Types of Emergencies
Threats attributable to forces of nature, including such episodes as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes or epidemics.
- Severe Weather (High Winds, Thunderstorms/Hail, Extreme Cold, Heavy Snow, Tornadoes, Earthquake): Billings is located in south central Montana where Thunderstorms, High Winds and Heavy Snow account for a great deal of property damage each year. They are also at the forefront of concerns and are the most probable natural cause of emergencies or disasters that could affect MSU Billings. Also, while not common in this area, Tornadoes and Earthquakes are of the most violent natural disasters on earth and the potential for large losses of life and property exist. For more information refer to Attachment A.
Serious threats attributable to inventions or products of humankind, including such episodes as structural failures, mass transportation accidents, releases of hazardous materials, fires in multiple occupancy buildings. For more information refer to Attachment B.
- Fire: Fire detection methods are excellent. All buildings on the campus have detection systems, and most have fire suppression systems. In the event of a fire, exit the building, and then call the Billings Fire Department at 911 and the University Police Department at (x2222).
- Hazardous Materials Accidents could impact the University. Fuel and chemical spills are the most widespread materials likely to create problems. Chemicals used in laboratories, water treatment, and the power plant are also sources of possible HAZMAT incidents along with the possibility of a criminal/terrorist utilizing various chemicals and/or substances to perpetrate a crime or attack. The Billings Fire Department is equipped to handle, and will respond to all hazardous materials incidents.
- Chemical/Biological/Radiological (CBR) Emergencies are possible. When properly stored and handled, CBR materials pose no extreme threat. However, during times of natural or manmade disasters, these materials become a special hazard to the campus and to emergency personnel. These types of materials are present in the Science buildings for use in scientific experiments and research.
- Aircraft Crashes can happen anywhere in the country. MSU Billings is located directly below Billings Logan International Airport. In addition, neighboring St. Vincent Hospital operates a HELP Helicopter and frequently will fly over University property. Small private planes and charter aircraft are common in the air space over the University. In the event of an aircraft crash on campus, in accordance with Montana State Law, the designated first responders are personnel with the Billings Logan International Airport Fire/Rescue, along with the Billings Fire Department personnel.
Threats attributable to intentional disruptive actions by humans, including such episodes as riots, public extortion or strikes by essential workers. For more information refer to Attachment C.
- National Emergency (War or Terrorism): National emergencies, including possible attacks by foreign interests are a possibility at MSU Billings. Since the destruction of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, the World Trade Center Towers in New York City and other events around the world from various known and unknown terrorists, there remains some potential that MSU Billings would be affected either directly or indirectly by a major incident. Any attack on Yellowstone County or the region could over-task the local emergency response organizations on which the University relies.
- Civil Disorder: Planned or unplanned demonstrations may become large and uncontrollable. In some cases, participants could become violent, causing the destruction of property and injury or even death to themselves or observers. The University Police, Billings Police and Billings Fire Department are prepared for these emergencies.