Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Emergency and Safety Plans

Emergency Notifications

During an emergency incident, Rutherford County Communications and/or college officials will seek to alert the Campus Community through at least one or all of the following methods, depending on the severity of the incident:

  1. Outdoor Warning System
  2. Fire Alarms
  3. ICC Alert (participants must be registered)
  4. College Phone Intercom System
  5. College e-mail
  6. Isothermal homepage and Isothermal’s Facebook page

Outdoor Warning System (Main Campus Only)

An emergency warning may be broadcast over the tower if there is an imminent, life-threatening emergency such as a weather-related emergency issued in the close vicinity of the College, a major chemical spill, or an armed or dangerous person on campus. An emergency tone will sound, followed by a message describing the type of emergency and the necessary actions to be taken immediately.  Should an emergency warning be broadcast, take the following steps:

  1. Listen carefully to the tower message and any college personnel’s directions.
  2. Take immediate action to insure your safety.  See section D, “Basic Emergency Procedures”.
  3. Stay secure until an “all clear” message is communicated by emergency responders.
  4. The outdoor warning system is intended for outdoor use only; instructions from this system may not be clearly heard inside a building on campus.

Fire Alarms (Main Campus and Centers)

In the event of a fire, the fire alarm will sound indicating the need to evacuate a building. Also, an emergency warning may be broadcast over the tower.  Should a fire alarm sound, take the following steps:

  1. Once a fire alarm sounds, evacuate and move away from the building.
  2. Remain out of the building until an “all clear” notification is given by emergency responders.
  3. Do not re-enter the building unless advised to do so.
  4. Never assume it is a false alarm and stay in the building. It is a violation of college safety procedures to not evacuate.

ICC Alert (Main Campus and Centers/Participants Must Be Registered)

In the event there is an imminent, life-threatening emergency such as a weather-related emergency in the close vicinity of the campus or one of the centers, a major chemical spill, or an armed or dangerous person on campus, an emergency alert message may be sent to registered users of the ICC Alert system.  The message may describe the type of emergency and the necessary actions to be taken immediately.  To receive these types of messages, employees and students must register at www.isothermal.edu/notify.  

An informational message may be sent to registered users of the ICC Alert system if a situation is not an emergency and does not pose an immediate threat but is of significant interest to the campus. These messages are intended to inform people of a particular situation. Examples include inclement weather notifications and important announcements regarding events critical to the operation of the College. 

College Phone Intercom System (Main Campus and Centers)

In the event there is an imminent life-threatening emergency such as a weather-related emergency in the close vicinity of the campus or one of the centers, a major chemical spill, or an armed or dangerous person on campus, an emergency alert message may be broadcast over the campus telephones via speakerphone.  The message may describe the type of emergency and the necessary actions to be taken immediately.  

College Email (Main Campus and Centers)

In the event there is an imminent life-threatening emergency such as a weather-related emergency in the close vicinity of the campus or one of the centers, a major chemical spill, or an armed or dangerous person on campus, an emergency alert message may be sent to those with college email accounts.  The email may describe the type of emergency and the necessary actions to be taken immediately.  

An informational message will be issued to those with college email accounts if a situation is not an emergency and does not pose an immediate threat but is of significant interest to the campus. These messages are intended to inform people of a particular situation. Examples include inclement weather notifications and important announcements regarding events critical to the operation of the College.  An informational message will be sent via email prior to alarm testing conducted on campus.

Website/Facebook (Main Campus and Centers)

In the event there is an imminent life-threatening emergency such as a weather-related emergency in the close vicinity of the campus or one of the centers, a major chemical spill, or an armed or dangerous person on campus, the College will post safety-related announcements through the College’s website (www.isothermal.edu) and the College’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/isothermal.edu).

An informational message will be issued via the College website if a situation is not an emergency and does not pose an immediate threat but is of significant interest to the campus. These messages are intended to inform people of a particular situation. Examples include inclement weather notifications and important announcements regarding events critical to the operation of the College.