Upon report or discovery of a campus emergency, the Director of Operations shall evaluate the situation and confirm that there is a significant campus emergency or dangerous situation on campus. Upon confirmation, the Director of Operations, Director of Compliance and the President shall convene to evaluate the extent of the emergency and to determine the appropriate segment(s) of the campus community to receive notification. The content of any emergency notification, as well as the appropriate segment or segments of the community to be notified, will be determined by this team. Decisions to act are made on a case-by-case basis, but if a decision to notify is made, these individuals will use one or a combination of the following:
Emergency Notification Methods
Fire alarm system: When a fire alarm is sounded, everyone must immediately vacate the building and walk calmly to the designated evacuation area.
Main school message for incoming callers — At the direction of the President or Director of Operations or designee will change the incoming message to reflect the emergency, which will override the existing incoming school message.
Broadcast email notification — At the direction of the President or Director of Operations, the Marketing department will disseminate a broadcast email throughout campus indicating the nature of the emergency.
School-wide phone text message notification —The Director of Operations will contact the Marketing department to activate the school-wide phone text message notification system.
Notification signage — At the direction of the President or Director of Operations, the Marketing department will post notification signs at all entrances to Catherine Hinds Institute indicating the nature of the emergency.
Community notification — In the event that a significant emergency or dangerous situation exists which may affect the greater community surrounding the school, and at the direction of the President, information will be made available via employee and student email, the school website (www.catherinehinds.edu), and social media channels. The safety of the community will be taken into account and, without delay, the notification system will be implemented, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.