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Emergency Quick Reference Guide

Howard Community College has developed three basic protocols to respond to all emergencies and protect the life and well-being of the college community.

In case of an emergency call Public Safety 5555, or use emergency phones or if in immediate threat call 911

1. Evacuation: Fire – Smoke – Bomb Threat

  • Notification will typically be via the fire alarm.
  • Assist in alerting others in the vicinity, but do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.
  • Leave buildings immediately using nearest exists/stairways; remain alert for emergency communications.
  • If applicable, assist disabled on upper floors to designated wheelchair assembly areas.
  • In case of fire, do not use elevators; otherwise, elevators can be used to evacuate.
  • Proceed directly to the designated exterior assembly area (See Evacuation Routes and Assembly Areas Map).
  • Do not reenter buildings under any circumstance until informed that it is safe and the all-clear is given.

2. Shelter-in-Place: Tornado (weather events) – Environmental Hazards

  • Notification will be via mobile alert system, email, PA system, digital alert clocks, code blue emergency phones, building monitors, and/or emergency personnel.
  • Assist in alerting others in the vicinity, but do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.
  • Close all doors and windows to the outside if possible.
  • If in laboratories, cease operations, close fume hoods in case the building ventilation systems are turned off.
  • In case of tornado, move to tornado safety areas –basements, interior rooms and halls away from glass.
  • If moving to safety or shelter areas, elevators can be used.
  • Remain alert for emergency communications, further instructions, and the all-clear to be given.

3. Lockdown: Criminal or Violent Act – Shooter/Hostage

  • Notification will be via the mobile alert system, email, PA system, digital alert clocks, code blue emergency phones, building monitors, and/or emergency personnel.
  • If observing an incident on campus, call 911 first and IMMEDIATELY afterwards call Public Safety 5555.
  • Assist in alerting others in the vicinity, but do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.
  • Seek shelter in a secure room with a locking door if possible. Avoid open areas. Close, lock and move away from doors and windows. Turn off lights, remain quiet, and turn cell phones to vibrate.
  • Remain alert for emergency communications and further instructions which may include staying, moving to another location, or evacuating.
  • If moving to another location or evacuating, elevators can be used.
  • Do not leave until instructed by emergency personnel and the all-clear is given.

For more information, contact Public Safety:

Public Safety
Emergency x5555
Non-Emergency x5500

Emergency Operations Video

Evacuation Routes and Assembly Areas Map

FY19 Campus Site Evacuation Map

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