While campus police are available around the clock, there are many things you can do to be safe, at HCC and elsewhere.
Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
a. Where is the phone?
b. Take note of the two nearest exits to your location.
c. Can you see the threat from your location?
d. Are you in immediate danger?
Have an escape route in mind
a. Do not use the elevator in times of emergencies.
b. Take personal belongings with you only if time permits.
c. Shut office/class doors upon exiting if time permits.
Walk as quickly as possible, exiting to a safe location
a. Never run unless an imminent threat requires running.
b. Remain calm but act quickly.
c. Listen for instructions over the alert system.
d. Exit the danger zone to a location safe from the threat.
e. Do not allow your actions while evacuating to endanger others
f. Warn others in the immediate area.
Staff and faculty should direct students to leave the building quickly and safely
a. Be mindful that visitors may be present needing guidance and assistance evacuating.
b. When possible, help others evacuate, e.g., disabled
c. After evacuating, remain a safe distance from the building(s) to ensure your personal safety and allow emergency vehicles /responders ready access to the area
d. DO NOT re-enter buildings for any reason once you have existed.
Always follow the orders of the police if they are present. Remember to keep your hands visible.