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, immediately 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: Security 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 BB&T Bank on College Dr. or Blake Ford on Armory Drive and wait there for police or college security to arrive.
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 YMCA and wait there for police or college security 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 YMCA and wait there for police or college security 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 local or State police.