A. This action plan is designed to provide basic emergency response guidelines for all university personnel in the event that an emergency occurs on or near campus until Public Safety or appropriate response personnel arrive. This action plan does not detail the response procedures to be followed by trained personnel after the initial response to an emergency nor the removal of the university personnel and property from immediate danger. Designated university emergency response personnel are trained to follow up with secondary emergency disaster response procedures once the first response has stabilized the emergency.

B. The scope of the emergency response action plan applies to all university faculty, staff, students, visitors, and buildings and grounds owned and operated, or supervised by Bucknell University.

C. The chief of public safety is authorized by the vice president for finance and administration, who is authorized by the president of the university, to oversee the emergency response action plan. Any of these university authorities or their designees may serve as the Action Plan Emergency Coordinator in declaring the scope of the emergency and directing its response. The vice president for finance and administration will serve as the Action Plan Emergency Coordinator unless otherwise assigned.

D. The types of emergencies are as follows:

  1. MINOR EMERGENCY: Any incident, potential or actual, which will not seriously  affect the overall operation of the university. Report immediately to Public Safety at 570-577-3333 or 570-577-1111. Some examples of a minor emergency are:brownout, waterleak, false fire alarm, or maintenance problem, etc.  

  2. MAJOR EMERGENCY: Any incident, potential or actual, which affects an entire building or buildings, or which disrupts the overall operation of the university. Outside emergency services will probably be required, as well as a major response from campus support services. Major policy considerations may be required from the university administration during these conditions. Report to Public Safety at 570-577-1111. Some examples of a major emergency are: power outage, fire, major vehicle accident, snow emergency, bomb threat, hazmat spill, etc.  

  3. DISASTER: Any event or occurrence that seriously impairs or halts the operations of the university. In some cases, mass personnel casualties and severe property damage may occur. A coordinated effort of all campus-wide resources is required to effectively control the situation. Outside emergency services will be essential. In all cases of disaster, an Emergency Command Center will be established, and the appropriate support and operational plans will be executed. Some examples of a disaster are: hurricane/tornado, flood, serious fire, total campus blackout, nuclear disaster, etc.  

  4. In addition, any incident which has a potential for adverse publicity concerning the university should be promptly reported to the Department of Public Safety (24 hours per day, 7 days per week) and the Office of Public Relations. Some examples of such incidents are: sexual assaults, crimes on campus, false rumors, etc.


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