Safety and Emergency Procedures
Learn about HACC's safety and emergency procedures.
What types of emergencies has HACC planned for?
HACC has evaluated our response plan for all types of emergency situations. These include:
- Gas leaks
- Bomb threats
- Aircraft accidents
- Hazardous material spills on or near a campus
- Power outages
- Snow emergencies
- Medical or public health emergencies
- Nuclear power plant incidents
- Mass violence
How does HACC determine our response to an emergency?
We evaluate the situation before we respond to an emergency. We consider:
- The particular incident
- Immediate impact on life and safety
- Availability and safety of evacuation routes from campus
- Evacuation of an entire campus, a portion of campus or a building
What are the roles of HACC Safety and Security officers?
Safety and Security officers continually monitor conditions and events on campuses. In the case of an emergency, officers will:
- Respond to
- Determine the nature and extent of the threat
- Request assistance from outside emergency services as needed
What is the National Incident Management System (NIMS)?
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) disseminates alert information and instructions to the impacted HACC community. Safety and Security officers will use Incident Command System guidelines for emergencies. This will ensure the chain of command. The chain of command is:
- Safety and Security officers notify the Director of Public Safety.
- The Director of Public Safety initiates the emergency immediate notification procedure.
What should I do in an emergency?
Call 911 if there is an immediate threat to life. Then notify campus Safety and Security as soon as possible.
If you observe a situation that could create an emergency, immediately contact your campus public safety office.
What is HACC's emergency and immediate notification procedure?
The Director of Safety and Security will initiate the notification system in certain situations. We will initiate immediate notifications when:
- There is a confirmed significant emergency or dangerous situation.
- The situation poses an immediate threat to any portion of HACC or the campus community.
The Director of Public Safety consults with the Office of College Advancement, the College president or campus vice president. They will produce the emergency notification.
The Director of Safety and Security will select the appropriate systems to alert the HACC community. Notification systems include:
- E2Campus Mass Alert System
- Employee and student HAWKmail e-mail systems '
- Campus electronic signage
- Loudspeaker announcement
- Activation of a building emergency alarm
- Direct notification
- HACC website
The Director of Safety and Security will not issue an alert if it would compromise efforts. Efforts include:
- Assisting a victim
- Containing, responding to or lessening the emergency
- Continually monitor the emergency situation. We will work with emergency responders.
- Advise the Director of Safety and Security as conditions change.
What do Safety and Security officers do during an evacuation?
Safety and Security officers will:
- Notify the affected members of the HACC community.
- Use the emergency and immediate notification procedures.
- Communicate instructions and evacuation routes.
- Use the most effective notification methods. We will tailor them to the emergency situation.
- Assist emergency responders in evacuation.
- Barricade unsafe areas.
- Provide traffic control.
What is shelter-in-place?
Shelter-in-place means taking immediate shelter. This will generally mean using a campus classroom or office as an enclosed shelter. This shelter will protect you and others from the dangers of an emergency situation.
What are the shelter-in-place procedures?
Seek shelter in the nearest undamaged building if you are outside. Follow instructions of emergency responders. You will receive shelter-in-place instructions from:
- The e2Campus emergency alert system.
- Safety and Security officers or emergency responders on scene.
- Any other HACC notification system.
If your building is not damaged, you must:
- Stay inside.
- Stay in an interior room if possible.
- Stay in a room that is above ground level if possible.
- Lock any windows or doors in the room.
- Turn off ventilation systems if possible. This will prevent the release of any noxious substance. HACC personnel will disable any automatic systems in this situation.
- Turn off lights and equipment in the room.
- Use furniture or other heavy objects to barricade the door in the event of violence.
- Stay away from windows.
- Keep your cell phone available for emergency communication and updates.
- Silence your phone and turn off other electronic devices that may reveal your location.
- Wait until you receive notification that it is safe to leave.
- Remain calm, quiet and alert.
- Take your personal belongings.
- Follow the evacuation routes posted in the building.
- Seek shelter at an undamaged building nearby.
- Follow the directions of Safety and Security officers and emergency responders on scene.