Campus Emergency Response

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EMERGENCY Procedures

Below is a list of emergency procedures for Hiram College. Dial 911 for emergencies and 330.469.4119 for campus safety.

Medical Emergency

CALL 911 from any available telephone and describe the nature of the medical problem and the location of the emergency on campus. If you have been trained:

  • Control serious bleeding by applying direct pressure on the wound.
  • If the victim is not breathing, begin CPR.
  • If an AED is available, turn on the unit and follow the simple instructions to use it. (Add AED locations).
  • Keep the affected individual(s) still and comfortable. If appropriate, have them lie down.
  • Remain with the injured/ill person until help arrives.


  • Activate the fire alarm using a manual pull station.
  • Evacuate the building using the nearest exit or stairwell.
  • Assist anyone requiring help to evacuate the building.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Call 911.
  • Never re-enter the building unless instructed to do so by police or fire personnel.


  • Do not delay your evacuation. Take your phone but leave all personal items.
  • Close the door to the office or classroom as you are leaving.
  • Evacuate using the stairs ONLY and get as far away from the building as you can.
  • Assist others as you are able. Look to be sure everyone around you heard or saw the alarm and are leaving the building too.
  • Make every effort to evacuate persons with physical limitations. If a person can’t be moved, they may shelter in place.

Shelter in Place

Certain incidents may require that you shelter in place.

  • Select a small, interior room, with no or few windows and close all windows and exterior doors.
  • Turn off all fans, heating, and air conditioning systems.
  • If instructed to do so, use whatever is available to seal all cracks around the door and vents into the room.
  • Remain indoors until authorities tell you it is safe or you are told to evacuate.

Suspicious Person

  • Do not physically or verbally confront the person.
  • Do not let anyone into a locked building/office.
  • Do not block the person’s access to an exit.
  • Call 911. Provide as much information as possible about the person and their direction of travel.

Active Shooter

Run, hide, or fight.

  • If possible, quickly exit the building and evacuate to a safe area away from danger.
  • Call 911.
  • If it is not possible to exit safely, get to an enclosed room or office and lock or barricade the door. Turn off the lights and keep quiet. Turn off your cell phone ringer. Take protective cover.
  • If the armed assailant enters your area, your option may be limited to fighting them to survive. Use anything you can find as an improvised weapon and attack with others, if possible.
  • Do not give up. Try to disable the intruder.


If indoors:

  • Immediately drop, cover, and hold on under a sturdy desk or table.
  • Position yourself along an interior wall, staying away from class windows, shelves, and heavy equipment which could topple onto you.
  • Do not run outside unless your building is believed to be in imminent danger of collapse.

If outdoors:

  • Move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures. Stay in an open area.

Suspicious Object

  • Do not touch or disturb the object.
  • Try to create some distance between yourself and the object. Keep others away as well.
  • Call 911 and Campus Safety.
  • Notify your supervisor and/or the building coordinator.
  • Be prepared to evacuate.

Bomb Threat

If you are called by a person threatening a bomb attack:

If able, have someone else call 911 and then call Campus Safety to report the threat. Stay on the phone with the person threating the attack and ask questions like the following:

  • What does the bomb look like? What kind of bomb is it?
  • Why did you place the bomb?
  • What is your name?
  • Where is the bomb and when it the bomb going to detonate?

Listen for background noises or other loud traffic. Report anything suspicious to authorities.