Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency situations pose a significant threat to the health, safety, and well-being of those nearby.  These incidents can occur at anytime, anywhere, with little or no warning.  While the Department of Public Safety is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment, it is important to remember that safety is a shared responsibility of everyone at Portland Community College (PCC).  Help prevent and reduce the harmful effects of emergencies by following these simple steps: be vigilant; sign up for PCC Alerts, review campus safety procedures; and report any suspicious, criminal, and/or hazardous behavior.

In case of emergency call: 971-722-4444 or 911.

Know the Hazards & Start Preparing

Every day an infinite number of crisis situations occur, such as motor vehicle accidents, structural fires, medical emergencies, etc. Typically these incidents are managed by local first responders and affect only a small segment of the population. Occasionally however, emergencies occur that exceed local capabilities and require additional assistance from neighboring jurisdictions, or even state/federal governments. Because these incidents are much larger in scale it is often very time consuming to determine, 1) exactly where emergency assistance is needed, 2) what type of emergency assistance is needed, and 3) how to physically acquire and disseminate emergency resources. As a result, many individuals spend an indefinite period of time being self-reliant. Hence, it is much wiser to prepare for an emergency than it is to be unprepared for them when they do strike.

So, how do you go about preparing for the worst? The best advice is to keep it simple. First, familiarize yourself with the most likely hazards to occur in the area where you spend the greatest amount time, such as where you live and work. Then make a list of the essential items you could not live without, and the specific actions you would take if these crisis situations cause an emergency which overwhelms your ability to cope with them. The third step is to take action; sign up for emergency notifications, develop your plan, and create a “go bag” by assembling as many items as possible from the list you developed above. Finally, commit to developing your emergency preparedness skills now rather than later.  No one expects you to create a go bag or become a “prepper” overnight. The important thing is to take emergency preparedness planning seriously and update it as situations warrant.

Let’s get started… Here in the Pacific Northwest there a number of both natural and man-made situations that can at any time result in a disaster. For hazard-specific information and practical tips to help you prepare, simply click on the appropriate hazard listed below.

Pacific Northwest Hazards:


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Drop – Cover – Hold. Get under a table or stand in a corner and hold onto the desk or table leg until the shaking has stopped. Stay away from windows/outside walls.

Extreme Heat

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Landslides & Debris Flows

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Fire (structural/wildfires)

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Inclement Weather/Winter Storms

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HAZMAT Incidents

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Communicable Diseases

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Critical Infrastructure Disruptions

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Active Assailants/Hostile Events

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IEDs/WMDs/Acts of Terrorism

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Sign up for Emergency Notifications


To sign up for emergency notifications from Portland Community College click here!

Click here to sign up for Clackamas County alerts

Click here to sign up for Multnomah County alerts

Click here to sign up for Columbia County alerts

Click here to sign up for Washington County alerts

Click here to sign up for Yamhill County alerts


Individuals with access and functional needs

The Department of Public Safety is committed to providing equal access to emergency services. This includes relevant emergency preparedness information, timely emergency notifications, and reasonable mobility accommodations. If for any reason you are unable to participate in emergency evacuation drills or activities please contact Disability Services to arrange accommodations. For those who cannot exit PCC facilities during an evacuation, please attempt to move to the nearest stairwell or exit so that first responders can readily find you. Similarly, PCC Evacuation Teams will assist in directing first responders to these locations.

PCC Disability Services can also be reached via:
Phone: (971) 722-4341
Video Phone: (503) 928-5875
Email: disability.services@pcc.edu

Furthermore, all PCC buildings should have a bright yellow “Emergency Guide” booklet located near each stairwell and exit doorway. This guide provides emergency contact information and recommended procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. Please utilize this guides as necessary. For an electronic copy of the Emergency Guide please click here.

Emergency Preparedness

There are three components of Emergency Preparedness. See PCC's plans for each:

  1. Crisis Prevention & Management Plan
  2. Business Continuity Plan (To see this document, contact your manager or Public Safety.)
  3. Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Guide