MC Emergency Preparedness Guide • Preventing Crime
On-Campus Emergency Phone Number: 685-4 911
MC policies prohibit disruption and obstruction of MC functions and activities, verbal threats and behavior endangering the health or safety or any individual.
DISRUPRIVE BEHAVIOR interferes with the educational environment or prevents normal work functions or activities. Examples include yelling, using profanity or refusing reasonable requests for identification.
THREATENING BEHAVIOR includes physical actions short of actual contact or injury (e.g., moving closer aggressively, or oral or written threats to people or property (I’ll get you,” “I’ll break it”), or implicit threats (“this isn’t over).
VIOLENT BEHAVIOR includes any physical assault, with or without weapons; behavior a reasonable person would interpret as being potentially violent (e.g., throwing things, pounding on a desk or door) or specific threats to inflict physical harm (e.g., a threat to shoot someone).
You should report immediately when an individual is:
• Engaging in persistent, obsessive attention to others
• Intimidating, verbally abusing, harassing or mistreating others
• Engaging in stalking behavior
• Making threatening references to other incidents of violence
• Making threats to harm self, others or property
• Detailing specific proposed act(s) of disruption or violence
• Expressing feelings of revenge, or being wronged, humiliated or degraded
If you feel threatened or in danger, you should:
• Find a way to excuse yourself, leave the room or area and get help.
• Not mention the police if you fear an angry or violent response.
• Signal for assistance.
• Not isolate yourself with an individual you believe may be dangerous. Maintain a safe distance, do not turn your back and stay seated, if possible. Leave a door open, open a closed door or sit near the door.
• NEVER try to remove him/her from the area. An agitated individual who may respond with violence toward you may interpret even a gentle push or grabbing an arm as an assault.
Report all disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior to MC Police at X4911 or (432) 685-4911 at any time or other campus representatives.
Be prepared to answer:
• Type of emergency
• Your telephone number
• Your name
• Your location and the location of the emergency (if different)
• A description of individuals, if applicable
• A description of vehicles, if applicable
• The responding person will discuss the course of action. If necessary, a follow-up will be conducted later.
Crime prevention . . . ensuring the safety of the MC community is a group effort—we all must do our part. Be informed and get involved. When working, visiting or attending classes on campus, keep in mind the following:
• Report any suspicious persons or activities to the Police Department X4911 or (432) 685-4911.
• Do not prop open entrances to building or rooms.
• Clear your desk and computer of sensitive information and lock your work areas every time you leave.
• Report all maintenance problems to the MC Physical Plant Department.
• If you feel insecure about walking alone on campus at night, contact the MC Police Department.
• Be mindful of your surroundings.
• Report lost keys and access cards immediately.
IMPORTANT THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE TO REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF AN EMERGENCY:
• Make sure you have a support system in place. Create a “buddy system” that can help you prepare for a disaster, as well as during and after a disaster. Members of your support system, or “buddies,” can be classmates, staff, faculty, friends and co-workers. They should be people you trust to determine if you need assistance. Your support system members should know your capabilities and needs and be able to help in a matter of minutes.
• Prepare your individual emergency plan. Create an emergency contact list (contact information for your doctors, emergency out-of-town contacts and your support system) and a medical information list (name of medical provider, list of medications, allergies and copies of health insurance card). Keep this information handy.
• Gather the supplies you will need before, during and after an emergency. Your emergency supply kit should also include supplies specific to your disability (writing or hearing devices, additional medication, wheelchair, walker, etc.)
• Make sure your area is as safe as possible in the event of an emergency. One of the best ways to avoid possible injuries and stay safe is to prepare your work area while on campus before an emergency (move furniture or other items that may block your escape route, keep a small flash light near you in case of power outage and know where your personal belonging are at all times).
REMINDER TO STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES:
• DO NOT go to the campus unless told it is okay by school officials after an emergency. If you go to the campus, you may be putting yourself and others in danger.
• DO check your local TV or radio station or on the Internet at www.midland.edu If there is an emergency, the phone lines may become busy or needed for official business.
BE READY! Knowing what to do protects you and your family!
This site is intended to inform the Midland College community
about what to do in advance of, during and after an emergency.
Midland College Police Department: (432) 685-4734
Midland College Public Information Office: (432) 685-4556
Emergency Phone Number: 685-4 911