A building may be temporarily closed in response to a problem or security threat near a building. The purpose is to convert the building into a locked, secured and safe environment to shelter in until the problem is resolved.
· Close and, if possible, lock the classroom or office door.
· Leave your cell phone on, but put it on silent.
· Continue teaching or working and wait for official information on what to do.
· Students and staff in hallways should seek shelter in the gym and wait for official information.
A lockdown is immediate action taken in response to an active shooter incident. Such an incident can occur anytime, anywhere, to anyone, and it will be unlike anything you have ever experienced. Active shooter incidents happen very rapidly, which means you may or may not get an “official” lockdown warning. You need to take immediate action; do not wait for an official notice.
· Call Out – to 911. Don’t assume some-one else has done it. Tell 911 dispatcher where you are and what you saw.
· Hide Out – If you can’t get out, then find a place to hide. Lock the door if you can. Turn out lights and be silent. Put cell phones on vibrate. Don’t peek out – wait for the police.
· Keep Out – If the door can’t be locked, then block the door with whatever you can. If the door opens out, then use belts to tie the door to heavy objects.
· Spread Out – DO NOT huddle together. Remain calm and stay focused on survival.
· Take Out – If the shooter enters your area, assume their intentions are lethal. Fight or do whatever it takes to survive ... Your life depends on it.
Click here to see what to do if SOMEONE IS ACTIVELY SHOOTING near you.
In a disaster or major emergency, evacuation of a specific building may be necessary. Classes, departments, and offices in every building should agree in advance on an outdoor meeting place away from the building. A building evacuation will occur when a fire alarm sounds or upon notification by the College Police or emergency personnel.
· Be aware of all marked exits from your area and building. Know the routes from your work area.
· If necessary or if directed to do so by College Police or emergency personnel, activate the building fire alarm.
· CAUTION: Building fire alarms may stop ringing; even if they stop, continue the evacuation.
· When the evacuation/fire alarm sounds or when told to leave by the College Police or emergency personnel, walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same. DO NOT use elevators unless directed.
· Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 100 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
· If requested, assist emergency personnel.
· An emergency command post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have important information to report.
· DO NOT return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by College Police or emergency personnel.
If an extended evacuation is necessary, you should go to the college’s emergency assembly areas, where information and assistance will be provided.
Click here to see locations of the emergency assembly areas.
In the event of extended nighttime evacuation you should assemble at the college’s flagpoles.
Q – Will a college official come to my classroom or office?
A – Maybe, but you should not wait for verification to act.
Q – A person wants to leave the room that we have secured ... What should I do?
A – Tell them that it is not a good idea. If they insist, then let them go.
Q – We have secured our door and people are knocking on it; should I let them in?
A – NO... do not let anyone in after you lock or barricade your door. Tell then to go to the gym.
Q – How will I know the situation is resolved?
A – Wait until you get an “All-Clear” message from either an official (Area Coordinator or Police Officer) or through one of the information sources or methods listed in the "information" above.
Q – What should I do during a shelter-in-place incident?
A – You should continue teaching, working, or studying but stay where you are, and out of the hallways. Wait for official information on what to do.
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