Outlined below are the major steps taken by Public Safety Department when notified of a real or potential major on-campus incident. These steps are taken from the Standard Operating Procedures of the Public Safety Department.
Examples of Major Incidents:
- Bomb Threats
- Smoke Condition
- Gas Leak
Regardless of the type of major incident, the following steps apply:
- Initial Assessment: Any event must be initially evaluated for appropriate response measures.
- Life Safety Assurance: Any threat to the lives of safety of individuals will be addressed immediately.
- Population Welfare: Action must be taken to shelter and care for the affected population.
- Protection of Property: Action must be taken to limit and control property damage.
- Recovery: Action must be taken to return to normal operations and fully recover. This phase may include post-incident evaluation, investigations into property damage and personnel injury.
PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT RESPONSE
The responses are listed generally in priority order, although it is likely that several will occur concurrently.
- Dispatch officers to area.
- Field officers report conditions.
- Supervisor makes decisions on course of action.
- Establish a command post in Public Safety.
- Notify senior administrative staff of the incident and actions taken.
- Block off the affected area (s)/building (s) from pedestrian traffic.
- Assign officers at exit doors to assist in evacuation and secure area.
- Utilize bullhorns, police vehicle PA systems, building PA/fire alarm system to direct actions personnel should take, e.g., evacuate building, stay inside.
- Communicate with other NJIT departments including Physical Plant, NJIT Hazmat Response Team.
- Communicate with outside agencies including Newark Police Department and Fire Department, Essex County, and EMS.
- Notify university community through use of the E-mail Blast and the university web site.
- Block off surrounding city streets to vehicle and pedestrian traffic if necessary.
- Maintain all communications until the situation is resolved, providing updates and resolution information.
- Return campus to normal operations.