Types of Terrorist Incidents
Incidents of terrorism occurring world-wide take many forms. While it may seem remote that our campus may be targeted, federal officials continuously monitor terrorist group activities to determine where a threat may occur. If a threat specific targets the geographic location in which the campus is located, or campuses specifically, the College will evaluate such information and coordinate response.
Terrorist incidents may include, but may not be limited to:
- biological or chemical devices or attacksradiological devices or attacks.
The Department of Homeland Security defines a terrorism as "A violent act or an act dangerous to human life, in violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any segment to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives."
What to do
If you see something suspicious, or if you receive information that may indicate that the campus may be targeted for terrorist activity, notify Campus Police immediately. Dial 1-911 from a campus phone, or 413-538-2304 from a cellular phone. Provide the dispatcher with the specifics of the suspicious activity or threat, and meet with an officer at a safe location.
- Watch for strangers or anyone who seems to be acting suspiciously.
- If you see anything raising your concern - including unattended bags, backpacks, packages, cars or vehicles - call Campus Police by dialing 1-911 or 413-538-2304.
- Secure your laboratories, studios, darkrooms, and other areas which unattended visitors should not enter.
- Be sure to keep building doors and windows locked when the building is closed and not open for business.
- If you see something that should be secured but is not, let Campus Police know by dialing 1-911 or 413-538-2304.
Campus Terrorism Response Plan
As soon as information becomes available that a terrorist incident may occur or has occurred on campus, the College's Emergency Response Team (ERT) will be activated and will coordinate campus response. Depending on the type of incident, its affected area the ERT will coordinate possible evacuations, cancellations, communications and emergency response.
Campus officials, including Campus Police Officers, will, if conditions allow, travel through the campus along with distributing community notices about what steps are necessary to protect our community members from the incident at hand. This may involve, for example, seeking and remaining in shelter to prevent exposure to hazardous chemicals, evacuating a building where a detonation device may be located, etc. Each situation will be assessed carefully to determine the best response and that response will be implemented under the guidance of the ERT as well as other local, state and federal emergency agencies.
It is important to note that while the College constantly monitors available information, there is no way to determine with precision what areas, groups, or institutions may be an actual target of terrorist activity. It is up to each member of the community to pay attention to governmental alerts such as those through the Department of Homeland Security (see Ready America), and to contact the Department of the Campus Police if they see anything suspicious, or receive information that the campus community may be at risk to be a target of terrorist activity. DIAL 1-911 for emergency contact with the Campus Police Department, or dial 413-538-2304 from a cellular phone.
Terrorism Preparation and Planning
The College ERT has been conducting training exercises and exchanging information with local and state agencies to prepare for and prevent against terrorist activities, and this interchange is ongoing.
Additional Information Sources
- Information from Homeland Security
- More Information is available at the Homeland Security home page
- Citizen Readiness Information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- U.S. Fire Administration
- Critical Infrastructure Protection Center - Counter-Terrorism
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (CDC)
- Infectious Diseases Information
- American Red Cross
- International Travel Advisories
- CDC's Traveler's Health Information