All students are encouraged to program the number for the campus police into your cell phone: Campus Police, 413-538-1911.
Students who have sensory, mobility or chronic health impairments that may affect their ability to evacuate a building in the case of emergency are to notify AccessAbility Services. Such students will be placed on the campus Emergency List which is distributed to all campus emergency personnel. Such students are also encouraged to:
- Schedule an appointment with AccessAbility Services to create an Individualized Emergency Plan that will address what to do in case of fire, environmental hazard or other emergency situation
- Speak with your professors and residential staff at the beginning of each semester to discuss evacuation procedures and other safety concerns
Hearing Impaired Students
Please fill out a Disability Housing Accommodation Form on our website to request all necessary modifications and safety procedures.
Visually Impaired Students
Please fill out a Housing Accommodation Form to request all necessary modifications and safety procedures. If you are in your classroom or residence hall and are aware that an alarm has been activated, leave the building immediately if you are able to do so. Call the campus police if you need assistance with your evacuation. Wait in your classroom or area of refuge (if available) with the doors closed until assistance arrives. Elevators should not be used under any circumstance once an alarm has been activated.
Mobility Impaired Students
Please fill out a Disability Housing Accommodation Form to request all necessary modifications and safety procedures. If you are in your classroom or residence hall and are aware that an alarm has been activated, leave the building immediately if you are able to do so. If you need assistance leaving the building, call the campus police to notify them of your location. If an evacuation is necessary, you will be instructed to wait in your room, or if your building is equipped with an "area of refuge," you may be instructed to wait there until emergency responders can assist you with your evacuation. Elevators should not be used under any circumstance.
If telephones are not available in your classroom, contact the police by emergency or courtesy phones located throughout the buildings.
If you have a condition that has not been addressed which may be a concern, please contact AccessAbility Services.
Suggestions to Prepare for an Emergency
Program the number for the campus police into your cell phone or post it next to your land line: 413-538-1911. Locate the emergency exits on your floor. On each floor there are several exits, usually at the end of each hallway. Locate the exits nearest your classroom or residence hall. Visit each exit to help you remember its location.
Count the doors between your residence hall or classroom and the exit. This helps you to remember the distance and location of the exits and may also help if you have to find an exit in the smoke, in the dark or if you are blind.
Locate the nearest fire extinguisher and fire alarm pull station. Pull stations are located near the exits; extinguishers are located throughout the buildings. Remember it is a violation of State law to tamper with equipment.
If You Discover a Fire
- Close doors. If possible, close all doors in the fire area to prevent the spread of smoke and flame.
- Report the fire. Call the Campus Police and tell the dispatcher the location of the smoke or fire.
- Do not take risks. Leave the building through the closest exit, close all doors behind you, and activate a fire alarm pull station if the alarm is not already sounding. Once you have evacuated, stay out of the building until a fire fighter or police officer has instructed you to return.
If You Hear an Alarm in Your Classroom or Public Area
- Exit through the nearest door and do not use elevators.
- Upon exiting the building, move a minimum of 25 feet from the building to allow access to emergency responders.
Fire Alarm vs. Fire Drill - Fire drills are planned and staged practice evacuations. They are required under state law to be conducted "regularly." Fire alarms are automatic activations of the detection systems.
In the Event of a Fire Evacuation
- Using the back of your hand, test the door to the hallway for heat before opening.
- Open door slightly if it is cool. If the door to the hallway is cool, open it carefully, checking for smoke. Quickly close the door if there is thick smoke outside your room and stay in your classroom or residence hall. Contact the Campus Police to advise them of your location.
- Exit with caution. Test the exit door for heat before opening it. Look for heavy smoke in the stairwell. If there is heavy smoke, try an alternate exit or return to your area. If the stairwell is safe, exit the building. In the case of evacuation, do not use the elevators.
If You Cannot Leave Your Classroom or Other Campus Location
- Contact the Campus Police.
- Stay calm and do not panic. South Hadley Fire Department's typical response time to an alarm is less than ten minutes.
College Fire Safety Procedures
- Smoking is prohibited in all college buildings.
- Open flames are not permitted in any building. This includes, but is not limited to, fragrance candles, incense, birthday candles, sterno cans, or portable stoves.
- During an evacuation alarm, all personnel must leave the building.
- Extension cords are for temporary purposes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has defined temporary as less than 90 days. Cords must be large enough to handle amperage designated for specific equipment.
- All electrical equipment must be "UL Listed."
- Holiday decorations must be flame retardant.