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5. Assumptions

The College Emergency Procedure Quick Reference Guide is predicated on a realistic approach to the problems likely to be encountered on a campus during a major emergency or disaster. Hence, the following are general guidelines: 

  • An emergency or a disaster may occur at any time of the day or night, weekend or holiday, with little or no warning.
  • The succession of events in an emergency are not predictable; thus published support and operational plans will serve only as a guide and checklist, and may require field modification in order to meet the requirements of the emergency. 
  • Disasters may affect residents in the geographical location of the College. Therefore, City, County, State and Federal emergency services may not be available. A delay in off-campus emergency services may be expected.
  • A major emergency may be declared if information indicates that such a condition is developing or is probable.