Crime Reporting + Emergency Procedures

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INTRODUCTION

The goal in the development of this Crime Reporting, Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan is to provide for the efficient and effective mobilization and allocation of School, government, and other resources to provide for the protection of life and property, orderly response to emergencies, and general safety of the Studio School community.

This Crime Reporting, Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan is organized to set forth general reporting, detection, notification, and response guidelines. In certain instances and as indicated herein, different procedures and strategies are pertinent to different kinds of emergencies.

It is recognized that no plan can cover all contingencies, however, this Plan provides a reasonable procedure to guide the Studio School community in times of crisis.

JEANNE CLERY DISCLOSURE FOR CAMPUS SECURITY POLICY AND CAMPUS CRIME STATISTICS ACT

Security, crime and the rights of individuals are a national concern with regard to the protection of self, personal belongings, general security, respect and recognition of the individual rights of others.

Although our campus is limited to the physical space of the school our concern is as great as other campuses that are very large and involve complicated situations. It is important for everyone to be aware of certain policies and procedures should any of these offenses occur.

  • Should a crime, criminal offense, discriminatory act, sexual harassment situation or emergency occur REPORT this matter to your instructor and/or the office IMMEDIATELY to Kevin Cordova-Brookey, Executive Administrator.
  • Reporting accurate prompt information and supplying evidence of proof is important to enable a complete and thorough conclusion.
  • If reported to an instructor, the instructor must also report the incident to the office and the appropriate above personnel.
  • Appropriate actions will be taken to correct, improve and/or eliminate the offense or individual, depending on the finding and evaluation of the complaint or situation. If required, notification to appropriate authorities will be made. A full report will be recorded and on file in the school. It is suggested to be careful of yourself and respectful of others. Prudent in your actions and notify someone of anything that is wrong, different, inappropriate or unacceptable.

REPORTING AN EMERGENCY, CRIME, CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

Most members of the Studio School administration and staff are trained to receive information regarding a regarding a crime, criminal activity, emergency or dangerous situation (including medical emergencies), alert the proper authorities, and prepare the appropriate crime or incident report. In the case of an emergency (including medical emergencies), students, faculty and staff should not be apprehensive in any way from DIALING 911!!

In the event of a non-emergency crime, criminal activity, or dangerous situation, be deliberate in physically  locating a member of the Studio School staff or administration, or call 310.622.4136 and the appropriate measures will be taken based on the information provided, which may include one or more of the following: (1) further verification of the reported incident including requesting more information; (2) physically responding to the location of the incident; (3) referring the incident to the appropriate staff member; and/or (4) contacting local law enforcement.

When calling-in a crime, criminal activity, emergency or dangerous situation (including medical emergencies) be prepared to provide the following at a minimum:

  • Your name
  • Telephone number (in case of a dropped call)
  • The location of the incident (e.g. address, crossstreets, landmark)
  • The nature of the incident

For Tips Regarding Suspects or Crimes That are Not in Progress
Students, faculty and staff can contact the Los Angeles Police Department TIP LINE by telephone or text message as follows:

Text: CRIMES274637, followed by your message and then hit SEND.

  • You will receive a response from Crime Stoppers shortly, which will start the secure text dialogue.
  • Phone: 1.877.LAPD 24-7 (1.877.527.3247)

TIMELY WARNING NOTIFICATIONS

In the event Studio School is notified of an actual emergency that poses a danger to the campus community, staff, faculty and students will be provided with a Timely Warning Notification through text message, email, campus-wide postings, word of mouth, and, if time permits, The Studio website. All staff, faculty and students receive Studio School email accounts upon enrollment or employment. In order to receive campus wide Timely Warning Notification email announcements, staff, faculty and students must have and regularly check their Studio School email account. In the event that staff, faculty and students prefer to consolidate email messages into one account, the Office of the Registrar can provide assistance for automatic forwarding of email messages from a Studio School account to another email account.

The student must provide the Student Services department with updated contact information in order to receive Timely Warning Notifications at [email protected] Please be sure that Student Services has been provided with updated mobile phone numbers and email addresses. Studio School will provide at least one test Timely Warning Notification text message and email each semester to ensure the system is functioning properly.

Most of the time the Timely Warning Notifications are delivered immediately upon receipt of credible information regarding an actual emergency, but in the event that information is not immediately available, the Timely Warning Notifications will be completed within 48-72 hours from the date the crime or incident was reported.

In the event that a crime or incident is reported that represents an immediate threat to the health or safety of the Studio School community on campus, Studio School will, without delay, take into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the Timely Warning Notification and initiate the Timely Warning Notification measures described in this policy, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

If the situation requires further dissemination of emergency information to the larger community, Studio School staff will contact the Los Angeles Police Department or Fire Department. Studio School’s President or Dean of Academic Affairs will work in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles first responders to determine the content of the notification to the community at large.

Events that qualify for timely warnings include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Homicide
  • Burglary
  • Manslaughter
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Sex Offenses
  • Arson
  • Robbery
  • Hate Crimes
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Any crime or incident considered to represent a threat to the public

Persons responsible for disseminating Timely Warning Notifications are:

  • Lisa Mandel
    Director of Operations
    (310) 622-4136
  • Glenn Kalison
    Site Director of Studio School
    (310) 622-4136

If total evacuation from the campus is necessary, staff will consult with City authorities and provide specific instructions for safe evacuation.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES

Purpose
To reduce the possibility of death and injury to members of the campus community through an organized evacuation procedure.

Objectives
To alert the campus community that a hazard exists. To conduct an orderly and safe evacuation using designated routes.

To ensure that the evacuation is conducted in a safe and orderly manner.

To warn the campus population through the use of current technology, including, but not limited to:

  • Text messaging
  • Email
  • Fire alarms

Number Of Tests
Emergency response and evacuation procedures will be conducted at least one test per calendar year.

EMERGENCY FIRE & SMOKE PROTOCOL

Safety of Life
If fire is in occupied room, remove anyone from immediate danger. Confine the fire or smoke by closing doors as you leave the area.

Notification
Activate the manual pull station. Notify the Fire Department. Dial 9-1-1. The following ten-digit emergency phone number for your area, as a secondary contract, should be used only if a problem occurs in the 9-1-1 system 800.688.8000.

Give them the following information:

  • Building name: Los Angeles Center Studios
  • Building address: 401 S Boylston St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • Nearest cross street: 3rd or 6th Street

If time permits, notify the Building Management at 213.534.3000 or Building Security at 213.534.2397.

Note: Do not hang up until the emergency operator does so first.

Fire Fighting
Building policy is not to attempt to fight fire.

Evacuation
Proceed to the safest exit or stairwell and begin to evacuate, unless told otherwise by building staff or the Fire Department.

The following phone numbers are alternate emergency numbers, use only if a problem occurs in the 9-1-1 system. Dial additional digit if needed for an outside line.

Fire Department 800.668.8000
Paramedic: 800.688.8000
Police: 800.485.2681

UPON HEARING A FIRE ALARM

  1. When leaving a room, feel the doors before opening them and do not open any that are hot. Remember to close the doors behind you but do not lock them.
  2. Do not return to your office or area for personal belongings.
  3.  If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality air is near the floor. Do not attempt to run through heavy smoke or flames.
  4. Do not use the elevators if you are in an elevator when the alarm sounds, do not push the emergency stop button.
  5. Proceed to the safest stairwell and exit the building, unless told to do otherwise by your floor warden or the building staff.

Note: You may be called upon to assist the floor warden with people who may need assistance on your floor.

IF TRAPPED INSIDE AN AREA OR YOUR OFFICE

  1. Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
  2. Wedge cloth material along the bottom of the door to keep smoke out.
  3. Use telephone (if available) and notify Fire Department of your problem. Open curtains, blinds or drapes. Stay by window and wave a bright object to attract the attention of emergency responders.
  4. If windows can be opened and you must have air, open the window. Break windows only as a last resort as it will become impossible to close them if necessary.

Note: Smoke detectors are provided for your personal safety. Anyone who willfully and maliciously tampers with, damages, breaks or removes any required smoke detector shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. {L.A.M.C. SEC.57.112.05} Any person who willfully and maliciously sends, gives, transmits, or sounds any false alarm of fire is guilty of a misdemeanor. {P.C. 148.3}

EARTHQUAKE PROCEDURES

During the Earthquake
During an earthquake you will usually be safer inside the building than you are outside. If you feel a tremor:

  • DUCK - Duck or drop to the floor
  • COVER - Take cover under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture. If that is not possible, seek cover against an interior wall and protect your  head and neck with your arms. Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirrors or tall furniture.
  • HOLD - If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, hold on to it and be prepared to move with it. Hold the position until the ground stops shaking, and it is safe to move.
  • DO NOT ENTER OR EXIT - Do not enter or exit the building during the shaking. There is danger of falling debris.
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS - Elevators will automatically move to the next floor in direction of travel and open.
  • IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS - Move away from buildings, falling objects, and power lines.

After the Earthquake

  • BE PREPARED FOR AFTERSHOCKS - If you are outside, do not return to your apartment until authorized.
  • CHECK INJURIES - Check injuries and administer first aid if necessary (and if qualified). Do not move victims unless absolutely necessary.
  • REPLACE TELEPHONE HANDSETS - Place handsets on cradle if they have been shaken off, but do not try to use the telephone except to report fires or medical emergencies.
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS - When exiting, make sure that the exit is safe to use.

Earthquake Evacuation
Determine in advance the safest exit from your location and the route you will follow to reach that exit in the event an evacuation is necessary. Also establish an alternate route to be used in the event an evacuation is necessary. Also establish an alternate route to be used in the event your first route is blocked or unsafe to use.

  • DO NOT evacuate unless told to do so if danger is imminent.
  • CHECK DOORS for heat before opening.
  • FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS given by emergency personnel.
  • DO NOT RUN. Walk and keep noise to a minimum.
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
  • DO NOT PUSH OR CROWD. Use handrails in stairwells and move to the right if you encounter emergency personnel.
  • MOVE to your designated evacuation area unless otherwise instructed. Check doors for heat before opening.
  • ASSIST NON-AMBULATORY, visually impaired, and hearing-impaired persons if they are present. If you have relocated away from the building, DO NOT return until you are notified that it is safe to return.

What if You Are In an Elevator?
If you are in an elevator you are probably better protected than most people. The elevator is designed to not fall down the shaft, and nothing heavy can fall on you.

Many elevators are designed to go to the nearest floor in the direction of travel and open. Elevator will stop in any moderate earthquake. Building maintenance personnel will contact each elevator car as quickly as possible and advise you how rescue will occur. Upon being rescued, take directions from Building Fire Safety Director or designee.

If you have a medical or other emergency, pick up the telephone receiver and you will be automatically connected to the Elevator Company.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

  1. Do not move the person.
  2. Call Paramedics 9-1-1. The following ten-digit phone number is only used if a problem occurs in the 9-1-1 system 800.688.3000.
    Give them the following information:
    Building name:Los Angeles Center Studios
    Building address: 450 South Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
    Nearest cross street: 3rd or 6th Street
  3. Call the Office of the Building. Dial 213.534.3000
  4. 4. Try to make the victim comfortable. If you are trained in first aid or CPR, assist as needed.
  5. 5. Gather as much information you can about the person and his/her injury, including the signs/ symptoms and chief complaint of victim.
  6. 6. Have someone at the elevator lobby on the floor to direct Security Personnel and Paramedics to the victim’s location.

BOMB THREAT

  1. Attract the attention of a co-worker. Have your co-worker call 9-1-1 to request the call on your line to be traced and for Police Department response.
  2. Get as much information as possible from the caller about the bomb location, type and time of detonation.
  3. Ask about the bomb appearance and who is placing it.
  4. Listen for background noise or distinguishing voice characteristics that might aide police.
  5. Assure that the emergency services have been notified (9-1-1) and relay all information. The following 10-digit emergency phone number for your area should be used as a secondary contact only if a problem occurs in the 9-1-1 system 213.485.2681.
  6. Survey your immediate work area and report all suspicious items to building security. Do not touch a suspected bomb or unusual device.

EMERGENCY RESOURCES DIRECTORY

Police/ Fire
Emergency 911

Hospitals
Good Samaritan Hospital
1225 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213.977.2121

St. Vincent Medical Center
2131 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
213.484.7111

Utilities
Southern California Gas Company
Electric & Gas Emergency
800.427.2200

Los Angeles Dept. of Water + Power
800.342.5397
800.DIAL.DWP

Other Government Offices – State
Attorney General
800.952.5225

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept.
East Los Angeles Station
5019 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022
323.264.4151

EPA (Region 9) 213.244.1800

News - Electronic & Print
NBC4 Los Angeles (KNBC)
818.684.3425

ABC7 Los Angeles (KABC)
877.777.6397

CBS2/KCAL9
818.655.2000

HAZ/MAT
American Association of Poison Control Centers
800.222.1222

Los Angeles Poison Control Center
800.777.6476

Toxic Chemical & Oil Spills
(National Response Center)
800.424.8802/ 911