In the event of an emergency at Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC), contact 911. After
contact with 911, and/or in the event of less urgent situations, contact the College
Director or designee. The College Director should always be notified of all significant
problems within twenty-four hours, if not sooner.
- College Director's Office 745-7926 Jalmar Kertula Building (JKB) 101
- Physical Plant 745-9798
The College Director or designee will notify the campus community or the appropriate
segment of the community, upon verification of a significant emergency or dangerous
situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all students
or employees occurring on campus. The College Director or designee will take into
account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification, and
initiate the notification system, unless notification will, in the professional judgment
of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond
to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. This notification may occur via UAA email,
the classroom intercom system, verbally and/or through the UA Alerts Notification
System which allows participants to choose to be contacted via text message, phone,
or email. Students and employees are automatically enrolled in UA Alerts. To update
your contact information in UA Alerts, go to http://uaalert.alaska.edu/.
As soon as is practical, the College Director or designee will assemble members of
the MSC Incident Management Team (IMT) who will assist the College Director to manage
the emergency. MSC IMT members include the College Director, Physical Plant Coordinator, Director
of Academic Affairs, Director of Administrative Services, Director of Student Services,
IS Manager, Assistant to the Director, Accounting Supervisor, Library Director, the
Learning Center Manager, and Theater Director. If the College Director or designee
has not already made an emergency notification, the IMT will determine who should
be notified, decide the content of the notification, and initiate the notification
The MSC IMT will notify and may consult with the Anchorage campus Incident Management Team.
The IMT has both the decision-making and financial authority needed to address emergencies
on campus. The IMT may ask the MSC Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) to help respond
to the emergency. The CERT is a volunteer group of faculty and staff members who receive
periodic training on how to be a first responder including fire-fighting, triage,
first-aid, and light search-and-rescue. The CERT can be contacted by calling 745-9779.
The IMT also receives CERT training. The IMT meets as needed during Executive Staff
meetings that occur twice a month.
After the initial notification, the IMT may issue subsequent notifications to the
MSC community via announcements on the MSC website. IMT members may post flyers at each entrance to buildings affected by the emergency
or walk around campus and make verbal announcements. The College Director may also
disseminate information to the larger MSC community by contacting the homeowner's
association of the subdivision adjacent to the college, contacting the Borough, notifying
the local radio station, and/or enlisting the help of the Alaska State Troopers to
notify individuals affected by the emergency.
In the event that a building needs to be evacuated, the occupants will be directed
to the emergency assembly area. The IMT may provide information regarding where events
scheduled for that building have been relocated. In the event that the entire campus
needs to be evacuated, the IMT may indicate the campus is closed. In the event of
an emergency, the IMT may ask everyone to shelter-in-place.
MSC plans fire and evacuation drills each semester. In coordination with one of these
drills, MSC will send an email to the MSC community with a summary of the emergency
plan. Summaries of the emergency plan are also handed out annually to students and
employees in conjunction with these drills. The Physical Plant Coordinator maintains
a description of each drill as well as the date and time of the exercise and whether
it was announced or unannounced.