Important message regarding lockdown drill

Thank you to staff and students who participated in last week’s lockdown drills at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses. Both drills were successful, and provided an opportunity to review systems and procedures that are employed in emergency situations to ensure they are working properly.

Participation in emergency drills is a key element of Niagara College’s emergency preparedness procedures. The safety of students, staff and visitors is a high priority, and the College has invested in technology and equipment that enhances campus security and is taking steps to ensure all staff are well informed and ready to respond appropriately in an emergency or urgent situation.

Last week’s exercise did reveal a few isolated issues with the PA system and the VOIP phones, related to volume. If you were in an area where the PA message wasn’t audible, please email your location to lockdown@niagaracollege.ca. Similarly, the lockdown drill message was broadcast through the VOIP phones. If the message wasn’t audible from the VOIP phone in your area, please email your room/area to lockdown@niagaracollege.ca.

Also, if you are in an area that has a large amount of windows or where the door does not lock from the inside, please email your location to lockdown@niagaracollege.ca. This information, along with any issues identified during the drills, will be compiled and an action plan will be developed to address significant issues prior to the next lockdown drill, scheduled for the Winter 2013 term.

The drill was also an opportunity to test NC’s Urgent Notification System – an opt-in service that sends text, email and voice messages in urgent situations. Messages were sent to a small group during the lockdown drill and the system worked smoothly. If you haven’t signed up for the Urgent Notification System, you can learn more about it here.

As a reminder, in the event of a lockdown staff should refer to the lockdown poster in their area, posted near a VOIP phone or in the closest common area. Posters will be permanently installed in the near future. As per the posters, in a lockdown situation, everyone should:

• Stop what you’re doing

• Avoid open areas and find shelter

• Remain calm and quiet

• Secure yourself within your room; lock the doors, close the blinds and barricade the doors

• Turn off the lights

•Turn off cell phone ringer

•Communicate any injuries to 911 THEN Campus Security

•Stay where you are until the all-clear is given by police or Campus Security

Further information is available in the College’s Lockdown Policy, which is available online (LINK).

If you have any further questions or comments regarding the lockdown procedure or campus safety and security, please contact David Jastrubecki, Manager of Security and Parking Services via email or at ext. 7350.

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