College Security Services and Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Know what to do in an emergency on a Central Piedmont Campus, get personal disaster preparedness tips, and review helpful tips for when severe weather is in the area.

Emergency Management Information and Resources

  • Emergency Procedures and Personal Emergency Preparedness Tips

  • Fire

    If there is a fire in your area, follow these guidelines:

    1. If you discover a fire or smoke, leave the area and pull the fire alarm. From a safe location, call College Safety and Security Services at 6911 or 704.330.6911 from a non-campus phone to report the fire.
    2. If you are able to safely extinguish the fire, do so only  if you have been properly trained. Make sure that you have a safe exit from the fire area.
    3. Evacuate the building as soon as the alarm sounds and proceed to the designated assembly area. Take personal belongings with you.
    4. On your way out, warn others nearby.
    5. Move away from fire and smoke. Close doors and windows if time permits.
    6. Touch closed doors. Do not open them if they are hot.
    7. Use stairs only. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
    8. Move at least 300 feet from the building and go to your building’s designated assembly area.
    9. Do not re-enter the building or work area until you have been instructed to do so by College Safety and Security Services, Building Captain or emergency response personnel.

    If there is a fire in your building, evacuate immediately following the fire exit plan posted in your area.

    Designated Assembly Areas:

    • Central Campus designated assembly areas include:

      1. All Central Piedmont parking facilities
      2. The Quad
    • Cato, Harper, Harris, Levine and Merancas:
      1. designated assembly areas are the parking lots
  • Bomb Threat/Suspicious Items

    1. If you receive a bomb threat by telephone – immediately record any telephone number that is displayed on your phone, then immediately dial 9*57 or *57 from a non-campus phone to electronically flag the call. Then notify College Safety and Security Services at extension 6911 (704.330.6911 from a non-campus phone) using a land-line telephone, not a cellular or radio device, and proceed as directed.
    2. If you receive a bomb threat by other means – immediately call College Safety and Security Services at extension 6911 (704.330.6911 from a non-campus phone) using a land-line telephone, not a cellular or radio device.
    3. Provide information to College Safety and Security Services and proceed as directed.
    4. DO NOT activate the fire alarm.
    5. TURN OFF all cell phones, walkie-talkies, or other radio devices; do not use this type of equipment until you are at least 300 feet from the potential bomb site.

    The following information concerning the call will be helpful to law enforcement officials:

    • Time of call and number from which call is made
    • Location of the bomb and time of possible detonation
    • Background noises that give clues to the location of the caller
    • Apparent gender and age range of the caller, voice quality (calm, excited, slurred), accents, speech impediments, or other clues to the possible identity of the caller

    Suggested tips for anyone who receives a bomb threat by phone:

    1. Keep caller on the line as long as possible. Ask him/her to repeat the message. Record every word spoken by the person.
    2. Inform the caller that the building is occupied and the detonation of a bomb could result in death or serious injury to many innocent people.
    3. Remain available, as law enforcement personnel will want to interview you.

    Suspicious Items

    Unattended Items

    If you become aware of an unattended or suspicious item, the following actions should be taken:

    • Call College Safety and Security Services at extension 6911 or 704.330.6911 from a non-campus telephone.
    • Proceed as instructed by emergency personnel.
    • Do not use cellular phones, two-way radios, or other electronic devices.
    • Do not handle the suspicious package or other items; call College Safety and Security Services.
    Suspicious Mail

    If you become suspicious of any mail items:

    • STOP! Put the item down quickly and gently.
    • DON’T OPEN ANY PACKAGE THAT HAS MADE YOU SUSPICIOUS!
    • Notify everyone in the area.
    • Evacuate the room. Put two or more walls between you and the item.
    • Call College Safety and Security Services at extension 6911 or 704.330.6911 from a non-campus telephone
  • Behaviors of Concern/Active Shooter/Violent Behavior

    Behaviors of Concern

    Behaviors of concern exist when an individual is threatening to harm themselves, others, or if you are concerned for their well being. If behaviors of concern occur, the following steps are recommended:

    • Never try to handle the situation without assistance.
    • Call the College Safety and Security Services Emergency telephone number, extension 6911 from a campus telephone or 704.330.6911 from a non-campus telephone, and report that you need immediate assistance; give your location and the nature of the situation.

    Active Shooter/Violent Behavior

    If you hear shots fired on campus, or if you witness an armed person shooting people (active shooter), the following actions are recommended:

    1. Gunfire may sound artificial. Assume that any popping sound is gunfire.
    2. FIGURE OUT your course of action immediately. In the initial moments, decide what is occurring and which option listed below will provide the greatest degree of security.
    3. GET OUT: If there is considerable distance between you and the gunfire, quickly move away from the sound of the gunfire and find a secure place to hide or at least a place that will provide protection from gunfire such as a brick wall, large trees, or buildings.
    4. DIAL OUT for assistance: When you reach a safe location call the College Safety and Security Services Emergency telephone number, 6911 from a campus telephone, or 704.330.6911 from a non-campus telephone. DO NOT assume that someone else has reported the emergency. The information that you are able to provide law enforcement officers may be critical, e.g. number of shooters, physical description and identification, number and type(s) of weapons, and location of the shooter.
    5. HIDE OUT: If the shooter is in close proximity to your location, use the Shelter in Place procedures and hide within the room.
    6. KEEP OUT: Barricade doors with any heavy objects available.
    7. SPREAD OUT: If there are two or more persons in the same place when an active shooting incident begins, you should spread out in the room to avoid offering the shooter an easy target.
    8. Wait for police or College Safety and Security Services to assist you out of the building.
    9. More information on stop the bleed

    Note: Be mindful that violent attacks can involve any type of weapon, not only a gun. Knives, blunt objects, physical force, or explosives can be just as deadly as a handgun; the suggestions listed here would be applicable in any violent encounter.

  • Hazardous Material Spill

    In the event there is a release of a hazardous chemical or material, the following actions should be taken:

    • DO NOT attempt to clean up the spill.
    • Evacuate the area immediately.
    • Call College Safety and Security Services at extension 6911 or 704.330.6911 from a non-campus phone.
    • Let authorities know if the spill is still active.

    If you are INDOORS:

    • If it is SAFE to do so, activate emergency shut-off valves.
    • Close all the doors behind you when exiting to prevent further contamination.

    If you are OUTDOORS:

    • When outdoors, proceed immediately upwind from the spill location.
  • Tornado/Severe Weather

    During a severe weather event, the following actions should be taken:

    • Seek shelter immediately.
    • Move to the lowest level of the building, basements are safest.
    • Move to the interior area of the building (interior hallways and rooms).
    • Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands
    • Stay away from exterior walls, windows, skylights and other areas containing glass.
    • Stay out of areas with a large roof expanse (auditoriums, gymnasiums).

    Tornado shelter areas have been identified in every building at all campuses. Please review the Fire Evacuation Map located in every building to locate the Severe Weather Shelter in Place location.

      Central Piedmont employees and students will receive information through emergency communication methods, such as the Critical Alert Emergency Notification System, when a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

      A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted or indicated by weather radar in the area. If a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service for the area, College Security Services and Building Emergency Captains will notify classes in session of the warning. You will be notified by the Central Piedmont Critical Alert-Emergency Notification System, by email, the Central Piedmont website, and Central Piedmont TV and instructed to move to a safe location in your building. Safe locations include lower levels and interior corridors of the building, away from glassed areas such as windows, doors, and skylights. Move out of areas with a wide roof expanse (gymnasiums, auditoriums).

    • Medical Emergency/Blood/Bodily Fluid Spill

      Medical Emergency

      When in need of medical assistance, call either of the following numbers:

      • College Safety and Security Services from a campus phone at extension 6911
      • College Safety and Security Services from a non-campus phone at 704.330.6911

      Be prepared to provide the following information:

      • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible).
      • The nature of the illness or injury (if known).
      • The number of victims.
      • Your name and phone number.

      Note: Once EMS providers arrive they will assess the situation and transport the patient to the most appropriate medical facility based on their condition.

      Blood/Bodily Fluid Spill

      In the event you notice blood or bodily fluids, the following actions should
      be taken:

      1. Call College Safety and Security Services at extension 6911 (704.330.6911 from a non-campus phone).
      2. Security will notify housekeeping for cleanup.
      3. DO NOT attempt to clean up a blood/bodily-fluid spill unless you are properly trained and equipped to do so.
    • Pandemic Plan

      Central Piedmont has created the Pandemic Preparedness Plan (PDF) to guide the college in preparing for and responding to an influenza pandemic outbreak. The purpose of this plan is to minimize the impact of an influenza pandemic on students, faculty, and staff by describing the specific actions to be taken by the college based on the following objectives:

      • to protect the lives, safety, and health of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors at every Central Piedmont Community College campus
      • to effectively communicate with all involved parties throughout the duration of a pandemic
      • to provide for the continuation of as many college operations and services as possible as long as it is safe to do so
      • to prevent the spread of infection through health and hygiene education

      The following resources were used in developing the current plan:

      Other Pandemic Preparedness Resources

    Emergency Management All Hazards Emergency Response Plan and Mission, Vision, and Values

    • Emergency Management All Hazards Emergency Response Plan

      Central Piedmont has established an All Hazards Emergency Response Plan (PDF) to minimize the impact of an emergency on students, faculty, staff, visitors, and facilities. The All Hazard Emergency Response Plan is an intercollegiate plan, which guides the emergency response of personnel and resources on all campuses. The plan provides policies and procedures and assigns roles and responsibilities necessary to respond effectively to an emergency.

    • Emergency Management Mission Statement

      Central Piedmont Community College Emergency Management administers a campus-based comprehensive emergency management program in partnership with Central Piedmont academic departments, operating units, staff, and administration in order to save lives, protect property, and safeguard the environment from all types of disasters through a comprehensive, risk-based, all-hazard emergency management program. Central Piedmont Emergency Management protects the Central Piedmont community by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

    • Emergency Management Vision Statement

      Central Piedmont Emergency Management seeks to be recognized as an accomplished and innovative leader in emergency management that is known as ready, relevant, resilient, and responsible. Through education, outreach, and training, we seek to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters. We seek to create and improve interdepartmental communications and cooperation throughout the college by creating an increased emphasis on disaster preparedness. We seek to create a community culture of preparedness with the goal that when a disaster strikes, the college community can work together more efficiently and effectively.

    • Emergency Management Values Statement

      We support the college’s commitment to integrity by practicing the highest level of professionalism and ethical behavior at all times in the performance of our duties. We accomplish this by practicing conduct that is legal, ethical, and respectful at all times. We support the college’s commitment to diversity and accessibility by promoting inclusiveness and valuing the diversity of the Central Piedmont community. We seek to contribute to a positive environment for all members of our community. We recognize and value the diverse community that is a vital part of the Central Piedmont family. We support the college’s commitment to excellence by continually seeking to increase our competence and the competence of those who work with us. We will accomplish this by participating in continuing professional knowledge and skill improvement programs and professional associations.