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EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES

Upon confirmation of a threat or potential danger to the health, welfare, or safety of anyone on campus the SSC Police Department shall be notified immediately. An SSC Police Officer will respond immediately to the hot zone to size up and assess the situation. The SSC Police Department will contact pre-designated staff at each building on campus by telephone or radio and notify them of the danger.

Depending on the situation, the outside siren may be sounded to notify those outside. A live public address system will be used following the siren to give instructions to those on campus who are outside. As information becomes available to the police department the public will be notified as soon as possible and without delay and provided information that will reduce or eliminate the threat.

The process SSC will use in order to confirm that a significant emergency exists is as follows: The Seminole State College Emergency Operations Plan is activated on all emergencies reported to the SSC Police Department and the responding officer assesses and evaluates each situation. Each case is then categorized as a level one, level two, or level three event and notification and response procedures are processed according to the type of Emergency and level of severity.

Procedures for disseminating emergency information to the larger community are accomplished through the following methods:

1. SSC maintains a college website and all pertinent information is placed on the website as soon as it approved for accuracy by the Incident Commander and the Public Information Officer.

2. The Seminole State College IT Department maintains email lists of all students and employees and provides emails as soon as information becomes available and has been approved by the Incident Commander and the Public Information Officer.

3. SSC Public Information Officers utilizes radio, television, and newspapers in order to disseminate information to the community.

SSC conducts emergency response and evacuation drills at the residence halls in accordance with requirements. Evacuation procedures are outlined in the Emergency Response Procedures manual. Relevant documentation is kept on file in the campus Police Department.

 

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING CENTERS

Residential Learning Centers (RLCs) on campus provide housing for up to 230 students. The following living regulations and procedures apply to all RLCs:

Active Shooter- What do I do in case of an active shooter?

If you witness or suspect a person is discharging a firearm on campus you should immediately get out of the line of fire and seek a shelter where ever you can. Call 911 for assistance as soon as possible. Try to remember what the suspect looks like and what he/she is wearing. If the suspect gets into an automobile be able to provide an accurate description of the auto. This would include the make, model, color, and tag number.

When 911 Seminole Central dispatch is called they will immediately notify the SSC Police Department and send back-up police to assist. The SSC Police Department will contact SSC departments who have been designated and equipped with hand held radios. These people will assist the SSC Police in notifying the campus community that an active shooter is on campus. They will also inform the public as to what they need to do; i.e., seek shelter, lock doors, evacuate, etc.

The police will immediately take action to stabilize the situation. If you are in a room or area that can be locked down or is secure from the shooter, do so immediately. Stay away from the windows. Everyone is to stay down and out of the line of fire until the police give the okay to evacuate. The evacuation process could vary depending on the situation. It is imperative for everyone, not to panic but remain alert and ready to cooperate with police should an incident of this type occur.

Bomb Threat - What if I receive a bomb threat?

If you receive a bomb threat or any threatening phone call, gain as much information as you can from the caller and leave your phone off the hook. Make immediate contact with the SSC Police Department and relay the information received. Notify a Residence Life Staff Member or the Vice President for Student Affairs. Remain available to assist investigative authorities.