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One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency where hazardous materials may have been released into the atmosphere is to shelter-in-place. This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. (This is not the same as going to a shelter in the event of a storm or tornado). Shelter-in- Place means selecting a small, interior room with no or few windows, and taking refuge there.
Depending on the type of emergency and directives received from authorities and emergency personnel the following options are available depending upon the
emergency and/or disaster.
The most important factor in emergency planning for people with disabilities is advanced planning.
In the event a limited or mass evacuation of any part of Winona State University, officials will instruct members of the campus community where to evacuate to and/or what staging areas will be used to coordinate transportation to safe areas. There are a number of designated staging areas which are listed within this manual that members of the campus community are encouraged to become familiar with them. However, these areas may change depending on the nature and extent of the emergency and/or disaster.
The Incident Commander and/or emergency personnel will coordinate the evacuation of members of the campus community to designated safe areas
On limited evacuations faculty, staff and students may be directed to safe areas outside the affected building and/or area. Winona State University Security will allow those displaced members access to facilities when necessary based on inclement weather, special needs, etc.
Buildings (mentioned below) located next to the staging areas will become part of the staging areas if possible to provide shelter and comfort until individuals can be transported to safe areas.
Designated Staging Areas:
Please note that the location of staging areas may change based on the extent and nature of the emergency/disaster. Members of the campus community will be directed to the above and/or alternate staging areas by emergency personnel and/or University officials when appropriate.
Evacuation – Levels (I, II, & III)
Winona State University has several forms of transportation that will be provided to transport members of the campus community to safe areas in the event of a disaster and/or emergency. The method and source of the transportation will depend on the extent and nature of the emergency, specific needs and number of individuals to be transported.
Level I involves a limited evacuation of a specific building and/or area with a population that is relatively small. Winona State University Security, Facilities Services and/or Winona State University Shuttle Services will be used to transport and/or direct members of the campus community to safe areas.
Level II involves a larger scale evacuation of buildings and individuals to safe areas. Depending on the nature and extent of the emergency all resources used during a Level I evacuation will be used along with Transit Buses from the City of Winona and/or buses from Philip’s Bus Service.
Level III evacuations is generally required when a large number of buildings are affected, entire campuses, and/or a large amount of people need to be moved. All resources available to the University may be used in the event of a Level III evacuation.
City of Winona Transit Buses - Evacuation
In the event additional assistance is needed in evacuating members of the campus community the following options are available to move students, faculty, staff and visitors to safe areas.
Winona State University in agreement with the City of Winona the University will use Transit Buses in the event their services are need to evacuate students, faculty and staff. If an evacuation is ordered and Transit Buses are needed the University will contact the Winona Police Department. The police shall be informed that Transit Buses are needed for an evacuation, the number of buses needed, the amount of individuals to be evacuated, and the location of the staging area.
A lockdown is an emergency course of action ordered by a person or persons in command, such as law enforcement, WSU administration, to contain a problem or incident within the area of origin by controlling the movement of people. When considering a lockdown of campus facilities, campus authorities will take into account the severity and urgency of the problem or threat and the imminent danger to persons on the campus.
When a lockdown is ordered members of the campus community are encouraged to take appropriate action immediately. The university may use a number of different options in making notification to the campus community.
For information concerning lockdowns refer to the “Violent Behavior” section of the Crisis Preparedness Plan.
Last Modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 12:04
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