What to Do in Case of . . .

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Armed Subject / Major Criminal Occurrence

In the event of an armed subject or major criminal occurrence on campus, follow these procedures:

1. LOCK YOURSELF IN YOUR ROOM. Close windows and blinds and remain quiet.

2. Turn off lights, radios, televisions, etc. 

3. Do not let anyone into a locked room until area is deemed clear by authorities.

4. Do not block the armed subject's access to an exit.

5. Call 781-736-3333. Provide as much information as possible about the incident.

6. Await further instructions from public safety officers.

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Bomb Threat

In the event of a bomb threat, follow these procedures:

1. DO NOT pull the manual fire alarm.

2. Call 781-736-3333. Provide as much information as possible.

3. Faculty/staff: Notify your supervisor and/or building captain. Students: Notify your community adviser or quad director.

4. If essential personal belongings are close at hand (e.g., wallet/purse and medications), you may take them, but do not jeopardize your personal safety.

5. Evacuate the building through the nearest exit and proceed to an area at least 100 feet from the main building entrance. Do NOT use elevators.

6. Await instruction from public safety officials or your building captain, community adviser or quad director. Do not reenter a building until authorized by emergency personnel. 

7. Refrain from touching an electronic device, including light switches, until you are at least 100 feet from the main building. 

8. Await further instructions from public safety officers.

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Fire

In the event of a fire, follow these procedures:

1. Pull the nearest manual fire alarm and call 781-736-3333.

2. If essential personal belongings are close at hand (e.g., wallet/purse and medications), you may take them, but do not jeopardize your personal safety.

3. Evacuate the building through the nearest exit and proceed to the main building entrance or other area designated by your building captain, community adviser or quad director. Do NOT use elevators.

4. Await instruction from public safety or your building captain, community adviser or quad director. Do not reenter a building until authorized by emergency personnel.

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Hazardous Material Release

In the event of a hazardous material release, follow these procedures:

1. If an emergency or if anyone is in danger, call 781-736-3333.

2. Move away from the site of the hazard to a safe location. Stay UPWIND of material.

3. Alert others to stay clear of the area.

4. Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed.

8. Await further instructions from public safety officers.

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Natural Disaster

In the event of severe weather or a natural disaster such as a tornado or earthquake, follow these procedures:

1. Check Brandeis information sources (campus notification system, human resources listserv, etc.) for updates and instructions.

2. If outdoors, take shelter in the nearest building.

3. Follow instructions from campus information sources, building captains, community advisers, quad directors and/or public safety officials.

4. Do not leave the area or campus without reporting your status to someone in charge.

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Power Outage

In the event of a power outage, follow these procedures:

1. Remain calm; provide assistance to others if necessary.

2. Notify public safety at 781-736-3333. 

3. Move cautiously to a lighted area. Exits may be indicated by lighted signs if the emergency power is operating.

4. Turn off and unplug computers and other voltage-sensitive equipment..

5. For prolonged outages, await further instructions via the Brandeis Emergency Network System.

6. Confer with your building captain, community adviser or quad director for additional information and procedures.

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Suspicious Object

In the event you discover a suspicious object, following these procedures:

1. Do not touch or disturb object.

2. Call 781-736-3333 and provide location and description of suspicious object.

3. Notify your supervisor, building captain, community adviser or quad director.

4. Be prepared to evacuate and await further instruction from public safety personnel (see evacuation procedures).