Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Emergency and Safety Plans


Described below are four basic emergency procedures. Please take time to familiarize yourself with these procedures as well as the other safety procedures of the College.  Although it is unlikely you will ever have to use this information, it is always best to be prepared. If you are informed an emergency response is necessary, please cooperate with the proper authorities. Non-compliance may put you and others at greater risk. 


Evacuation plans are posted on each floor of every building that includes exit routes and assembly points. As part of each activity or each start of a new class, staff, faculty, or outside users of the facilities shall advise students and/or visitors which exits to use for evacuation in a particular building and of the established assembly point if applicable. Evacuate the building in an orderly fashion and do not return to the evacuated building unless an “all clear” is given to return inside the building by emergency responders.    

  • It is recommended individual office personnel turn off personal computers and secure any protected information to protect college data from possible damage and/or theft. The last person to leave an office, classroom, or lab will close and lock the door behind them. 
  • Keep calm, do not panic. Walk carefully and slowly using the nearest exit to leave the building. Do not use the elevator in the building in cases of fire and/or earthquake.
  • Never attempt to travel through smoke-filled or other imminently hazardous areas. If you encounter smoke in the stairwells, close the door and use a different exit.
  • Never assemble near exits or fire lanes.
  • Do not return to the evacuated building unless an “all clear” is given to return inside the building by emergency responders.

Shelter in Place/Lock Out

A situation may occur at the College where the safest action will be to shelter in place.

  • Do not leave the building. Find a safe place within the building to stay and wait for further information.
  • Follow procedures to protect yourself from the specific hazard. For example, if a tornado has been sighted, report to an interior room on the lowest floor. If a hazardous materials spill has occurred, close all doors and windows.
  • If you have information about the hazard that can aid emergency responders, report it immediately by calling 911 (9-911 from a campus phone).  
  • Remain in the building until an “all clear” has been given by emergency responders.


A lockdown is similar to sheltering in place, but also includes an imminent safety threat, like an active shooter who has been sighted on campus, and requires individual decisions and a survival mindset.

  • If you are informed of a lockdown situation, please cooperate with proper authorities. Leaving the classroom or building in such a situation may put you at greater risk.
  • Interior doors, including classroom and office doors, should be locked and/or barricaded.
  • Turn off lights, radios, TVs, close blinds, and silence cell phones.
  • If a fire alarm is activated during a lockdown, proceed with extreme caution.
  • Wait for the "all clear" to be given by emergency responders before leaving safe shelter.

Seek Emergency Assistance

If you encounter a criminal or medical emergency that is an imminent, life-threatening emergency, call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) immediately to report the incident. Clearly state the problem and location of the incident. Stay on the phone until the dispatcher tells you it is okay to hang up. Calling 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) is the quickest way to get proper help on the scene as quickly as possible. The 911 dispatcher will contact Campus Enforcement. 

If you have concerns regarding possible criminal activity or other immediate safety concerns call Campus Enforcement at 828-289-5850. If you are unsure of the urgency, call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) and follow the procedure above.