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Campus Security - Disaster Preparedness

Campus Security

Sample Emergency Alerts

The following sounds will be played in case of an emergency.

Evacuation from the Building or Taking Shelter

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At least two evacuation drills are conducted for all SVCC buildings containing classrooms during the fall and spring semesters. Students learn the locations of the emergency exits in the buildings and are provided guidance about the direction they should travel when exiting for a short-term evacuation. SVCC security and administration on the scene will communicate information to students regarding the developing situation or an evacuation status change. Students, employees, and visitors will be asked to leave the building during evacuation drills that simulate a building fire or structural failure. These persons should stand at least 500 feet from the building. If the drill is simulating a tornado warning, students, employees, and visitors will be sheltered underground (most likely the basement of the SVCC main building).

The purpose of evacuation drills is to prepare the occupants of campus buildings for an organized evacuation in case of an emergency. At SVCC, evacuation drills are used as a way to educate and train occupants on issues specific to their building. During the drill, occupants “practice” drill procedures and familiarize themselves with the location of exists and the sound of the fire alarm. In addition to educating the occupants of each building about the evacuation procedures during the drills, the process also provides the College an opportunity to test the operation of fire alarms and other emergency systems and procedures.

Evacuation drills are monitored by SVCC security and administrative staff to evaluate egress and behavioral patterns. SVCC staff convene at the end of every drill to debrief which helps identify inefficient procedures and deficient equipment. Repairs to deficient emergency equipment will begin immediately. Recommendations for procedural improvements are also submitted to the appropriate departments.

How You Will Know to Evacuate the Building or Take Shelter

Typically an evacuation notice will come from the fire and emergency intercom systems found around campus. Notification may also come from campus security and other employees. SVCC employees will assist students and visitors during an evacuation or sheltering emergency.

Shelter-in-Place Procedures

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If an incident occurs and the building or areas around you become unstable or if the air outdoors becomes dangerous due to toxic or irritating substances, it is often safer to stay indoors because leaving the area may expose you to that danger. Thus, to “shelter-in-place” means to make a shelter of the building that you are in, and with a few adjustments this location can be made even safer and more comfortable until it is safe to go outside.

Basic “Shelter-in-Place” Guidance

If an incident occurs and the building you are in is not damaged, stay inside- seeking an interior room-until you are told it is safe to come out. If your building is damaged, quickly gather your personal belongings (purse, wallet, etc.) and follow the evacuation procedures for your building (close your door, proceed to the nearest exit, and use the stairs instead of the elevator). Once you have evacuated, quickly seek shelter at the nearest location. If police or fire department personnel are on the scene, follow their directions.

How You Will Know to “Shelter-in-Place”

A shelter-in-place notification may come from several sources including SVCC security, other College employees, the local or federal government, Dixon Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police or other authorities utilizing the College’s emergency communications tools.