Emergency Preparedness

An emergency can happen at any time, often without warning. Being prepared and knowing how to respond during an emergency is critical to your personal safety and the wellbeing of those around you.

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Be aware Protecting yourself means paying attention to your surroundings. If you see something, say something! Report any suspicious activity to Campus Security and call 911 in a life-threatening emergency.

Your safety depends on you. Follow all instructions in TCC Alert messages and stay informed about developing situations. TCC's' website, Twitter account and Facebook page are the authoritative sources in the event of an emergency.

During an emergency

Learn about the steps to follow in a variety of different emergencies

Severe Weather
  • Shelter in the lowest level of the building
  • Stay away from windows and move to interior hallways
  • Don’t walk or drive through flooded areas
Medical

If someone requires immediate medical attention:

  • Call 911 right away and report the emergency
  • Provide first aid and medical assistance as necessary, if trained
  • Follow instructions of the emergency dispatcher. Do not hang up until the dispatcher ends the call.
  • Do not move the victim unless they are in immediate danger
  • If the victim is conscious, try to comfort them and obtain medical information (e.g. medical problems, medications, etc.). Any medical information will assist emergency personnel if the victim loses consciousness.
  • Have someone meet the ambulance at the building entrance and direct emergency personnel to the victim
  • Contact TCC Security to advise them of the situation
Fire
  • Smell or see smoke? Call TCC Campus Security at XXX-XXX-XXXX or dial 911 with location of the fire
  • Activate the fire alarm. If there are no fire alarms, knock on doors and yell “Fire!” as you exit the building.
  • Use the stairs to evacuate the building. Do not take the elevator.
  • Feel doors with the back of your hand before opening. Do not open if doors are hot.
  • If there is smoke stay low to the ground, hold your breath, and move quickly
  • If your clothing catches fire, Stop, Drop, and Roll
  • Once outside, move away from the building to a designated Assembly Area
  • Do not re-enter buildings until instructed to do so
Suspicious Person or Activity
  • Do not physically confront the person or block their access to an exit.
  • Call Campus Security at XXX-XXX-XXX or dial 911. Remain calm and provide as much information as possible about the person.
  • Do not let anyone into the building without proper authority
Suspicious Package
  • Remain calm. Stay away from the package and do not allow anyone near it.
  • Do not use a cell phone or other electronic device around the package
  • Do not handle or touch the suspicious package
  • Retreat to a safe location and call Campus Security at XXX-XXX-XXXX
  • Be prepared to evacuate quickly
Active Shooter

RUN and escape, if possible

  • Leave your belongings behind and get away from the shooter
  • Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
  • Warn and prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be
  • Dial 911 when you are safe, and describe shooter, location, and weapons

 

HIDE, if escape is not possible

  • Get out of the shooter’s view and stay very quiet
  • Silence all electronic devices and make sure they won’t vibrate
  • Lock and block doors, close blinds, and turn off lights
  • Don’t hide in groups—spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the shooter
  • Try to communicate with police silently through text message or social media
  • Stay in place until law enforcement gives you the all clear
  • Your hiding place should be out of the shooter's view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.

 

FIGHT as an absolute last resort

  • Commit to your actions and act as aggressively as possible against the shooter.
  • Recruit others to ambush the shooter with makeshift weapons like chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc. to distract and disarm them
  • Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the shooter
  • Throw items and improvise weapons
Chemical Hazard
  • Move away from the site of the hazard to a safe location (upwind if possible)
  • Call 911
  • Follow instructions of emergency personnel
  • Alert others to stay clear of the area
  • Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed to the hazard or have information about its release

Resources

Here are important resources to help you prepare for emergencies

General preparation

 

Weather

 

Road conditions

Campus Security

In an emergency, dial 911. Criminal incidents or emergencies are to be reported to campus security staff, local police or to the Campus Dean of Student Services.

Chesapeake

George C. Pass Building

1428 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 757-822-5099

Norfolk

Andrews Science Building, Lobby

315 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-822-1201

Portsmouth

Building A

120 Campus Dr., Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 757-822-2707

Virginia Beach

Princess Anne Building, A-100G

1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 757-822-7038