Emergency Response/Evacuation

Emergencies, disasters, accidents and injuries can occur at any time and without warning. Being prepared physically and mentally to handle emergencies is an individual as well as an organizational responsibility.

An Emergency Response for MCC Employees flip chart is posted in every room of each college building. This handbook is intended for use by faculty, staff and students of McHenry County College. It has been designed to provide a quick reference in cases of emergency. Employees and students should become familiar with its contents.

In addition to this handbook, there are detailed evacuation plans and shelter diagrams in most rooms and open areas to give direction during emergencies.

Campus Police will conduct periodic fire and emergency response drills as part of its emergency awareness plan. The campus uses a variety of avenues to notify the campus community upon confirmation of an emergency or threat, including: mass notification for phones, email and text, public address announcements, television monitors located throughout campus, the MCC web site and the media. MCC will issue a timely warning in response to immediate threat to the safety of our community and for certain crimes specified in the Cleary Act.

In the event of a campus emergency or dangerous situation, MCC Public Safety at the direction of the Administrator in Charge will use these avenues to notify employees and students. Instructions will be given to advise what is required given the circumstance.

Employees and students can sign up for mass notifications by going to www.getrave.com/login/mchenry.

MCC conducts monthly checks of its mass notification system.

The more prepared you are, the better you will respond to an emergency situation. Any specific questions or comments about this material may be directed to McHenry County College Campus Police.

MCC Emergency Phone Numbers

Call 8733 from an MCC campus phone to reach Campus Police for any non life-threatening situation. Examples might include:

Call 911 for Campus Police and Crystal Lake Fire Department for a life-threatening emergency. When calling 911 on an MCC phone, it is not necessary to dial 9 first. Campus Police and the switchboard are automatically notified of your location when you call 911 from a campus phone.


Medical Emergency Procedures

Life Threatening Injury or Illness

Non Life-Threatening Injury or Illness Requiring Assistance

Mental Health Emergency and Crisis Assistance Options

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Make sure you know the location of fire, exits, alarms and extinguishers for your area.

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Tornado/Severe Weather

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Earthquakes generally occur without warning and may cause minor to serious ground shaking, damage to buildings and personal injury.

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Used when there is a threat of violence or serious incident that could jeopardize the safety of students and employees (e.g. shooting, hostage incident, gang fights).

When a lockdown has been announced via the public address system or RAVE alert:


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Utility Service Disruptions

Electrical Power Failure:

Gas Leak:

Hazardous Materials

Some examples of hazardous materials:

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Shelter-in-place is used when evacuation would put people at risk, such as severe weather or hazardous material release outdoors. Shelters may change depending on the emergency. An announcement will be made using the building public address system.

Bomb Threat

If you observe a suspicious object or potential bomb in a campus building or on the grounds, do the following:

If you receive a bomb threat, do the following:

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Explosion or other Similar Incidents

If an explosion occurs on campus, take the following actions:

If an emergency exists, the building fire alarm will be activated – EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY.

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Violent or Criminal Behavior

If you observe a criminal act or a person behaving in a threatening manner on campus, IMMEDIATELY CALL 911 to report the incident. Campus Policewill respond.

In case of gunfire or discharged explosives occurring on campus, run to a place of safety or take cover IMMEDIATELY.

Active Shooter on Campus:

If the offender is moving in your direction but cannot see you, consider evacuating the area and moving to a safer location. If the shooter is within close proximity it may be safer to remain hidden (see “Lockdown”). Only a person on the scene as it occurs can decide which is the most appropriate for their unique situation.

If You Are Confronted by Person with a Weapon:

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Persons with Physical Disabilities

Mobility-Impaired Persons

Frequently, mobility-impaired persons have respirator complications. Remove these people from smoke or fumes immediately. The needs and preferences of mobility-impaired persons will vary. Always consult the person as to his/her preference with regard to the following:

Visually Impaired Persons
Most visually impaired persons will be familiar with the immediate area. In the event of an emergency, tell the person the nature of the emergency and offer to guide him/her to safety (this is the preferred method when acting as a “sighted guide”). As you walk, tell the person where you are and advise him/her of any obstacles. When you have reached safety, orient the person to where he/she is and ask if any further assistance is needed. Do not leave the person alone.

Note: Visually impaired persons may be extremely reluctant to leave familiar surroundings when the request for evacuation comes from a stranger. A Guide Dog could become confused or disoriented in a disaster. People who are blind or partially sighted may have to depend on others to lead them, as well as their dog, to safety during an emergency.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may not perceive emergency alarms; therefore, an alternative warning technique is required. Two methods of warning are as follows:

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Emergency Closing Center