Emergency Information Guide

Phone Numbers  |  General Info  |  Building Evacuations  |  Fire  |  Tornado &  Weather Emergency
 Medical Emergency  |  Chemical Spills & Hazardous Materials  |  Violent Weapons  |  Missing Students
R.A.M. Alerts  |  Emergency Operations Plan

 


 

Phone Numbers

Cornell College Campus Safety: 319-895-4299

  • Available for non-emergency escorts

Mt. Vernon Police: 319-895-6141; Emergency: 911 (from campus phone: 9-911)

Mt. Vernon Fire Department: 319-895-8320; Emergency: 911 (from campus phone: 9-911)

Mt. Vernon/Lisbon Ambulance: 319-895-6633; Emergency: 911 (from campus phone: 9-911)

 


 

General Information

An emergency is any situation – actual or imminent – that endangers the safety and lives of Cornell College students/employees/visitors, or the security of the Cornell campus and property.

This guide is designed as a quick reference to help you respond immediately and effectively to a wide range of emergency situations. More detailed information is available in the college's Emergency Operations Plan.

  • During emergency conditions avoid making telephone calls (including cell phone calls) except for calls of an emergency nature.

  • If you evacuate your building, notify Cornell Campus Safety (4299), including notification of your location.

  • If you have a disability that would require special accommodation in an emergency, please notify your manager, instructor, RA, Human Resources or Campus Safety ahead of time. All information will be kept confidential.

  • Program Cornell College Campus Safety’s telephone number into your cell phone: 319-895-4299

  • Time is critical in responding to any emergency – and safety of people always comes first, before protection of property.

 


 

Building evacuation procedure

If you hear an evacuation alarm or are verbally told to evacuate the building:

  • Remain calm

  • Leave quickly

  • Listen to and follow all instructions

  • As you exit, quickly check nearby restrooms, copier rooms, storage rooms, and other areas for occupants who may not have heard the evacuation signal.

  • Notify Campus Safety or emergency officials of anyone needing assistance.

  • Take with you ONLY essential personal items. Do not attempt to take large or heavy objects.

  • Shut all doors behind you as you go.

  • Do not use elevators.

  • Once outside do not block exits or emergency vehicle access. Move at least 500 feet away from the building or to a specific location as directed by Campus Safety or other emergency personnel.

  • Stay together as a group.

  • Do not attempt to re-enter the building or area until advised by officials that it is safe to do so.

 


 

Fire

To report a fire, or if you see or smell significant smoke:

  • Pull the fire alarm pull station closest to the problem.

  • Call 911 (from campus phone: 9-911)

  • Call Campus Safety: 319-895-4299

After reporting a fire, or if the alarm sounds:

  • Close doors as you leave the room/area.

  • Immediately leave the building by the closest exit or as directed.

  • Do not use elevators.

  • Notify Campus Safety or emergency officials of anyone needing assistance.

  • Once outside do not block exits or emergency vehicle access. Move at least 500 feet away from the building or to a specific location as directed by Campus Safety or other emergency personnel.

  • Stay together as a group.

  • Do not attempt to re-enter the building or area until advised by officials that it is safe to do so.

Note: Do not attempt to extinguish a fire unless you have 1) reported it and 2) can do so safely without putting yourself or those around you in greater danger.

To use a fire extinguisher, use the PASS system:

  1. Pull the pin 
  2. Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire or side closest to you 
  3. Squeeze the handle 
  4. Sweeping motion across the fire

 


 

Tornado / weather emergency

In the event of a tornado warning a RAM Alert message will be released and the Mt. Vernon and Lisbon outdoor warning sirens will be sounded. A warning indicates that a tornado has been sighted by ground observers or has appeared on radar within Linn County.

If a tornado warning has been issued for the campus area:

  • Stay inside and be alert for falling objects.

  • If you are in a building with a designated tornado shelter, proceed immediately to that area.

  • In other buildings seek the lowest level or central hallway of the building, away from windows.

  • Do not use elevators.

  • Stay away from windows, mirrors, glass and unsecured objects such as filing cabinets or bookcases.

  • Notify Campus Safety or emergency officials of anyone needing assistance.

  • Remain in the safe area until the tornado warning has expired. A RAM Alert will be sent designating that it is safe to leave shelter.

Note: Local warning sirens with a series of short blasts signal calls for volunteer fire/ambulance crews. Tests of the outdoor warning system are identified prior to and immediately following an indicated test.

 


 

Medical emergency

  • Call 911 (from campus phone: 9-911)

  • Call Campus Safety: 319-895-4299

  • Provide as much information as possible about the ill or injured patient and the location of the emergency to the above responders.

  • Have someone remain with the ill or injured person while calls for assistance are being made and until emergency personnel arrive

  • Unless trained, do not attempt to render any first aid before trained assistance arrives.

  • Do not move the person who is ill or has been injured unless they are in imminent danger

  • Limit your communication with the ill or injured person to quiet reassurances

  • Keep the area clear and have someone watch for emergency responders to help direct them to the patient

 


 

Chemical spill / hazardous material incident

Refer to the Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), kept in a notebook in each lab

  • Any spill resulting in personal exposure should be treated immediately according to the medication information in the MSDS:

    • Eye: Assist the person to the sink/eyewash station and flush eyes thoroughly with water for a minimum of 15 minutes.

    • Inhalation: Assist moving the person to fresh air.

    • Skin: Removed soaked clothing and flush thoroughly with water.

  • Call Campus Safety: 319-895-4299

  • In case of minor or moderate exposure refer or transport the victim to the Health Center.

  • In case of severe exposure call 911 (from campus phone: 9-911).

  • If a hazardous level of a volatile substance has been released pull fire alarm to evacuate building

 


 

Violent Intruder incident

If you become aware of a shooter or hostage situation, or are notified via RAM Alert, do the following immediately:

Real Time Information

Based on the real time information that is provided to you regarding the violent intruder situation and the proximity of the situation to your current location, you may choose to evacuate the area to a safer location.  Those who are able should leave the area based on this real time information they are provided, their training and the ability to do so as safely as possible.   Real time information and updates allows for good decision making when choosing to evacuate or lockdown.

Secure immediate area (lockdown)

  • Lock and barricade doors

  • Turn off lights

  • Close blinds

  • Block windows

  • Turn off radios and computer monitors

  • Keep occupants calm quiet

  • Keep all occupants out of sight and under adequate cover/protection (e.g., under/behind desks, file cabinets)

  • Silence cell phones

Contacting authorities

  • Call 911 (from campus phone: 9-911)

  • Call Campus Safety: 319-895-4299

  • Be aware that the 911 system will likely be overwhelmed

Stay in area until notified by officials that it is safe to leave

 


 

Missing student protocol

In the event that a student is discovered to be missing for a period exceeding 24 hours a report should be made to one of the following College officials:

  • Director of Campus Safety
  • Dean of Students
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Director of Residence Life

 Following receipt of a missing student report, College officials will notify the Mt. Vernon Police Department and Cornell College Campus Safety.

 If the student has designated an emergency contact person, the College will notify that individual. Cornell College students can confidentially designate an emergency contact person by completing an Emergency Contact Registration form. By law, the parent/guardian of students who are under 18 and not legally emancipated will be notified in the event that the student has been reported as missing for 24 hours.