College Emergency Notification Policy
The San Jacinto College’s emergency preparedness, response and evacuation protocols are published online and accessible at http://www.sanjac.edu. The protocols require authorized SJC officials to immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency. All students and employees are highly encouraged to read and review these protocols regularly.
Emergency response and evacuation procedures are tested annually. The Crisis Management Plan designates the SJCPD (by dialing 5555) as the initial contact for reporting all emergency situations and for response to and resolution of all emergencies. Upon receiving the report of an emergency, the responding officer will determine the appropriate level of response required and will communicate with appropriate personnel at the scene.
Emergency messages will include information detailing what has occurred and directions to the community regarding what to do next. The ALERT ME system will be activated to provide an emergency notification to registered users through email and text message. The emergency notification process does not replace the timely warning requirement. Instead, the emergency notification addresses a much wider range of threats such as gas leaks, fires, weather (tornado/hurricane), bomb threats, contagious viruses, etc.
When a determination has been made that an emergency notification should be issued, the San Jacinto College Marketing Department will inform the campus community by taking one or more appropriate steps to ensure timely notification:
- Invoke ALERT ME text system. Members of the campus community may enroll to receive these notifications at http://www.sjcd.edu/alert-me.
- Issue a campus-wide email of the emergency notification;
All decisions concerning the discontinuation of college functions, cancellation of classes, or cessation of operations, rest with the Chancellor or their designee. After consulting with the Emergency Management Team, the Chancellor shall be responsible for declaring a major institutional emergency. Should it be deemed necessary to warn the College community of an impending threat or emergency situation, the College Emergency Notification Systems will be activated.
The College Emergency Notification Systems consist of the following:
- Text Messaging
- Voice Messaging
- Television and Radio Media
- Building Marshals
- Departmental Phone Listing
- Status reports will be updated and posted continuously on the following:
- College Emergency Information Line 888-845-5288
- College Website www.sanjac.edu
SAN JACINTO COLLEGE ALERT ME
Providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority at San Jacinto College. In light of the tragic situations in recent years at other colleges, the College has partnered with Blackboard Connect to create SJC ALERTME, which will contact members of the campus community through voice and text messages in the event of an emergency situation.
SJC ALERTME will provide San Jacinto College with another communication tool to keep students, faculty, and staff informed during threatening situations and weather-related closings. In order to receive voice and text messages, you must provide your telephone and/or cell phone number to the College by logging into your account on SOS and clicking on the red SJC ALERTME tab.
SJC ALERTME will be activated when the College determines a serious threat exists and the College community must take immediate action to remain safe and secure. The system will also be used to announce an unscheduled College and / or campus closing, or cancellation of classes due to severe weather.
SJC ALERTME will call each phone number that you provide in SOS regardless of whether or not the call is answered. Text messages will only be sent once.
There is no cost to sign up for this notification service. However, when the system sends a voice or text message to your personal phone, you are responsible for any charges from your phone service provider associated with receiving voice or text messages.
In addition to SJC ALERTME, the College will continue to use its well-established communications methods including:
- The San Jacinto College website
- The San Jacinto College emergency information line at: 1-888-845-5288
- College / Campus broadcast emails
- Official San Jacinto College Facebook and Twitter sites
- Local media