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The Safety and Security Department is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus and believes that a safe, secure environment is essential to learning. For this reason, we employ a staff of security officers available 24/7 to assist our campus community.  The mission of Safety and Security is simply to provide security and safety to all campus community members, as well as emergency management planning and other public safety services designed to enhance a safe and secure educational learning environment for all campus community members.

The Safety and Security Department is located in Technical Education Laboratory (Tech Lab) room 140. Campus Security officers patrol the campus by foot and vehicle 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our security staff maintains a friendly and supportive relationship with state and local law enforcement that assist us if the need arises. The end result is a campus that is secure as possible while allowing students the freedom to fully enjoy the campus.

Security officers also assist students with jump starting a dead battery, after hour escort, providing parking decals and student ID cards. They also investigate offenses, traffic accidents and medical emergencies on campus. The office is responsible for issuing parking registrations and enforcement of parking violations.

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Clery Act/Annual Security Report

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding to disseminate a public annual security report (ASR) to employees and students every October 1st. This ASR must include statistics of campus crime for the preceding 3 calendar years, plus details about efforts taken to improve campus safety. Please click on the link below to access the Rhodes State College Annual Security Report.

Clery Act Annual Security Report

Emergency and General Inquiries: (419) 995-8499

Persons calling the (419) 995-8499 number should be aware that the conversations are on an open air wave and can be heard by people with scanners. The 8499 number rings into the security officer’s radio, therefore allowing them to answer that number from anywhere on campus. Notice: they are not able to transfer you to another number nor can they call you from the security radios. With this information in mind, it might be better for you to contact one of the other listed numbers for routine things. Of course, if there is an emergency please call the 8499 number or 911.

Emergency Information

Using this Emergency Guide: 

This Campus Emergency Guide is to give faculty, staff, and student’s guidance on how to handle various emergencies on the Rhodes State campus. Please keep it available for reference at all times; we recommend you keep it by your phone. In many cases you will be instructed to call the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone. Please note that if you are summoning emergency help by dialing 911, you will reach the Allen County Emergency Communications Center.

This guide has two front-and-back parts; on the front side of the pages, with green headings, you can find Incident Information and suggestions on how to prepare for various emergencies. While this information is helpful and informative, it is critical for you to read this information before an actual emergency. On backside of the pages with red headings are listed the Action Steps to take for the same emergencies. These are steps we recommend you follow in an actual emergency.

Each specific emergency situation is unique; for that reason, no emergency guide can ever be comprehensive. However, in any emergency, it is always recommended that you remain calm; always be aware of the situation around you; and always report emergencies to Campus Security as soon as reasonably possible.

For campus emergency calls (police, fire, medical, or hazardous materials), dial 911. These emergency lines reach the Allen County Emergency Communications center. Emergencies can also be reported to the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
Special emergency telephones (Call boxes) that ring directly into the Rhodes State Security Department are located strategically throughout the campus.
Emergencies, disasters, accidents, injuries and crimes often occur without warning. Being prepared to handle unexpected emergencies is an individual as well as an organizational responsibility. These emergency procedures have been developed to minimize the negative effects from such events. Please read these guides thoroughly before an emergency occurs and keep copies available for immediate reference. We suggest you keep a copy near your phone for easy access. Once you are familiar with the procedures, you will be better prepared to protect yourself and your co-workers. If you have questions concerning a situation not covered or need additional emergency preparedness information, contact the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
Some weather situations, accidents or attacks, such as biological, chemical, or radiation threats, may make going outdoors dangerous. Leaving the area might take too long or put people in harm’s way. In such a case, it may be safer for people to stay indoors than to go outside.
“Sheltering in place,” means people make a shelter out of the place they are in or move to a designated shelter area. It is a way for people to make the building as safe as possible to protect themselves until help arrives. If there is time, shut and lock all outside doors and windows. Locking them may provide a tighter seal against the contaminant. Turn off the air conditioner or heater. Turn off all fans, too, and shut the doors.
Choose a room in your office with as few windows and doors as possible. A large room, preferably with a water supply, is desirable. For chemical events, this room should be as high in the structure as possible to avoid vapors (gases) that sink. The guideline is different from the sheltering in place technique used in tornadoes and other severe weather, when shelter should be low. It is suggested that the preparedness items previously listed be on hand in the shelter area.

Building Evacuation

Upon the decision to evacuate a campus building notification will come from Rhodes Alert, alarm, audible public address announcement, telephone, or in person.

Once you are notified, evacuation is required.

In preparation for the possibility of evacuation, you should understand the evacuation plan, and know at least two ways out of the building from your regular workspace. If you are notified to evacuate, remain calm but leave quickly; walk—do not run. As you exit, quickly check nearby restrooms, copy rooms, and storage rooms for personnel who may not be aware of the evacuation. Take only essential personal items with you; do not attempt to take large or heavy items. Close doors behind you as you leave. You should also assist and accompany persons with disabilities. Depending on the nature of the emergency, use of an elevator may be dangerous, especially if there is a possibility of becoming trapped inside due to power outage or mechanical failure. However, under some circumstances when the preferred routes of escape are blocked, it may be necessary to use elevators. On occasion, emergency personnel may operate elevators and instruct you to use it. Once out of the building, Security, Police or Fire Department personnel will instruct you to move to a designated safe area at least 300 feet away from the building.

Campus wide Evacuation

In most emergencies, complete evacuation of the entire campus is not necessary. If, however, there is a major hazardous materials release, flood, or other major incident, it may be necessary to relocate all campus individuals to a safer location. If you are instructed by authorities to evacuate the entire campus, do so immediately. If you are a person with a disability and need assistance leaving campus, contact the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone. Once the campus is evacuated, it will be secured and no one will be allowed to enter without proper authorization. The campus will remain closed until the decision to reopen is made by the President of Rhodes State or designee. Local radio and television stations will broadcast a notification when the campus is reopened.

Action Steps

Building Evacuations

  • Remain calm.
  • Walk quickly—DO NOT RUN.
  • Do not use elevators, except to assist a person with a disability when:
    • Evacuation is urgent;
    • Use of an elevator is necessary; or
    • An elevator is operated by Fire Department personnel.
  • QUICKLY check restrooms, copy rooms, and storage rooms for people unaware of the evacuation.
    Only take essential items with you.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave.
  • Assist and accompany persons with disabilities.
  • Move to designated area at least 300 feet away from building.
  • Follow instructions by Police or Fire personnel.
The following information provides basic guidelines for assisting people with physical disabilities during an emergency evacuation. For more extensive information, please contact the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone and request additional information on this topic.

Mobility Impaired

Since elevators should not be used for evacuation during an emergency, people with mobility impairments will need assistance evacuating. Individuals who can walk may be able to evacuate themselves. Walk with the person to provide assistance if necessary.
Evacuating individuals who are not able to walk is much more complicated. If there is no immediate danger, take the individual to a safe place to await emergency personnel. Whenever possible, someone should remain with the person while another individual exits the building and notifies emergency personnel of the mobility impaired person's exact location.
Only in situations of extreme and immediate danger should you try to evacuate a wheelchair user yourself. The person with the disability is the best authority on how he/she should be moved. Ask before you move someone. While it is best to let professional emergency personnel conduct the evacuation, a person with mobility impairment can be carried by two people who have interlocked their arms to form a "chair" or by carrying the person in a sturdy office chair.

Visually Impaired

Tell the person with the visual impairment the nature of the emergency and offer to guide the person to the nearest exit. Have the person take your elbow and escort him/her out of the building. As you walk, advise the person of any obstacles. When you reach safety, orient the person to where he/she is and ask if any further assistance is necessary.

Hearing Impaired

Alert the person that there is an emergency by using hand gestures or by turning the light switch on and off. Verbalize or mouth instructions or provide the individual with a short note containing instructions. Offer assistance as you leave the building.

Action Steps

Mobility Impaired

  • Designated helpers assist non-ambulatory persons to the nearest safe exit or stairwell.
  • One helper remains with assisted person whenever possible.
  • Other helper goes to ground level, notifies Fire and Police personnel that someone needs help.
  • Fire and Police personnel complete the rescue.

Visually Impaired

  • Explain nature of the emergency to visually impaired persons.
  • Guide visually impaired persons to nearest safe exit.
  • Provide further assistance as necessary.

Hearing Impaired

  • Explain nature of the emergency to hearing-impaired persons (speak slowly and clearly or use writing).
  • Guide hearing-impaired person to nearest safe exit.
  • Provide further assistance as needed.
Generally, elevators should not be used in emergencies because of the possibility of becoming trapped inside in the event of power outage or mechanical failure, or due to the possibility that use of the elevator equipment will spark a fire or explosion, as with a chemical emergency. However, exceptions include but are not limited to getting a person with a disability to safety, as during a tornado warning; when evacuation is urgent and use of an elevator is necessary; and when the elevator is operated by Fire Department personnel.
Remain calm.
Call the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone or use the emergency call button in the elevator.

Introduction

An active shooter/killer is a person who is actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area; in most cases, active shooters/killers use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. These situations are dynamic and evolve rapidly, demanding immediate deployment of law enforcement resources to stop the assault and mitigate harm to innocent victims. This document provides guidance to faculty, staff, and students who are in an active shooter/killer situation, and describes what to expect from responding police officers.

Guidance to faculty, staff, and students

In general, how you respond to an active shooter/killer is dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter, bearing in mind there could be more than one person involved in the same situation. If you find yourself involved in an active shooter/killer situation, try to remain calm and use these guidelines to help you plan a strategy for survival.

Remember- Run, Hide, Fight. 

RUN and escape, if possible.

  • Getting away from the aggressor is the top priority.
  • Leave your belongings behind and get away.
  • Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Warn and prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Call 911 when you are safe, and describe shooter, location, and weapons.

HIDE, if escape is not possible.

  • Get out of the aggressors view and stay very quiet.
  • Silence all electronic devices and make sure they won’t vibrate.
  • Lock and barricade doors, close blinds, and turn off lights.
  • Do not hide in groups, spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the aggressor.
  • Try to communicate with police silently. Use text message or social media, or put a sign in a window.
  • Stay in place until law enforcement gives you the all clear.
  • Your hiding place should be out of the aggressors view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.

FIGHT as an absolute last resort.

  • Commit to your actions and act as aggressively as possible against the attacker.
  • Recruit others to ambush the aggressor with makeshift weapons like chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc.
  • Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the aggressor.
  • Throw items and improvise weapons to distract and disarm the aggressor.
  • What to expect from responding police officers.
    Keep hands visible and empty.
  • Know that law enforcement’s first task is to end the incident, and they may have to pass injured along the way.
  • Officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, and/or handguns and may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation.
  • Officers will shout commands and may push individuals to the ground for their safety.
  • Follow law enforcement instructions and evacuate in the direction they come from, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Take care of yourself first, and then you may be able to help the wounded before first responders arrive.
  • If the injured are in immediate danger, help get them to safety.
  • While you wait for first responder to arrive, provide first aid. Apply direct pressure to wounded areas and use tourniquets if you have been trained to do so.
  • Turn wounded people onto their sides if they are unconscious and keep them warm.
  • Consider seeking professional help for you and your family to cope with the long-term effects of the trauma.

Action Steps

If an active shooter/killer enters your office, area, or classroom:
Run - Getting away from the aggressor is the top priority. Leave your belongings behind and get away. Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow. Warn and prevent individuals from entering an area where the aggressor may be. Call 911 when you are safe, and describe aggressor, location, and weapons.

Hide - Get out of the aggressors view and stay very quiet. Silence all electronic devices and make sure they won’t vibrate. Lock and barricade doors, close blinds, and turn off lights. Do not hide in groups- spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the aggressor. Try to communicate with police silently. Use text message or social media to tag your location, or put a sign in a window. Stay in place until law enforcement gives you the all clear. Your hiding place should be out of the aggressors view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.

Fight - Commit to your actions and act as aggressively as possible against the attacker. Recruit others to ambush the aggressor with makeshift weapons like chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc. Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the aggressor. Throw items and improvise weapons to distract and disarm the attacker.

If you decide to flee during an active shooter situation:

Do no attempt to carry anything.
Move quickly, keep your hands visible and follow the instructions of any police officers you may encounter.

Do not attempt to remove injured people. Notify authorities of their location as soon as possible. Police and Security personnel will assist you.

IMPORTANT: Unfamiliar voices may be the shooter attempting to lure victims from their safe space. Do not respond to any voice commands until you can verify the source.

Workplace violence often begins with inappropriate behavior or signs that, when detected and reported, may help prevent its occurrence. The following information is a starting place for workplace violence education and a safer, healthier workplace for everyone.

Risk Factors That Contribute to Workplace Violence

  • Termination of employment.
  • Disciplinary actions.
  • Ongoing conflicts between employees.
  • Domestic or family violence.
  • Financial problems.

Preventing Workplace Violence

  • Be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Awareness is a proven method for increased personal safety.
  • Tell your supervisor when you notice unusual or suspicious behavior.
  • Attend a violence prevention training that includes training in conflict resolution and positive ways of dealing with hostile individuals.
  • Get acquainted with Rhodes State Security officers; do not hesitate to call for help.
  • Remember—a safe workplace is everyone’s responsibility.
  • Contact the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone to report an incident.

Examples of Workplace Violence:

  • Threats direct or implied.
  • Physical conduct that results in harm to people or property.
  • Conduct that harasses, disrupts, or interferes with another individual’s performance.
  • Conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment.

Potential Warning Signs

  • Verbal, nonverbal, or written threats.
  • Fascination with weapons or violence.
  • New or increased stress at home or work.
  • Expressions of hopelessness or anxiety.
  • Insubordinate behavior.
  • Dramatic change in work performance.
  • Destruction of property.
  • Drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Externalization of blame.

Reporting Workplace Violence

Report ALL incidents of workplace violence to the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.

If you are involved in a hostage situation take steps not to aggravate the situation. Remain calm and encourage others around you to remain calm. If possible, dial 911 or the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone. DO NOT argue or attempt to negotiate.

If you are involved in a hostage situation:
  • Dial 911 or 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone, if possible, and supply as many details as possible including:
    • Number of people involved
    • Description of hostage taker(s)
    • Weapons displayed
    • Threats made
    • Any other information
  • Do what you are told without argument.
  • Do not attempt to negotiate or argue with the hostage taker.
  • Try to get others to remain calm. Tell them to do what they are told. 

Medical emergencies may include any life-threatening situation, including the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Cessation of breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Eye injuries
  • Head injury
  • Heat stroke/heat exhaustion/heat cramps
  • Inhalation of a toxic substance
  • Lacerations
  • Seizure
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Unconsciousness

If you or someone in your office/class experiences a medical emergency, call 911 then 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone immediately. Rhodes State Security will assess the situation and provide required services.

Unless you have training, do not try to render any first aid or use CPR before assistance arrives. If you have training in CPR and it is needed, use CPR. If trained in first aid, use pressure to stop bleeding. Do not move a victim unless safety dictates.

Rhodes State has stationed AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) in every building on campus. If a person is in cardiac arrest, the AED can analyze a patient’s need for electroshock treatment and administer the shock automatically.

Unless you are properly trained, do not try to render first aid with an AED.

If you experience or witness a medical emergency:

  • Call 911 then 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone immediately.
  • Remain calm.
  • Be prepared to provide information about the emergency.
  • Unless trained, DO NOT render first aid—wait for emergency personnel.
  • IF TRAINED, use pressure to stop bleeding.
  • IF TRAINED, use CPR if victim has NO PULSE and is NOT BREATHING.
  • Do not move a victim unless safety dictates.
  • Be prepared to provide Rhodes State Security with vital information, such as:
    • Your name and telephone number
    • Location of the injured person (building, room, etc.)
    • Type of injury or problem
    • Individual’s present condition
    • Sequence of events leading to the emergency
    • Medical history and name of injured person’s doctor, if known
    • Stay on phone with emergency personnel
    • Alert others of the emergency, if possible
  • In case of fire call 911 then Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
  • One way to prepare for fire emergencies is to know the different types of fire extinguishers and be trained in their use.
  • Under NO, circumstances should an employee attempt to extinguish a fire, unless the employee has training in the use of fire extinguishers. You can also prepare for a fire emergency by knowing your building’s evacuation plan, and by learning first aid.

Extinguisher Types

  • Type A - Paper & wood
  • Type B - Flammable liquids & gas
  • Type C - Electrical & appliances
  • Type ABC - Paper, flammable liquid & electric
  • Type D - Certain metals
  • Type K - Kitchen Grease Fires

If a fire alarm is activated: 

  • Evacuate building immediately; close doors behind you.
  • DO NOT try to save belongings, files, or equipment.
  • DO NOT go to the basement.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Help people with disabilities leave the building if possible.
  • Tell Fire personnel or Rhodes State Security the location of disabled persons remaining in the building.
  • Proceed to a point at least 300 feet away from the building.
  • Stay clear of firefighting equipment.
  • If you activated the fire alarm, meet with Fire, Police or Security personnel to identify the location of smoke or fire.

If you discover a fire: 

  • Evacuate building immediately.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Activate the closest fire alarm as you exit, if possible.
  • Call 911 and then the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
  • Use fire extinguisher ONLY IF trained in its proper use.

If in doubt about the seriousness of a fire:

  • Evacuate building immediately.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Activate the closest fire alarm as you exit, if possible.
  • Call 911 then the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
  • Stay 300 feet from the building and emergency equipment.
  • Do not reenter the building until instructed by Fire, Police or Security personnel.

If your clothes catch on fire: 

  • STOP whatever you are doing; do not run.
  • DROP to the ground.
  • ROLL to smother flames.

Render first aid as necessary:

  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE PERSONS WHO HAVE EXTREME INJURIES.
  • Get help from Fire, Police or Security personnel.
  • Administer CPR/First aid, if trained to do

If you receive a telephone bomb threat:

  1. Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest. Try to keep the caller talking so that you can gather more information about the device, the validity of the threat, or the identity of the caller. Listen carefully for background noises.
  2. Note the phone number of the caller if your telephone has a display.
  3. Gather as much information as possible. If possible, use the Bomb Threat Checklist to question the caller in a polite and non-threatening manner.
  4. Upon completion of the call, immediately dial 911 then Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone. Then complete the checklist while the call is still fresh in your memory.
  5. Remain available to answer questions.
  6. If the threat was received by another individual and he/she is relaying information to you, use the Bomb Threat Checklist to gather as much information as possible.
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A suspicious object is defined as any package, parcel, container, or other object that is suspected of being an explosive device because it is out of place or unusual for that location and cannot be accounted for, or because a threat has been received.

If you find a suspicious object:

  1. Do not touch the object.
  2. Move people away from the object.
  3. Do not use portable radio equipment within 100 feet of the suspicious object.
  4. Dial 911 then Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
  5. Follow police instructions precisely.
  6. Do not attempt to evacuate the building without the authorization or assistance of emergency personnel. Current emergency management guidelines caution against automatic evacuation. In most cases, people are likely to be more secure in their offices or classrooms than in hallways that have not been searched or outdoors where an actual threat may be even more likely to exist.

If a search of the building is conducted, you and other staff may be asked to accompany Rhodes State Security officers since you are more likely to notice something out of the ordinary in your own area or facility.

If you receive a bomb threat call: 

  • Remain calm.
  • Get as much information as possible (use checklist on page).
  • Call 911 then 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
  • Inform your supervisor/department head of the bomb threat phone call.

Supscious Packages/Objects

If you receive a written threat or a suspicious parcel, or if you find a suspicious object anywhere, call the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone immediately to report it to campus security. Never touch, move, or tamper with suspicious objects under any circumstances. Prevent others from handling it or going near it. Do not use cell phones or radio equipment within 100 feet of the suspicious object as they might detonate explosives.
Write down everything you can remember about receiving the letter or parcel or finding the object. The police will need this information.

Recognizing Suspicious Packages or Objects, be cautious of:

  • Foreign mail, air mail, and special deliveries
  • Restrictive markings such as “confidential” or “personal”
  • Excessive postage
  • Handwritten or poorly typed address
  • Incorrect titles
  • Misspelling of common words
  • Oily stains or discoloration on package
  • Excessive weight
  • Rigid, lopsided, or uneven envelopes
  • Protruding wires or tinfoil
  • Excessive tape or string
  • Visual distractions
  • No return address

There is little you can do to prepare for an explosion, but some of the preparation you can do for general disasters can also be applied to unexpected explosions. You can familiarize yourself with your evacuation plan for your area. You can also become familiar with the locations of extinguishers, fire exits, and the fire alarm system in your area. Fire extinguishers come in several varieties, and you can take courses in the proper use of each type. You can also take courses in first aid or CPR to prepare for the possibility of helping people with injuries.

If an explosion occurs, remain calm. Bear in mind that many things will probably happen at the same time. There may be further explosions; people may be injured and need help; smoke may be seeping in around a door.

In general, do not use cell phones or any electrical device that might spark further explosions. Signal for help by shouting periodically or by hanging an article of clothing out a window. If you are able to evacuate and are instructed to do so, do not use elevators, and be careful of fallen debris or of glass or heavy objects that might be ready to fall.

Action Items

If an explosion occurs in your work area or building:

  • Remain calm.
  • If ordered, evacuate.
  • DO NOT MOVE SERIOUSLY INJURED PERSONS unless danger is immediate.
  • Assist persons whose injuries are not serious.
  • Avoid windows, mirrors, furnishings that might fall, and electrical equipment. Watch for falling objects.
  • Open doors carefully.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Assist and accompany persons with disabilities.
  • Do not use phones, matches, or lighters.

If trapped in a building: 

  • DO NOT USE CELL PHONES. They can trigger explosions.
  • IF A DOOR IS WARM, DO NOT OPEN IT.
  • IF SMOKE IS ENTERING AROUND DOORS, stuff clothing in cracks to block smoke.
  • Signal rescue crews by placing clothing outside window, if possible.
  • If there is no window, stay near the floor where the air may be less toxic
  • Shout periodically to alert rescue crews

Severe Weather Watch:

  • Be alert to possible severe weather conditions.
  • Conditions are right for severe weather. This tells you when and where severe weather is likely to occur.
  • Watch the sky and stay tuned to radio or television for information.

Severe Weather Warning:

  • Indicates imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm or hazard.
  • All outdoor and open area activities should be closely monitored and suspended, if possible, until the threat has passed.
  • Be alert when severe weather is confirmed to be in the area and has been sighted.
  • Be prepared and close enough to a permanent building that you can get into it with short notice.

Steps to take if caught in severe weather:

  • Be alert to possible weather conditions.
  • Monitor local radio/television for information.
  • Stay or get indoors.
  • Lightening is generally associated with these storms. Time is critical and moving to an interior room must be done quickly. People outdoors should move indoors to a permanent facility interior room.
  • Ensure that you are in a permanent building and not a temporary structure such as a trailer, automobile, truck, or pole building.
  • Move to an interior room away from windows.
  • Monitor WLIO and local radio stations for Watch & Warning details.
  • If you hear thunder you are in close proximity to lightning and a possible lightning strike.

Rember the 30/30 lightning safety rule

  • Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to thirty (30) before hearing thunder and stay
  • indoors for thirty (30) minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Check road conditions online at: http://www.buckeyetraffic.org

Tornadoes can occur throughout the year, but Ohio’s peak tornado season is April through July. A tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop.

A tornado warning means a funnel cloud or tornado has been sighted by a qualified spotter or has been detected on radar.

If weather conditions are threatening, seek safety immediately and take necessary actions to protect life and property. Listen to a NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio or local TV or radio station for continued weather reports.
You can prepare for tornado emergencies by keeping a NOAA weather radio or battery-powered radio in your office and by identifying your best tornado shelter before a warning occurs.

What to do in a tornado watch:

  • Be prepared to seek shelter.
  • Determine the location of the nearest shelter.
  • Listen to TV or radio for further weather reports.
  • Realize the next step could be a warning.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Advise others of severe weather conditions.
  • If weather grows threatening, SEEK SHELTER even if you hear no tornado warnings.

What to do in a tornado warning:

  • Remain calm.
  • If notified of a tornado warning, PROCEED IMMEDIATELY to a windowless interior room of the basement or the lowest level of the building.
  • USE ELEVATORS IF YOU HAVE A DISABILITY OR ARE HELPING A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY.
  • Stay away from windows, glass, stairwells, and unsecured objects.
  • Stay tuned to a local media outlet for notification of an “all-clear.”
  • Do not contact the Rhodes State Security department unless an emergency exists.
  • In the event of an emergency, call Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.

If outdoors in a tornado warning:

  • SEEK SHELTER IMMERDIATELY.
  • Lie in low-lying ditch, culvert, or at low land levels.
  • Protect your face and head.

If a power outage occurs in your office or building: 

  • Remain calm.
  • Call Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone then
  • Facilities/Maintenance at 567-242-7424 to report power loss.
  • Help those in your area who may be unfamiliar with your space.
  • If in an unlighted area, cautiously move toward an area with emergency lights.
  • If in an elevator, stay calm. Use the emergency button or phone Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone or Facilities/Maintenance at 567-242-7424.
  • Evacuate building if instructed to do so.

Downed Power Lines

Distance is your friend

  • Under normal conditions, power lines are not supposed to lie on the ground. However, there are circumstances, such as high winds and storms that can bring down power lines and other utility wires. Downed power lines can be dangerous because they carry an electric current that can instantly injure or cause death.
  • There is no way for you to determine whether fallen power lines are energized or not because you can’t smell, see, or hear electricity. Always keep your distance and presume a fallen wire is energized and dangerous.

Don't guess, stay away

  • Never touch a fallen wire, no matter how harmless it may look. Power lines are not insulated or coated like power cords for home appliances. In some instances, power lines may have a coating of weatherproofing material that may appear to be some form of insulation. It is not an insulating material and does not make the power line safe to touch.
  • It is sometimes difficult even for professionals to tell the difference between energized power lines and other utility lines. Don’t guess and stay away from all wires.

Keep Cars Clear

  • If your vehicle encounters a downed power line, stay inside the vehicle. If you can, honk and lower your windows to alert passers-by. Caution them to stay away from the vehicle and ask them to call 911.
  • If you must exit the vehicle, remove all loose items or clothing and jump clear of the vehicle. Avoid touching the car and the ground at the same time. Land with both feet together; keep your feet as close together as possible; and shuffle away from the car.

Major flooding and water damage on campus could be the result of catastrophic weather conditions, broken water pipes, clogged drains, or construction damage. The best preparation is to be familiar with the campus evacuation plan beforehand.

Minor or area flooding of the campus is more probable. This could be the result of multiple rainstorms. When informed of imminent minor, weather-related flooding, Rhodes State Security Department will monitor the National Weather Service and other emergency advisories to determine necessary action such as evacuation of specific areas and delay or cancellation of classes.

In any flooding situation, if there are electrical appliances or outlets near the water, use extreme caution. If there is any possible danger, evacuate the area. Immediately notify the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone then Facilities Maintenance at 567-242-7424.

If you know the source of the water and are confident of your ability to stop it (i.e., unclog the drain, turn off the water), do so. Be prepared to assist as directed in protecting and securing vital equipment, records, or chemicals that are in jeopardy. Take only essential steps to avoid or reduce immediate water damage, such as moving items to higher, safer ground, or covering objects with plastic sheeting. Do not return to your building unless you have been instructed to do so.

In case of major flooding:

  • Remain calm.
  • AVOID ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES OR OUTLETS NEAR WATER.
  • IF ELECTRICAL HAZARD IS POSSIBLE, EVACUATE AREA.
  • Call Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone immediately.
  • Evacuate the building or campus if instructed to do so.
  • Do not return to the building unless instructed to do so.

In case of minor flooding:

  • Remain calm.
  • AVOID ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES OR OUTLETS NEAR WATER.
  • IF ELECTRICAL HAZARD IS POSSIBLE, EVACUATE AREA.
  • Call Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone or call Facilities/Maintenance at 567-242-7424.
  • If you are confident you can stop the leak (i.e., unclog the drain, turn off the water), do so.
  • Help protect or secure vital equipment, records, or chemicals that are in jeopardy, if directed to do so.
  • Take only essential action to avert immediate water damage (i.e., move items to higher ground, or covering objects with plastic).
  • Do not return to your building unless instructed to do so.

A hazardous material spill is a spill in which there is a significant amount of a hazardous material released or one in which the release of the substance cannot be controlled. Examples of hazardous materials in quantities that would be considered a spill are: more than one gallon of bleach, more than 100 ml of sulfuric acid, over one gallon of gasoline, and any quantity of mercury. Examples of infectious materials include blood and other bodily fluids.

Hazardous Material Spill Responses

  • Call 911 then Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone immediately.
  • If the hazardous material comes in contact with your skin, immediately flush the affected area with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes, and then seek medical attention.
    Stop the source of the hazardous material if possible.
  • Evacuate the immediate area, closing doors behind you.
  • Unless trained, DO NOT attempt to clean up the spill yourself.
  • Make yourself available to emergency personnel to supply critical information to aid in clean up.
  • Provide as much of the following information as possible:
    • Where has the hazardous material spill occurred? Specify the floor, room number, and location in room.
    • Have there been a fire and/or explosion?
    • Are there any injuries? If so, how many?
    • What material has been spilled?
    • What is the state of the material (i.e., solid, liquid, gas, combination)?
    • Is any of the hazardous material escaping from the spill location in the form of chemical vapors/fumes or running or dripping liquid?

Infectious Material Spill Responses

  • If the infectious material comes in contact with your skin, immediately wash with soap and water.
  • Unless trained, DO NOT attempt to clean up the spill yourself.
  • Contact Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
  • Make yourself available to responding emergency and Environmental Health and Safety personnel to supply information to aid in clean up.

If you believe that a biological, chemical, or radiation threat may occur or has occurred, contact the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone or dial 911.

A biological attack is a deliberate release of germs or other biological substances that can make you sick. Many agents must be inhaled, enter the skin through a cut, or be ingested to infect a person. Some biological agents, like anthrax, are not contagious, while others, such as the smallpox virus, can result in communicable diseases. Unlike an explosion, a biological attack may not be immediately obvious. Most likely, a biological threat would be observed by local health care workers from unusual patterns or surges of persons with similar illnesses. Information may not be immediately available. Public health officials will need time to assess the situation properly. If you are potentially exposed, follow the instructions from physicians and public health officials.

A chemical attack is a deliberate release of a toxic gas, liquid, or solid that can poison people and the environment. Potential signs of a chemical threat can include many people suffering from watery eyes, twitching, choking, experiencing loss of coordination, or having difficulty breathing. Observations that heighten suspicion may include many sick or dead birds, fish, or small animals. If you witness signs of a chemical attack, try to find clean air quickly by avoiding the source of contamination. If the circumstances and your symptoms suggest that you may have been exposed to a chemical agent, remove your contaminated clothes immediately. Find a source of water and wash with soap, if available. Seek medical attention right away.

A radiation attack (also called a dirty bomb) uses an explosion device coupled with a large quantity of radioactive material. The explosion disperses radioactive material into the immediate area. The explosion represents the most serious potential for casualties. Emergency and radiation safety personnel will use special instruments to determine the presence and levels of radioactive contamination on persons and the affected area. Remove yourself from the blast site to reduce your radiation exposure. If circumstances suggest that you may be contaminated with radioactive materials, remove your contaminated clothes immediately and place them in a plastic bag. Wash with soap and water and put on clean clothes.

A nuclear blast is an enormous explosion resulting from a fission or fusion nuclear device. The explosion results in a blinding flash of light, a huge fireball, and a massive blast (or pressure) wave. If forewarned of an impending nuclear detonation, proceed to the nearest emergency shelter for protection against the blast and fireball. Turn off the ventilation system. Stay away from windows, glass, and unsecured objects. If above ground limit your radiation dose by shielding yourself with dense or thick materials, maximizing your distance from the blast site, minimizing the time you are exposed to the radioactive materials. More importantly, avoid or control personal contamination by washing off radioactivity, changing to clean clothes, obtaining food and drink from closed, uncontaminated systems.

Action Items

Biological, Chemical, and Radiation (dirty bomb) threats

  • Cover your mouth and nose with layers of cloth (handkerchief, towel, etc.)
  • Get as far as possible from the source of contamination.
  • Wash with soap and water.
  • Change to clean clothes.
  • Call 911 then the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
  • Follow instructions of Security, Police or Fire personnel.

Nuclear Blast

  • If time permits, evacuate to a safe locality.
  • If the threat is imminent, take cover immediately in the nearest emergency or below-ground shelter.
  • Lie down and protect your face and head.
  • Protect yourself from radioactive debris. Avoid contaminated areas, food, and drink.
  • Consider methods to shield or distance yourself from radioactive remnants and reduce the duration of your exposure.
The following information provides basic guidelines for assisting people with emotional, chemical, or psychological issues. For more extensive information, please contact Counseling & Psychological Services at 419-995-8133 or the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone and request additional information on this topic.

Mental Illness

  • DO be respectful
  • DO attribute symptom(s) to the illness
  • DO maintain poise and self-control
  • DO maintain personal space
  • DO keep your voice low and calm
  • DO use short, simple statements
  • DO keep your hands in view
  • DO be matter-of-fact
  • DO reduce contact if the individual is especially ill
  • DO NOT give sharp commands or use threats
  • DO NOT challenge – verbally or physically
  • DO NOT argue, criticize, or be judgmental
  • DO NOT make promises you can’t keep
  • DO NOT take anger personally

Alcohol & Chemical Dependency

These issues can become debilitating and detrimental to the well-being of the individual and those around them. Resources are readily available through Counseling Services at 419-995-8133 or (8133) from any Rhodes State campus phone to help deal with the dependency and residual effects. The concern of an arrest or disciplinary sanctions should not deter you from seeking assistance for individuals; their long term well-being should be the primary concern.

Traumatic Incident

Be reassuring to the victim or witnesses and immediately dial 911 or contact the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone to initiate assistance resources. 

Action Steps

Mental Illness

  • DO be respectful
  • DO attribute symptom(s) to the illness
  • DO maintain poise and self-control
  • DO maintain personal space
  • DO keep your voice low and calm
  • DO use short, simple statements
  • DO keep your hands in view
  • DO be matter-of-fact
  • DO reduce contact if the individual is especially ill
  • DO NOT give sharp commands or use threats
  • DO NOT challenge – verbally or physically
  • DO NOT argue, criticize, or be judgmental
  • DO NOT make promises you can’t keep
  • DO NOT take anger personally

Alcohol & Chemical Dependency

Counseling Services at 419-995-8133 or (8133) from any Rhodes State Phone.

Traumatic Incident

Call 911 or the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone. 

If you witness a crime contact the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone IMMEDIATELY. Remain calm and encourage others around you to remain calm. Do not attempt to intervene. If you can, write down details and descriptions while they are current in your mind. Be prepared to give details to the responding officers.

Action Items

  • Contact Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone immediately.
  • Do not attempt to physically intervene.
  • All information is needed in investigating crimes that occur on campus.
  • Be attentive to all details, descriptions, mannerisms, actions, license plates, etc.

If you are involved in a robbery/shoplifting/theft situation, take steps not to aggravate the situation. Remain calm and cooperate. When it is safe to do so call the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone and be prepared to provide as much information as possible. Do not attempt to negotiate or argue with the person(s) involved.

Action Steps

  • Do what you are told without argument during a robbery.
  • Tell others around you to do what they are told.
  • As soon as it is safe, dial 911 then the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone and supply as many details as possible including number of people involved, description of person(s) involved, weapons displayed, threats made, etc.
  • Do not attempt to negotiate or argue with the person(s) involved.
  • If there is more than one person available, have someone maintain visual contact to provide direction of travel from a safe distance. If there was a weapon displayed DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FOLLOW.

If you encounter a potentially dangerous person, take steps not to aggravate the situation or the person. While you are with or near the person, remain calm and cooperate. Be sure to make no sudden movements. When it is safe to do so, call Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone and give as much information as possible under the circumstances, especially your name and location (department, building, and office number). If safe to do so, alert other employees/students that an emergency/dangerous situation is present or imminent and that everyone should quietly leave the area.

Disruptive Behavior

Be alert for behavior that interferes with other students, faculty, or staff and their access to an appropriate educational or work environment. This includes the ongoing and pervasive disruption of academic, administrative, and other campus activities. Some behavior, while disruptive, does not come under the jurisdiction of the criminal system or the Student Code of Conduct. Therefore, this information is to provide you with the tools for addressing these disruptive situations when they arise.

Examples of Disruptive Behavior

  • Habitual interference with educational, work, living, or social environments.
  • Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention inside or outside the classroom.
  • Words or actions that have the effect of intimidating or harassing another.
  • Words or actions that cause another to fear for their personal safety.
  • Threats of physical violence.

Action Steps

If you encounter a potentially dangerous person:

  • Remain calm.
  • Cooperate with the person.
  • Make no sudden movements.
  • Call Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone as soon as possible.
  • Prepare to provide as much information as possible.
  • If safe to do so, alert others of the emergency/danger.
  • Advise others to quietly leave the area.

If you encounter a disruptive person: 

  • Remain calm.
  • Do not ignore disruptive behavior.
  • Tell the disruptive person that such behavior is inappropriate.
  • Set limits and explain that disruptive behavior has consequences.
  • Explain clearly and directly what behaviors are acceptable.
  • Allow the disruptive person to voice what is upsetting him/her.
  • Acknowledge the disruptive person’s feelings.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • If appropriate, postpone dealing with the situation.
  • Set a mutually agreeable time and place to discuss the issues again.
  • Advise supervisor or department chair of the problem.
  • Call Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
  • Be prepared to give your name, the name of the disruptive person, your location, and a brief description of the incident.
  • Complete a BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) report as soon as possible.

While Ohio has not historically been a state prone to severe earthquake activity, the National Earthquake Information Center does note that the largest earthquake in Ohio was centered in Shelby County. That earthquake, one of several in the 1930s, caused moderate damage to buildings and affected water, oil, and gas wells. Therefore, safety during an earthquake largely involves avoiding falling objects or power lines, and avoiding the use of cell phones or radio equipment that might spark fires from ruptured gas lines.

Were a major earthquake to occur, the campus must also be prepared to provide its own resources for an indefinite period. It is always a good idea to maintain certain supplies in your office.
See Preparing for Emergencies and Sheltering in Place.

Action Steps

If Inside

  • Stay inside—do not run outside.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Take cover beneath a desk or table.
  • Protect your head and neck.
  • Stay away from windows and objects that could fall.

If Outside

  • Get away from trees, buildings, walls, and power lines.
  • Assume a fetal position on the ground, with eyes closed, and arms crossed over back of your neck for protection.
  • Stay in a fetal position until the shaking stops.

After Shaking Stops

  • Do not use regular or cellular phones except to call 911 or the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone to report serious injuries.
  • Assist and accompany persons with disabilities.
  • Use battery-powered radios to follow instructions given by the Emergency Alert System.
  • Obey instructions/audio announcements by Security, Police or Fire personnel.
  • Evacuate if instructed to do so.
  • Do not enter any building that is deemed or looks unsafe.

Not all demonstrations are unlawful. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that certain activity is protected under the U.S. Constitution. However, any demonstration on College property that interferes with the educational function of the institution or in which violence, property damage, or other unlawful behavior occurs is unlawful.

In the event of a civil disturbance, you should immediately contact the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone and be prepared to give information such as the name of the group, if known; the location and size of the group; and whether any weapons are involved.

Avoid provoking or obstructing demonstrators, and avoid the area of the disturbance.
While you should continue to conduct normal business operations as much as possible, you should also be prepared to secure your work area by locking doors, safes, files, vital records, and expensive equipment, and by logging off your computers. If it becomes necessary, cease operations and evacuate. If the disturbance is outside, stay away from doors or windows, and stay inside.

If you have a question about whether a demonstration is unlawful, call the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.

Action Steps

In case of civil disturbance: 

  • Call the Rhodes State Security Department at 419-995-8499 or (8499) from any Rhodes State phone.
  • Be prepared to give the following information:
    • The name of the group, if known.
    • The exact location of the group.
    • The size of the group.
    • Weapons involved.
  • Avoid provoking or obstructing demonstrators.
  • Avoid the area of the disturbance.

If disturbance is outside and you are inside: 

  • Stay inside.
  • Stay away from doors and windows.
  • Continue with normal business operations, if possible.
  • If necessary, cease operations and evacuate.
  • Secure your work area (lock doors, safes, files, vital records, and expensive equipment).
  • Log off computers.

The campus is normally open during periods of ordinary seasonal inclement weather. Faculty and staff must assume responsibility for their own health and safety, as well as for their class or work responsibilities. While this frequently requires a delicate balance, each individual must be the ultimate arbiter of whether to travel to campus under varying conditions.

An emergency closing of the campus will be implemented only under severe and extreme circumstances. All employees are expected to report to work unless they specifically hear otherwise, and every effort will be made to maintain classes. However, when weather conditions and/or a declared state of emergency due to other factors warrant, there may be a delay in the opening of the campus, cancellation of classes, or an emergency closing of the campus.

The decision to close for a full day or to delay the opening of the campus until midday (12:30 p.m.) should be made by 6:00 a.m. The decision to close from midday through evening classes will be made before noon, if possible. If the need to close is identified during the day, the decision will be communicated throughout the campus and through the designated media. A campus closing notice will be displayed on the Rhodes State page, www.rhodesstate.edu. If the decision is made to close the campus, all employees and students will be notified by campus officials to leave the campus.

Note: In the event that an evacuation of the campus is necessary, all personnel will be expected to assist in helping students and other faculty and staff to leave the campus. See Evacuation Procedures.
For information during an emergence, or to find out if the campus is closed, visit www.rhodesstate.edu.

Action Steps

  • Leave campus if notified campus is closing.
  • If evacuation is ordered, help students, faculty, and staff leave campus.
  • For information during an emergence, or to find out if the campus is closed, visit www.rhodesstate.edu