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Emergency Procedures Guide / Safety Manual

It is unlikely that a major emergency will occur in our community of Institute, West Virginia. Nevertheless, it is essential for our faculty, staff, and students to be prepared in the event such an unexpected situation would occur. By reading this booklet, you help make West Virginia State a safer place.
We are always better prepared with knowledge. Know the proper responses to the sounds of the emergency siren, confidently proceed to an assembly area if need be, and we will be more safe awaiting what will probably be an ALL CLEAR MESSAGE. The message will likely be to return to our daily activities because we have just participated in a Practice Drill.
If you are sight impaired or would like additional information about Emergency Preparedness, please call: (304) 34-ASKME or (304) 342-7563.
This booklet is a condensed version of the comprehensive Emergency Response Plan for West Virginia State Univeristy (WVSU), which in turn meshes with the plan components of the Kanawha Putnam Emergency Planning Committee (KPEPPC). The WVSU Emergency Response Plan will be activated in the event of natural or man-made emergency situations which could impact the WVSU campus. In almost all instances of potential emergency impact to the campus, Sheltering-in-Place in the designated assembly areas is the initial most safe and proper protective action. The final protective action may be to remain in shelter-in-place or prepare to evacuate. There is considerable logic to Sheltering-In-Place where instructions from qualified personnel can be given; where Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) messages can be received; and if the emergency involves hazardous substance emissions, doors and windows can be closed and the outside air intake system can be shut down. The WVSU Emergency Response Plan addresses evacuation of persons on campus to a safer location when the particular emergency situation calls for it.
Emergency drills will be held throughout the year to familiarize faculty, staff, and students of West Virginia State with relevant Emergency Response Plan procedures. The drills tests personnel, procedures, and equipment; help to refine procedures and help improve the ability of the college to safely and effectively cope with a wide variety of emergencies which could impact the campus.
Campus occupants need to know that in the vast majority of possible emergencies that may impact the campus, an “evacuation” protective action would not be the safest initial response. “Shelter-In-Place” Protective Action Drills are held regularly, so that the proper response becomes a habit.
Every member of the campus family should read this Emergency Response Guide and thoroughly understand it in order to know what to do in an emergency situation. During a real emergency, there will be little time to review procedures. Prompt actions are required and are the obvious keys to safety during an emergency.
Emergency Services/Campus Safety
Major William H. Porterfield
Phone: 304-766-4267
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