Emergencies at Clark College
Emergencies or disasters can happen any time and usually occur with little or no warning.
When an emergency occurs at Clark College, our safety and speedy recovery depend on
existing levels of preparedness and coordinated response from students, faculty, staff
and visitors. Learn and know what to do in an emergency.
Clark College is prepared. We want you to be prepared, too.
The college has created an extensive Emergency Operations Plan designed to keep you safe. It addresses the most likely emergency scenarios, and carefully outlines responses to protect life and property.
Natural hazards such as earthquakes and hurricanes are commonly considered emergencies. Clark College is also at risk from school violence, infectious disease outbreaks and terrorist threats. In an earthquake, remember to Drop, Cover and Hold.
Learn what you need to know!
What is Clark College doing to prepare for emergencies?
- The College has assembled an interdisciplinary leadership team–the Emergency Management Planning Committee–to provide perspective, guidance and solutions on safety and security issues. This working group meets twice a month to keep college safety initiatives moving forward.
- The College has security officers on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Many emergencies are minor in nature and require two or three people to handle most of the incident management tasks. In the event of a major emergency (one in which the campus cannot operate normally) the Clark College Emergency Operations Plan will be activated, and emergency activities will be coordinated from the Incident Command Post.
- The College is also developing a Continuity of Operations Plan to resume normal processes and re-establish essential College operations in the post-emergency situation.
- Special teams are in place to support emergency response with trained volunteer members of faculty,
staff and administration.
- Campus CERT
- Crisis Intervention Management Team
- Behavioral Intervention Team
- Emergency Building Coordinators
Clark College is committed to creating and maintaining a safe learning environment for students, faculty, staff and guests. This is accomplished through deliberate planning and collaboration within the College community, and in close cooperation with local police, fire, emergency medical and public health agencies. Remember–emergency management is a process that requires broad-based involvement throughout the College.
- Life safety
- Secure and preserve infrastructure and facilities
- Restore academic and other programs
When an emergency occurs, students, faculty and staff should remain on site unless directed to leave. Be familiar with the College's primary emergency response procedures, and exercise reasonable judgment.