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Fire and Tornado Procedures

It is the policy of the Kansas City Kansas Community College to provide a safe working, educational, and recreational environment. The following procedures were developed toward this end: to provide procedures to follow in the event of a fire or tornado, or the sounding of an alarm for such.

All persons should become familiar with the location of the nearest fire equipment, such as fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and fire hoses. This equipment is inspected on a regular basis by Buildings and Grounds personnel to ensure proper operation. Any damage to or misuse of such equipment should be reported immediately to the Campus Police.

Procedures in Event of Fire or Alarm

Should fire or smoke be discovered, the Campus Police should be notified immediately by dialing the direct emergency phone number, 288-7636 (Ext. 7636 from internal campus phone), or by use of one of the emergency phones located through-out the campus, or by dialing "0" for the Switchboard Operator. Campus Police should be notified of:

  1. Location of the fire
  2. Extent of the fire

Activate the nearest fire alarm by pulling the switch on the wall-mounted unit.

If time and conditions permit, use a fire extinguisher or hose to combat the fire.

If the fire is beyond control or endangers your safety, leave the building immediately.

Responsibility of Faculty, Staff, and Students

  1. Upon hearing a fire alarm (fluctuating warble siren) all persons should evacuate the area.
  2. Respond to the nearest exit and:
  1. during good weather, exit the building.
  2. during inclement weather, remain just inside the building near the exit doorway.
  1. Use the nearest stairwell to go from one building level to another; do not use the elevator.
  2. The last person leaving a room should close the door behind them.

Responsibility of Campus Police

  1. If notified of the location of the fire, officers should respond and:
  1. determine if the fire can be extinguished by use of a fire extinguisher or hose.
  2. determine if the fire department should be called to respond.
  3. ensure that all persons have been evacuated from the area.
  1. If not notified of the location of the fire:
  1. The Campus Police Secretary/Dispatcher should call the Switchboard Operator to determine from the fire alarm panel in which building the alarm was activated. If the Switchboard Operator is not on duty, an officer should respond to make the determination.
  2. The Campus Police Secretary/Dispatcher or an officer should call Buildings and Grounds personnel notifying them of the alarm and request assistance in locating the fire or the source of the alarm activation.
  3. All Campus Police officers and Student Patrols should respond to the building where the alarm was activated to check for fire or smoke and to locate the fire alarm that was activated.
  4. If a fire is discovered:
  1. determine if the fire can be extinguished using a fire extinguisher or hose.
  2. Campus Police will determine if the fire department should be contacted.
  3. After a fire is extinguished and the building is deemed safe, or if no fire is discovered:
  1. notify all persons that it is safe to reenter the building.
  2. Buildings and Grounds personnel should re-set the fire alarm.

Procedures in Event of Tornado Alarm

Located in the Campus Police Office is a weather radio alert system that provides notification from the National Weather Service of Severe weather conditions. The Campus Police also monitor the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department radio frequency. When the Campus Police become aware of a tornado warning via the weather radio, the police dispatcher, or sounding of the city's tornado alert siren, an officer will ensure that the campus tornado warning alarm is sounded. THE ALARM CONSISTS OF ONE CONTINUOUS SIREN BLAST FOR APPROXIMATELY 45 SECONDS.

When the tornado alarm is sounded, evacuation procedures should be as follows:

All persons in the Humanities, Social Science, Science, Math, Nursing, Flint, and Performing Arts Buildings should go to the lower level hallways.

All persons in the Jewell Center should go to the lower level hallways of the Science or Social Science Buildings.

persons in the Library should go to the southeast corner of the lower level.

persons in the Allied Health Building should go to the restrooms on the lower level.

persons in the Community Education Building should go to the east side of the lower level.

persons in the Child Care Center should go to the center of the building close to the inner walls.

persons in the Field House should go to the dressing room areas in the lower level.

persons in the Old Service Building should go to the lower level restrooms of the Allied Health Building.

persons in the New Service Building should go to the janitor's closet located in the interior part of the building.

In all of the above cases it is important to stay away from glassed areas. When it is determined that the threat of a tornado no longer exists, the Campus Police will sound an "all clear" signal, which will consist of three short siren blasts. At this signal all persons may leave their sheltered areas.