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Emergency Preparedness

Introduction:

The Pasadena City College Emergency Preparedness Plan identifies natural and man-made emergencies that may impact the campus community. It details the response procedures that campus officials should follow in case of an emergency. All departments within the Pasadena Community College campus community should become familiar with this plan. As appropriate, they should formulate their own action plans or emergency operations checklists to complement this plan, and submit a copy to the Chief of Campus Police for review and approval. The Chief of Campus Police will seek assistance as necessary from other PCC staff in evaluating the appropriateness of plans submitted for review and approval.

Campus Police will maintain copies of all plans. Campus emergency operations will be conducted within the framework of PCC guidelines. Any exception to these procedures will be conducted by, or with the approval of the PCC administrators directing and/or coordinating the emergency operations.

An Emergency Preparedness Planning Committee, chaired by the Chief of Campus Police, shall meet every two years to review the College’s Emergency Preparedness Plan for necessary updates and revisions. During alternate years, all requests for procedural changes, suggestions, or recommendations will be submitted in writing to the Chief of Campus Police for evaluation. All changes recommended by the Chief of Campus Police will be submitted in writing to the President for approval and inclusion in the plan.

Purpose:

The basic emergency procedures outlined in this guide are to protect life and property through effective use of PCC resources, and to provide for the physical and emotional well-being of the members of our campus community during and immediately following an emergency. This document describes an integrated plan for responding to a PCC emergency. Whenever an emergency affecting the college reaches proportions that cannot be handled by routine measures, the President, or his/ her designee, may declare a state of emergency and implement the Emergency Preparedness Plan. It is recognized that the specific actions implemented will be dependent on the nature and severity of the situation. Since an emergency may be sudden and without warning, these procedures are designed to be flexible in order to accommodate contingencies of various types and magnitudes.

Scope:

An emergency or a disaster may occur at any time of the day or night, weekend or holiday, with little or no warning. The succession of events in an emergency are not predictable, hence, published support and operational plans will serve only as a guide and checklist, and will require modification during an event to meet the requirements of the emergency.

This Emergency Operations Plan is a campus-level plan that guides the emergency response of appropriate PCC personnel and resources during an emergency. It is the official Emergency Operations Plan for PCC and supersedes previous plans and precludes employee actions not in concert with the intent of this plan, or the emergency organization created by it. Nothing in this plan shall be construed in a manner that limits the use of good judgment and common sense in matters not foreseen or covered by the elements of the plan or any appendices and annexes hereto. The Plan and organization shall be subordinate to State or Federal plans during a disaster declaration by those authorities.

This EOP applies to all activities conducted by PCC personnel, students, and visitors. The emergency management programs and procedures for specific building/facilities and areas are consistent in framework, but may vary in scope based upon the individual building activities, operations and hazards