Airborne Releases

First contact: Security
Designated Emergency Response Number: 419-448-2211
Second contact: Krammes Service Center (Physical Plant), 419-448-2391

If Security is notified of an airborne release of a hazardous substance, the Director of Security will then notify the Tiffin Fire and Police Departments and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment, who will notify college administration, directors and other appropriate campus personnel. Security will contact the Krammes Service Center to request that all ventilation systems components be shut down. The Associate Vice President for Engineering and Facilities will assess the situation, and notify the Emergency Operations Team members if appropriate.

During an airborne release, faculty, staff, and students can be instructed as follows:

  1. If the airborne release is inside a facility, turn off all fans and heating and air condition systems. Evacuate the building site and move to a designated safe location.
  2. If the airborne release is outside the facility, stay in the facility, close all windows and doors to the outside, and await further instructions from emergency personnel.
  3. If the gases start to bother you, hold a wet cloth or handkerchief over your nose and mouth.
  4. Minimize the use of elevators in buildings. These tend to "pump" outdoor air in and out of a building as they travel up and down.
  5. Tune to the emergency broadcast station on the radio, WTTF AM 1600 or television for further information and guidance. Information may also be posted on the Heidelberg website.

The lead-time of an airborne release incident could be from zero to 30 minutes. As a result, this short time may not allow for a safe evacuation. An evacuation under these conditions may expose the population to dangerous toxic chemicals; therefore, the recommendation is to seek shelter in your room or office. If you are advised to "shelter in place," remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there. Close and lock all windows and exterior doors. Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems. Go to an interior room/hallway without windows that is above ground level. If possible, take a battery-powered radio with you so you can listen to a local radio station for updates on the situation.