Active Shooter — Spring 2018 Emergency Drill
10:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.
About the Drill
Cypress College is committed to a safe and secure learning and work environment. Emergencies can happen and we must take action to prepare for and prevent the unexpected. To that end, our emergency drill for the Spring 2018 term will be focused on how to respond to an active shooter situation. The drill has been scheduled for Thursday, April 5 at 10:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Your engagement in the drill will help us continue to be successful in emergency preparedness.
The communication systems and automated-locking door systems will be tested. Phase I of the drill includes sheltering in place and Phase II includes talking points with students and/or staff.
Instructions and Resources
- Active Shooter Awareness Guide — Cal OES
- Active Shooter Web Based Training — FEMA
- Printable Pocket Guide — US Department of Homeland Security
- ”Surviving an Active Shooter” video — City of Houston & US Department of Homeland Security
Training for Employees:
On Wednesday, April 4, two Cypress Police Department leaders will conduct a presentation for faculty and staff to provide training on active shooter situations. This will empower the faculty and staff to have conversations with their students and team members about preparedness. The presentation will take about an hour, from 2-3:30 p.m., and have time for a Q&A following. This meeting is for Cypress College employees only. Register online.
Text Alerts and Emergency Notifications
Students are encouraged to utilize MyGateway to update their personal information for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must provide their personal information in myGateway to receive these text notifications.
Follow these steps to verify that your cell phone and email address are entered and current:
- Sign into MyGateway.
- Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
- Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
- When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
- After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.
Our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting http://twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.
Previous Drills and Safety News
- Fall 2017 — The Great California ShakeOut
- Spring 2017 — Active Shooter
- Fall 2016 — The Great California ShakeOut
- Spring 2016 — Active Shooter
- Fall 2015 — The Great California ShakeOut
- Spring 2015 — Active Shooter
- Fall 2014 — The Great California ShakeOut
- Additional safety-related news is available here