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Preparedness and Response for Different Types of Emergencies

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District commits itself to providing the highest level of training and information to students, staff, faculty and visiting community members. GCCCD encourages everyone to familiarize themselves with emergency preparedness and management plans, and how to improve your understanding of emergency preparedness and response.

For a variety of reasons, it may be necessary to relocate part or all of the campus community to an on- or off-campus location. Our plan is designed to reduce the possibility of death or injury through an organized evacuation procedure.  Become familiar with the evacuation plan so you are prepared to take action should it be required.

Preparedness

Being prepared is critical, especially when an emergency or disaster arises. This section provides you with an in-depth understanding of the kinds of hazards that may occur and how you can prepare for them. Being well informed about potential emergencies is the first step in making sure that you are safe and calm during emergencies.

Know Your Hazards - Prepare yourself and your family!

GCCCD is committed to the welfare of its community – students, faculty, staff, visitors – and to preserving the institution. A significant natural or human-caused hazard would have an impact on the district, campuses, programs and facilities.

The following clickable sections provide specific instructions on what to do in case of an event.

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Active Threat/Shooter

An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active threat event as to whether he/she chooses to run to safety or remain in place. However, best practices for an active threat event are listed below.

The potential for a school shooting, stabbing or other threat exists on every campus. Although the possession of firearms on or around the campus is prohibited, previous local and national threats dictate the importance and need for a response plan. In the event you observe an individual with any type of weapon on the campus, immediately call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

When an active threat, like an active shooter, is in your vicinity you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation. 

 ACTIONS: You have three options. 

 RUN

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow. DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
  • Help others escape, if possible.
  • Do not attempt to move the wounded.
  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) when you are safe. Provide the following information:
    • Location of threat.
    • Number of assailants.
    • Physical description.
    • Number and type of weapons.
    • Number of potential victims.

 HIDE

  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.
  • Lock the door or block the entry (place furniture as a blockade behind door if possible) to your hiding place.
  • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet.

 FIGHT

  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible.
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter.
  • Commit to your actions…your life depends on it.

 When law enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm and follow instructions.
  • Drop items in your hands (bags, cell phone, etc.).
  • Raise hands and spread fingers, keeping hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers.
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling.
  • Do not ask questions when evacuating.
  • Follow all directions as instructed.

 TIPS:

The first officers to arrive on scene will not stop to help the injured. Expect rescue teams to follow initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove the injured. Once you have reached a safe location, you likely will be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.

Listed below are materials that are regularly presented during Active Shooter Seminars hosted by San Diego Sheriff's Department:

Have you installed the "Say Something" App yet?

Say Something

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Aircraft Crash

In the event of an aircraft crashing into a campus building, or fallen debris on campus from an aircraft:

 ACTIONS:

  • Immediately take cover under tables, desks, or other objects, which will give protection against falling glass or debris.
  • If directed to do so, or in case of fire, activate the fire alarm.
  • If the building is being evacuated, leave building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 500 feet away from the crash site and debris.
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

If already outdoors, keep a safe distance from debris.

  • DO NOT remain downwind from a burning plane.
  • Go to a clear area at least 500 feet from the crash site.
  • Always avoid power or utility lines.
  • Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

 TIPS:

If you become trapped:

  • Alert emergency search and rescue crews or anyone within shouting distance of your location.
  • If possible call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) and report your location.
  • If a window is accessible, place an article of clothing or other signal in the window to alert rescuers to your location. Whistle, shout, pound on a wall or door to make noise at regular interval to alert rescuers to your location.
  • Stay low, near the floor. During a fire the air nearest the floor will contain the least smoke, contaminants and heat.
  • If you are injured, tend to your wounds.

Crash near campus:

In the event of a major community emergency, the campus may be used as a staging area or command post by emergency responders.

  • Keep campus access roads open and remain clear of the command post and responders.
  • If instructed to evacuate, calmly exit the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
  • Remain at the evacuation point until receiving further instructions from a GCCCD official, law enforcement officer or firefighter.

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Bomb Threat

The majority of bomb threats are crank calls where a bomb has not been planted. The caller achieves satisfaction by observing a building being evacuated because of their telephone call.

 ACTIONS:

If you receive a bomb threat over the phone:

  • Stay calm and courteous.
  • Keep the caller talking and DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does.
  • If possible, signal a co-worker to listen and help notify authorities by calling 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).
  • Try to keep the caller talking to learn more information.
  • Write down the time of the call, take notes, and ask these questions:
    • When will the bomb go off?
    • Where is it?
    • What does it look like?
    • Why was it placed in the building?
    • Who is calling?
  • Listen for background noises.
  • Listen closely to the voice for accents, speech impediments or age indications.

 TIPS:

If the building is evacuated

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

Download and print the Bomb Threat Checklist.

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Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Earthquake

Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time, and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake.

 PREPARE:

  • Prepare an emergency kit with at least a 72-hours supply of food and water, along with other supplies including a flashlight, portable battery-operated radio, batteries, medicines, first aid kit, money, and clothing.
  • Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
  • Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
  • Know the safe spots in each room – under sturdy tables, desks, or against interior walls.
  • Know at least two exit routes from your neighborhood, or any building you are in, in case of emergency.
  • Know the danger spots – near windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fireplaces and tall, unsecured furniture.
  • Decide how and where your family will reunite if separated during an earthquake.
  • Learn first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
  • Secure your space by identifying and fixing hazards, indoors as well as any weaknesses in the building, and securing moveable items.
  • Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.

Drop Cover Hold On

 ACTIONS:

During heavy shaking:

  • DROPDrop wherever you are on to your hands and knees. If you’re using a wheelchair or walker with a seat, make sure your wheels are locked and remain seated until the shaking stops.
  • COVER: Cover your head and neck with your arms. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris. Stay on your knees or bent over to protect vital organs.
  • HOLD ON: If you are under a table or desk, hold on with one hand and be ready to move with it if it moves. If you can’t find a table or desk, cover your head and neck with both arms and hands. If seated and unable to drop to the floor, bend forward, cover your head with your arms, and hold on to your neck with both hands.
    • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.

After the shaking has stopped:

  • Expect aftershocks to follow the main shock of an earthquake.
  • Check yourself to see if you are hurt and help others if you have training. 

If you are in a damaged building

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

If you are trapped

  • Protect your mouth, nose, and eyes from dust.
  • Send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting to help rescuers locate you.
  • Text messages may be more reliable than phone calls. Save phone calls for emergencies.
  • Once you are safe, listen to local news reports for emergency information and instructions via battery operated radio, TV, social media, or from cell phone text alerts. 

 TIPS:

  • If you are in a vehicle, pull over and stop. Set your parking brake.
  • If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, stay outdoors away from buildings.
  • DO NOT get in a doorway.
  • DO NOT run outside.

Be careful during post-disaster cleanup of buildings and around debris. Do not attempt to remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, and sturdy, thick-soled shoes during cleanup.

Learn more on how to better prepare and stay safe before, during and after an earthquake.  Ready.gov/earthquakes

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Evacuation

In the event you are instructed to evacuate, do so immediately in a calm and orderly fashion. View evacuation maps below so you know where to safely evacuate to and await further instructions.

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For a variety of reasons, it may be necessary to relocate part or all of the campus community to an on- or off-campus location. This plan is designed to reduce the possibility of death or injury through an organized evacuation procedure.

In some emergency situations, you may be told to shelter in place or evacuate if necessary. Faculty, staff and students will be notified in several ways.  Potential communication methods include:

  • Text Messaging
  • Voicemail Messages
  • Email Messages
  • Campus Telephones
  • Emergency Website Updates
  • Public Safety Website Updates
  • Emergency Information Hotline
  • Public Address System (mega phone)
  • Social Media
  • Fire alarms

 ACTIONS:

In the event of an evacuation:

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

 TIPS:

In the event of an evacuation:

Evacu-Trac chairs are designed to assist people in a wheel chair evacuate from their location. While training ahead of time, on the use of an Evacu-Trac chair is helpful, it isn’t required to be able to use it.  It’s designed so that a small attendant can easily move a much larger passenger down the stairs. 

The Evacu-Trac is easily set up and ready for a passenger to transfer from their wheelchair to the comfortable sling seat.  It has durable rubber tracks which firmly grip the stairs and the safety brake can stop the unit on the stairs if necessary.

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View a brief tutorial video here.

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Fire Safety


Fire is FAST! Fire is HOT! Fire is DARKFire is DEADLY! 

 ACTIONS:

  • Pull the fire alarm and call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP), if not already done.
    • Alert people in the area to begin immediately evacuating the building, following your building marshal’s instructions. Stay upwind from the fire.
  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
    • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
  • Call CAPS 619-644-7654 or ext. 7654 (give your location). 

If you see smoke or flames call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

  • The building must be checked to determine that it is safe before students and staff are allowed to reenter.
  • Only designated and trained employees from the following categories can give the "all clear" signal before the building is reopened for use:
  • Sheriff's Department or local law enforcement
  • Campus & Parking Services
  • Building Marshals
  • Maintenance and Operations Personnel
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

 TIPS:

  • Know location of fire extinguishers in your area and how to use them.
  • For a small fire which can be safely extinguished (e.g., in a waste-basket), use an extinguisher to put out the fire.  If unsuccessful, activate fire alarm, evacuate the building and immediately notify CAPS at ext. 7654.
fire-extinguisher

  • During an evacuation, walk, don't run. Keep noise to a minimum. Close, but do not lock doors helping to contain fire and smoke. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s). DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO
  • If you suspect fire in the building, test doors before opening. Use the back of your hand to feel the door or doorknob before opening.
  • If you hear a fire alarm, call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UPto report the alarm, evacuate, and do not re-enter the building until told it is safe.
  • Be prepared. Know the location of two exits closest to your area, evacuation routes out of the building and evacuation points. Know location of the nearest fire alarm and how to use it. Keep corridors free of flammable materials to prevent rapid fire spread.
  • Never prop open hallway doors, or lock fire exit doors.
  • Report damaged or vandalized fire safety equipment to Public Safety immediately.
  • If you become aware of someone starting a fire or causing a false alarm, notify Public Safety immediately.

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Hazardous Materials
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Power Outage

Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly and may disrupt communications, water, and transportation.

 ACTIONS:

If a power outage occurs, call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP) and follow directions for evacuation.

  • If evacuation of the building is necessary, exit the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Get your keys and any absolute necessities (e.g. medications, ID, wallet). Unplug all computers and equipment possible.
  • Lock the door behind you and use a flashlight or your cell phone light to leave. DO NOT light candles.
  • Laboratory personnel should secure experiments or activities that may present a danger with the electrical power off or when it is restored unexpectedly. If a hazard exists, notify the lab instructor and call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

If people are trapped in an elevator:

  • Tell the passengers to stay calm and that you will get help.
  • Call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP). Give your location (building, floor).
  • Try to keep the trapped passengers calm. Talk to them until help arrives.

 TIPS:

When mechanical ventilation is interrupted, vapors or chemicals may reach hazardous concentration levels. To avoid this, use natural ventilation and clean up or put away chemicals and close containers. If this is not possible, respirators may be required.

Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Suspicious Package

suspicious item is anything, which is out of place and cannot be accounted for or any item suspected of being an explosive device. If you receive a written threat or a suspicious parcel, or if you find a suspicious object anywhere on the premises keep anyone from handling it or going near it.

 ACTIONS:

If you see a suspicious object/package:

  • DO NOT TOUCH OR HANDLE THE OBJECT.
  • DO NOT TURN ROOM LIGHTS ON OR OFF. 
  • Begin moving people away from the area around the device.
  • Immediately call 9-1-1 (DO NOT HANG UP).

 TIPS:

If the building is evacuated

  • Evacuate the building immediately and follow instructions from administrators. 
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacu-Trac chairs are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Follow building evacuation plan to an evacuation point.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait at your evacuation point for further instruction.
  • DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
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Dial 1-800-550-3922 for general information and instructions for faculty, staff and students regarding campus operations, business or classes when GCCCD's Emergency Operations and Preparedness teams have been activated.

Last Updated: 02/24/2020
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