For all emergencies or crisis situations occurring on campus, call 9-911 then Public Safety Department at 775-445-3308 or 775- 230-1952 or on-campus extension 3308.
This page is a quick reference for dealing with the more common emergency procedures. Each of the listed emergency categories consists of a two parts:
Besides complying with local, state and federal laws, WNC adheres to a code of conduct that is printed in the college catalog. The code establishes behavior standards for the entire campus community (students, staff, and visitors). When followed, the code allows the teaching and learning process to move forward without people disruption.
The underlying reason causing a disruption can usually be dealt with after the incident. What matters most during an incident are the victims of the disruption, the other students. Therefore, it is important to deal with the disrupter's actions in a formal manner by first addressing the problem through verbal direction, then documenting the incident on a "Student Conduct/Discipline Report."
Whenever disruptive individuals fail to comply with staff direction, the Public Safety Department should be immediately notified.
Whenever you observe or are the subject to unruly or disruptive acts by an individual, do the following:
NOTE: Knowing that something will be done about a disruptive or unruly act tends to dissuade similar actions from occurring in the future.
Campus community members will be advised to evacuate a college building during an emergency or for other safety reasons. The signal to evacuate will normally be given through the use of fire alarm bells/horn system or verbally during a gas leak emergency.
Since gas is lighter than air, it will rise to the ceiling level of a room and work its way down to the floor. An explosion can be caused if the fire alarm bells/horns, telephone, or appliances in the effected area are used.
When the fire alarm bells/horns sound or you are verbally advised to evacuate a building or area:
Explosions can occur from many sources. Some of these sources are electrical problems, chemical or natural gas release, bombs, or aircraft accidents.
After an explosion, the main focus of everyone on campus should be toward assisting the injured and safeguarding against fires and gas leaks. The immediate response of outside resources such as the Fire Department, Police Department, and utilities companies will be needed to effectively deal with the situation.
If this type of emergency ever occurs:
When there is a need for medical assistance or fire equipment, the Fire Department will respond within two to three minutes of being notified.
Campus community members may deal with small, extinguishable fires as long as personal safety is not compromised and he/she is trained in the use of fire extinguishers. The fire extinguishers located in the hallways and laboratories may be used for this purpose. However, always remember that personal safety should be your first concern. Never place yourself in a position where the fire is between you and the exit.
No matter how small the fire, always notify the Public Safety Department. The notification will result in the dispatch of an officer to the scene and the notification of the Environmental Health & Safety Department.
Fire Extinguisher Instructions
If a fire occurs in your area:
Natural gas for heating: Natural gas has a characteristic aroma of rotten eggs.
Compressed gas in cylinders: Gas cylinders may contain gasses that are toxic, explosive, or asphyxiants. Whenever gas is detected in a building or other enclosed area, it should be treated as an emergency and immediately reported to the Public Safety Department. Gas leaks, when left unreported, can result in an explosion with subsequent injuries or death to campus community members.
To limit the possibility of an explosion, avoid using light switches, fire bells/horns, telephones, cell phones, and appliances when gas is detected.
If you smell gas (characterized by a rotten egg smell):
The college complies with OSHA regulations pertaining to Hazardous Chemical / Material handling and the blood borne Pathogens Standards.
Incidents involving human blood will normally require the use of universal precautions and engineering implements (e.g., latex gloves, goggles, CPR mask, face protection, dust pan, etc.). Such use will protect the victim, the first aid provider, and the employee cleaning the contaminated surface. In the case of hazardous chemicals / materials, special protective equipment may be required.
Hazardous material accidents may occur in the science laboratories, central receiving, or the Technology Center buildings where chemicals are stored and used. Compressed gas cylinders may contain gasses that are toxic, explosive, or ashpyxiant.
When you have an incident that involves human blood or the release/spillage of a hazardous chemical/material, please remain calm and:
In the event of a tank regulator breakage, the compressed gas cylinder may become a deadly missile. Clear the area immediately. In the event of a leak from a compressed gas cylinder, extinguish all smoking and clear a 50 foot radius around the leaking cylinder. Classroom chemical releases will be handled by lab instructors and teaching assistants. Chemical spills in the Central Receiving Office will be handled by Central Receiving staff.
If a spill is so large that it cannot be contained or chemicals are released into the sewer, notify the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 3327 or 775-530-7475 or the Public Safety Office at 3308 or 775-230-1952.
Treat all chemical releases as potentially serious. DO NOT STAY IN THE AREA!
Injuries and illness can occur at the College. They can range from minor incidents to life-threatening.
Whenever you observe or are informed of a medical emergency:
The college does not maintain auxiliary power units to provide emergency power. During a power outage, please remain in the rooms until advised to leave the building. Generally, the power will come back on after a few minutes.
If the building your in has a power outage:
There is always the possibility that a staff Member may receive a written Bomb Threat or a suspicious letter/parcel in the mail, or find a suspicious package on campus grounds. In such situations, the safety of persons is of paramount importance. Of secondary importance is the preservation of evidence and property.
A note/letter containing a written Bomb Threat should not be handled after the discovery is made. The item should be properly collected as evidence and sent for fingerprint and other laboratory analysis. Suspicious letter/packages should not be moved after discovery. In such situation, the Carson City Sheriff should be notified.
Be cautious of:
Most of Nevada's severe weather occurs from in the winter months.
Most of the danger from a severe storm comes from snow and severe winds. The winds may be strong enough to move objects, knock down telephone/electric poles, and damage structures such as buildings. At the inception and during a severe storm, it is best to be inside a shelter such as a permanent structure or a motor vehicle for protection against flying objects. After the storm, it is important to check for down power lines, slippery surfaces, and/or other dangers that may be present.
In case of severe weather, do the following:
The possession of a firearm or other instruments commonly used to inflict bodily harm is prohibited at Western Nevada Community College and all other NSHE institutions. All persons who attend classes, are employed by the college, are visiting the college or who otherwise have business within NSHE, are prohibited from carrying weapons, concealed or otherwise (with or without a permit), on their person or in their vehicles or anywhere on college property. Nevada Certified Peace Officers, who currently work with a law enforcement agency, or persons who obtain written permission from the WNC President or his/her designee, are excluded from the NO Weapons policy.
The NSHE Board of Regents' NO Weapons policy is enforceable under the Nevada Revised Statutes, 202.265 and 202.3673.
Whenever a staff member observes or becomes aware that a person on the college campus is in possession of a firearm or other instrument commonly used to inflict bodily injury, he/she should:
Note: Public Safety staff can only observe and report to law enforcement.