The College plans for all hazards to mitigate property damage and personal injury, but no amount of planning can address the uncertainties of natural or man-made emergencies. However, there are several proven approaches that can provide general protection and are easily implemented in a crisis. These reactions are: Shelter in Place, Evacuation, and Lockdown. Each is useful in addressing speciﬁc types of emergencies.
SHELTER IN PLACE: This procedure may be implemented in response to severe weather events. Emergency notiﬁcations and alerts will direct all personnel to report to the nearest shelter located on each campus. Students should familiarize themselves with the locations of these shelters and may, in the extreme, use restrooms as an alternative.
EVACUATION: Used in situations where the danger exists that remaining in a given area or building is not feasible. Evacuation is most often associated with ﬁre or hazardous material incidents. If evacuation is ordered, check your exit route to ensure it is clear of any danger, as active shooters have used fire alarms to their advantage. Once it is deemed clear, evacuate the building and gather at the designated Emergency Assembly Area identiﬁed on the evacuation map in your ofﬁce or classroom and await instructions.
FRANKLIN ACTIONS: Safety Personnel may direct an emergency, instead of a lockdown depending on circumstances. If an emergency evacuation is ordered, anyone outside of a college building during a lockdown should make their way to either the appropriate Emergency Assembly Area in the parking lots.
HOBBS ACTIONS: If an emergency evacuation is ordered, and for persons outside of a college building during a lockdown, students and staff should make their way to the appropriate Emergency Assembly Area in the parking lots an wait for law enforcement or college safety to arrive..
SMITHFIELD CENTER ACTIONS: If an emergency evacuation is ordered, and for persons outside of a college building during a lockdown, students and staff should make their way to the designated Emergency Assembly Area in the parking lot and wait there for law enforcement or college safety to arrive.
LOCKDOWN: Used for imminent threat of violence or personal harm, such as a gunman on campus. All personnel should immediately proceed to the nearest ofﬁce or classroom and lock and barricade the door. Individuals should remain in place until released by law enforcement or safety personnel.
Emergency Notification System
The College has a multi-layer system for informing students and employees of emergencies, crimes, severe weather and other events with the potential to disrupt college activities or cause injury or death. The primary notiﬁcation system is PDCAlert, and all students are encouraged to enroll in this program. This system sends voice mail, email and text alerts to all subscribers. You can enroll by clicking on PDCAlert on the College web page. In addition to warnings from PDCAlert, mass student emails, Facebook notices and web page announcements (www.PDC.edu) and displays on the school’s information TVs located around campuses are utilized. A loud speaker announcement will also be made on the affected campus – one long or repeated siren blast followed by verbal instructions.
Emergency Medical Supplies and Treatment
The college does not maintain an urgent care capability; it relies on local emergency medical services for urgent/emergency care. Urgent care is defined as an injury or disease that is life threatening or potentially life threatening in the opinion of a reasonable person without specialized medical training. Non urgent care is expected to be self-administered or referred to outside medical facilities.
Snow Days / Inclement Weather
The College will remain open during snow or inclement weather as long as possible. Therefore, the College will be open unless speciﬁcally mentioned in radio and TV broadcasts for school closings. In the event it becomes necessary to close, announcements will be made over local television and radio stations. A decision to close will usually be made prior to the late news broadcast (11:00 p.m.) and will include all sites. The College’s telephone system will have a message announcing the closing. However, the College reserves the right to close selected sites without advance notice. In order to receive PDCCC emergency notiﬁcations to your cell phone and/or email, sign up now at PDCAlert.
Incoming—The Ofﬁce of Admissions and Records will receive emergency messages for students and make every effort to see that they are delivered. The regular telephones of the College (in ofﬁces, etc.) are not to be used by the students for outgoing calls.
Bomb Threats or Suspicious Device/Packages
If you discover a suspicious package, do not attempt to pick it up. DO NOT sound the ﬁre alarm or use cell phones in proximity to the device as they may trigger an explosion. Evacuate the area and alert others to do the same. Report the device immediately to Campus Safety. Should you receive a telephonic threat, get as much information as possible: Where is the bomb? When will it explode? Notify campus safety or the local police immediately.
Members of the college community are encouraged to report all emergencies, criminal acts, safety concerns, ﬁre danger and suspicious activities or persons to the PDCCC Campus Safety Office. These reports are voluntary and conﬁdential and may be made by plain text email, telephone, or Silent Witness Program found on the college web site or personal visit to the Campus Safety Ofﬁce.
The main Campus Safety Office is located in Franklin, room 130D and the primary telephone number is 569- 6721 or 757-802-0325. On the Suffolk campus the Safety Office is located in room 107Cand the telephone number is 925-6319.
Remember, you do not have to give your name to report. If you are a victim, you do not have to press charges, providing the crime is not a crime against the state. However, Campus Safety, police and the Behavioral Assessment Team can be more effective if you cooperate by identifying yourself. Once a report is received by the College, it must initiate, investigate and take corrective action as necessary.
Don’t Keep A Deadly Secret. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide talk to someone, campus safety ofﬁcers have access to trained counselors. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255 is a free 24 hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest center.
National Threat Alert System (NTAS)
NTAS alerts will only be issued when credible information on terrorist threats exist and may be issued for a speciﬁc region or the nation at-large. These national alerts may be found on the college web site/safety and security page.