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Public Safety

Heath Services

Campus Contacts

Dean of Students 
Roberto N. Ifill 
240.895.4208

Director of Public Safety
Sean Tallarico
240.895.4911

Director of Counseling Services
Kyle Bishop
240.895.4289

Director of Health Services
Linda Wallace
240.895.4289

ADA Emergency Response Plan

Power Failures

Building Evacuation (Fire/Bomb/Immediate Need)

Campus Evacuation (Natural Disaster/Calvert Cliffs)

Hostile Intruder or Threat of Campus Violence

Communication/Emergency Notification

Considerations for Students and Employees with Psychological Needs

Power Failures

(Mobility)

1. Public Safety will designate a specific stairwell and “safe” room on the second floor in each academic and administrative building, and a specific stairwell in each residence at which students, employees, and visitors with mobility, physical (e.g. vision or hearing impairment), or medical condition should gather.

2. The Associate Dean of Students will include the stairwell and “safe” room assignment information in the memo that is sent to all local fire departments and rescue squads each August. 

3. Signage will be posted in each building identifying these locations.

4. This information will be contained in the Building Coordinator binders.

5. The Building Coordinators will notify the students, employees, and visitors where to go when an incident occurs.

6. The Building Coordinator will assign a student or a staff/faculty member to wait with the student, employee, or visitor for 10 minutes.

7. If the power does not come on within 10 minutes, the Building Coordinator will call Public Safety (4911) for assistance. The person assigned to wait with the student, faculty, staff, or visitor should remain with the student, employee, or visitor until help arrives. OR

8. The College will invest in an Evacu-Chair (to be kept at Public Safety) to be used during evacuations. Once the chair is purchased, the Building Coordinator will call Public Safety (x4911) to assist with evacuating the student, employee, or visitor. (For liability purposes, Public Safety staff will be trained for this task.)

Power Failures

(Vision Impairment/Blind or Hearing Impairment/Deaf)


1. Faculty, staff, or students should be aware of students, employees, or visitors who may need assistance and offer to escort them out of the building.

Building Evacuation

(Mobility)

1. Public Safety will designate a specific stairwell and “safe” room on the second floor in each academic and administrative building, and a specific stairwell in each residence at which students, employees, or visitors with mobility, physical (e.g. vision or hearing impairment), or medical condition should gather.

2. The Associate Dean of Students will include the stairwell and “safe” room assignment information in the memo that is sent to all local fire departments and rescue squads each August.

3. Signage will be posted in each building identifying these locations.

4. This information will be contained in the Building Coordinator binders.

5. The Building Coordinators will notify the students, employees, or visitors where to go when an incident occurs.

6. If an incident occurs, the Building Coordinator will assign a professional staff or faculty member (not students) to wait with the student, employee, or visitor while it is safe to do so.

7. The Building Coordinator will call Public Safety (4911) and the Control Center (9-911) for immediate emergency assistance OR

8. The College will invest in an Evacu-Chair (to be kept at Public Safety) to be used during evacuations. Once the chair is purchased, the Building Coordinator will call Public Safety (x4911) to assist with evacuating the student(s), employees, or visitors. (For liability purposes, Public Safety staff will be trained for this task.)

9. If an Evacu-Chair is not available and safety becomes an issue, the Building Coordinator will recruit professional staff or faculty to assist in bringing the student, employee, or visitor downstairs, if it is safe to do so, or to the designated safe room to await assistance from the fire department.

Building Evacuation

(Vision Impairment/Blind or Hearing Impairment/Deaf)

1.  Faculty, staff, or students should be aware of students, employees, or visitors who may need assistance and escort them out of the building. 

Campus Evacuation

(Mobility)

1. An ADA-accessible van needs to be made available to transport students with mobility or vision impairments, and/or students with medical conditions that restrict driving.  (For employees: if their standard mode of transportation is unavailable, they will be evacuated on the ADA-accessible van with the students.)

2. Students (and employees if necessary) will be instructed to gather at one of the meeting locations noted below 30 minutes after the announcement is made of a campus evacuation.

  • North Campus meeting location:  DPC parking lot
  • Middle Campus meeting location:  Parking lot behind PG
  • Historic Campus meeting location:  Kent Hall parking lot

3. The ADA Coordinator and Director of Health Services will ensure that meeting location information is provided to students with mobility or vision impairments, and/or students with medical conditions that restrict driving at least twice a semester (beginning and middle).  Human Resources will ensure that meeting location information is provided to employees with mobility or vision impairments, and/or employees with medical conditions that restrict driving at least twice a semester.

4. The Assistant VP for Campus Operations will designate a driver for the van.  The driver will remain with these students (and employees) at the evacuation site until relieved by another staff member.

Campus Evacuation

(Hearing Impaired/Deaf)

1. Hearing impaired/deaf students and employees are not generally restricted from driving. Those with cars will be responsible for evacuating campus in the same manner as hearing students and employees.

Hostile Intruder

(Mobility, Vision Impairment/Blind, Hearing Impaired/Deaf)

1. Generally, students, employees, and visitors are to remain “sheltered in place” if a hostile intruder is on-campus.

2. Therefore, faculty, staff, or students should be aware of students, employees, and visitors who may need assistance, relay appropriate information to them verbally or in writing, and assist them to getting to safe locations immediately.

Communication Emergency Notification

(Mobility)

1. No special methods of communication need to be employed for students, employees, or visitors with mobility impairments.

Communication Emergency Notification

(Vision Impairment/Blind)

1. Students, employees and visitors with vision impairments/blind will be able to hear the campus siren system, alarms, and voicemail, and will be able to hear the voice-over message on the campus TV system.

2. Students, faculty, and staff in close proximity to students, employees, or visitors who need assistance should offer to read any flyers, e-mail, or Web announcements that are posted.

Communication Emergency Notification

(Hearing Impaired/Deaf)

1. Students and employees with hearing impairments/deaf will greatly benefit from text messaging and campus “crawling” messages on the TV system.  If the College employs a campus-wide text messaging service this will be the best means of communication with these students and employees.

2. If the College does not employ a campus-wide text messaging service, the Office of Residence Life will attempt to obtain cell phone/text messaging contact numbers for all hearing impaired/deaf students and will send out a text message to these students during an emergency. Human Resources will attempt to obtain cell phone/test messaging contact number for all hearing impaired/deaf employees and will send out a text message to these employees during an emergency.

3. Information should be sent out via e-mail and the College Web page.

4. Flyers or announcements should be widely posted.

Communication Emergency Notification

(Disabled Employees Working After-Hours)

1. As a precautionary measure, employees should notify Public Safety (4911) if they are working in their offices after normal hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

2. If there is an emergency after hours, Public Safety will try to notify the employee and will check the employee’s office first upon arriving at the building.

Considerations for Students and Employees with Psychological Needs

Many students and employees have anxiety disorders and other psychological needs that may not be readily apparent or known by the ADA Coordinator, Human Resources, or other College officials.  Still other students and employees may simply panic due to the unknown factors associated with an emergency situation.  If someone appears to be having a difficult time coping with the situation or is behaving in a way that is unusual or different than they normally behave (for example, a person is crying uncontrollably for a prolonged period of time; talking to him/herself; displaying unusual anger, violence or abusive language, etc.):
  • Try to be supportive, calm, and reassuring. 
  • If possible, offer emotional support.  This involves understanding, patience, affection, and encouragement. 
  • Engage the person in conversation and listen carefully. 
  • Do not disparage feelings expressed, but point out realities and offer hope. 
  • You can acknowledge that things are bad now, and then promote the idea that things are going to get better. 
  • Emphasize the temporary nature of the situation.  Explain that the crisis will pass.
  • Encourage the student to follow-up at the Counseling Center (private therapy for employees) after the crisis has been resolved if that seems appropriate (to try to avoid prolonged post-traumatic stress disorder).