Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College
Emergency Response App

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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 how the District plans for emergencies, and how to improve your understanding of emergency preparedness and response.

This guide is based on presently available information, as well as current Federal and State recommended protective actions. The procedures may be updated when additional, relevant information becomes available or when Federal and State guidance is modified. In every situation, common sense and awareness of personal safety should take precedence over any action described in these procedures.

Smart phone application available.

Governing Board Policy # 3505 Emergency Preparedness and Management Plan           

The Department of Public Safety, Risk Management, Districtwide Administration, Facilities, Operations and Evening Administration.

If an emergency occurs call 911!

  1. Give your name.
  2. Give your extension number.
  3. Give room number or other specific location.
  4. Describe the condition clearly and accurately.
  5. Don't hang up; let the 911 operator end the conversation.

If the internal phones are down, go to the nearest public phone or use a cellular phone equipped and dial 911. 

In the event of an emergency, numerous methods will be used to communicate information:

  • GCCCD Emergency Alert Texting System provides alerts about emergency situations on campus by way of text, voice and e-mail messages. We encourage you to add your cell phone number to our records, so you can receive messages in the most expedient manner.
    • Students can add cell phone numbers through WebAdvisor. To update your information, log onto WebAdvisor, click on "Students" and go to "update personal information" under "User Account." Update your information, then click "Submit."
    • Staff and faculty should update their contact information by sending an e-mail to
  • Outdoor public address system will alert those not inside a building.
  • GCCCD emergency notification system: You will receive an emergency message to your cell phone, landline phone, and e-mail. Sign up for the service here.
  • Call the Emergency Information Line at 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.
  • District and college websites and homepages.
  • District and college Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • News media – information will be sent to the news media; check television, radio and news websites.

Emergency Phone Numbers

Campus Safety Numbers
Campus and Parking Services

Student  Health Services at Grossmont

Student Health Services at Cuyamaca

Off-Campus Safety Numbers

San Diego Sheriff's Non-Emergency Number

Poison Control

Rape and Abuse Crisis Line

Suicide Prevention Line

Anonymously report a crime with Crimestoppers
888-580-TIPS (8477)

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 throughout the United States. 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 911.

Develop a Survival Mindset

  • Awareness and Preparation: Take time to understand your surroundings and environment before an emergency occurs. Ask yourself, “What if?” questions and develop a plan.

In an Active Threat Emergency
Make a decision, trusting your instincts, to take action to protect yourself to survive the situation.
You generally will have three options:

  • Get away: Can you safely escape?
  • Hide: Is there a good place to hide?
  • Confront: Will you take out the shooter?

Getting Out

  • If you can and you deem it safe, get out and get to a safe place.
  • You will have to rely partially on instinct.
  • Leave belongings behind, but take your cell phone if it is handy.

Hiding in a Safe Place

  • Find a hidden location.
  • Find protection behind furniture if possible.
  • Find a room that locks if you can.
  • If possible, close and lock the outside door to the room. Blockade the door with furniture or other heavy objects.
  • Close the blinds, turn off the lights, remain quiet, silence cell phones, spread out away from other individuals, and move behind available cover. Stay on the floor, away from doors or windows, and do not peek out to see what may be happening.
  • Make a plan with others in the room about what you will do if the shooter enters.
  • Make a total commitment to action and act as a team with others.
  • Do whatever is necessary to survive the situation.
  • If possible and safe to do so, report the location of the assailant.

If Outside When a Shooting Occurs

  • Drop to the ground immediately, face down as flat as possible. If within 15-20 feet of a safe place or cover, duck and run to it.
  • Move or crawl away from gunfire, trying to utilize any obstructions between you and the gunfire. Remember that many objects of cover may conceal you from sight but may not be bulletproof.
  • When you reach a place of relative safety, stay down and do not move. Do not peek or raise your head in an effort to see what may be happening.
  • Wait and listen for directions from District Police and/law enforcement personnel.

If Suspect is in Close Proximity

  • An individual must use his/her own discretion about when he or she must engage a shooter for survival.
  • Generally, one can lie motionless and pretend to be unconscious or confront the individual.
  • Make a plan as to how you will survive the situation.
  • Make a total commitment to action and act as a team with others if possible.
  • Do whatever is necessary to survive the situation. 

Help Out

  • Warn others.
  • Help others escape.
  • Keep others away from the danger area.
  • Help the injured.
  • Help others stay calm.

Calling for Help

  • If safe to do so, call 911. Do not assume that someone else has reported the incident.
  • Be persistent; phones may be jammed.
  • Calmly identify yourself and your exact location. Remain calm and answer the dispatcher’s questions. The dispatcher is trained to obtain the necessary and required information for an appropriate emergency response.
  • If safe to do so, stop and take time to get a good description of the criminal. Note height, weight, sex, race, approximate age, clothing, method and direction of travel, and his/her name, if known. If the suspect is entering a vehicle, note the license plate number, make and model, color, and outstanding characteristics. All of this takes only a few seconds and is of the utmost help to the responding officers.
  • Although you are not expected to know all of the answers, answer them to the best of your ability. Even though you may think the questioning is wasting valuable time, the information you provide will enable Public Safety dispatchers to dispatch officers and other emergency personnel safely and effectively.

During your call to 911
, you will be asked questions, such as:

  • What exactly is happening and how do you know? Is it still happening?
  • Where is the suspect now? What was his/her last known direction of travel?
  • Are there any wounded and how many?
  • What is the specific location of occurrence?
  • What types of weapons were used?

Describe the weapon/s or other dangerous object/s if possible, and any visible ammunition:

  • Rifle
  • Shotgun
  • Handgun: revolver or automatic
  • Ammunition: Describe type, amount and type of container (metal box, cardboard box, backpack pockets and others)
  • Knife or other dangerous weapons
  • Explosive device: Give specific description
  • Were any shots fired? Describe the sound and the number of shots fired.
  • Do you know who the suspect/s is? If yes, identify them and provide any background knowledge you may have.

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • When law enforcement reaches you, do not run at them or make sudden movements.
  • The priority of the first responders will be to identify the shooter. Law enforcement will need to ensure that you are not the shooter.
  • Do not scream, yell, point, or wave your arms.
  • Do not hold anything in your hands that could be mistaken for a weapon (including cell phones). 
  • Be quiet and compliant. 
  • Show the officers your empty hands and follow their instructions.
  • Give the number of shooters.
  • Give the location and physical description of the shooter.
  • Give the number and types of weapons.
  • When it is safe to do so, you will be given instructions as to how to safely exit your location.

In the Event There are Hostages

Call 911 and be prepared to give the following information:

  • Identify hostage location in building or area
  • Number of assailants, if known
  • Number of hostages, if known
  • Identity of assailants, if known
  • Any description of assailants and weapons
  • Any demands made by the assailant/s
  • If you are at a distance, move away from the location to a safer area.
  • If you can do so safely, evacuate area to a safer location.
  • If possible, provide the above information to a law enforcement officer once you are in a secure location.

In the event of an aircraft crash or fallen debris on campus:

  • 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 building alarm.
  • If the building is being evacuated, proceed directly to evacuation assembly areas. Assist persons with disabilities in exiting the building.
  • If outdoors, keep a safe distance from debris. Do not remain downwind from a burning plane. Always avoid power or utility lines.
  • Go to a clear area at least 500 feet from the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.

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 his/her telephone call.

If you receive a bomb threat:

  • Stay calm and courteous. Keep the caller talking. Ask for the specific location and time of detonation. Gather as much information from the caller as possible.
  • Try to signal a co-worker to listen on the telephone line, if possible.
  • Write down the information. Listen for background noises. Listen closely to the voice for accents, speech impediments or age indications.
  • If you see a suspicious object, DO NOT HANDLE THE OBJECT OR TURN ROOM LIGHTS ON OR OFF. Begin moving people away from the area around the device.
  • Immediately call 911.

Instructions: Be Calm. Be Courteous. Listen, and do not interrupt the caller. While the caller is on the line, notify supervisor by pre-arranged signal.

Obtain the following information:

  • TIME and DATE
    • Male or Female
    • Adult or Juvenile
    • Approximate Age
    • Local or Long Distance
    • Booth
    • Internal

Note the following Characteristics:


  • Loud
  • Soft
  • Deep
  • High Pitch
  • Intoxicated
  • Other


  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor
  • Foul
  • Other


  • Calm
  • Angry
  • Rational
  • Irrational
  • Coherent
  • Deliberate
  • Emotional
  • Righteous
  • Laughing


  • Fast
  • Slow
  • Distinct
  • Distorted
  • Slurred
  • Lisp
  • Other


  • Local
  • Foreign
  • Regional


  • Machines
  • Confusion
  • Music
  • Office
  • Mixed
  • Party
  • Trolley/Train
  • Animals
  • Quiet
  • Voices
  • Airplanes
  • Buses/Cars/Trucks


  1. Pretend difficulty with hearing.
  2. Keep caller talking if possible.
  3. Ask questions:
    When will it go off? The hour? Time remaining?
    What does it look like?
    Where is it located? Building? Area?
    What kind of bomb is it?
    Where are you now?
    How do you know so much about this bomb? 
    What is your name and address? 
  4. Was the caller familiar with the bomb location?

Civil disturbances can occur on or near campus. They may be in the form of riots, gang activities, strikes, demonstrations or other activities.

Proactive measures to deal with potential civil disturbances will be considered and implemented as often as possible. If a significant threat to personal safety exists, partial or full site evacuations/closings will be implemented by the site administrator or incident commander.

Civil disturbances that are in progress will be carefully evaluated to ensure the safety of all persons on campus. Evacuations may or may not be implemented depending on the exact situation at the time of the incident. Evacuations will not be conducted if people need to cross a disturbance area to evacuate.

If you are asked to shelter in place, stay away from exterior doors and windows. Close and lock doors as soon as possible. Return to normal activities only when advised by the site Incident Commander.

If you are ordered to evacuate, you must immediately leave the area upon receipt of an evacuation order from the Department of Public Safety. Failure to do so jeopardizes your safety and the safety of those around you.

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.

Before an 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. Repairing deep plaster cracks in ceilings and foundations, anchoring overhead lighting fixtures to the ceiling, and following local seismic building standards, will help reduce the impact of earthquakes.

Earthquake Safety Tips:

  • Move heavy objects that could fall in an earthquake to low storage areas.
  • Keep a small emergency kit with a flashlight, battery-operated radio, first aid supplies, and a small amount of water and nonperishable food for use after an earthquake.

Six Ways to Plan Ahead

  1. Check for Hazards in the Home
    • Fasten shelves securely to walls.
    • Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
    • Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.
    • Hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sit.
    • Brace overhead light fixtures.
    • Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are potential fire risks.
    • Secure a water heater by strapping it to the wall studs and bolting it to the floor.
    • Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects.
    • Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.
  2. Identify Safe Places Indoors and Outdoors
    • Under sturdy furniture such as a heavy desk or table.
    • Against an inside wall.
    • Away from where glass could shatter around windows, mirrors, pictures, or where heavy bookcases or other heavy furniture could fall over.
    • In the open, away from buildings, trees, telephone and electrical lines, overpasses, or elevated expressways.
  3. Educate Yourself and Family Members
    • Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter for more information on earthquakes. Also read the "How-To Series" for information on how to protect your property from earthquakes.
    • Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.
    • Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
  4. Have Disaster Supplies on Hand
    • Flashlight and extra batteries.
    • Portable battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
    • First aid kit and manual.
    • Emergency food and water.
    • Nonelectric can opener.
    • Essential medicines.
    • Cash and credit cards.
    • Sturdy shoes.
  5. Develop an Emergency Communication Plan
    • In case family members are separated from one another during an earthquake (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), develop a plan for reuniting after the disaster.
    • Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.
  6. Help Your Community Get Ready
    • Publish a special section in your local newspaper with emergency information on earthquakes. Localize the information by printing the phone numbers of local emergency services offices, the American Red Cross, and hospitals.
    • Conduct a week-long series on locating hazards in the home.
    • Work with local emergency services and American Red Cross officials to prepare special reports for people with mobility impairments on what to do during an earthquake.
    • Provide tips on conducting earthquake drills in the home.
    • Interview representatives of the gas, electric, and water companies about shutting off utilities.
    • Work together in your community to apply your knowledge to building codes, retrofitting programs, hazard hunts, and neighborhood and family emergency plans.

During an earthquake:

  • Stay as safe as possible during an earthquake. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.

If indoors:

  • DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, load bearing doorway.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.
  • In a lab, exit the lab to the corridor. Duck and cover near an interior wall.
  • DO NOT use the elevators.

If outdoors:

  • Stay there.
  • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

If in a moving vehicle:

  • Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
  • Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

If trapped under debris:

  • Do not light a match.
  • Do not move about or kick up dust.
  • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

After an earthquake:

  • Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television. Listen for the latest emergency information.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
  • Stay away from damaged areas. Stay away unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organizations. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.
  • Help injured or trapped persons. Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance such as infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help.
  • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals.
  • Inspect the entire length of chimneys for damage. Unnoticed damage could lead to a fire.
  • Inspect utilities.
  • Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
  • Look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.
  • Check for sewage and water lines damage. If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid using water from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.

(Source: FEMA)

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 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. If an evacuation is necessary, faculty, staff and students will be notified several ways:

  • Text and voice mail messages by telephone
  • Email
  • Campus telephones
  • Website and social media
  • Fire alarms

In the event of an evacuation:

  • All occupants of a building must leave immediately and proceed to the designated evacuation area.
  • Assist persons with disabilities in an evacuation. Evacutrac’s are located on the second floor of each building, generally next to the elevators.
  • Do not stand or congregate in parking lots or driveways as this will hamper emergency response vehicles arriving on the scene.
  • Exit the building in a calm and orderly manner.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Take personal belongings such as keys or purses if safe to do so.
  • Know your surroundings so that you can evacuate in the dark.
  • Take a head count of employees and students at designated meeting locations and notify emergency personnel of anyone missing.
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized by emergency personnel.

In the event that a fire alarm is sounded at a campus facility, the following procedures will occur:

  1. Evacuate the building immediately and follow your building marshal's instructions.
    1. Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building.
    2. Exit via stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS (use the EvacuTrac located near the stairs for disabled persons).
  2. Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
    1. Follow building evacuation plan to the designated locations.
    2. Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  3. Call CAPS (619) 644-7654 (identify where you are located at the college). 
  4. If you see smoke or flames call 9-1-1.
  5. The building must be checked to determine that it is safe before students and staff are allowed to reenter.
    1. Only designated and trained employees from the following categories can give the "all clear" signal before the building is reopened for use:
      1. Sheriff's Department or local law enforcement
      2. Campus & Parking Services
      3. Building Marshals
      4. Maintenance and Operations Personnel


Notes: If you know that a fire alarm was tripped accidentally, please immediately contact Campus & Parking Services at (619) 644-7654.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Know the location of fire extinguishers in your area and how to use them.
  • If a fire is small and can be safely extinguished (e.g., in a waste-basket), immediately notify District Police at ext. 7654 or (619) 644-7654 and activate the fire alarm. Then use an extinguisher to put out the fire.
  • During evacuation, walk, don't run. Keep noise to a minimum. Close, but do not lock, doors to help contain fire and smoke. Do not use elevators. On stairways, use handrails and stay to the right. After evacuating, relocate to a safe assembly area and do not re-enter the building until told that it is safe 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. If it is hot, use another escape route.
  • If you hear a fire alarm, call 911 to report the alarm, evacuate, and do not re-enter the building until told it is safe.
  • Be prepared. Know the location of the two exits closest to your area and all potential evacuation routes out of the building. Know the 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. False alarms cause major problems and risk the safety of building occupants.
  • If you become aware of someone starting a fire or causing a false alarm, notify Public Safety immediately.

All district employees who work with or around hazardous materials must familiarize themselves with the following:

  • Fire alarm location and operation
  • Emergency exits and evacuation plan
  • Fire extinguisher location and operation
  • Spill and containment response measures for specific hazards in their area.
  • Available spill response equipment
  • Specific immediate first aid measures for hazards in their area.

Immediate action in the event of a spill:

  • If an immediate fire hazard exists or medical assistance is required, call 911. Evacuate the area and await assistance.

For spills not involving immediate danger to life or property:

  • Confine the spill.
  • Evacuate the immediate area and limit access.
  • Notify your supervisor.
  • Call 911
  • Provide as much information as possible to the dispatcher, including:
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Illness or injury if known
    • Level of consciousness
    • Interventions performed such as CPR or AED
  • Remain with the individual until the emergency personnel arrive.
  • Ask a bystander to remain in the lobby or building to direct emergency responders.
  • If you are trained in CPR/AED and/or first aid, begin treatment of any life-threatening injuries or conditions while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.

A mental health emergency is any situation involving individuals in distress who are unable to appropriately manage themselves.

A mental health emergency or psychological crisis may include:

  • Suicidal behavior.
  • An individual threatening harm to themselves or others.
  • A psychotic break (sudden loss of contact with reality and/or bizarre behavior).
  • An unusual or prolonged reaction to traumatic event(s).
  • Any behavior that is unreasonably disturbing to the academic, work or living environment.


For unusual or potentially dangerous situations:

  • Never try to handle a situation that is potentially dangerous to you or others. Call 911 immediately.
    • Clearly state that immediate assistance is needed.
    • Report your name, where you are calling from and the nature of the problem.
  • All suicide attempts need to be reported to the sheriff’s department so the safety of the individual can be properly addressed.


  • Take a Mental Health First Aid Training Course to learn to cope.
  • Have hotline and emergency phone numbers stored in your cell phone.
  • Look left-right-left before and during crossing.
  • Always cross the street on marked crosswalks.
  • Avoid the use of headsets or in-ear audio devices when crossing roadways.
  • Stay away from traffic after drinking alcohol or when taking medication that may cause dizziness or blurred vision. Call a cab or take a ride sharing service instead.
  • When walking after dark, wear reflective materials and carry a flashlight or use your cell phone light.
  • If your view of approaching traffic is blocked, move to where you can see the traffic before crossing. Stop and look left-right-left again.
  • Watch out for cars backing out of parking spaces. Stay out of a driver’s blind spot.
  • At intersections, scan over your shoulder for turning vehicles. Make eye contact with the driver of a stopped car while you are crossing in front or in back of it.
  • Do not be foolhardy and step in front of a moving vehicle, even if you have the right of way. Be alert and use common sense.
  • When traffic-control signals are not in place or not operational, the driver of a vehicle must yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping to yield to a pedestrian crossing the roadway or within a crosswalk.

To ensure your personal safety, whenever possible:

  • Park in well lighted areas near your destination.
  • Avoid parking near strangers loitering or sitting in vehicles.
  • Remember where you parked so you can return directly to your vehicle.
  • Don't leave valuables in plain sight.
  • Don't carry a lot of items in your hands when you are walking to and from your vehicle.
  • Have your vehicle key in your hand ready to use.
  • Lock your doors immediately after getting into your vehicle.
  • Avoid talking on phone and texting while walking to and from your vehicle.
  • Walk confidently and at a steady pace. Make eye contact with people as they pass.
  • Listen to your sixth sense.  If you feel uneasy about a situation or a person, call for help, walk the other way, ask for an escort, walk in a group, report the suspicious situation to the Sheriff's office or local police, etc.
  • Avoid walking alone at night and use Campus and Parking Services Escort Program. Call 619-644-7654 for an escort.

If a power outage occurs, call 911 and follow your building marshals directions for evacuation.

  • If evacuation of the building is necessary, exit via stairway, and DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Evacutrac’s are located at the second floor landing of each building, generally next to an elevator. 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 911.
  • 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.

If people are trapped in an elevator:

  • Tell the passengers to stay calm and that you will get help.
  • Call 911.
  • Try to keep the trapped passengers calm. Talk to them until help arrives.

Definitions Per the Clery Crime Reporting Handbook:

Motor Vehicle Theft
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned-including joy riding).

The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force, violence, and/or causing the victim fear.

The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Constructive possession is the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.


  • Immediately notify 911 during or after the incident.
  • Remain calm and avoid actions that might cause escalation of the situation.
  • Use best judgement for demands concerning hostages or in potential assault situations.
  • Mentally note as many characteristics of the antagonist as possible including but not limited to:
    • Sex
    • Age
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Skin color
    • Eye color
    • Hair color
    • Clothing description
    • Visible scars, moles or tattoos
    • Type of speech used, voice characteristics
  • Remain available to speak with emergency responders. Do not leave the scene and complete a report as soon as possible.
  • If necessary, invoke emergency first aid or medical response.
  • Do not make any attempt to detain a burglar.
  • Do not enter a scene of a crime before enforcement officers arrive.

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