TYPES OF DISASTER

In all disasters, whoever calls 9-911 should also notify the Director. If on location, the Director will decide when to evacuate the building. If the Director is not available, Silver City or Campus Police will decide when to evacuate the building. In all cases, using common sense is a priority for safety.

BOMB THREAT

If you receive a bomb threat:

  1. Attempt to notify someone in your work area to call Emergency Dispatch at 9-911. Do so while the person is still on the line. Be sure to tell the dispatcher to notify Campus Police for you.
  2. Remain calm. Follow the Bomb Threat Checklist (Exhibit G-1).
  3. Notify Director, Nurse, or VP for Student Affairs.
  4. If the Police or the Director orders evacuation, follow the Emergency Evacuation Plan.
  5. A bomb threat will be announced as a "Code Red."

EXPLOSION

See "Severe Weather" plans and proceed accordingly.

VIOLENT/POTENTIALLY VIOLENT PATIENT

This is a patient who is carrying a weapon or has imposed physical harm or threatened physical harm to a member of the staff, a patient, or visitor. Follow the procedure below:

  1. Call 9-911 if this is possible.
  2. If calling 9-911 is not possible, attempt to reach a Panic Button, located at the Director's desk, Front Office, or Nurse's desk.

FIRE

See "Emergency Evacuation" plans and proceed accordingly.

HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL

See "Emergency Evacuation" plans and proceed accordingly.

POWER FAILURE

If a power outage occurs for an extended period of time, the Student Health Services will be evacuated according to the "Emergency Evacuation" plan. The SHS has an emergency lighting system to provide sufficient lighting to evacuate the building in case of such an emergency. The alarm system has an emergency power source (battery) back-up system.

In case of a power outage or other emergency in the building that will later require repair, the clerk/receptionist or the nurse calls in the work order to the Physical Plant Department during normal working hours.

SEVERE WEATHER (Earthquake, Flood, Tornado)

In case of severe weather, follow the procedures below:

  1. Evacuate building if there is adequate time for notification.
  2. If there is inadequate time to evacuate the building:
    1. Management of Staff/Patients
      • The Director or her/his designee will be responsible for the overall coordination of the activities. This includes communicating with and coordinating the emergency transportation of patients to outside facilities as required. By calling 9-911, the Emergency Dispatcher will be able to notify the Silver City Police/Fire Department/ Ambulance, as well as the Campus Police. The Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs should also be notified immediately. The Nurse or Clerk/Receptionist will assist the Director in the overall coordination. If the Director is unavailable or incapacitated, another provider will assume the role. If there is no other provider, the Nurse will assume the role. The Clerk/Receptionist will report to the front lobby and assist the Director or Nurse as necessary.
      • All injured staff and patients who are ambulatory will go to the front lobby area.
      • The Director or the provider will be the "Triage Provider." The Nurse will assist him/her. If it is determined that the building must be vacated, both will report to the front lobby. The Triage Provider will determine what patients can safely leave the building, after receiving any necessary First Aid, and which patients will need medical transport to Gila Regional Medical Center. Any patient requiring ambulance transfer to GRMC will be stabilized with First Aid and placed near the Ambulance/Emergency door. The Triage Provider and the Nurse will then circulate around the building, assisting with evacuation, and providing emergency First Aid to non-ambulatory, injured patients/staff left in the halls or other rooms. In the event that the provider is injured or unavailable, then any other provider available would be the Triage Provider.
      • All other uninjured personnel will report to their designated Emergency Stations. All uninjured non-clinical personnel will evacuate the building leaving by the most convenient exit. All uninjured patients will evacuate the building leaving the most convenient exit.
      • The Nurse will assist the provider in triaging the non-ambulatory patients and staff. NO ONE IN THIS CATEGORY SHOULD LEAVE THE BUILDING UNLESS THE DISASTER WARRANTS EVACUATION.
    2. B. Space

      The front lobby will be used only for triage of ambulatory injured patients and/or staff.
      The exam rooms will be used for evaluating and treatment of non-ambulatory injured patient/staff.

    3. C. Supplies

      The Nurse and her/his designee will supervise the monitoring and distribution of supplies. A First Aid Supply Kit for Disaster Casualties will be maintained in the Pharmacy. The First Aid Supplies will include items listed on (Exhibit G-2). The Urgent Care Box will be transferred by the Nurse to the front lobby and will be another source of supplies.
      Five Gallons of potable water is kept in the Pharmacy.

    4. D. Communications

      Communications will be routed through front office by the clerical staff and the Director, assisted by the Clerk/Receptionist. A cordless telephone and a portable battery operated AM/FM radio should be available. Only essential calls from the outside will be taken, and queries from patients/others will be referred to GRMC Emergency Room.

    5. E. Security
      The WNMU Campus Police, at the request of the Director, will provide security (crowd control).

TERRORISM

See "Violent/Potentially Violent Patient" plans and proceed accordingly.

MEDICAL EPIDEMIC

The Director of the SHS will supervise medical epidemics occurring on campus. This includes a wide range of situations such as mass food poisoning from a dining hall, and viral epidemics. The Director makes the decisions when to declare an epidemic and implement this policy.

Procedure:

  1. The Director of the SHS or her designee will keep the Vice- President for Student Affairs advised of any possible epidemic.
  2. All staff so requested by the Director or her/his designee will remain on duty to handle the emergency until emergency staff relief can be arranged and/or transferred if patients need care at another facility.
  3. All appointments will be cancelled and walk-in patients triaged to determine whether their problem is urgent. A provider will see only those patients who require urgent care. The other walk-ins will be asked to schedule an appointment at a later date.

REVIEW OF DISASTER:

The SHS Director, Campus Police, Vice-President for Student Affairs, and SICQI Coordinator will meet within 2 weeks of the emergency to review the emergency action, and evaluate the effectiveness of the procedures, recommending modifications to the plan as necessary.