The Mount Aloysius College Emergency Manual includes information about all hazards response and; operating status parameters; incident priorities and; shelter-in-place and evacuation guidelines; and local contingency and continuity planning requirements. The College conducts emergency response exercises each year, such as table top exercises, field exercises, and tests of the emergency notification systems on campus. These tests are designed to assess and evaluate the emergency plans and capabilities of the College.
Mount Aloysius College Police and Security officers have received training in Incident Command and Responding to Critical Incidents on Campus. When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are Campus Police and Safety personnel, Cresson Township Police, Cambria Alliance EMS and the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company. They typically respond and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, other MAC departments and other local, state or federal agencies could also be involved in responding to the incident.
General information about the emergency response plan and procedures for MAC are publicized each year as part of the institution’s Clery Act compliance efforts, and that information is available on the MAC website. To access log into your MyMAC page and select “MAC Policies – Documents” and then select “Emergency Action Plan”.
An evacuation drill is coordinated by MAC Police and Safety and MAC Residence Life each academic year for all residential facilities. Students learn the locations of the emergency exits in the buildings and are provided guidance about the direction they should travel when exiting each facility for a short-term building evacuation with accountability rally points. Designated locations for long-term evacuations decisions are affected by time of day, location of the building being evacuated, the availability of the various designated emergency gathering locations on campus, and other factors such as the location and nature of the threat. In these cases, MAC Police and Safety and MAC Residence Life staff on the scene will communicate information to students regarding the developing situation or any evacuation status changes.
The purpose of evacuation drills is to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in case of a fire or other emergency. At MAC, evacuation drills are used as a way to educate and train occupants on fire safety issues specific to their building. During the drill, occupants ‘practice’ drill procedures and familiarize themselves with the location of exits and the sound of the fire alarm. In addition to educating the occupants of each building about the evacuation procedures during the drills, the process also provides the College an opportunity to test the operation of fire alarm system components. All heat detectors, smoke detectors and fire alarm pull stations are individually tested each summer.
Evacuation drills are monitored by MAC Police and Safety and the Residence Life Department to evaluate egress and behavioral patterns. Reports are prepared by participating departments that identify deficient equipment so that repairs can be made immediately. Recommendations for improvements are also submitted to the appropriate departments/offices for consideration.
Students receive information about evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures during orientation and during other educational sessions that they can participate in throughout the year. The Residence Life Staff members are trained in these procedures as well and act as an on-going resource for the students living in residential facilities.
All rooms on campus have an orange sign located near the door identifying the emergency levels of response. The level of response may be communicated to you in person, via computer, cell phone or telephone. This information along with the physical 9-1-1 address of the room you are in has been placed prominently for your reference during an emergency.
Protective actions have been summarized and labeled “Emergency Levels of Response” and are posted in all rooms on campus. These levels will be referred to in an emergency in an effort to get out more information in a short message. Everyone can refer to the posted sign in the room they are in to know the proper response.