theft, overt sexual behavior, etc.:

  • Notify the Police at 9-1-1 or the Department of Public Safety at 661-395-4554 and supply them with the following information:
    • Your name
    • Nature of incident
    • Location of incident
    • Description of person(s) involved / description of property involved
  • If you witness a violation of the law, immediately notify the Department of Public Safety and give them the information outlined above.
  • Assist Public Safety Officers when they arrive by supplying them with any additional information.
  • Bakersfield Police Officers/College Public Safety Officers will conduct the required campus search and will evacuate areas as necessary. Follow their instructions.
  • Everyone is asked to report to their departmental office the existence of anyone loitering or soliciting on campus. These people may be asked to leave if they do not have permission or a proper reason for being on campus. Call Public Safety Dispatch at 661-395-4554 if they refuse to leave when asked.
  • Report disruptive conduct to the Department of Public Safety at 661-395-4554.

Chemical Spills

  • Any campus spillage of a dangerous chemical or radioactive material must be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety at 661-395-4554.
  • When reporting, be specific about the nature of the materials involved and the location. The Police will contact the necessary authorities and medical personnel.
  • Vacate the immediate area at once and seal it off to prevent contamination of others. DO NOT lock the doors. Then evacuate the building quickly by walking to the nearest exit, alerting people as you go. Assist the disabled in exiting the building.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 150 feet away from the affected building. Keep walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Anyone who may be contaminated by the spill is to avoid contact with others as much as possible, remain in the vicinity, and give their names to Emergency Responders/college staff. Required first aid and cleanup by authorities should be started at once.
  • To the best of your ability, and without re-entering the building, assist Emergency Responders/college staff in their attempts to determine that everyone has evacuated safely.
  • DO NOT return to a building until told to do so.
  • If a campus wide evacuation notice is given, evacuate the campus as per instructions in the Evacuation Procedures guidelines.

Utility Failure

If a major utility failure (such as a power outage) occurs during regular working hours remain calm and keep others calm. Some campus buildings are equipped with an emergency light system that will provide enough light in corridors and stairs for safe exiting. Have some flashlights available.

  • If there is potential damage to the building, occupants, or if the utility failure occurs after hours, weekends, or holidays, notify the Department of Public Safety at 661-395-4554.
  • Notify your supervisor/dean and if necessary evacuate the building by walking to the nearest exit, alerting people as you go.
  • Assist the disabled in exiting the building.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area away from the affected building. Keep walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Do not return to a building until instructed to do so by Public Safety Officers or college staff.
  • If a campus wide evacuation notice is given, evacuate the campus as per instructions in the Evacuation Procedures guideline.

Plumbing Failure/Flooding: Stop using all electrical equipment and vacate the areas. Notify Maintenance at 661-395-4221 or Public Safety Dispatch at 661-395-4554. 9-1-1.

Serious Gas Leak: Stop all operations, immediately vacate the area and call 9-1-1 or the Department of Public Safety at 661-395-4555

Ventilation: If you smell smoke or burning call the Department of Public Safety at 661-395-4555 or 9-1-1.

Severe Winds

  • Windstorms severe enough to cause damage may occur at infrequent intervals and may be accompanied by torrential rains.
  • At the time of warning of impending severe winds, property and equipment not properly anchored should be moved inside a building or tied down. Close windows.
  • The best protection in severe winds is in permanent buildings. As a result, steps will be taken to ensure the safety of students/personnel within buildings rather than to evacuate.
  • Time permitting, students in temporary structures will be moved to a permanent structure.
  • Immediately after the cessation of severe winds, personnel from Maintenance and Operations and the Department of Public Safety will inspect the campus for damage.

Explosions/Aircraft Crashes

In the event a violent accident, explosion or aircraft crash, occurs on campus that could render a building or area unsafe, take the following action:

  • Immediately take cover under tables, desks or other objects for protection against glass or debris.
  • After effects of the explosion have subsided, notify the Department of Public Safety at 661-395-4555. Give your name; describe the location and nature of the emergency.
  • If necessary, or as directed to do so by Public Safety or college staff, activate the building evacuation alarm.
  • Notify your Supervisor or instructor, then evacuate the immediate danger area:
    • Be aware of structural damage.
    • Stay away from glass doors and windows.
    • Do not touch or move any suspicious object.
  • Assist others, especially the injured and persons with disabilities, in evacuating the building.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 50 feet away from the affected building. Keep the walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • To the best of your ability, and without re-entering the building, assist Public Safety Officers or college staff in their attempt to determine that everyone has evacuated safely.
  • An Emergency Operations Center will be activated. Keep clear of the command post unless you have important information to report
  • DO NOT RETURN TO A BUILDING UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO OR UNTIL ‘ALL CLEAR’ HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED

Earthquakes

Remain calm and quickly follow the steps below:
  • If indoors, remain indoors and duck, cover, and hold. Stay away from glass windows, shelves and heavy equipment. Attempting to rush outside may expose you to serious injury or death.
  • If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures.
  • After the initial shock, evaluate the situation. If emergency help is necessary, call the Police at 9-1-1. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Coordinate with your building monitor/supervisor/dean and begin turning off all potentially hazardous equipment such as gas and electric appliances. Do Not take unnecessary risks.
  • Report potentially dangerous damage to facilities to the Police at 9-1-1.
  • If necessary, or if directed, evacuate the building. Evacuate the building by quickly walking to the nearest exit, alerting people as you go. Be aware of structural damage and assist both the disabled and injured.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 50 feet away from the affected building(s). Keep away from utility poles and other structures. Keep walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • To the best of your ability, and without re-entering the building, assist Police officers or college staff in their attempts to determine that everyone has evacuated safely.
  • Do not return to a building until told to do so.
  • If a campus wide evacuation notice is given, evacuate the campus as per instructions in the Evacuation Procedures guidelines.
Earthquake Tips:
  • Earthquake Safety Checklist
  • Earthquake Tips for the Elderly

Bomb Threats

Most bomb threats are received by phone. Bomb threats are serious until proven otherwise. Act quickly, but remain calm and obtain information with the checklist on this page.

If a bomb threat is received by phone

  • Remain calm. Keep the caller on the line for as long as possible. DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does.
  • Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest.
  • Try to keep the caller talking to learn more information
  • If possible, write a note to a colleague to call the authorities or, as soon as the caller hangs up, immediately notify them yourself.
  • If your phone has a display, copy the number and/or letters on the window display.
  • Complete the Bomb Threat Checklist immediately. Write down as much detail as you can remember. Try to get exact words
  • Immediately upon termination of the call, do not hang up, but from a different phone, contact Campus Safety and Security or Police department if at the District Office immediately with information and await instructions.

If a bomb threat is received by handwritten note

  • Call the Department of Public Safety: 661/395.4554
  • Handle note as minimally as possible.

If a bomb threat is received by e-mail

  • Call the Department of Public Safety: (661) 395-4554
  • Do not delete the message.

Signs of a Suspicious Package

  • No return address
  • Excessive postage
  • Misspelled words or poorly handwritten
  • Incorrect titles
  • Foreign postage
  • Restrictive notes
  • Stains
  • Strange odor
  • Strange sounds
  • Unexpected delivery

DO NOT

  • Do not use two-way radios or cellular phone; radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb.
  • Do not activate the fire alarm
  • Do not touch or move a suspicious package

Fire

  • Know the location of fire extinguishers in your area and how to use them.
  • Activate the building alarm.
  • Immediately call the Police at 9-1-1. Give your name and describe the location and size of the fire.
  • For minor fires that appear controllable promptly direct the fire extinguisher contents toward the base of the flames. Get help if necessary. Do Not take unnecessary chances or endanger yourself or others
  • For larger fires that are not immediately controllable, or after unsuccessfully using the fire extinguisher, close all doors (Do not lock them) to confine the fire and reduce oxygen.
  • Evacuate the building by quickly walking to the nearest exit, alerting people as you go. Assist the disabled in exiting the building (see Assisting Students with Disabilities guidelines).
  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 50 feet away from the affected building(s). Keep walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • To the best of your ability, and without re-entering the building, assist Police officers/college staff in their attempts to determine that everyone has evacuated safely.
  • Do not return to a building until told to do so.
  • If a campus wide evacuation notice is given, evacuate the campus as per instructions in the Evacuation Procedures guidelines.

Structure Fires

NOTE: It is suggested that individuals who use wheelchairs or have a mobility impairment prepare for an emergency ahead of time by instructing coworkers or fellow students on how to assist in an emergency.

Know the location of fire extinguishers in your area and know how to use them.

Upon discovering a fire, close the door to the room where the fire is located and immediately sound the building fire alarm.

Call 911 or your local fire department (9-911 from a telephone from a campus office) or Public Safety at 661-395-4554.

Give your name and the location of the fire. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.

If the fire is small, you may wish to fight it with a fire extinguisher. Be sure you are using the proper extinguisher for the type of fire you are fighting. If you are not sure, read the instructions on the extinguisher.

If the fire is large, very smoky, or spreading rapidly, leave the building immediately and report to the designated emergency staging location. Inform others in the building who may not have responded to the alarm to leave immediately. The alarm may not sound continuously. Even if the alarm stops, continue to evacuate the building and warn others who may attempt to enter the building. ALWAYS EVACUATE A BUILDING IF THE ALARM IS SOUNDING.

Notify your supervisor or instructor, then evacuate the building by quickly walking to the nearest exit, alerting people as you go, and assisting those with disabilities as necessary.

Close windows and doors before leaving if time permits.

If you have a mobility impairment, request assistance from those nearest you. If no one is there to render assistance, proceed to the nearest stairway landing, and shout for help.

When fire alarms sound, do not use the elevators. An elevator may become a trap. Assist (help carry, if necessary) all disabled persons in using the stairs. (Emergency Chair Lift. See Assisting Persons With Disabilities)

If there is a closed door in your exit path, touch the door lightly with the back of your hand to ensure it is not warm. If it is not warm, open slowly. Be prepared to close the door quickly if smoke or flames are present.

If there is smoke in your only exit path, crawl on hands and knees, keeping your head as close to the ground as possible to avoid inhaling toxic fumes.

Relocate to your designated assembly area, which should be a distance of at least 500 feet from the building, and stay out of the way of emergency vehicles and personnel.

DO NOT RETURN TO A BUILDING UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO BY A COLLEGE OFFICIAL OR A FIRE OFFICIAL.

Evacuation Procedures

Assisting Disabled Persons

To Assist Visually Disabled Persons:

  • Explain the nature of the emergency. Alarms or confusion may disorient a person, even when normally familiar with the area.
  • Guide the student (or provide someone to do so). Students will take the guide’s arm below the elbow and will follow.
  • Tell the student where you are as you walk.
  • Advise of any obstacles in the path.
  • When you have reached safety: Orient the person to where he or she is and ask if any further assistance is needed before leaving.

To Assist Hearing Impaired Persons

If you must get a person’s attention:

  • Flash room lights
  • Wave your arms
  • Tap person’s shoulder
  • Gesture what is happening and what to do
  • Write on board or paper: Nature of emergency & evacuation route.

To Assist Mobility Impaired Persons

  • Always ask students first if they have special needs or requirements.
  • Individuals using wheelchairs can be pushed or accompanied to safety.
  • Individuals using canes, crutches, or walkers should evacuate themselves except in the event that rapid evacuation is deemed essential.
  • Call Public Safety, Disability Support Services or other trained college personnel and wait for help before transferring a person from a wheelchair or transporting a person on a stairway, unless the situation is imminently life threatening./li>
  • Wheelchairs for emergency use are located in PE 13 and the Student Health Center.
  • Special evacuation chairs may be used for stairway evacuation or to transport injured or non-ambulatory persons. These are mounted near the stairwells in:
    • Library: Chair located 2nd floor at top of main stair well
    • Language Arts: Chair located 2nd floor between restrooms on wall
    • Humanities: Chair located 2nd floor top of East stair well
    • Speech Arts & Music: Chair located on top floor middle hallway, West wall
    • Math & Science: Chair located 2nd floor hallway to door 107
    • Industrial Technology: Chair located at top of stairs well on wall next to elevator
    • Learning Center: Chair located at top of stair well on the north wall
    • Public Safety Office: Chair located inside Public Safety briefing room
    • Gymnasium: Chair is located on the top of north west stair well to Gym floor on wall

Medical Emergencies

If a serious injury or illness occurs on campus, immediately call the Police at 9-1-1. Give your name, describe the nature of the medical problem and the campus location of the victim.

Quickly perform these four steps:

  1. Ask the victim, “Are you okay?” and “What’s wrong?”
  2. Check breathing and pulse, and give artificial respiration or CPR* if necessary.
  3. Control serious bleeding by applying direct pressure on the wound.
  4. Keep the victim still and comfortable. Have the victim lie down if necessary.

Continue to assist the victim until help arrives:

  1. Try to determine the extent of the injury or probable cause of illness.
  2. Protect the victim from disturbances, reassure the victim and Do Not move him or her unless absolutely necessary,
  3. Look for emergency ID, gather information from witnesses and give all information to the emergency response personnel arriving on the scene.

* CPR If you are trained to perform CPR.

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