Emergency Information

We are thankful to not presently be facing an emergency situation. We will update this page as information develops that may be helpful to you.

IMMEDIATE ACTION STEPS
Medical/Psych
Earthquake Suicide Threat

If you observe suspicious or threatening behaviors, call Public Safety at 805-565-6222.

Notification Methods

We may use any (but not necessarily all) of the following means of notifying affected and/or interested parties of a developing situation. (Click here to view Westmont's Timely Warning policy, in compliance with the federal Clery Act requirements.) If you receive an alert, tell others around you! System limitations may prevent the message from reaching all intended recipients.

Method
Via Comment
Website

westmont.edu/emergency

(ie, this page; or alert.westmont.edu)

You may wish to bookmark this. It can also be reached via the link at the bottom of most Westmont website pages.
Hotline
888-565-7911 Call this number for periodic updates.
Call affecting you Call about you

Your cell #

Your emergency contact #

In order to reach you or your Emergency Contact you must provide provide us with these numbers by logging in to either the Student Profile or Employee Directory.
Email
@westmont.edu addresses Current students and/or employees only
Text Message
Your cell # Text messages are notoriously unreliable in emergency situations, and must be regarded as a supplemental means of communicating.
Twitter
twitter.com/WestmontNews We recommend you "follow" this account.
Facebook
facebook.com/Westmont We recommend you "like" this account.
Notification Service

Text-to-Speech messages:

888-565-7911

Text messages will come from various numbers.

Enter this number in your cellphone contact list as "Westmont Alert" so you'll recognize it when an urgent notification is issued.
ARC Safe & Well
www.safeandwell.org Westmont plans to post student status in batch mode if/as possible. However, students and employees are encouraged to post their status individually.
Word-of-mouth
Messengers in campus buildings Sometimes low-tech is the ideal option.

Emergency Response - Immediate Actions

WILDFIRE   EARTHQUAKE
  • Go to the gym
    If it's safer to leave campus, we'll coordinate departure from there.
    If it's safer to shelter at the gym, that's what we'll do.
    Bring backpack, meds, empty bladder
  • Do not leave the campus solo
    Wait for official word about whether to stay or go.
    We may need to use the seats in your car.
  • If time is short you're safer here
    Gym has housed us safely before
    Leaving late can be dangerous

More on Wildfire response

 
  • Duck & Cover
    away from windows, falling objects, power lines, building perimeters
  • Hold on
  • Check in at dorm assembly area, then go to Lovik Field
    and if safe to get them, bring your meds
  • Food, shelter, medical
    The very basics will be available ASAP
  • If trapped, BANG on something
    That sound travels better, and you won't get worn out shouting

More on Earthquake response

     
ACTIVE SHOOTER   DORM FIRE

Options to Consider:

  • Evade
    Escape away from sounds of gunshots.
    Stay low and cautiously check before turning corners.
  • Barricade
    Lock the door if possible or use heavy objects to barricade door. Stay low.
    Gather near doorway but not in line of sight upon opening.
  • Overwhelm
    Work together to surprise and “dog-pile” the shooter. Active responses have proven far more effective than passive.

Adapted from M Tau: "Targeted Violence..."; 10/30/13 presentation.

 

Watch video. (Password protected from off campus; click here to request access.)

 
  • If door is HOT, stay in room
    or exit through a window if possible
  • If door is COOL, open slightly
    to check for smoke
  • If you see SMOKE, stay in room
    and use towels, etc to cover openings
  • If no smoke, close door behind you and go to assembly area
  • Pull alarm en route

Watch video. (Link to external site requires registration.)

 

     
MEDICAL / PSYCHOLOGICAL   POWER LOSS
  • Call 9-1-1 if life-threatening
    or 805-565-6222 if not life-threatening
  • Then call RD/RA/Supervisor
  • Stay with victim
    Keep them as comfortable and stable as possible
  • Determine identity
    and be prepared to communicate key info to responders (ID, medical need, etc)
 
  • Never use candles
    Use flashlights instead
  • Unplug computer
    to prevent surge when power restored
  • Minimize movement in the dark
    Library, DC and Gym may have backup power in case it's safe to find your way there
     
SUICIDE THREAT   PANDEMIC FLU
  • Sustain communication
    They need to know you'll listen.
    Discuss specific intentions openly.
    Don't argue; and don't leave them.
  • Take threat seriously
    Don't assume they won't do it,
    but don't assume they can't be stopped.
  • Call Public Safety (805-565-6222)
    If they have a plan, the means, a lethal method, and a time in mind, they need intervention now.
  • Contact RD/RA/Supervisor

As recommended by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more info and help check the ULifeline link at Westmont's Counseling Center.

 
  • Practice good personal hygiene. This is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent illness.
  • Prepare a Cold & Flu Kit as described in the link below.
  • Get immunization shots when the vaccines become available
  • DO NOT go to class or to work if you get symptoms. Stay in your room (or if feasible go home) until 24 hours after your unmedicated fever is gone

 

     
SEXUAL ASSAULT    

Westmont is deeply concerned about any
incidents of sexual assault, and encourages
prompt reporting of any incidents to
appropriate college officials.
CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTIONS
(phone numbers below):

  • Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center
    24 hour hotline for support
  • Campus Resources: Resident Director on call, Health Center, and Counseling center (see phone numbers below).
 

KEEP IN MIND:

  • DO NOT wash or discard clothing which
    might contain helpful evidence.
  • DO HAVE a confidential physical
    examination (available at the Westmont
    Health Center).
  • MORE INFO is available in the Student
    Handbook which is also online under
    Current Students/Handbooks & Policies.
Emergency Phone Numbers
24/7 SERVICES     WEEKDAY-ONLY  

Emergency
Public Safety
Cottage Hospital ER
Poison Hotline

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Rape Crisis Center Hotline

RD on Call (565-RDOC)

911
805-565-6222
805-569-7210
800-222-1222

800-273-8255

805-564-3696
805-565-7362

 

Westmont Health Center
Westmont Counseling Center
Rape Crisis Center Front Desk

805-565-6164
805-565-6003
805-963-6382

 

Dorm Assembly Areas
DORM
Location
  DORM
Location

Armington
Clark
Emerson

Deane Lawn
Front Lawn
Front Parking Lot
  Ocean View
Page
Van Kampen

Parking Lot
Parking Lot
Front Parking Lot

Emergency Response Planning

Westmont's Situation Readiness & Response Team (SRT) meets regularly to plan and practice for a wide range of events. Both generic and specific incident plans are constantly being refined to enhance our ability to be nimble and caring when some misfortune occurs. For more information, please contact our Office of Risk Management.

Grab & Go Tips

Go Kit

Prepare your own Go-Kit and keep it by your door. Include a flashlight, your prescriptions (medications and corrective lenses), and a change of clothing.

Minimum to Grab

If you don't have a prepared Go-Kit, at least bring these things if possible (in priority order):

  • Prescription medications/eye care
  • Wallet (with drivers license and Westmont ID)
  • Cell phone and charger

If Time Allows

Bring these things if the time to gather them will not jeopardize your safety (in priority order):

  • Change of clothes (including socks & underwear)
  • Jacket or other warm layer
  • Computer and charger
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Full water bottle & small snack
  • Flashlight
  • Entertainment items (reading materials, cards, frisbees, balls, etc)

Do NOT Bring

Valuable as they may be, the following things are not worth risking your life over:

  • A large bag or container crammed with your possessions
  • Sentimental items

Can I just buy one online?

We estimate that student "Go-Kits" will likely be cheaper to create on your own, as Westmont stores basic emergency supplies on campus (such as water, food, and first aid). However, many retailers sell pre-made emergency kits for those looking for a quick solution.

No pre-made kit will fit your needs exactly, so take the time to consider what additional items you'll want to add to any kit you buy. These online retailers offer various emergency supplies. These websites are offered as a point of reference, and Westmont does not assume any responsibility for the products these websites offer, nor do we encourage or endorse any one retailer.