Emergency Procedures

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University of Wisconsin-Platteville places the safety and well-being of students, employees and the public at the top of its priorities. The campus is working to improve safety and emergency planning in the wake of the tragic events at universities and schools around the country.

Prevention of violence is our first priority and our best chance for eliminating or minimizing risks to the safety of students, employees, and guests at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Prevention includes observation, awareness, risk assessment, planning, and reporting.

  • In an emergency requiring immediate response from law enforcement, the Fire Department or emergency medical services, call 911 if dialing from anywhere off campus or a cell phone. If dialing from a campus telephone, dial 9-911.
  • For urgent situations when you feel that immediate notification of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville officials is required, contact the University Police at 608.342.1584. This number is answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Students, families, and employees should develop a plan for responding to emergency situations. See www.ready.gov for information on developing a plan. Communications and meeting sites should be identified in advance. Cell phones may not be reliable during an emergency so plan on alternatives including land lines.

Intervention is the second step utilized by UW-Platteville to avert violence. University of Wisconsin-Platteville intervenes proactively when concerns are raised regarding students, employees, and visitors to campus. University Police are empowered to take individuals into custody if they are deemed to pose an immediate threat. Student Affairs is authorized to impose immediate suspensions if students engage in threatening behaviors and can remove students from residence halls. Mandatory evaluations and dismissals may be used.

University Police are responsible for responding to violence on campus. City of Platteville and Grant County law enforcement respond in support of the University Police. University of Wisconsin-Platteville's University Police are armed and trained as first-responders for a range of events, including acts of violence. The campus' emergency plan provides for mobilization of resources during and following incidents on campus.

In the event of an emergency, notification to the university community will be provided through a number of communication channels:

  1. Pioneer Alerts, the university's emergency text message system
  2. Announcements over each building's public address system
  3. Campus wide e-mail alerts
  4. The university's webpage
  5. The university's social networking platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter

For major events of a longer duration, ongoing updates will also be available at the following locations:

  1. Emergency postings on http://emergency.uwplatt.edu
  2. UW-Platteville Update Line - 608.342.7000

The following links provide additional information for responding to and dealing with emergency situations.

TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Dial 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) in the event of an emergency. If you are ever in doubt about a situation being an emergency, it is better to treat it as an emergency!

Cell phones can be a valuable asset in an emergency, but there is a possibility that the call is received by an agency outside of your geographical area. You must be prepared to provide as much information as possible, including detailed description of your location.

BEHAVIOR REVIEW AND RESPONSE TEAM

UW-Platteville uses a Behavior Review and Response Team when concerns are raised about the behavior of a student or employee. You may reach the team by contacting the Dean of Students Office during office hours or e-mail concerns@uwplatt.edu. (NOTE: This e-mail is not monitored 24 hours a day so do not use for time sensitive information or questions.)

EMERGENCY CALL BOXES

The emergency call boxes should be used for emergencies requiring immediate police, fire, or ambulance services. They are not intended for routine service requests.
Persons found using an Emergency Call Box or Telephone improperly can be cited.

The emergency call boxes are radios that operate on the University Police radio frequency. When the call box PUSH FOR HELP button is pressed, all on-duty police officers monitoring the University Police frequency, including the Platteville Police and the Grant County Sheriff's Department, receive the announcement providing the location of the activated call box alarm. Police response to the alarm does not rely on the caller's ability to provide information on his/her location, or ability to speak.

How to Use the Emergency Call Boxes

Press the PUSH FOR HELP button located on the front panel of the call box.

A green indicator light will light up momentarily, signaling that the call has been sent to all on-duty police officers via radio. In addition there will be a general message informing you that the call has been sent.

A police officer may speak directly to you or respond to the location if close to the area.

If additional information is being requested through the call box, you must press the PUSH FOR HELP button when speaking. After completing your message you must release the PUSH FOR HELP button. Your message should be short, and speak as normally as possible.

EMERGENCY CALL BOX LOCATIONS

Memorial Park Restrooms
South of Glenview Commons
Greenwood Ave. West of Dobson Hall
East of Doudna Hall
University Plaza Mall at Pine St. Cul de Sac
East Greenwood Mall by Pioneer Tower
West Greenwood Mall by Ottensman Hall
Halas Lane by Williams Fieldhouse
Longhorn Drive by Outdoor Track
Jay Street at Lot7
Lot 21
Memorial Park Horseshoe Bridge
Morrow Field
Lot 19- NW of Morrow Hall
East Melcher Hall
West University Plaza Mall
Northwest  Doudna Hall
South  Doudna Hall
Lot 1
College Drive
North Pioneer Student Center
East Ottensman Hall
South Pioneer Student Center
West Williams Fieldhouse
Outdoor Concession Stand
Southwest Hall Lane
Southwest Hall Stairs
Lot 28
Southwest Hall Bridge-North
Southwest Hall Bridge-South
Bottom of trail between Tiered Lot and Memorial Park
Middle of trail between Tiered Lot and Memorial Park
Top of trail between Tiered Lot and Memorial Park
Williams Fieldhouse
South of Rountree Commons (Lot 32)
Northwest of Rountree Commons
Northeast of Rountree Commons
Rountree Trail South,  West of Markee Ave
Rountree Trail South,  South of Stadium
Rountree Trail South,  South of Horticulture Center
Rountree Trail South,  East of Lot 28

Call Box Map

MEDICAL/AMBULANCE

In the event of a medical emergency or a suspected emergency, contact an Emergency Services Dispatcher by dialing 911 (9-911 from a campus phone). Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • location of the sick/injured person
  • symptoms or injuries
  • what happened
  • what is currently being done
  • DO NOT hang up the telephone until you are asked to do so by the dispatcher

University Police is dispatched as first responders for all ambulance calls on campus. It is likely that the police officers will arrive prior to the ambulance, with the possible assistance of the Platteville Police. The police officers will assume care of the person until the ambulance service arrives. If possible have someone meet the police/EMTs and escort them to the sick/injured person's location.

A seriously injured person should not be moved unless he/she is in a threatening situation. Also, do not forget to check the area to make sure it is safe for you to be present. If possible, someone should remain with the person, keeping him/her warm, and monitor the person's breathing. If necessary, severe bleeding should be controlled by using direct pressure.

If an adult person is conscious and oriented, that person has the right to determine his/her own health care needs and the response to those needs. If the patient is unconscious and/or not oriented, Platteville EMS will transport the person to Southwest Health Center Emergency Room.

FIRE

The fire alarm system on campus sends an announcement over the University Police radio frequency if an alarm is activated for any reason. If you know an alarm has been activated accidentally, contact the University Police immediately at 608.342.1584. All fire alarms are treated as an emergency unless the on-duty officer is informed otherwise.

In the event of an actual fire, smoke or explosion, pull the fire alarm immediately if it has not activated itself, and evacuate the building. The Emergency Services Dispatcher should be contacted by dialing 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) after evacuating the building.  When a fire alarm sounds, complete evacuation is required unless told otherwise by a member of the police or fire departments. People should use the nearest exit or stairway exit unless there is smoke or fumes present. No one should use an elevator during a fire alarm. In most cases, the elevator will automatically shut down once an alarm is activated.  Doors and windows should be closed as you evacuate the building, if it is safe to do so.

People should be at least 100 feet away from the evacuated building, and remain in a group to account for all that should have evacuated. The Fire Department needs to be notified immediately if there is a possibility that someone may not have been able to safely evacuate or a disabled person was left in an area of rescue.

Report potential hazards or refer fire prevention questions to the University Safety Office, 608.342.1188.

Familiarize yourself with locations of fire alarm pull stations and locations of fire extinguishers in your work area(s).

ASSISTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Pre-planning to evacuate or shelter in place is an essential part of emergency planning, and it is a critical issue for anyone with a disability.

Persons Using Crutches, Canes or Walkers: The type of assistance will depend on the individual's mobility and request for help. Someone should stay with the individual in the event that circumstances change, and the individual would need to move. Individuals using crutches, canes or walkers should be treated as if they were injured if they require or request assistance. If necessary have the individual sit on a sturdy chair in order to carry the individual to an area of safety.

Non-ambulatory persons: Evacuation may not be necessary or advisable depending on the circumstances. Many stairwells are designed to provide temporary protection from fire or other danger. Fire/stairwell doors should be closed for added protection. In addition, someone should stay with the person, while a second person notifies emergency responders of the location. If possible, the person should not be moved unless it becomes unsafe to remain in the location reported to emergency responders.

If immediate evacuation is necessary, the following needs to be considered:

  • Wheelchairs have movable parts; and some are not designed to withstand stress of lifting.
  • You may need to remove the chair batteries; is life support equipment connected to the batteries or part of the chair?
  • In a life threatening emergency, it may be necessary to remove an individual from the wheelchair. Lifting a person with minimal ability to move may be dangerous to the individual's well-being.
  • Wheelchairs should not be used to descend stairwells, if at all possible.
  • Non-ambulatory persons may have respiratory complications. It may be more critical to remove the individual from smoke or fumes before considering anything else.
  • Evacuation routes need to be checked for obstructions before removing the person.
  • Others not assisting with the individual should be designated to bring the wheelchair.
  • As soon as the person is in a safe location, the person should be returned to his/her wheelchair.

A person utilizing a wheelchair is the best person to provide advice, ask the person:

  • How many people are needed to assist
  • Whether to extend or move extremities when lifting because of pain, catheter leg bags, spasticity, braces, etc.
  • Whether to carry forward or backward on a flight of stairs
  • Whether seat cushion or pad should be brought along if the wheelchair is being left behind
  • In lieu of a wheelchair, does he/she prefer a stretcher, chair with cushion/pad, etc.
  • Is medical assistance (EMT) needed

Visually Impaired Persons

Most visually impaired persons will be familiar with their immediate work area. In an emergency situation, describe the nature of the emergency and offer to act as a sighted guide; offer your elbow and escort the person to a safe place. Remember to inform the person of any obstacles and the location you are going. Once you arrive at a safe place, orient the person and ask if there is any additional assistance needed.

Hearing Impaired Persons

Because persons with impaired hearing may not perceive an emergency alarm, another method may have to be used to inform the individual of an emergency. A written note with a brief description of the emergency and the nearest evacuation route; or gaining the attention of the individual and providing gestures are two alternatives.

PSYCHOLOGICAL EMERGENCIES

Psychological emergencies may include drug/alcohol overdoses, mental illness, violent behavior, or simply someone under a great deal of stress. In the event that the person becomes an imminent danger to him/herself or others, Wisconsin statutes provides law enforcement officers with the authority to take that individual into protective custody.

If there is an imminent danger or threat an Emergency Services Dispatcher should be contacted by dialing 911 (9-911 from a campus phone.) If necessary, go to another location, away from the individual to make the telephone call or have someone else call. Be prepared to provide the dispatcher with a detailed summary of the behavior involved, including any threats or weapons present, and if drugs or alcohol is involved.

While waiting for help to arrive, it is very important to be supportive, and avoid upsetting the individual. If possible, have someone meet the police officer to provide any additional information prior to the police officer approaching the person.

If at any time you are afraid the individual will become violent, as quietly as possible, leave the area for a safe place.

VIOLENT OR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

All acts of violence should be reported to the police as soon as possible. If you are not comfortable with reporting to the police, then discuss the behavior with a supervisor. The behavior should be documented. What may appear to be just a one-time fit of anger, may be an indicator that there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed before escalating.

Violent behavior may occur anywhere, anytime. It is difficult to be prepared for the unexpected, but taking time to think about what you would do in certain situations could help prepare yourself for such an event.

HOSTILE INTRUDER

When a hostile person enters a building threatening or causing harm to others, the following procedures are recommended:

  • Keep the room secured and quiet, until emergency response staff gives you additional instructions.
  • Do NOT sound the fire alarm system. A fire alarm would cause people to evacuate, and possibly place them in a potentially harmful situation.
  • Call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone).
  • Shut off lights, move away from doors and windows.
  • If the door opens in, close and barricade door by blocking it with a chair or door wedge at the base of the door.
  • If an intruder is in the room with you, options to consider include:
    • Active resistance to the intruder
    • Trying to escape thru other exits or past the intruder
    • Sheltering behind furniture
    • Dialog with the intruder
NOTE: In the situation of an intruder in the same room, these are options to consider but you have to decide on what actions to take.

If you are in an open area, you need to make an immediate decision regarding your safety. You may have to find a safe place to hide; make a decision to run from the area, fight, or even attempt to negotiate with the individual(s).

When emergency response teams respond to situations such as a hostile intruder, they do not immediately know who the suspect is. For the safety of all, police will direct all individuals to the ground, to keep hands held up in the air, or possibly even begin to handcuff people.

Hopefully you will never have to be involved in a hostile intruder situation. However you should spend some time evaluating your work area(s), and become aware of potential escape routes. Ask yourself what would you do if someone came into your work area with the intentions of hurting your or someone else.

Watch the video Shots Fired for more information.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

If you observe an activity that is suspicious or criminal, please contact the University Police as soon as possible. A majority of crimes that occur on campus are solved by information received from members of the campus community.

Individuals who wish to report suspicious or criminal activity may remain anonymous. If someone is uncomfortable with reporting information to the University Police, the information may be provided to the Grant County Crime Stoppers, 608.723.4271.

SEVERE WEATHER

Severe Thunderstorm: A thunderstorm that produces hail at least ¾ inch in diameter and winds of 58 mph or stronger.

Tornado Watch: Weather conditions are favorable for a tornado. People are encouraged to watch for changing weather conditions, and be prepared to take safety precautions if necessary.

Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted, either by a trained spotter or the National Weather Service in the area, or reported to be traveling towards the area.

Additional storm information can be found at http://www.weather.gov/om/severeweather/index.shtml.

CITY OF PLATTEVILLE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

The City of Platteville provides storm warning notification by sounding the storm sirens for three minutes. The storm sirens are tested the first Wednesday of every month. You may listen to the storm sirens by going to the City of Platteville web page www.platteville.org, and scrolling to the bottom of the left column.

The local radio, television stations, and various web sites serving the Platteville area provide additional storm warning information.

In addition to the storm sirens, the Platteville Fire Department utilizes a fire siren as a back-up notification system in the event that the paging system fails. People should be familiar with both sirens. You may listen to the fire siren by going to the City of Platteville web page www.platteville.org, and scrolling to the bottom of the left column.

UNIVERSITY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

In the event that the University Police receives a severe storm or tornado warning, the on-duty officer activates the public address system to notify as many people as possible of the weather conditions. If time allows, on-duty officers will attempt to contact as many people as possible attending outdoors events, or in buildings that may not be served by the public address system.

WHAT TO DO FOR A TORNADO WARNING ON CAMPUS

When a tornado warning is issued, building occupants should find interior shelter immediately:

  1. All occupants should stay together and move to the lowest level, interior hallway or other designated shelter area. Avoid auditoriums, gymnasiums, and other large rooms with free-span roofs and areas with large expanse of glass.
  2. If time permits check all areas to see that all persons are sheltered.
  3. If the tornado is imminent, assume a protective position; on elbows and knees facing an interior wall with hands over back of your head, using a large book or other item for additional head protection.

There will NOT be an all clear provided. An assessment should be made of your area regarding damage in order to make a determination of whether it is safe to move from the area, or remain in place until help arrives. When you feel safe to move, account for all occupants and if possible prepare a list of those who are safe to the University Police. You should prepare a separate list for persons with injuries or who are unaccounted for.

CLASS CANCELLATION

The State of Wisconsin has delegated authority to the UW System for decisions concerning the cancellation of classes or the closing of campuses to the public due to inclement weather. At UW-Platteville, the chancellor determines whether or not to cancel classes.

The chancellor also determines, in consultation with UW-System Administration, whether or not to close the campus to the public. Only the governor has the authority to close state offices, including university offices.

For more detailed information, see the UW Platteville Class Cancellation and Campus Closure Policy.

CANCELLATION OR CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENTS

If at all possible, people should avoid contacting local police for questions regarding road conditions or class cancellations unless an emergency exists. In the event of severe weather, anyone wishing information on whether a particular class or event will be postponed or canceled should contact the department or faculty member for that information.

The chancellor will notify the university public information officer whenever a decision is made to cancel classes or close the campus to the public. In the event that the chancellor is not available, the provost has the responsibility for taking this action. Once the public information officer is notified, a press release will be issued to local media outlets; a campus wide e-mail issued, information posted on www.uwplatt.edu, and on the UW-Platteville Update Line 608.342.7000.

EVENING CLASSES

Cancellation decisions are made in each college. The college dean, department chair, and faculty members will make the decision to postpone and reschedule evening classes on and off campus.

Classes will be rescheduled by the faculty in conjunction with the students in the class. As soon as cancellations/postponements decisions are made, a message notifying the students can be received by calling a specified telephone number furnished by the instructor for emergency class information or e-mail/web notification.

SHELTERING IN PLACE

For certain types of emergencies, you will be requested to shelter in place rather than evacuate a building. Sheltering in place is normally utilized during a weather/tornado warning, but may occur in other emergencies as well.

In most cases, if you are requested to shelter in place, emergency personnel are already aware of the situation and there is no need to contact 911, unless there is a life threatening injury or illness.

General Guidelines:

  • Stay inside the building or if outside seek indoor shelter immediately
  • Do not use elevators
  • If possible, go to a room or corridor where there are no windows and few doors
  • Pre-plan by learning where the emergency shelters are located within your buildings

In the case of a shelter-in-place order issued because of a potentially dangerous person on campus:

  • Immediately get inside the nearest building and proceed to an interior room if possible
  • Close and lock all doors and windows, if possible. If the doors do not lock, move a table or desk in front of the door
  • Stay put unless there is an immediate threat in your room, and do not leave for your next class if you are on campus
  • Do not come to campus if you are off-campus and know a "shelter-in-place" warning has been issued
  • Monitor all text message alerts, e-mails, UW-Platteville social media sites, etc. for further information and updates

In the event of an airborne release:

  • Close windows and doors
  • If possible seal cracks with anything available, wet towels if available
  • Turn off fans or air conditioning that has local area controls
  • Seal ventilation ducts (Physical Plant would have to shut off HVAC systems)
  • Avoid drinking tap water

Additional information is located in the Psychological, Criminal, or Violent Behavior section.

SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTING

If you believe someone is being sexually assaulted, call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) immediately. You should be prepared to provide the Emergency Services Dispatcher with as much information as possible, and remain on the telephone until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.

If a victim, who is not in immediate danger, reports a sexual assault to you, it should be the victim's choice to report it to a law enforcement agency. The victim should be encouraged to have a physical exam as soon as possible even if the victim does not wish to pursue a criminal investigation.

If a rape date drug is suspected, it is extremely important that the victim seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

If neither you nor the victim is sure of the services available to assist the victim, you may contact any of the agencies listed below. The victim's identity will be kept confidential.

Mandatory Report: Any university employee who witnesses or receives a report of a sexual assault involving a student is required to report the assault to a Dean of Students for statistical reporting required by Wisconsin State Statute. The name of the victim is NOT required.

BOMB THREAT

If you receive a bomb threat by telephone:

  • If you have a caller id telephone, what number is identified?
  • Were you able to distinguish whether the call came from on or off campus?
  • The exact time the call was received
  • Listen to the voice to determine sex, age, accents, lisps, etc.
  • Listen for background noises
  • Do not make any remarks that would anger the caller, and if possible engage the caller into a conversation
  • Notify a co-worker or supervisor, if possible, while keeping the caller on the telephone
  • A Bomb Threat Report should be completed as soon as possible after receiving the call

The use of cell phones, radios, or any other piece of equipment that could create a spark should not be used within 300 feet of the area identified by the threat.

If the area is evacuated, the area should be cleared at least 500 feet from the area. People are more aware of their own work areas, and can easily identify something that is out of place. A quick visual scan of the work area for anything that appears strange or unidentified packages, containers, or other suspicious articles should only take a few minutes. Areas which should be searched/checked include:

  • All unlocked cabinets, drawers, classroom furniture, trash receptacles, and other unsealed containers
  • Seats of chairs, benches, and stools that are pushed under tables and desks
  • High shelves or ledges
Suspicious items should not be touched or moved, and reported immediately to the police. Any information that can be obtained from the caller will help the investigation, so don't be afraid to ask questions that are not listed above. The important thing to remember is not to say anything that may anger the caller or cause the caller to hang up the phone. It is also possible that the caller may agree to speak with someone else in the work area if you are having a difficult time communicating with the caller.

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE/LETTER

If you receive a suspicious package or letter you should avoid handling it and follow the steps listed below:

  • Do not open the letter or package.
  • Gently set the letter or package down; if possible cover it to prevent any type or airborne release.
  • Do not allow anyone else to handle the letter or package.
  • If someone else is present, have the person contact the University Police.
  • Evacuate the area, and if possible, restrict access to the area until police arrive.
  • Do not touch anything unless absolutely necessary, and thoroughly wash your hands. Remember to clean under fingernails, and pay special attention to cuts or sores.
  • Anyone who was in the area, or who many have handled the package or letter should be identified. If possible, everyone who was present should stay together in a separate area while waiting for the police to arrive.

How to identify a suspicious package or letter:

  • Is the envelope or package properly addressed to the recipient?
  • Addressed to someone who is no longer employed by the university. (Please consider how long the person has been gone.)
  • No return address or one that cannot be verified as legitimate. (Please remember a number of credit card companies and advertisers avoid using return addresses.)
  • The envelope or package has a restrictive endorsement, such as "Personal" or "Confidential".
  • The address is badly typed or written, and may have misspelled words.
  • Does the postmark correspond with the return address?
  • Was the postage affixed by the Post Office or an excessive number of stamps used?
  • Excessive amounts of tape of string used to seal the envelope or package. Parcel bombs may be wrapped with several different types of tape, marked "Fragile-Handle with care" or "Rush-Do Not Delay".
  • Unusual weight, given the size of the item. Does the envelope feel as if it contains some type of substance, a "squishy" feeling? Packages may have irregular shape, soft spots, or bulges.
  • Strange odors or stains on the envelope or wrapping.

 

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Police: Contact Information

Contact Information

Officer On Duty
24 Hours A Day

For Emergency Calls, dial 9-1-1.

For non-emergency calls, contact:

University Police Office
134 Brigham Hall
Tel: 608.342.1584
Fax: 608.342.1641
E-mail: police@uwplatt.edu

Office Hours:
Monday–Friday: 7:30–11 a.m., and
noon–4 p.m., excluding holidays

AFTER HOURS

For after-hours non-emergency calls, contact:

University Police Office
Tel: 608.342.1584

Platteville Police Dispatch
Tel: 608.348.2313

For additional information and other after hours options, visit the University Police Contact Information page.

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