Acting swiftly and being informed can help our community remain safe in the event of emergencies. Please familiarize yourself with the tools and resources below and help educate your friends and colleagues.  

Emergency Procedures

Active Shooter

Call Campus Security or Police 911 or 5911

Remain calm and answer the dispatcher’s questions. The dispatcher is trained to obtain the necessary information for the emergency responders.

If safe to do so try to obtain the following information: Height, weight, sex, race, clothing, and approximate age, direction of travel, and name if known. If the suspect enters a vehicle, note the license plate number and state, make, model, color, and any outstanding characteristics.

Note: An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active shooter incident as to whether to run to safety or remain in place. Best practices for an active shooter incident are listed below.

If Outside When A Shooting Occurs

  • Drop to the ground immediately, face down as flat as possible. If within 15 – 20 feet of a safe place or cover, duck and run for it.
  • Move or crawl away from gunfire, try to utilize any obstructions between you and the gunfire.
  • When you reach a place of relative safety, stay down and do not move .
  • Wait and listen for directions from Security and/or the Police.

If Suspect Is Outside Your Classroom/Office

  • Stay inside the classroom/office.
  • If possible, close and lock the door.
  • Close the blinds, turn off the lights, remain quiet and move behind any available cover. Stay on the floor, away from doors and windows, spread out if others are in the room and do not peek out to see what may be happening.
  • If possible and safe to do so, report the location of the assailant via 911 or 5911.

If Suspect Is In Close Proximity

  • Lie motionless and pretend to be unconscious.
  • Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the suspect except for self protection. An individual must use his/her own discretion about when to engage a shooter for survival.

Defibrillator (AED) Locations

Colby College has Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at many different areas on campus.

  • Lorimer Chapel – Wall area leading down to Rose Chapel
  • Pulver – Wall near entry
  • Museum – Wall behind Security desk
  • Miller Library – Wall behind copiers
  • Diamond – Atrium
  • Athletics Center – At concession stand area
  • Football Field/Mayflower Hill Drive – On the side of the road close to the field entrance, across from the tennis courts (Seasonal)
  • Athletic Fields – Behind Athletic Center near shed (Seasonal)
  • Baseball/Softball Complex (Seasonal)
  • Hume Center (Seasonal)
  • Security – Vehicle
  • Health Center – Nurses area

View the video below if you are interested in familiarizing yourself with how to use an AED.

Personal Preparedness

Preparing for a Disaster

  • Find out where the nearest shelter is likely to be located.
  • Discuss your planning with friends, roommates, and family members.
  • Identify primary and alternate meeting places.
  • Establish a contact person outside of Colby.
  • Make sure all family members carry the telephone number of the designated contact person and the importance of checking with that person in the event of a disaster.
  • Store sufficient personal survival supplies (see suggested list below).
  • Store supplies to sustain you during relocation (see suggested list below).

Suggested Personal Survival Supplies for your Vehicle:

  • Food and water for up to three days
  • Blankets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • A change of clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Suggested Items for Relocation:

  • Bedding
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Medications
  • Special dietary foods
  • Valuable papers
  • Telephone lists
  • Photo ID with home address
  • Pens and paper
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Change of clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes

After a Disaster:

  • Locate any missing friends, roommates, family members.
  • Advise out-of-area contact of your status.
  • Use safety glasses, leather gloves, etc., when working.
  • Exercise extreme caution when entering damaged buildings.
  • Exercise extreme care with fire.
  • Do not ignite matches or candles if gas leak may be possible.
  • Avoid electrical appliances where there is water.
  • Stay away from power lines.
  • Check water and food before consumption.
  • Monitor and obey directives from government and campus officials.
  • If you have telephone service, use it only for emergencies.

Fire Safety Systems

All Colby facilities have state-of-the-art life safety systems including, but not limited to sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, heat detectors, pull stations, and locator enunciator panels. All systems are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in the Department of Security dispatch center. If you discover a fire:

  • Sound the alarm. Know where the pull stations are in your building.
  • Call the emergency number ext. 5911.
  • Leave the building.

If you are in a burning building:

  • Go the nearest exit or stairs. Do not use the elevator.
  • Feel door handles. If hot, do not open the door. Try another exit or window.
  • If the exit is blocked, return to your room, close the door, open the window, and call for help.
  • If in a smoke-filled area, keep low to the floor to escape the smoke and heat.
  • Learn all the exits and the evacuation plans to your building.

Remember: DO NOT tamper with the fire alarms, smoke detectors, pull stations, or other fire safety equipment … they could save your life!

Emergency Safety Advisories

Emergency advisories warning the campus of a potential danger are posted as soon as possible after a serious incident has occurred. Names and specific locations are not posted on the advisories, but details such as description of the assailant, suspect vehicle, and last known location are all posted. These advisories will be distributed and posted in all residence halls, dining halls, and other campus locations

Contact Campus Security

EMERGENCIES: 207-859-5911

128 Roberts Building
5530 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901
P: 207-859-5530
[email protected]