About HACC

Emergency Procedures

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: 

  • Fires 
  • Gas leaks 
  • Bomb threats 
  • Tornadoes 
  • Earthquakes 
  • Aircraft accidents 
  • Hazardous material spills on or near a campus 
  • Power outages 
  • Flooding 
  • 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 
We will use our review to decide how to respond and to what extent. Our response levels include: 
  • Shelter-in-place  
  • Evacuation of an entire campus, a portion of campus or a building 
If there is an immediate threat to the health and safety of HACC's community, the qualified person on scene will determine our response level. The qualified person on scene is the highest ranking public safety officer. Qualified individuals can also include emergency response personnel. 

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 
  • Investigate 
  • Confirm 
  • 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: 

  1. Safety and Security officers notify the Director of Public Safety.  
  2. 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 Safety and Security will consider the safety of the community when initiating the notification system. 

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 '
  • Telephone 
  • Campus electronic signage 
  • Loudspeaker announcement 
  • Activation of a building emergency alarm 
  • Direct notification 
  • HACC website 
The Director of Safety and Security decides if the alert should be sent HACC-wide or directly to affected members of the HACC community. This could include a specific campus or building. 

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 
The Department of Safety and Security will: 
  • Continually monitor the emergency situation. We will work with emergency responders. 
  • Advise the Director of Safety and Security as conditions change. 
The Director of Safety and Security may issue additional notifications and instructions as the situation requires. 

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. 
If your building is damaged, you must: 
  • 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.