The Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) multi-hazard Emergency Management Manual provides a realistic approach to problems likely to be encountered during an emergency. The Manual provides a comprehensive look at various emergencies and how LWIT plans to deal with them. It must be understood that the Manual is not all inclusive in its Emergency Management approach; rather, it outlines basic concepts for managing not only the specified emergencies, but allows for the flexibility and adaptation to encompass emergency response for much of what can happen. This manual is an evolving document that will change with the times to reflect new emergencies and how to manage emergencies, new or old.
In the event of an emergency the College President (or designee) may declare a state of emergency; emergency response plans and procedures will be implemented as needed, in accordance with best practices utilized by the nationally recognized, and highly effective, Incident Command System (ICS). ICS will manage all Campus emergencies.
The basic emergency procedures outlined in this plan are designed to inform and prepare Lake Washington Institute of Technology faculty and staff for emergencies on Campus. The goal is to improve the ability of the College to protect lives and property through effective use of recognized and established Emergency Response Procedures and College and community resources. This Emergency Management Plan is designed to be flexible in the belief that flexibility will allow the College to accommodate the magnitude of severity, small to large, each emergency may present. A featured component of a LWIT Emergency Response is the Campus Mapping Program. This Program was mandated by the State of Washington and includes all Washington State K-20 schools. The Program identifies resource staging sites, police and fire set-up areas, reunification areas, command posts, emergency operations centers, evacuation safe assembly areas, evacuation routes, Campus ingress and egress, public roadways and utilities, Campus infrastructure, and all buildings and floor plans. All this information is stored on a CD and is issued to EOC, CERT, IC, and Police and Fire units; from these units, Emergency Responders can literally dissect any building and adapt their response immediately (as needed).
These procedures apply to all employees at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Exception is given to those LWIT employees working at sites governed by other State or Federal agencies as well as independently or privately owned facilities not managed by Lake Washington Institute of Technology; LWIT employees at those sites are expected to follow site-specific directions and procedures as outlined by that site.
REMEMBER: The overriding priority during any emergency is LIFE SAFETY (your personal safety and the safety of others in your area). Institute property considerations are always secondary to human life safety.