Police Department Manual (PDP)

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Effective: 9/13/1984

Revised: 3/1/2010

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PDP 103–02: Flood

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Purpose

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To provide guidelines for appropriate action in the event of a major flood

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Source

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Arizona State University Emergency Operations Manual

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Background

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Major flooding at the Tempe campus could result from a catastrophic dam failure or an extraordinary release of water by the Salt River Project along the Salt/Verde system. Flood travel time to the Tempe campus would be approximately 6.5 to 8.5 hours. Maximum flood depth is estimated to be 37 feet.

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Policy

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The campus will be evacuated immediately in the event of an imminent flood (see PDP 101–03, “Emergency Evacuation,” for detailed information).

The ASU Police Department or the agency with primary responsibility for the campus will provide information and instructions for immediate action.

If able, the emergency operation center may be activated and the emergency operation plan utilized. Information about the event will be shared using the university’s emergency notification plan.

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Procedure

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Before leaving campus, if time permits, personnel should shut down all electrical equipment and move expensive equipment, supplies, and hazardous materials to higher ground.

Only a certain area of campus may need to be evacuated in the case of minor flooding or flooding within a building. University personnel in the affected areas should report to their evacuation areas unless instructed to do something different.

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Cross-References

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For more information, see:

  1. PDP 101–01, “Reporting an Emergency”

    and

  2. PDP 101–03, “Emergency Evacuation.”

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