Levels of Emergency Response
Different types of incidents will be categorized according to the following continuum. The categorization will in general terms guide the type of institutional or other response, as described below.
LEVEL 1 - A minor department or building incident that can be resolved by the responding service unit. This may result in calling in personnel and notifying the department where the problem occurred. (Example: Facilities Services responds to a broken water pipe in Ackley Hall).
LEVEL 2 - A department or building incident that can be resolved with existing College resources or limited outside help. A Level 2 incident is usually a one-dimensional event that has a limited duration and little impact on the campus community beyond those using the space/building in which it occurred. (Example: Minor chemical or fuel oil spills, building loss of heat or electricity for several hours, or a minor fire confined to a room and not involving hazardous chemicals).
LEVEL 3 - Situations that are primarily people-focused, rather than infrastructure- focused. In particular, many student issues can become quite complex because of varied College and student support responses that must be coordinated. Level 3 situations may emerge as a single incident, but have the potential to quickly evolve into a multi-faceted campus crisis. (Example: serial sexual assaults, successful suicide, death on campus, multiple injuries, large scale dissent/disruption, including riots, hate crimes or bomb threats).
LEVEL 4 - A major emergency that impacts a sizable portion of the campus and/or outside community. Level 4 emergencies may be single or multi-hazard situations, and often require considerable and timely coordination both within and outside the College. Level 4 emergencies also include imminent events on campus or in the general community that may develop into a major College crisis or a full disaster. (Examples: heating plant failure, extended power outage, severe storms, major fire, contagious disease outbreak, or domestic water contamination).
LEVEL 5 - A catastrophic emergency event involving the entire campus and surrounding community. Immediate resolution of the disaster, which is usually multi-hazard, is beyond the emergency response capabilities of campus and local resources. (Example: earthquake, major hurricane, or act of terrorism that would require State and Federal assistance).