When calling for help:
- Give your name.
- Give the building number and room number or other specific “location.” (This is crucial because the emergency dispatcher phone may not necessarily display the same information.)
- Give the phone number from which you are calling, including the extension number.
- Describe the situation or victim’s condition clearly and accurately.
- DO NOT HANG UP! Let the person you are talking to end the conversation; other information may be needed.
What to Expect
Fullerton College has many ways to communicate to the campus community and community at-large during an emergency. The Campus Safety Department works closely with the Office of Campus Communications to distribute factual and timely information. Employees and students are encouraged to review their contact information in myGateway to guarantee they receive emergency messages.
Forms of communications are:
The Cisco phones throughout campus may be used as a centralized intercom system. Every classroom and office has a phone speaker that could be activated in the event of an emergency.
Mass email/text/voicemail notification: Fullerton College utilizes Rave Alert, which is a leading mass notification system to quickly and reliably send messages.
Emergency notifications and timely warnings
The Clery Act requires institutions to alert their campuses by issuing a Timely Warning if a Clery-specific poses a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community. Clery crimes include may homicide, aggravated assault, sexual assault and weapons law violations, among other crimes. The act also requires institutions to issue emergency notifications when an emergency, threatening the health and safety of the campus community, occurs on campus. Emergencies can range from a chemical spill in the science lab to an unexpected tornado to an active shooter.
Official communication from Fullerton College will be shared through the homepage and News Center. Both sites will be updated as soon as possible in the event of an emergency.
For official information from the college, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
- Notify Campus Safety, 714 992-7777
- If evacuation of the building is required, exit using the stairway. Do not attempt to use elevators. Seek out any disabled persons and provide assistance if possible.
- Laboratory personnel should secure experiments or activities that may present a danger with the electrical power off or when it is restored unexpectedly Notify the lab supervisor immediately and contact the site administrator if a specific hazard exists. If there are special procedures you wish to have carried out in the event of a future power outage, make prior arrangements with Maintenance and Operation or Campus Safety.
- When mechanical ventilation is interrupted, chemical vapors may reach hazardous concentrations. To avoid this, use natural ventilation and clean up or put away chemicals and close containers. If this is not possible, evacuate and prevent persons from entering until power is restored.
If people are trapped in an elevator:
- Tell the passengers to stay calm and that you will get help.
- Call the Campus Safety,714-992-7777.
If you receive a bomb threat over the telephone, remain calm and ask:
1. When is it going to explode?
2. Where is it right now?
3. What does it look like?
4. What kind of bomb is it?
5. What will cause it to explode?
6. Did you place the bomb? When? Why?
7. Where are you now?
8. What is your name? Phone number? Address?
Pay attention for, and take notes about:
1. Exact wording of call
2. Background sounds/noises
3. Describe the caller’s voice
4. Did you recognize the voice?
5. Describe the language used. Well spoken? Irrational? Foul?
6. Your thoughts.
Call the Campus Safety, 714-992-7777.
In the event of an explosion in the building, employees should take the following actions:
1. Immediately take cover under tables, desks or other such objects which will give protection against flying glass and debris.
2. After the effects of the explosion have subsided, call the Campus Safety, 714-992-7777.
3. If necessary, activate the building alarm system.
4. Evacuate the immediate area of the explosion.
5. Seek and assist injured and disabled persons to evacuate the building. Exit using the stairway. Do not use elevators.
6. Once outside, move at least 150 feet away from the affected building. Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
7. Wait for further instructions from the Campus Safety or other emergency personnel. Do not reenter the building until they instruct you to do so.
Call Campus Safety 714-992-7777 and your site administrator. You will be given instructions by your site administrator and/or the Campus Safety. In the event you are instructed to evacuate, mentally note anything in your area that appears out of place or suspicious, and report it.
Addressing Disruptive Student Behavior
These emergency procedures are intended for use in acute situations. Acute situations are severe, intense and sudden. On the other hand, chronic situations are continuous, over a period of time and should be dealt with according to the NOCCCD Police, AP 55003.1.1 for students.
Responding to Disruptive or Threatening Behavior
Dealing with individuals who are upset, angry or appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be a frustrating or even frightening experience. Such behavior may disrupt normal work activities and cause those responding to feel defensive or threatened. The following information will help you respond to such incidents:
- Call Campus Safety at 714-992-7777.
Do not attempt to intervene physically or deal with the situation yourself. It is critical that Campus Safety take care of any disruptive or threatening incident.
- Do not aggravate, annoy or approach the individual. Try to stabilize the individual by speaking in a low and calm non-threatening voice.
Maintain a safe distance; do not turn your back.
- Leave the room or leave the area if the situation escalates. Get yourself and others to safety as quickly as possible.
Unless you are physically attacked, do not touch the individual.
Know the location of fire extinguishers in your area and how to use them.
Upon discovery of a small fire, call the Fire Department, your cell 911 or campus phone 9-911, and:
1. Immediately call the Campus Safety, 714-992-7777.
2. If an appropriate fire extinguisher is available, follow the instructions on it, directing it at the base of the flames.
3. Get help, if necessary.
Upon discovery of a large fire, call the Fire Department:
1. Pull emergency alarm and give verbal alarm.
2. Call the Campus Safety, 714-992-7777.
3. Evacuate the building, alerting people as you go. Seek and assist any disabled persons in the area. Exit using the stairway. Do not use elevators to evacuate.
4. Make sure all doors leading to the main hallways are closed to prevent further spread of fire. Do not lock doors.
5. Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building. Avoid inner courtyards. Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
6. Wait for further instruction from the Campus Safety or emergency personnel. Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so.
If someone’s clothes are on fire, have him or her drop to the floor and roll. Smother the fire with a blanket, rug or heavy coat. Call for help. Administer first aid.
During an earthquake:
1. Drop, cover, and hold on.
2. Stay in the building. Do not evacuate.
3. Take shelter under tables, desks,and similar places.
4. Keep away from overhead fixtures, windows, filing cabinets and bookcases.
5. Assist any disabled persons in the area and find a safe place for them.
6. If you are outside, stay outside. Move to an open area away from buildings, trees, power lines and roadways.
After an earthquake:
1. Check for injuries; give or seek first aid.
2. Check for safety hazards; fire, electrical, gas leaks, water supply, etc.
3. Do not use telephones and roadways unless necessary. Keep them open for emergency use.
4. Be prepared for aftershocks.
5. Cooperate, keep informed, remain calm and help clean up.
If evacuation is ordered:
1. Seek out any disabled or injured persons in the area and give assistance, exit using the stairway. Do not use elevators.
2. Beware of falling debris or electrical wires as you exit.
3. Go to an open area away from buildings, trees, power lines and roadways.
4. Wait for further instructions from emergency personnel.
Weapons and Dangerous Objects
- It is a crime to possess any firearm or firearm replica on school grounds.
- It is a misdemeanor to possess any locking blade knife, switchblade or gravity- activated knife with a blade length of two or more inches.
- Any other weapons are either unlawful or in violation of the District’s Zero Tolerance Policy.
- If a student is found in possession of a weapon or other dangerous object…
• Confiscate the weapon or object if it is safe to do so.
• Notify Campus Safety 714-992-7777 and wait for their arrival.
• Retain the confiscated item until the circumstances are investigated by Campus Safety Department.
Chemicals and Solvents
If immediate fire hazard exists or medical assistance is required, call the Campus Safety, 714-992-7777. Evacuate area and await assistance.
For spills not involving immediate danger to life or property:
1. Confine the spill.
2. Evacuate the immediate area and limit access.
3. Notify area supervisor.
4. Any spill, which can potentially cause injury to a person or property, must be reported to:
Campus Safety, 714-992-7777
The following information is provided as a source of information needed by people who normally do not work with hazardous materials.
For your safety, remember:
1. Practice SAFETY at all times!
2. Always be CAUTIOUS with hazardous materials!
3. Always BE PREPARED!
• Check the labels for information.
• It pays to know the specific hazards of the chemicals you are handling.
• If you don’t know, ask!
4. Think ahead! Be ready!
• Keep people away—isolate area—call for help (see emergency numbers).
• Help injured persons.
5. REPORT any unusual observations to Plant Operations and Campus Safety immediately!
• Containers in bad condition
• Unusual odors
• Leaky containers
• Illegible or missing labels
• Facility damages
• Equipment damages or malfunctions
6. HANDLE hazardous material carefully.
• Pay attention at all times
• Be alert to your surroundings.
• Ignorance and horseplay can cause serious accidents!
7. Keep your work area CLEAN.
• Good housekeeping is a continuous job!
• Always maintain a clean uncluttered work area.
• DO NOT walk around in spilled material!
CLEAN UP OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SPILLS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF TRAINED PERSONNEL.
Radioactive Material Spills
Call the Fire Department, and Campus Safety, 714-992-7777.
For a major spill involving external radiation hazard to personnel:
1. Keep all persons as far away from accident scene as is practical.
2. Perform life-saving rescues and emergency first aid, in cases of injuries.
3. Avoid spreading contamination.
4. Call: Campus Safety, 714-992-7777
5. Detain all persons involved with the incident at the scene until they are monitored.
For spills not involving immediate danger to life or property:
1. Confine the spill. If liquid, drop absorbent paper over contamination.
2. Limit access and traffic.
3. Call: Campus Safety, 714-992-7777
When the skin is lacerated by glassware or equipment contaminated with radioactive material, immediately wash the wounded area thoroughly under a stream of cold water.
Ingestion of radioactive materials:
If the person is conscious:
1. Call Campus Safety, 714-992-7777
2. Call Poison Control Center , 9-1-800-876-4766
3. Do not give counteragents unless directed by Poison Control Center or a physician.
4. Do not follow directions for neutralizing poisons found on the container.
If the person is unconscious, call 9-911 and then the Campus Safety, 714-992-7777.
Chemical or Radiological Incidents
- Close windows and turn off air conditioning
- Stay inside and move to inner corridor
- Move to higher levels of building since many chemicals are heavier than air
Severe Weather or Civil Unrest
- Stay inside and move away from windows
- Close doors leading to hallway
- For extreme weather, move to lower level of building
- Take direction from building and floor marshals.
- Building and floor marshals communicate building status to Campus Safety
Building marshals are trained and assigned to every building on campus. During the event of an evacuation, the building marshals will receive information directly from Campus Safety to initiate an evacuation. Fullerton College is an 83-acre campus with numerous evacuation areas. This map lists all the evacuation areas.
In the event of an evacuation:
- Verbal notice or fire bells will be used to sound the evacuation.
- Remain calm and orderly: Walk quickly but do not run. See “Evacuation of Disabled Persons.”
- Follow instructions of the Campus Safety or other emergency personnel.
- Seek out and give needed assistance to any disabled persons in the area.
- If time permits, turn off the power to all electrical equipment and close doors.
- Exit using the stairway. Do not use elevators.
- Go to an open, outside area away from the building as identified on evacuation color chart. Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
- Wait for instructions. Do not reenter the building until instructed to do so by the Campus Safety or other emergency personnel.
Non-ambulatory persons (persons in wheelchairs):
There are many considerations when moving a person in a wheelchair. Wheelchairs have movable parts; some are not designed to withstand the stress of lifting. Life-support equipment may be attached. Lifting a person with minimal ability to move may be dangerous to their well being. Call the fire department for evacuation of wheelchair individiuals. Always consult with the person in the chair regarding:
- The number of people necessary for assistance
- Ways of being removed from the wheelchair
- Whether a seat cushion or pad should be brought along if he/she is removed from the chair
- Whether to extend or bend extremities when lifting because of pain, catheter, leg bags, prosthesis, braces, etc.
- Being carried forward or backward on a flight of stairs.
- The type of assistance necessary after evacuation.Map Fullerton College Evacuation Areas Map
REMEMBER: If you have to call 9-911, always also call the Campus Safety, 714-992-7777.
Evacuation of Disabled Persons
Visually impaired persons: Tell the person the nature of the emergency and offer to guide him/her to the nearest emergency exit. Have the person take your elbow and escort him/her.
Hearing-impaired persons: To warn an individual get the person’s attention with a gesture or a light tap on the arm or shoulder, and either write a note telling what the emergency is and the nearest evacuation route, or gesture to indicate that the person should come with you. An example of a note: “Fire—go out the back door, turn right and go down. Now!”
To warn a group, get the group’s attention by flashing the room lights on and off—then gesture to indicate that the group should come with you. If there is a chalkboard on which you can write a note that all can see, use it.
Disabled persons not able to evacuate: Advise the disabled person that you will notify Campus Safety and that an officer will respond to assist him/her with their evaluation.
If it is an immediate emergency, call the fire department.
Active Shooter Emergency Plan
- Note location of emergency phones near your classrooms
- Like/Follow FC on Facebook and Twitter
- Expect text messages, voicemail and email through Regroup for emergencies. It is important to keep your contact information current in MyGateway.
- Note location of emergency phones near your work area
- Know they are part of Regroup, the District’s emergency notification system. It is important to keep your contact information current in MyGateway.
- Campus Safety and PIO can send emergency broadcasts through the college telephone (Cisco) system. Follow any emergency broadcast over the phone system. Fullerton College also has an emergency radio system. You may be notified by a building or floor marshal to evacuate or lockdown (shelter in place).
If you can escape from the area of the shooter, do so
Run until you are far away from the danger
HIDE OR LOCKDOWN
If you are in an adjacent room or area, lockdown. If the door will not lock, barricade it with heavy objects.
Silence your cell phone, turn off the lights, and hide away from doors and windows.
Call 911, give police shooter’s location, description, type of weapon, number of injured.
TAKE OUT OR FIGHT
There is no way to predict the best course of action. Options include hiding and placing objects between yourself and the shooter. As a last resort, attack the shooter with others.
General safety concerns:
Be aware of your surroundings. If you see someone acting in a dangerous or threatening manner, notify Campus Safety immediately.
Planning and Preparation
- Identify escape routes from your classroom or office
- Identify hiding places and lockdown areas
- Identify emergency communications capabilities, emergency phones, classroom phones, cell phones, Fullerton PD 714-738-6700, Campus Safety 714-992-7777.
Active Shooter Situations
- Lock or barricade the door
- Shut off the lights and move away from windows and doors to interior wall
- Silence cell phone
- Dial 911 and tell police location of shooter, suspect information, weapon used and number of victims
- Notify Campus Safety
- If police enter room, show them empty hands
Shelter-in-place or Lockdown Guidelines
Shelter-In-Place or lockdown is an action taken to increase safety of individuals on campus during an emergency. The action is to stay in a locked area of the building. The emergency may include the following situations:
- Active Shooter Police Action on Campus Civil Unrest
- Severe Weather Accidental Chemical Spill Radiological Incident
- The notice to Shelter-In-Place or lockdown may be issued by Campus Safety, the PIO or College Administration. The notice may be received by word of mouth, emergency radio system, Cisco Phone system, text messaging or other means. Respond immediately to a notice of Shelter-In-Place or lockdown.
Active Shooter Response Training
Recent events around the nation have raised the public’s awareness of active shooter situations, and the unfortunate reality that similar events can occur anywhere and at any time.
To keep the Fullerton College community informed about what to do in the event that a similar situation occurs on our campus, the North Orange County Community College District is offering the Active Shooter Response Training video to all students, faculty and staff.
“Shots Fired on Campus” is an informative and eye-opening video about how to respond in an active shooter situation. To view the Shots Fired on Campus videos you must have a FC Student/Faculty login Name and Password.
Please view the Shots Fired on Campus Student Guide while watching the video.