Emergency preparedness is a team effort on each WSCC campus and is led by the Director of Campus Police and Emergency Preparedness. Emergency Preparedness teams consist of the College Emergency Response policy group, College Emergency Response Management Team, and College Emergency Response Team. Campus police and college administrators are responsible for developing emergency response plans and policy for implementation. The College Emergency Response Management Team (CERMT) is responsible for review of plans and policy and for decision making/assistance during an emergency event relative to managing the emergency event and business continuity. The College Emergency Response Team (CERT) consists of building coordinators who are responsible for assisting in the development and execution of building emergency plans that conform to all hazard situations that would include evacuation, relocation, and lockdown/shelter-in-place. The building coordinators assign building staff as floor and area coordinators who will assist in execution of the plan. All of these individuals work together to ensure the building plan is appropriately coordinated and can be immediately activated should the need arise.
In the event of an emergency situation warranting immediate notification/action the campus police department will activate the campus emergency alert system. Once the system is activated, each telephone speaker in each classroom or office broadcasts the appropriate action to take. In addition, speakers in the hall ways will broadcast the message and provide a digital read-out of the emergency. Building, floor, area coordinators, instructors and office staff will provide further direction to building occupants as to the location of evacuation and relocation areas and ensure that building occupants get to or stay in the location needed.
Exit building via the nearest emergency exit, to the designated outside rally point. Students and visitors will be directed by college staff should the plan for the building be activated.
Exit/clear work area and advance to designated interior relocation area. Students and visitors will be directed by college staff should the plan for the building be activated.
Close, lock, barricade door, turn out lights, move away from windows and door. Remain in area to await rescue or contact from police.
This information provides guidance to faculty, staff, students, and visitors who may be caught in an active shooting or a hostage situation.
An "active shooter" is a person or persons who appear to be actively killing or attempting to kill people in a single location. These situations have happened in schools, shopping malls, businesses, streets, and other public venues. These situations are dynamic in nature and require immediate action by law enforcement personnel to stop the shooter.
A hostage situation is one in which a person(s) takes control over another person(s), is demanding some type of action and not allowing the person(s) being held to leave. The hostage taker is not actively killing or injuring people. The hostage taker is holding people against their will. Police will respond and attempt to communicate with the hostage taker(s).
How one responds at an active shooter situation will be determined by the specific circumstances of the encounter. If you find yourself involved in an active shooter situation, try to remain calm and use the following guidelines as a strategy for survival.
How one responds in a hostage situation will be determined by the specific circumstances of the encounter. If you find yourself involved in such a situation, try to remain calm. It is generally recommended that you follow directions of the hostage taker.
The police response to this situation is different than an active shooter. The police will not proceed immediately into the situation but will surround the area and attempt to set up negotiations with the hostage taker. A hostage situation could last for hours or days. The ultimate goal is for the hostage taker to release all hostages and peacefully surrender to the police.
If the hostage taker begins to kill or injure people or if the negotiators believe the hostage taker is about to start killing or injuring people, police will respond as they do to an active shooter situation. The police will likely respond immediately to stop the shooter.