The College Incident Action Plan addresses emergencies on four levels:

Level 1

Short-term, internal, “routine” emergency involving only College facilities and employees.

Examples may include a fire alarm (no report of fire); small chemical spill; localized water pipe break affecting a portion of a building; a localized undetermined odor problem.

Level 2

An emergency with a predictable duration at a single site involving an outside agency or agencies.

Examples may include a serious residence hall room fire; a chemical spill requiring a disruption of services and fire department response; a water main break involving most of a building or one which threatens critical services; a trench cave-in; an odor requiring evacuation; loss of heat or power to a building; bomb threat which requires evacuation

Level 3

An emergency with an unpredictable duration at multiple sites with a multi-agency response.

Examples may include a water main break involving service to multiple buildings or a break affecting an entire academic or residential building that requires evacuation; building collapse; loss of heat or power to multiple buildings; a fire affecting an entire building; a chemical release causing the evacuation of one or more buildings; large scale civil unrest on College property; major illness outbreak.

Level 4

An emergency occurring at the College or in the community, which adversely impacts or threatens life, health or property at the College on a large scale.

Examples may include a large scale chemical release affecting significant portion of the College; earthquake or other natural disaster; major power outage; civil unrest which threatens the College; major fire; on campus plane crash; more severe major illness outbreak.