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Classroom Preparedness

ON THE FIRST DAY OF EVERY SEMESTER:

  • Know the emergency exits and evacuation areas for every classroom.
  • Review the course syllabi's emergency information.
  • Devise "buddy systems" so that everyone is accounted for in an evacuation.
  • Evaluate the challenges that you might face during an evacuation.
  • Program the SBCC Security Line Emergency number --805-730-4200 or ext 2400-- into your cell phone.
  • Be personally prepared for an emergency

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION

Main communication from the SBCC campus emergency notification system is through your phone and email.  Emergency messages will  be sent via text and email, and may also be sent via voice and campus speakers.

Methods of SBCC communication with the campus community:

    • Campus Wide Email 
    • SBCC.edu Website announcement including updating the SBCC campus status page 
    • Twitter status update @SantaBarbaraCC

Methods used on a case by case basis for more serious situations or emergencies:

  • AlertU Text message notification (cell phone) 
  • Twitter status update @SantaBarbaraCC
  • Speaker announcements (hardware in most buildings or hallways) 
  • Computer alerts (Network computers)
  • Phone speakers (Network phones)
  • Safety Marshal or Security evacuation (In person and/or buddy system evacuation procedure)

SPECIFIC INFORMATION TO KNOW:

  • Evacuations – Drills or real
    • You may not know if this is a drill or not, so take every call to evacuate seriously. 
    • Take your personal belongings and immediately leave the building. 
    • Know where the evacuation area is for every building you are in.
    • Leave the campus only if instructed.
  • Earthquakes
    • If it is severe enough to move furniture, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON:  Immediately seek shelter (under a desk or table, if possible) cover your head and hold on. 
    • Evacuate if directed, or you feel it is safe to do so.
  • Shelter in Place
    • There may be situations where it is imperative that you seek shelter and not leave the building. 
    • If directed, or you feel it is best to do so, seek shelter in a room with a lock.
    • Turn off the lights and silence all cell phones.
    • Hide as best as possible until the all clear signal has been given by authorities.

WHAT TO DO: DANGEROUS SITUATIONS, SUCH AS A PERSON WITH A GUN, OR OTHER WEAPON.

  • If the threat is NEAR YOU and YOU CAN ESCAPE:
    • MOVE AWAY from it, do so as quickly as possible.  RUN, if possible.
  • If the threat is near you and YOU CANNOT ESCAPE:
  • Find a secure room and LOCK THE DOOR:
    • Put any big object in front of the door to prevent entry.
    • Turn off the lights and silence off all electronic devices
    • Hide behind furniture and be a quiet as possible.
    • Wait for University Police to release you from your position.
  • If you CANNOT (SAFELY) LOCK THE DOOR nor ESCAPE:
    • HIDE, as best you can, but be prepared to disarm the threat:
    • Two to five persons (Attack Team) should be just inside the door to knock down the weapon and push the shooter to the floor and disarm.
    • Set a table up on its side by the door to block a clear view of the room from the door.
    • Set a chair or desk by the door to slow the approach and help trip the attacker, then darken the room as much as possible.
    • As the attacker enters, throw something to the opposite side of the room to distract the shooter from the Attack Team's location.
    • Other persons in the room should stay away from the entrance "line of sight" to avoid gunfire.
  • Do everything you can to survive while Security or Police respond.
  • When Police enter the room, show your hands and follow their instructions carefully.

FACULTY PLAN FOR EMERGENCIES:

  • Assign pre-designated evacuation zones are provided for your students to meet if evacuated.
  • Safety marshals are present during the day to assist in evacuations, but in the evening, you, as an instructor, will fulfill this role.  Know the evacuation routes and evacuation areas for your classroom.
  • Injured or disabled students may not be able to be moved during evacuations.  Provide assistance or ask someone to assist in evacuating these persons. SBCC is working on providing evacuation chairs to multi story buildings/stairs, contact Security for more information.
  • Prepare an extra assignment for unforeseen event that prevents or disrupts your class time.
  • Have a back-up plan for a test.  If you are forced out of your classroom during a test, set rules for how you will continue and/or grade the test.
  • Keep back up information about your course material on flash drives or other back up devices.
  • Evacuations are never set up to purposely disrupt your class.  Please view them as an opportunity to test your own Emergency Plan -- in case you really need to use it.

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