Because we are concerned about your safety at all times on our campuses, HCC will continue to provide information to help you be prepared during emergencies. This includes situations like severe weather as well as other personal safety considerations like a bomb threat or active shooter.
One of the best things you can do is stay aware of campus surroundings and report to campus security or local police anything that seems out of place.
The best advice from law enforcement is if you see something, say something. We understand the barriers to reporting information of this nature to proper authorities. You may worry that you will unnecessarily get someone in trouble, that it is none of your business or that someone just made an off-hand comment. Unfortunately, in today's environment such aggressive or violence-associated comments must be considered unacceptable and treated seriously.
If you overhear such comments, notice a friend or acquaintance who may not be acting like themselves, or witness suspicious activity, please make every effort to get someone involved and/or bring it to the attention of college officials or local police agencies. Other suspicious activity could include:
We follow the national guidelines of Run, Hide, Fight. The video link below provides an individual facing these circumstances with options to consider in response.
If there is a safe and accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises, getting as far away from buildings as possible and taking cover behind large, solid objects.
If a safe escape path is inaccessible, find a secure place to hide where a shooter may be less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:
To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
If the active shooter is nearby:
As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
Law enforcement's purpose is to stop the active shooter as soon as possible. The first officers that arrive on scene are trained to proceed directly to the area where the last shots were heard and will not stop to help injured persons until the shooter has been stopped. Expect rescue teams of additional officers and emergency medical personnel to follow the initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove any injured people. They may also ask for help with removing the wounded from the premises.
When law enforcement arrives:
Most bomb threats are received by telephone, although some may be made via e-mail or letter. If any form of bomb threat is received, remain calm and obtain as much of the following information as possible:
The following characteristics may identify suspicious parcels:
If you receive a suspicious letter or package in the mail:
If you open a parcel that appears to be contaminated:
If those responsible for the chemicals feel the spill/leak poses an immediate threat to them or others, the following procedures apply:
Immediately get help from campus security or call 911. There also are local and national organizations than can help.