Active Shooter — Spring 2016 Emergency Drill
Play video on YouTube at: youtu.be/zI3L83cp1R0
This semester’s emergency-preparation drill focuses on our response to an active shooter on campus. A number of shootings, including ones in San Bernardino, at Umpqua Community College, and at Santa Monica City College, are poignant reminders of why we are compelled to take the matter of preparedness seriously.
On March 10, at 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., we will conduct an active shooter drill in the morning and will repeat the scenario for evening classes. While no amount of planning, practice, or training can ensure a successful outcome in an emergency situation, not taking these steps almost certainly guarantees failure. In fact, preparation, planning, and early intervention are critical.
Details about the drill can be found in the Active shooter drill information, talking points, and instructions.
- Active shooter drill information, talking points, and instructions
- U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation: A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013
- Pocket Card: “Active Shooter How to Respond” from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (also available on campus in print in various service locations, including the Welcome Center on the first floor of the Student Center Building)
- How to sign up for emergency text notifications
- Orange County Department of Education Emergency Preparedness Information
- Disaster Service Worker Information from OC Department of Education
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 twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.