Emergency Response Information
- Campus Violence/Active Shooter
- Medical Emergency
- Bomb Threat/Explosions
- Hazardous Materials
- Tornado/Severe Weather
- Power Outage/Gas Leak
Campus Violence/Active Shooter
If you are a victim or witness seek cover or safety.
Call 911 and/or activate an emergency campus call box immediately!
Advise the Dispatcher of the Following:
- Your name, location and type of incident violence.
- Be prepared to answer questions related to injuries, weapons, and information about the attacker.
If Incident In Your Location, Hide:
- Hide in an area out of the attacker(s) view and remain quiet.
- Block entry to your hiding place, lock doors, if possible, turn off lights and ringers on mobile devices.
- When an opportunity occurs to leave your location seek cover or safety.
If Incident Away From You, Evacuate:
- Have an escape route and plan in mind.
- Leave your belongings behind.
- Keep your hands visible.
If Confronted by a Threatening Person:
- Stay at a safe distance, if possible.
- Try to get the attention of students and co-workers so they can call 911.
- Distract and evade.
- As a last resort and only when your life or the lives of others are in imminent danger.
What to do when Law Enforcement Arrives:
- Remain calm and follow officers’ instructions.
- Immediately raise your hands and spread your fingers.
- Keep hands visible at all times.
- Avoid making quick movements towards officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety.
- Avoid pointing, screaming, and/or yelling.
- Do not stop to ask officers for help or directions when evacuating; just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises.
- Immediately call 911 and notify the NECC Public Safety office.
- Send someone to the building entrance to guide first responders.
- Comfort the victim.
- Avoid moving victims.
- Rendering first aid: Massachusetts “Good Samaritan” laws protect citizens from good faith attempts to render aid.
If you receive a telephone threat:
- Keep the caller on the line.
- Listen carefully. Note the time of the call and the telephone number calling.
- Write down pertinent information such as background noises, gender of the caller, and voice pitches and patterns.
- Ask the following questions:
- Where is the bomb located?
- When will it go off?
- What does it look like?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What will make it explode?
- Did you place the bomb?
If you locate or find a suspicious item or package, call 911 and Public Safety:
- Stay away from the item or package.
- Do not allow anyone to handle or go near
- Direct individuals to evacuate or move to a safer location and take personal items with you.
- Follow the room/office evacuation plan.
- If a suspicious package is handled, avoid dropping or any other abrupt movement. Gently set the package down.
- Avoid the use of cell phones, radios or other wireless devices.
- Do not turn light switches on or off, or activate electrical devices or switches around the package.
- If explosion occurs inside, evacuate or move to safer location/
- If explosion occurs outside, remain inside.
All chemical fires, and spills (no matter how small) should be reported to the NECC Public Safety Office at x3333 or 978-556-3333.
If a chemical spill occurs:
- Follow the posted instructions on the Material Data Sheets (MDS).
- Evacuate the area if needed and call 911.
Blood–borne Pathogens Contamination:
- If you come into contact with a suspected blood-borne pathogen, immediately wash area to avoid spreading.
If a tornado warning is issued:
- Proceed to an interior room or corridor and crouch near the floor, covering your head.
- Stay away from windows, mirrors, glass and large unsecured objects such as desks or filing cabinets.
- Do not use elevators.
- If requested, assist persons with disabilities to shelter areas on the same floor.
- Remain in shelter areas until the College issues an “All Clear.”
Rescue: Remove anyone from danger, close doors to confine smoke and fire after ensuring rooms are empty.
Alarm: Call 911 or activate nearest pull station. Notify NECC Public Safety
Evacuation: Proceed immediately to a safe exit and begin to evacuate unless told otherwise by emergency personnel.
- Do not open any door that appears or feels hot.
- Do not return to your area for personal belongings.
- If smoke is present, “Stay Low & Go.” The best air quality is near the floor.
- Do not enter/use elevators in fires.
- If you are in an elevator when the alarm sounds, do not push the Emergency Stop button
If trapped in your office/classroom:
- Notify 911 and make yourself visible to responding emergency personnel.
- Wedge cloth material along the bottom of the door.
- Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
If you catch fire:
- Do not run.
- Stop where you are, drop to the ground, and roll over to smother the flames.
Power Outage/Gas Leak
If a power outage occurs:
- If possible call Public Safety at x 3333 or 978-556-3333.
- Provide assistance to others in your area that may not be familiar with the building/work space.
- Turn off equipment such as computers and monitors to avoid potential damage from surges once the power is restored.
- If you are in a dark area proceed to an area with emergency lights or natural lighting.
- Remember: many mobile devices are equipped with flashlight features.
- If you are in an elevator, stay calm. Use the emergency button or contact Public Safety.
If you suspect a gas leak:
- Immediately evacuate the area.
- Call 911 and Public Safety.
- Do not turn on or ignite any electronic device or electrical equipment.
- Call 911
- Pick a safe place, under sturdy furniture away from windows and items that may fall.
- Wait in place until shaking stops.
- The shorter the distance to safety, the less likely you will be injured.
- Be ready for aftershocks. Move carefully.
- Watch for debris and fires.
- When evacuating, use stairs, not elevators.
- If you are outside during an earthquake, stay outside. Crouch down and cover your head.