- 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 and meds
- 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
- Duck & Cover
away from windows, falling objects, power lines, building perimeters
- Hold on
- Check in at dorm assembly area, then go to Thorrington 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
- Call 9-1-1 in all medical emergencies
- Then call Public Safety 805-565-6222
- 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)
Options to Consider:
Evade carefully away from sounds of gunshots.
Stay low and away from windows; cautiously check before turning corners.
When confidently safe, call 9-1-1
Lock the door if possible; use heavy objects to barricade door. Stay low.
Gather near doorway but not in line of sight upon opening.
Turn off cell ringers, but have one person quietly call 9-1-1 and remain on the line with the dispatcher
Work together to surprise, confuse and overwhelm the intruder.
Be ready to throw objects and “dog-pile” him.
Active responses have proven far more effective than passive.
DO NOT PULL FIRE ALARM
Adapted from M Tau: "Targeted Violence..."; 10/30/13 presentation.
Westmont is deeply concerned about any incidents of sexual assault, and encourages prompt reporting of any incidents to appropriate college officials.
CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTIONS
- Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center: 24 hour hotline for support: 805-564-3696
- Campus Resources: Health Center (805-565-6164) and/or Counseling Center (805-565-6003)
- Less Confidential: While the following college officials will make every effort to assist in a compassionate and circumspect manner they are required by law to report the matter for internal followup:
- Resident Directors
- Resident Assistants
- Student life deans
- Faculty department chairs
- College employee supervisors
- Directors of off campus programs
- Vice presidents
- The College Title IX officer
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.
- 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.
- Follow up
If student: Contact their RD (or the RD On Call: 805-565-6273)
If employee: Contact their supervisor, or HR (805-565-6101)
As recommended by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more info and help check the ULifeline link at Westmont's Counseling Center.
- 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 and call 9-1-1
Our electric power company Southern California Edison (SCE) has established a Public Safety Power Shutdown program (PSPS) under which they could—as a last resort—preemptively turn off power to selected circuits in order to prevent a wildfire. This could affect the Westmont campus. College officials have plans in place to communicate and address this potential disruption, which could last from a few hours to a couple days.
- Never use candles
Use flashlights or headlamps 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
- Practice good personal hygiene. This is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent illness.
- Prepare a Cold & Flu Kit (as recommended by WebMD.com*):
- Fever and pain relievers
- Cough syrups and drops
- Nasal sprays
* - FYI only; Westmont does not endorse any medical entity
- 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
Emergency Phone Numbers
|Emergency||911||Westmont Health Center||805-565-6164|
|Public Safety||805-565-6222||Westmont Counseling Center||805-565-6003|
|Rape Crisis Center Hotline||805-564-3696||Rape Crisis Center Front Desk||805-963-6832|
|Suicide Prevention Lifeline||800-273-8255|
|Cottage Hospital ER||805-569-7210|
|On Call RD (565-OCRD)||805-565-6273|
Dorm Assembly Areas
|Armington||Deane Lawn||Ocean View||Parking Lot|
|Clark||Front Lawn||Page||Parking Lot #6|
|Emerson||Parking Lot #4||Van Kampen||Parking Lot #19|
|GLC||Parking Lot #18|