May 17 2021 01:38:55

Emergency Response Plan


DIAL 911.

Contact Public Safety at (978) 556-3333
or dial ext. 3333 from any campus phone.

Emergency Procedures

Campus Violence/Active Shooter

If you are a victim or witness seek cover or safety.

Call 9-1-1 and contact Public Safety at 978-556-3333 or
call extension 3333 from any campus phone.

Advise the Dispatcher of the Following:


When an active shooter is near you:


If an evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide.

Your hiding place should:


As a last resort and only when your life or the lives of others are in imminent danger.

Help Arrives.

When law enforcement officers arrive keep in mind they will be focused on getting to and stopping the shooter or shooters, and on high alert for anyone who might be a threat.

For additional information on Active Shooter see the RUN HIDE FIGHT VIDEO

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Medical Emergency

In many cases of medical emergencies, appropriate action taken during the first moments can prevent further injury. Fast action is most important and may save a life.

The Northern Essex Community College Public Safety Department is certified in CPR and First Aid. Emergency defibrillators are located across campus.

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Bomb Threat/Explosions

If you  observe a suspicious object or potential bomb on campus, do not handle the object. Clear the area and immediately call 9-1-1 and then contact Public Safety at 978-556-3333 or call extension 3333 from any campus phone.

If You Receive a Bomb Threat:

Note the Following:

Remain calm and ask the caller the following questions. Take notes if possible.

If you check your area and observe a potential bomb:

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Hazardous Materials

Damage to individuals and/or the environment can be caused by any unplanned release of hazardous materials. Potentially hazardous materials can include a wide variety of chemicals as well as human waste and other contaminants.

Where unidentified vapors are involved, always assume they are toxic or hazardous. Report noxious fumes or odors.

When reporting an accident, be specific about the nature of the material involved and its exact location. If trained in chemical spill response, take appropriate measures to contain, neutralize, absorb, and clean any accidental spills you are comfortable with.

In an emergency, contact: Bob West, Laboratory Technician / Natural Science Safety Officer, NECC, Office: 978-556-3851 Mobile: 978-476-1751.

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Tornado/Severe Weather

Fear at the time of a disaster may create panic which can account for more injuries than the disaster itself. It is critical to keep personnel and students calm and prevent panic.

In an Event of an Earthquake:

In the Event of a Tornado:

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Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so as you evacuate or if you are trapped, always stay near to the floor where the air is less toxic. Stay low!

Familiarize yourself in advance with fire extinguisher locations, exits, alarm pull stations, and evacuation maps and guides.

If Trapped During a Fire:

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Evacuate to your building’s designated Building Evacuation Area. If this area is in a danger zone, choose an alternative location.

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Power Outage/Gas Leak

In the event of a power outage, await the college administration’s decision and announcement regarding the need to evacuate and/or cancel classes.

At The Time of a Power Outage:

If you suspect a gas leak:

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Suicide Attempt on Campus

Take the following steps when an individual is attempting or threatening to commit suicide on campus:

Call 9-1-1 and then contact Public Safety at 978-556-3333 or call extension 3333 from any campus phone.

Do not leave a suicidal person alone.

If the person has a weapon, do not try to take it physically or through force. Professional assistance will be determined by a qualified professional.

If you suspect a person has ingested a substance or pills, ask what substance he/she has ingested. Save the bottle and turn it over to EMT’s.

Mental Health Counselors:

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Assisting Persons with Disabilities

People with disabilities (impaired mobility, blind, low vision, deaf or hard of hearing) and small children can have additional difficulty dealing with the effects of a disaster. Special care must be provided to help them during a building evacuation and to care for their ongoing needs.

Learning Accommodations Center:

Students with disabilities who might need assistance during an emergency evacuation should inform the Learning Accommodations Center each semester and report any changes in their schedule and/or condition during the semester. Call 978-556-3654 or email 

Assisting Small Children

In an emergency which causes damage to facilities, small children (visitors) and people with disabilities may need to be lifted, carried, or guided to negotiate around fallen debris.

Be aware that small children may want to hide from the commotion of an emergency, putting themselves at greater risk. During an evacuation with small children, form a chain by holding hands and do repeated head counts using a loud voice.

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