Emergencies

  1. Medical Emergency

    1. In case of minor injury or illness, contact the proctors. They have been thoroughly trained in first aid procedures and know when to treat or refer an injury to the hospital.
    2. If serious injury occurs on campus, immediately contact 911 and call Campus Safety at 909.607.2000. Give your name and describe the nature and severity of the medical problem and the campus location of the victim.
    3. You must be prepared to provide the nearest building address to the victim’s location. Provide all information requested by the dispatcher. Do not hang up until instructed. If the victim is not in the immediate area, use a runner to convey information that the dispatcher may request.
    4. In a major emergency such as an earthquake, emergency medical services on and off campus will be severely taxed. The initial burden for treatment of serious injuries will fall on student proctors, students trained in first aid or emergency care and HMC personnel. The first aid response for serious injuries will follow as above, with consideration of the following items:
      1. All casualties should be reported immediately to the appropriate assembly site;
      2. Student proctors and other emergency personnel will be assembling at the sites to coordinate first aid responses;
      3. Unless there is immediate danger to the life of a victim, movement of the victim should not take place. Transfer to triage area, casualty collection site or local hospitals will be directed by the dean of students staff.
  2. Fire

    1. In the Event Fire or Smoke is Detected in a Building and/or an Alarm is Sounding
      1. Feel the door with your hand. If the door is hot to the touch, do not open it. If you are on the first floor, attempt to evacuate using a window. If unable to do so, or if you are on the second floor or higher, put towels or cloth (wet, if possible) in the crack between the door and the floor. Phone 911 and Campus Safety at 909.607.2000 and tell them your location and situation. Stand by the window and wait for the Fire Department. Do not open the window. If the door is cool, slowly open it, exit the room and close door behind you.
      2. Sound the fire alarm and call Campus Safety to report the fire.
      3. Only if it is safe to do so, return with a fire extinguisher and fight the fire. Otherwise, evacuate the building and wait for the fire department.
      4. Remember—evacuate in a calm manner. Do not attempt to remove any possessions. Do not reenter the building until approval is given by the fire department.
  3. Earthquake or Other Disaster

    1. Safety Preparation

      • Keep your bed away from windows and anything that could fall on you (e.g., picture frames, hanging plants, bookcases).
      • Adhere objects to walls and countertops (use Velcro).
      • Have a flashlight and shoes available at your bedside.
      • Close your curtains to deter flying glass.
    2. During the Shaking

      • If you are inside, stay inside.
      • If you are in bed, drop to the floor beside the bed, keeping your body below mattress height.
      • If you can crouch next to a strong object (desk/table) and keep lower than its height, do so. This will partially protect you from falling objects.
      • Remember, stay inside and ride out the earthquake.
      • If you are outside, move away from buildings and power lines.
      • Do not attempt to go inside.
    3. After the Shaking

      • Put on shoes, examine your area, report to the nearest designated assembly area and check in with roll takers. If there is significant damage such as cracked walls, fallen or loosely hanging light fixtures or broken windows, report the damage immediately to the roll takers, your dorm proctor or Campus Safety.
      • Aftershocks can be deadly. Do not enter any buildings until advised to do so by public safety professionals.
  4. Emergency Contact Information

    You should have at least one emergency contact indicated in your records in the registrar’s office. This contact could be your parents or a local relative or friend whom we may contact in the event of an emergency. This information is requested when you first enroll at the College and should be reviewed and updated annually. You must notify the registrar if there are any changes in your emergency contact information.

  5. HMC Alert Notification System

    “Mudd Alert” is the College’s mass emergency alert notification system used for rapid dissemination of crucial emergency information. Formerly called “Connect-ED,” Mudd Alert is used to deliver rapid emergency alert notifications in the form of voice messages, text messages and emails. HMC automatically adds your campus email address into this system. On the registrar’s Biographical Information Sheet, you should indicate whether you want emergency alert notification messages sent to your cell phone in the form of text and/or voice messages. This information is requested when you first enroll at the College and should be reviewed and updated annually. Additional information about the HMC emergency notification system can be found on the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Safety website.

  6. Missing Student Notification

    If a student is determined to have been missing for 24 hours, the College and/or Campus Safety will, within 24 hours, notify the appropriate law enforcement agency, and, if the missing student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual, will also notify a custodial parent or guardian. If a member of the College community believes that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, it should be reported to the on-call dean and/or Campus Safety so that appropriate action can be taken.