Active Shooter Policy

Active Shooter Policy

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Aircraft Crash

Immediately take cover under tables, desks and other objects that will give protection against falling glass or debris. Immediately after the effects of the explosion and/or fire have subsided, notify Campus Safety & Security at ext. 4600. Give your name, and describe the location and nature of the emergency. If necessary or when directed to do so, ACTIVATE the building alarm. PRECAUTION: You must ALSO report the emergency by telephone to insure Campus Safety & Security has pertinent and accurate information. When the building evacuation alarm is sounded, or when you are told to leave by College officials, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same. ASSIST THE HANDICAPPED IN EXITING THE BUILDING! Remember that elevators are reserved for handicapped persons. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS IN CASE OF FIRE. Do not panic. Remain Calm. Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected building(s). Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. Know your area assembly points. If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary. A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up near the disaster site. Keep clear of the Command Post unless you have official business. DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless permitted to do so by a college official.

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Assault/Disorderly Conduct

Security should be contacted first at ext. 4600

Security will:

  • Respond immediately to area of assault and assess the situation.
  • If the incident involves a student the RLC on call will be contacted.
  • If Security is unable to resolve the physical conflict, Security will contact the Grinnell City Police/Ambulance if appropriate.

Security will notify the following in the order in which they appear:

If the individual is a student, Security will contact

  • Residence Life Coordinator on duty.

If the individual is an employee, Security will contact

  • The Human Resource Dept. at ext. 4818.
  • The appropriate Dean or Director of the employee's department.

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Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure

I. Introduction

 Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms such as viruses that are present in human blood which can cause disease in humans. The most common pathogens identified in human blood are HEPATITIS b virus (HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which can cause the "AIDS" condition. Other bloodborne pathogens include malaria, syphilis, brucellosis, and hepatitis. These diseases can be contracted as a result of eye, mouth, other mucous membranes, and/or non-intact skin (open wound) contacting infectious blood or infectious body fluids. The bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan of Grinnell College is designed to limit or control exposure by employees to bloodborne pathogens. Employees who have the potential to be exposed (also designated as "First Aiders") to blood or other potentially infectious materials will be trained in the concept of "Universal Precautions". That concept is that blood and certain human body fluids are considered to be potentially infectious and certain precautions must be adhered to at all times to reduce risk. Included within the concept is the provision of proper medical care and screening for any employee who is involved in an incident involving blood or other potentially infectious material.

II. Definitions

For purposes of the Exposure Control Plan the following definitions will apply. 

Blood means human blood components, and products made from human blood. 

Bloodborne Pathogens means pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). 

Contaminated means laundry which has been soiled with blood or other potentially infectious materials on an item or surface.

Contaminated sharps means any contaminated object that can penetrate the skin including, but not limited to, needles, scalpels, broken glass, broken capillary tubes, shards of metal, and exposed ends of wires.

Decontamination means the use of physical or chemical means to remove, inactivate, or destroy bloodborne pathogens on a surface or item to the point where they are no longer capable of transmitting infectious particles and the surface or item is rendered safe for handling, use, or disposal. 

Engineering controls means controls (e.g. sharps disposal containers, self-sheathing needles) that isolate or remove the bloodborne pathogens hazard from the workplace. 

Exposure incident means a specific eye, mouth, other mucous membrane, non-intact skin, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that results from the performance of an employee's duties. 

First aider means a person who is occupationally exposed by being available and participating in providing first aid to an injured person. 

Hand washing facilities means a facility providing an adequate supply of running potable water, soap and single use towels or hot air drying machines. 

Licensed healthcare professional includes persons who's legally permitted scope of practice allows them to independently perform the activities of examination, preliminary diagnosis, diagnosis, triage, medication administration, and injection. 

HBV means hepatitis B virus. 

HIV means immunodeficiency virus. 

Occupational Exposure means reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties. 

Other potentially infectious materials means

(1) the following human body fluids: semen, vaginal secretions, cerebral spinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood, and all body fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids;

(2) any unfixed tissue or organ (other than intact skin) from a human (living or dead); and

(3) HIV-contaminated cell or tissue cultures, organ cultures, and HIV- or HBV-containing culture medium or other solutions; and blood, organs, or other tissues from experimental animals infected with HIV or HBV. 

Parenteral means piercing mucous membranes or the skin barrier through such events as needle sticks, human bites, cuts, sticks by sharps, and abrasions. 

Personal Protective Equipment is specialized clothing or equipment worn by an employee for protection against a hazard.

General work clothes (e.g., uniform, pants, shirts or blouses) not intended to function as protection against a hazard are not considered to be personal protective equipment. 

Regulated Waste means liquid or semi-liquid blood or other potentially infectious materials; contaminated items that would release blood or other potentially infectious materials in a liquid or semi-liquid state if compressed; items that are caked with dried blood or other potentially infectious materials and are capable of releasing these materials during handling; contaminated sharps; and pathological and microbiological wastes containing blood or other potentially infectious materials. 

Source individual means any individual, living or dead, whose blood or other potentially infectious materials may be a source of occupational exposure to the employee. Examples include, but are not limited to, hospital and clinic patients; clients in institutions for the developmentally disabled; trauma victims; clients of drug and alcohol treatment facilities; residents of hospices, nursing, and retirement homes; human remains; and individuals who donate or sell blood or blood components. 

Sterilize means the use of a physical or chemical procedure to destroy all microbial life including highly resistant bacterial endospores. 

Universal precautions is an approach to infection control. According to the concept of Universal Precautions, all human blood and certain human body fluids are treated as if known to be infectious for HIV, HBV, and other bloodborne pathogens. 

Work practice controls means controls that reduce the likelihood of exposure by altering the manner in which a task is performed.

III. Exposure Determination

The following job classifications and/or individuals at Grinnell College may have a potential occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens (a reasonably anticipated contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials which may result from the performance of an employee's duties).


  • Art- 5 fac., 1 staff
  • Biology - 11 fac., 3 staff
  • Chemistry - 9 fac., 1 staff
  • Language Lab - 1 staff
  • Library - 25
  • Physical Education - 18
  • Physics - 8 fac., 1 staff
  • Psychology - 1
  • Psychology Pre-school - 1
  • Theatre - 3 fac., 1 staff
  • Emeritus/Retired - 1

Administration/Support Staff

  • Bookstore - 4 staff
  • Computer Services - 5 staff
  • Dean of Students - 11 staff
  • Dean of the College - 1
  • Dining Services - 41 staff
  • Facilities Man. - 90 staff
  • Health Services - 6 staff
  • Human Resources - 1 staff
  • Mail Service - 2 staff
  • Music - 1 staff
  • President - 1 staff
  • Service Bureau - 2 staff

IV. Exposure Incident

A. All exposure incidents-a specific eye, mouth, other mucous membrane, cut (non-intact skin) or parenteral contact (needle or other sharp instrument puncture)-with blood or other potentially infectious materials (or suspected exposure incidents) must be reported to the Departmental chair or supervisor immediately or as soon as practicable. The Office of Human Resources and the Grinnell College Safety Officer shall also be notified as soon as practicable by the Departmental chair or supervisor. B. Exposure incidents and suspected incidents will be investigated immediately by the Office of Human Resources or the Safety Officer, depending upon availability. The investigator shall:

  • Identify the source individual.
  • Identify all employees who were and/or may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens.
  • Document the route and circumstance of exposure.

C. Employees involved in an exposure incident or suspected incident will be provided post-exposure health evaluation and follow-up at no cost to the employee. The program may include the following:

  • With the consent of the injured person (source Individual), their blood shall be tested for HBV and HIV. Results of the test will be given to all exposed persons. Exposed persons may be required to obey legally imposed rules regarding confidentiality concerning the source individual. When consent by the injured person is not obtained the College shall document that legally required consent could not be obtained.
  • With the consent of the exposed employee, their blood shall be collected as soon as feasible and tested. Blood samples should be held for 90 days if the employee does not consent to HIV serologic testing.
  • The amount and type of post-exposure medical follow-up will be directed by the local treating physician, in consultation with the exposed person.
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis, when medically indicated, will be available to all exposed employees.

V. Work Practices (First Aid Procedures)

A. All individuals who become involved in a first aid situation involving blood or other body fluids are required to wear safety glasses and gloves, no matter how small the cut or injury (e.g., small sliver, band aid cuts, etc.). Face masks will be used if there is a potential for blood splashing or spraying. B. Mouthpieces and/or masks will be available and used for artificial respiration. C. All individuals involved in a first aid situation, upon completion of duties or treatment, must immediately wash their hands and exposed skin with soap and water. Any clothing contaminated with blood or other body fluids should be removed immediately and discarded. D. All contaminated materials-gloves, cotton, clothes, swabs, rags, towels, masks, etc.-shall be put in plastic self-sealing bags for disposal. E. The First Aid Log must be completed by the person administering first aid. It must list the name of the injured person, type of injury, and the names of all employees involved in providing first aid. F. Equipment and/or surfaces contaminated with blood and/or other body fluids should be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible. (A solution of one part household bleach and ten parts water is an effective disinfectant concerning bloodborne pathogens.) G. All equipment such as tweezers, scissors, needles (used to remove slivers) which contact blood or other body tissues must either be discarded or sent to the local hospitals for sterilization. Under no circumstances shall non-sterile equipment be used to treat an injury. H. Eating, drinking, applying cosmetics or lip balm, and handling contact lenses is prohibited in all first aid rooms.

VI. Health Care Professionals

The administration of the health care and exposure evaluation and follow-up involving exposure to bloodborne pathogens is not a workers' compensation issue until actual disease is detected and diagnosed; as a result, Grinnell College will select the health care professional for the administration of all vaccinations and all post-exposure evaluations and follow-up. A. The physician involved in the administration of the exposure incident follow-up shall be provided the following information:

  • Copies of the OSHA standard.
  • Any and all information developed or discovered regarding the exposure incident, including the description of the incident, possible route of exposure, and if available, results or the source individual's blood testing.
  • All medical records relevant to the appropriate treatment of the employee including vaccination status.

B. Results of any testing and medical follow-up shall be kept confidential. Exposed persons shall be provided a written report within 15 days of the completed evaluation. The report should be limited to the following:

  • A written opinion whether Hepatitis B vaccination is indicated for the exposed person, and if the exposed person has received such vaccination.
  • A statement that the exposed person has been informed of the results of the evaluation and he/she has been told about any medical conditions resulting from exposure to blood or other infectious materials which require further evaluation or treatment.

VII. Record Keeping

All written documents and information, i.e., investigation results, doctor opinions, records of vaccinations, shall be kept indefinitely by the College.

VIII. Training

The college will provide yearly training regarding bloodborne pathogens to occupationally exposed persons in the job classifications noted under Section III, above.

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Bomb Threats and Suspicious Objects

It is possible, although highly unlikely, that someone on campus may receive a threatening telephone call, letter, or a suspicious parcel, or discover a suspicious object somewhere on the campus grounds.  

 If You Receive a Telephone Bomb Threat

  • Remain calm.
  • Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest. Try to keep caller talking so that you can gather more information.
  • Use the Explosive Device Data Record on the back of this page to question the caller in a polite and non interrogative manner. Use any means to prolong the conversation. This will provide a better chance to identify the voice and hopefully obtain additional information about the device, the validity of the threat, or the identity of the caller.
  • Upon completion of the call, IMMEDIATELY notify Campus Safety and Security Department at extension 4600 and complete the Explosive Device Data Record as soon as possible while the incident is fresh in your memory.
  • If a threat has been received by another individual and he/she is relaying the information to you, use the Explosive Device Data Record to get as much information for them as possible.

Note: A SUSPICIOUS item is defined as anything that is out of place and cannot be accounted for or any item suspected of being an explosive device.

If You Receive a Written Threat or a Suspicious Parcel, or If You Find a Suspicious Object Anywhere on Campus:

  • Keep anyone from handling it or going near it.
  • Do not use portable radio equipment within 100 feet of the suspicious item. The signal from the device may interfere with any electronic detonation device.
  • Notify Campus Safety and Security Department at extension 4600 IMMEDIATELY.
  • Promptly write down everything you can remember about receiving the letter or parcel or finding the object. The information will be needed by the safety and security officer.
  • Remain calm. Do not discuss the threat with other staff members.
  • Be guided by Campus Security or police instructions.

Explosive Device Data Record

(Copy this page for convenient use)


  • When is the explosive device set to explode?
  • Where is it right now?
  • What does it look like?
  • What will cause it to explode?
  • Did you place the explosive device?
  • Why?
  • What is your address?
  • What is your name?





Sex of caller:_______________ Voice inflections (notable accent):________________________________

Age:__________  Length of call:___________  Number at which call was received:___________________ Time:_________________________ Date:_____________________________________________________

CALLER'S VOICE: __________ Calm __________Nasal __________Angry _________Stutter ________Excited

_________Lisp__________ Slow __________ Raspy __________ Rapid ___________Deep ___________ Soft

________Ragged ________Loud __________ Clearing Throat _________ Laughter_________ Deep Breathing

__________Crying ___________Cracking Voice __________ Normal _________ Disguised  _________ Distinct

___________ Accent ___________ Slurred ____________Familiar

BACKGROUND SOUNDS: ___________  Street noises___________  Animal Noises ___________ House noises

_______ Voices_______ PA system_______Static _______Music _______Clear _______Office machinery

__________Phone Booth__________Factory or construction or machinery __________Other

THREAT LANGUAGE: _________ Well spoken__________ Incoherent __________ Educated__________ Taped

__________ Foul__________ Irrational __________Message read by caller



Give responding officers this sheet.

Date:_______________________________________ Phone number:__________________________________ Name:_________________________________________________________________

Position / title:___________________________________________________________

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Building Evacuation

In advance, each staff member should

  • Understand the evacuation plan for their area.
  • Know at least two ways out of the building from their regular workspace.
  • Recognize the sound of the evacuation alarm.

When you hear the evacuation alarm or are verbally told to evacuate the building

  • Remain calm.
  • Leave quickly.
  • Try to make sure that all members of your department hear the alarm and evacuate the area.
  • As you exit, quickly check nearby restrooms, copier rooms, and storage rooms for occupants who may not have heard the evacuation signal.
  • If requested, accompany and assist persons with disabilities who appear to need assistance.
  • Take with you essential personal items ONLY. Do not attempt to take large or heavy objects.
  • Shut all doors behind you as you go. Closed doors can slow the spread of fire, smoke, and water.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Proceed as quickly as possible, but in an orderly manner. Do not push or shove. Hold handrails when you are walking on stairs.
  • Once out of the building, move at least 100 feet away from the structure or as instructed by campus security, police, or fire department officials.
  • Return to the building only when instructed to do so by campus security, staff, police, or fire officials.

There are Campus Alert Monitors (CAN) working in the campus buildings. Please contact the Campus Safety & Security Department Crime Prevention Unit for the name of your monitor. These people have been trained on building evacuation procedures. In addition you can go to the Campus Alert Monitor Section of this Safety plan to identify your monitor.

Disability Evacuation Plan

Disability Evacuation Plan

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Campus Emergency Responses - What Faculty Should Know

Campus Emergency Responses - What Faculty Should Know

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Campus Lockdown Policy

Campus Lockdown Policy

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Campus Pandemic Plan

Campus Pandemic Plan

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Civil Disturbance and Demonstrations

Civil Disturbance and Demonstrations

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Chemical Spills

Chemical Spills

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During an earthquake remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below:
  • If INDOORS seek refuge in doorways, inner hallways, basements or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment. Gymnasiums and auditoriums with wide-span roofs are probably unsafe.
  • If OUTDOORS move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. CAUTION: Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized. Know your assembly points.
  • If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
  • After the initial shock, evaluate the situation, and if emergency help is necessary, call campus Security at ext. 300. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for after-shocks.
  • Damaged facilities should be reported to Security at ext. 4600.
  • If an emergency exists notify all building occupants.
  • When the signal to evacuate is given or a fire alarm sounds walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  • ASSIST THE HANDICAPPED IN EXITING THE BUILDING. Remember that elevators are reserved for the handicapped persons use.


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Emergency Building Evacuation Plan

Emergency Building Evacuation Plan

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Emergency Evacuation (Campus Wide)

College and Universities by their very nature are very difficult places to initiate large scale evacuations. Furthermore, there are many different ways during emergencies to implement policies involving evacuations on campuses across America. For the purposes of this document “Evacuation” is the process of removing individuals from a building to a safe area.

The success of this procedure, and the reduction of injury and/or loss of life, is all based on awareness and knowledge of what to do, and immediacy of action.

Crisis Preparedness Plan

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Emergency Winter Closings

Emergency Winter Closings

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Chemicals, Leaking gas, Faulty boilers, or falling aircraft could all be the cause of life-Endangering Explosions

  • Remain Calm.
  • Be prepared for possible further explosions.
  • Stay away from windows, mirrors, overhead fixtures, filing cabinets, bookcases, and electrical equipment.
  • Be guided by campus security, police, or fire department personnel. If evacuation is ordered, proceed to one of the designated exits.
  • Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in obvious immediate danger (of fire, building collapse, exposure, etc.).
  • Open doors carefully: Watch for falling objects.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If requested, accompany and assist persons with disabilities who appear to need direction or assistance.
  • Do not use matches, lighters, or turn on light switches.
  • Avoid using the telephones.

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How to Report A Fire

If a burning odor or smoke is present, call the Campus Safety and Security Department at extension 4600 (or 911). Report the exact location of the fire and, if known, what is burning. If a fire is detected, sound the building alarm by pulling an alarm station.

Actions to Take

  • If you can help control the fire without personal danger, take action with available fire fighting equipment. If not, leave the area.
  • A local alarm station will cause the alarm to sound. It does not automatically notify the Fire Department, But does notify the Campus Safety and Security Department.
  • Never allow the fire to come between you and an exit.
  • Remove all persons form the danger area. Close doors behind you to confine the fire.

Response to Audible Fire Alarms

  • If the audible alarm sounds for more than 30 seconds or starts to sound for a second time, evacuate the building immediately.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • If requested, accompany and assist persons with disabilities who appear to need assistance.
  • Leave all parcels and personal property inside.
  • Remain approximately 100 feet from t he exits to help facilitate clear access to the building for the fire department.
  • Return to the building only when instructed to do so by campus security staff, police, or fire department officials.

Annual Security and Fire Safety  Report

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Flooding and Water Damage

Serious water damage can occur from a number of sources: broken pipes, clogged drains, damaged skylights or windows, or construction errors. IF WATER LEAK OCCURS:

  • Remain calm.
  • Notify Campus Safety and Security at extension 4600. Report the exact location and severity of the leak.
  • If there are electrical appliances or outlets near the leak, use extreme caution. If there is any possible danger, evacuate the area.
  • If you know the source of the water and are confident of your ability to stop it (i.e., unclog the drain, turn off the water, etc.), do so.
  • Be prepared to assist as directed in protecting objects that are in jeopardy. Take only essential steps to avoid or reduce damage, such as covering objects with plastic sheeting or moving small or light objects out of danger.

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Hostile Intruder (s)

Hostile Intruder (s)

Hostile Intruder (s) In a Non-Residence Hall Building

Hostile Intruder (s) In a Non-Residence Hall Building

Hostile Intruder (s) On the Grounds of the College

Hostile Intruder (s) On the Grounds of the College

Hostile Intruder In a Residence Hall

Hostile Intruder In a Residence Hall

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Infectious or Hazardous Materials

Infectious or Hazardous Materials

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Lightning Safety

Learn more about staying safe when lightning occurs.

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Medical Emergency

If someone becomes ill or is injured and requires immediate assistance:

  • Unless trained, do not attempt to render any first aid before trained assistance arrives.
  • Before rendering any assistance, observe the individual and the surrounding areas and check for any outside substance that may pose a hazard to anyone rendering assistance (drugs, hazardous or infectious materials, etc.)
  • Call extension 4600 to contact the Campus Safety and Security Department who will provide or arrange required services.
  • Do not attempt to move a person who has fallen and appears to be in pain.
  • Limit your communication with ill or injured person to quiet reassurances.
  • After the person's immediate needs have been taken care of , remain to assist the investigating officer with pertinent information about the incident.
  • If the victim is a staff member, notify the victim's supervisor or a co-worker. If the victim is a student, notify the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Planning for such emergencies includes being trained in emergency first aid procedures and CPR.

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Power Outage

If a Power Outage Occurs in Your Office or Building

  • Remain calm.
  • Provide assistance to others in your immediate area who may be unfamiliar with the space.
  • If you are in an unlighted area, proceed cautiously to an area that has emergency lights.
  • If you are in an elevator, stay calm. Use the emergency button or telephone to alert Campus Safety and Security/Parking Services at extension 4600.
  • If instructed to evacuate, proceed cautiously to the nearest clear exit.
  • Call Campus Safety and Security/Parking Services at extension 4600.
  • Planning for such situations includes having a flashlight available.

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Railroad Accident

Trains are a constant presence on the Grinnell College campus. Safety measures taken should be based on COMMON SENSE procedures. Treat all train derailments as a potential hazardous substance site.  

In the event of a pedestrian being hit by a train, A vehicle/train collision, or a train derailment on campus

  • Call extension 4600 to contact the Campus Safety and Security/Parking Services Department, who will provide or arrange required services.
  • Treat the accident as a potential hazardous substance site. Do not approach the area unless it is safe to proceed.
  • unless trained to do so, do not attempt to render any first aid before trained assistance arrives. Before rendering any assistance, observe the individual and the surrounding area and check for any outside substance that may pose a hazard to anyone rendering assistance.
  • Follow protocol for medical emergencies.

Evacuation Procedures

(Use the following only if wind is coming toward you. If wind is to your back, go to one of the other sites.)

  • East side of campus, evacuate to Ahrens Park on edge of town.
  • South side of campus, evacuate to Old Glove Factory.
  • West side of campus, evacuate to Bailey Elementary School.
  • North side of campus, evacuate to Grinnell Golf and Country Club.

Hazardous Materials

Potential hazardous materials are diesel fuel from the train engine, as well as other items transported on the train (i.e., hydrochloric acid and other materials used to make fertilizer). On campus, a derailment could affect both the Noyce Science Center (Which houses chemicals that could be deadly) and the power plant, which stores a large quantity of refrigerants for air conditioning units. The principal hazards of a refrigerant leak are: explosion, fire, asphyxiation or poisoning, flying metal, corrosion or chemical reaction, and chemical or cold burns.

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Severe Weather

Preparation for Severe Weather

Strong thunderstorms and tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, but are most common in the United States. In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide. An average of 80 deaths and more than 1,500 people are reported injured in the U.S. every year. A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of widespread destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3PM and 9 PM, but have occurred during all hours of the day and night. The "average" tornado moves from southwest to northeast, but tornadoes can move in any direction. The average forward speed for a tornado is 30 mph, but can vary from nearly stationary to 70 mph. Please be aware of the following types of severe weather advisories issued by the National Weather Service:


Severe thunderstorms are possible in your area. Thunderstorms are defined as severe if they produce winds in excess of 58 mph, and/or produce hail ¾ of an inch in diameter or larger.


Severe thunderstorms are occurring, or imminent. Keep in mind that tornadoes occasionally develop in areas where severe thunderstorm watches or warnings are in effect. Remain alert to signs of an approaching tornado and seek shelter if threatening conditions exist.


Tornadoes are possible in the area. Remain alert for approaching storms. Be prepared to move to a safe location.


A tornado has been sighted, or is imminent. If a tornado warning has been issued for your area, move to your pre-designated place of safety. If you are on campus when a tornado warning has been issued, you should move to the lower level of whatever building you are in. DO NOT go outside to check the weather. If an underground area is not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor. Crouch down against a wall or get under a sturdy piece of furniture. Auditoriums, gymnasiums, and other structures with high, wide-span roofs do not offer good protection. Stay away from windows and exterior doors. If you are outdoors, DO NOT attempt to outrun a tornado in a bus, truck, or car; instead, abandon it for a strong building. If you are on the road, remember that overpasses offer little protection from tornadoes and should not be used as shelters. If caught in the open, take cover in a ditch or low spot. Remember, this will not provide the same protection as a sturdy building. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible. Remain alert for signs of an approaching tornado. FLYING DEBRIS FROM TORNADOES CAUSES MOST DEATHS AND INJURIES. (SOURCE: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE) If stormy weather, listen to your radio and/or television station for weather service reports. Area radio stations include (not an all inclusive list):

Radio Stations:
  • KGRN, 1410 AM, Grinnell
  • KCOB, 1280 AM, Newton
  • KFJB, 1230 AM, Marshalltown
  • WHO, 1040 AM, Des Moines
  • KRNT, 1350 AM, Des Moines
  • KCJJ, 1560 AM, Iowa City
  • The FOX, 100.7 AM, Iowa City
Local Iowa Television Stations:
  • Channel 5 WOI
  • Channel 8 KCCI
  • Channel 9 KWWL
  • Channel 13 WHO

For your convenience, several news stations offer an email weather notification service. As a subscriber to these free services, you will receive automatic notices whenever weather developments occur in your area. To review the benefits of these services and to subscribe, click on one of the following: WHO Weather;  KCCI Weather. Below is a list of other helpful web sites with information about severe weather, lightning, thunderstorms, hail, high winds and driving safety: National Weather ServiceIowa Department of Transportation. If the storm increases in intensity, listen to your radio (portable transistor is best). The Weather Service will report if this area is under a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch. A watch means that conditions exist that a severe storm or tornado are possible. A warning means that a severe storm or tornado has been sighted. If a warning is issued for Grinnell and Poweshiek County, seek appropriate shelter as noted below. If a tornado is sighted in the area, warning sirens will sound. The sirens will make a long, continuous, loud sound. When you hear it during a storm, do not hesitate. Take shelter immediately. (Note: The sirens are tested at 9:00 a.m. each Thursday).


  1. Go to the lowest floor of any building you are in, such as a basement or dormitory pit. Go to interior spaces or rooms that face east, preferably north and East. (Rooms facing north and east are usually safer than those that face south and west.)
  2. Get into a room or area without windows. If this is not possible, stay away from the windows or exterior walls. Get behind/under a heavy piece of furniture or object to protect against flying debris.
  3. Avoid corridors, particularly those facing west or south. If you have to take shelter in one try to stay away from the glass areas.

Avoid any building with a long-span flat roof or large open spaces in its interior if possible. If in a car and there is a tornado warning, get out of the car and seek shelter in the lowest level of a nearby building. If there is not enough time, lie flat in a ditch or other depression off the roadway. Don't call the College switchboard, Facilities Management, Security Department, or the City Police or Fire during a tornado warning period unless there is a clear emergency. These lines should be kept open for emergency purposes only.

Severe Weather Campus Locations
Building Address Where to go in building Access to basement
733 Broad Street (Old Glove Factory) Accounting Office-lowest level file room
Human Resources Office-file room and lowest level restrooms
1102 Broad Street (Senior Faculty House) Lowest level near interior structural supports Internal
1510 Broad Street (Ricker House) Basement Internal
Conrad Environmental Research Area (CERA) Lowest level near interior structural supports Internal
1432 East Street (Campus Safety and Security) Basement Internal
1115 Eighth Avenue (Joe Rosenfield Center ‘25) Basement Internal
1116 Eighth Avenue (Noyce Science Center) Lowest level rooms away from exterior windows Internal
823 Fourth Avenue (Pioneer Bookshop-downtown) Basement Internal
1011 Park Street (Grinnell House) Basement Internal
1022 Park Street (Grinnell College Preschool) First floor safe room Internal
1026 Park Street (Windsor House) Basement Internal
1103 Park Street (John Chrystal Center) Basement Internal
1108 Park Street (Bucksbaum Center for the Arts) Lowest level hallways Internal
1118 Park Street (Goodnow Hall) Lowest level near interior structural supports Internal
1120 Park Street (Steiner Hall) Lowest level near interior structural supports Internal
1121 Park Street (Nollen House) Basement Internal
1127 Park Street (Center for Careers, Life, and Service)   Lowest level near structural support External
1128 Park Street (Herrick Chapel) Basement Internal
1131 Park Street (Harry Hopkins House) Lowest level near interior structural supports Internal
1205 Park Street (Jesse Macy House) Lowest level near interior structural supports Internal
1210 Park Street (Carnegie Hall) Go to the first floor corridor of ARH, away from windows Internal
1210 Park Street (College Bookstore) Lowest level near interior structural supports Internal
1226 Park Street (Alumni Recitation Hall) Go to first floor corridor, away from windows Internal
1233 Park Street (Chaplain's Office - CRSSJ Building) Lowest level near interior structural supports Internal
1303 Park Street (Faculty House) South lowest level room Internal
1321 Park Street (Reading Lab) Lowest level near interior structural supports Internal
1111 Sixth Avenue (Burling Library) Lowest level near central stairs and elevator shaft Internal
1119 Sixth Avenue (Forum Building) Lowest level need solid structural walls and away from exterior rooms with large windows Internal
1119 Sixth Avenue (Student Health and Counseling Services) Lowest level need solid structural walls and away from exterior rooms with large windows Internal
1213 Sixth Avenue (Mears Cottage) Basement Internal
1917 Sixth Avenue (Facilities Management) Office file room, interior rooms, and restroom areas Internal
1114 Tenth Avenue (Harris Center) Interior bathrooms and storage areas behind Concert Hall, and Cinema away from front stage area Internal
1201 Tenth Avenue (Bear Recreation and Athletic Center) Basement level, away from exterior windows Internal
1203 Tenth Avenue (Grant O. Gale Observatory) First floor interior area Internal
Severe Weather Residence Hall and Student Houses Locations
Building Address Where to go in building Access to basement
1128 East Street (Food House) Basement, room key will open External
1130 East Street (Eco House) Basement open Internal
1019 Park Street (French House) Basement room key will open External
1023 Park Street (Dagohir/DAG House) Basement open Internal
1217 Park Street (Russian House) Basement, room key will open External
1221 Park Street (German House) Basement, room key will open External
1227 Park Street (Chinese House) Basement, room key will open External
1316 Park Street (Spanish House) Lowest level near interior structural supports Internal
1003 Tenth Avenue (Student, Black Cultural Center) Basement Internal
Clark Hall Basement Internal
Cleveland Hall Basement Internal
Cowles Hall Go to Dibble Laundry Room  
Dibble Annex Go to Dibble Laundry Room  
Dibble Hall Laundry Room Internal
Gates Hall Basement Internal
Haines Hall Basement Internal
James Hall Basement Internal
Kershaw Hall Basement Internal
Langan Hall Basement Internal
Lazier Hall Basement Internal
Loose Hall Basement Internal
Main Hall Basement Internal
Norris Hall Basement Internal
Rathje Hall Basement Internal
Rawson Hall Basement Internal
Read Hall Basement Internal
Rose Hall Basement Internal
Smith Annex Go to Smith Hall basement Internal
Smith Hall Basement Internal
Younker Hall Basement Internal
Severe Weather Location for Grinnell College Rental & Guest Houses
Building or Address Where to go in building Access to basement
1002 Park East Apartment (Guest Apartment) Basement External (apt. key will open)
1002 Park West Apartment (Guest Apartment) Basement Internal
1008 Park (Guest House) Basement Internal
1405 Park 1st Floor (Guest Apartment) Basement Internal
1405 Park 2nd Floor (Guest Apartment) Basement Internal
1409 Park 1st Floor (Guest Apartment) Basement Internal
1409 Park 2nd Floor (Guest Apartment) 2nd floor hallway Internal
913 7th Ave. (Guest House) Basement Internal
916 7th Ave. (Guest House) Basement Internal
1030 High (Rental Apartment) Basement Internal
1032 High (Rental Apartment) Basement Internal
1134 East (Rental House) Basement Internal
1204 East (Rental House) 1st floor hallway Internal
1208 East (Rental House) Basement Internal
1318 East (Rental House) Basement Internal
1322 East (Rental House) Basement Internal
1212 6th Ave. (Rental House) Basement Internal
1224 6th Ave. (Rental House) Basement Internal
909 8th Ave. (Rental House) Basement Internal
913 8th Ave. (Rental House) Basement Internal

Damage Assessment

 Campus members should report any damage to the campus to the Campus Safety and Security Department. Damage assessment will be done by Campus Safety and Security and Facilities Management (FM). Campus Safety & Security shall report damage assessment information to the campus Communications Office and to the Executive Advisory Group.


 Facilities Management will be in charge of restoring the campus to normal operations if damage has occurred on the campus.


 It should be noted that the Campus Safety and Security Department will generally respond to Severe Weather as stated in this document. However, there may be times when notification cannot be made in the manner described in this document. Campus members should be aware of this and use radio, television and internet methods of tracking severe weather when they suspect that bad weather is coming. Campus members should also be aware of locations within their buildings and areas to move to in case of severe weather.

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Sexual Assault Response

  • Go to a safe place.
  • If you want to report the crime, notify Report incident to the campus Safety and Security Department, the police and/or Grinnell College administration immediately. Reporting the crime can help you regain a sense of personal power and control and can also help to ensure the safety of other potential victims.
  • Call a friend, a family member, member of the clergy, residential life coordinator, confidential campus resource, student adviser, trained campus advocate or DVA/SAC advocate or someone else you trust and ask her or him to stay with you.
  • Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag. Do not use plastic bags. Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
  • Go to a hospital emergency department. In Grinnell, you can go to Grinnell Regional Medical Center and request a sexual assault examination. The exam is an evidence gathering medical process that is most effective if it occurs within 72 hours of the assault. The exam may include, testing for HIV/AIDS, STDs and pregnancy, a vaginal examination, collecting fingernail scrapings and /or clippings, examining your body for injuries and a blood draw. You have a right to have a support person accompany you to the exam. Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical examination and discuss with a health care provider the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and the possibility of pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault.
  • If you suspect that you may have been given a rape drug, ask the hospital or clinic where you receive medical care to take a urine sample. Rape drugs, such as Rohypnol and GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood.
  • Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant.
  • Talk with a counselor who is trained to assist rape victims about the emotional and physical impacts of the assault. You can contact a hotline (RAINN at 1-800-656-HOPE), a rape crisis center, or a counseling agency to find someone who understands the trauma of rape and knows how to help. Local Numbers
  • If you want information about legal issues, medical care, or other concerns related to the assault, a rape treatment center or a rape hotline can assist you. You can call RAINN at 1-800-656-HOPE to find a rape crisis center in your area.
  • Utilize healing resources such as on-line or community support groups or books such as Recovering from Rape by Linda Ledray, and The Courage to Heal, by Ellen Bass.
  • You have the right to choose to do any or all of these options, or to do nothing.

For more information, please see the Sexual Respect Campus Resource page.

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Special Assistance Needs Disability Building Evacuation Plan

Special Assistance Needs Disability Building Evacuation Plan

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Responding to Terrorism

If you feel that there could be or has been a Terrorism incident on the Grinnell College campus please contact the Campus Safety & Security Department at 269-4600.

What is Terrorism?

Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion or ransom. Terrorists often use threats to create fear among the public, to try to convince citizens that their government is powerless to prevent terrorism, and to get immediate publicity for their causes.

  • Terrorists often choose targets that offer little danger to themselves-areas with relatively easy public access
  • Terrorists look for visible targets-airports, large cities, major events, resorts, and other high profile landmarks where they can avoid detection before and after an attack.
  • Terrorists often use bombs as their weapon of choice.
  • Terrorists aim to achieve large numbers of victims, high media attention, or mass panic and public anxiety.
  • Terrorists select targets best suited for the type of material being used.

What you can do to be prepared for a Terrorism Incident

Terrorist attacks aren't like other disasters, such as floods and blizzards, where we have some warning of things to come. But there are things you can do to prepare. Following these steps can help to alleviate the fear of the unknown. Create an Emergency Communications Plan Choose an out-of-town relative or friend your family members can contact to check on each other in the event of a disaster. This contact should live far enough away that they wouldn't likely be affected by the same event. Make sure every member of your household has that contact's telephone numbers and e-mail addresses and keep them in places that are readily accessible, such as in your purse or wallet, at your work place, or your children's schools. Make sure your designated contact knows they have been chosen to assist your family in this role. If telephones or e-mail aren't working, be patient and keep trying.

Evacuation Plan

Each location on campus has a Campus Alert Monitor that you can contact concerning evacuation from a campus building. A copy of the Alert Monitor list is found in this section. If your building is not on the monitor list and you live in a residence hall please contact your Residence Life Coordinator for details. For further information on building evacuations please contact Campus Safety and Security Crime Prevention Office at 269-4600.

Disaster Kit

If you choose to have your own disaster kit it should consist of essential supplies you will need to survive for three to seven days without power. This is the same type of kit that can be used to survive the aftermath of a blizzard, flood, or other disaster. The kit should contain non-perishable food, water (at least one gallon per person per day), a first aid kit with prescription medicines, a battery-powered radio and NOAA Weather Radio, flashlights with extra batteries, special items for babies or elderly family members, pet care items, blankets, pillows, and toiletries. It is also a good idea to include some cash and copies of important family documents such as birth certificates, insurance policies, and passports in your kit. If you feel it necessary to have a kit of this type while your on campus please contact the campus Security Office at 4600 for further information. In the event of an on campus emergency, campus resources will be brought about to help provide for members of the campus community.

Some of the information used to create a campus response to terrorism was taken from the Iowa Department of Emergency Management's How to be Prepared guide. Learn more about the State of Iowa Homeland Security.

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Work-Related Injury

In case of serious injury or illness, you should arrange to go immediately to a college-designated physician for treatment. You should request that a fellow employee notify your supervisor. In addition, if you are unable to drive yourself to the physician's office, you should request a co-worker to help you. If you are able, immediately report any injury, no matter how small, to your supervisor. Then prepare an incident report and send it to the Office of Human Resources . If you are unable to prepare the report, it is your supervisor's responsibility to prepare it and send it to the Office of Human Resources . Remember, medical and hospital expenses resulting from injuries suffered while on the job are paid by Worker's Compensation Insurance. If you do not report the accident or injury promptly, these benefits may be delayed or denied. If you have a serious injury and need immediate transport please contact the Campus Safety And Security Office at 4600.

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Workplace Violence

Workplace violence often begins with inappropriate behavior or signs that, when detected and reported, may help prevent its occurrence. The following information is a starting place for workplace violence education and a safer, healthier workplace for everyone.

Examples of Workplace Violence

  • Threats, directed or implied
  • Physical conduct that results in harm to people or property.
  • Conduct which harasses, disrupts or interferes with another individual's performance.
  • Conduct that creates an intimidating or hostile environment.

Potential Warning Signs

  • Verbal, nonverbal, or written threats
  • Fascination with weapons or violence
  • New or increased stress at home or work
  • Expressions of hopelessness or anxiety
  • Insubordinate behavior
  • Dramatic change in work performance
  • Destruction of property
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Externalization of blame

Risk Factors That Contribute to Workplace Violence

  • Termination of employment
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Ongoing conflicts between employees
  • Domestic or family violence
  • Financial problems

Workplace Violence Prevention

  • Be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Awareness is a proven method for increased personal safety.
  • Tell your supervisor when you notice unusual or suspicious behavior
  • Attend a violence prevention seminar that includes training in conflict resolution and positive ways of dealing with hostile individuals
  • Get acquainted with staff at the Campus Safety and Security Office. Do not hesitate to call for help.

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