Emergency Response Protocols

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

Active threat

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.

What can you do?

An active shooter will continue to seek victims until they commit suicide or are stopped by law enforcement or citizen intervention.

The worst thing you can do when you encounter an active shooter is to freeze or try to negotiate with them. You are almost certain to get injured or killed by these actions.

In the event of an active shooter on campus, an active shooter alert will be broadcast on the On Campus Emergency Alert Notification System (OCEANS), the strobe lights in the buildings will start flashing, and the campus will be put in Lockdown.

When that happens take actions based on what you see and hear. Run away from campus if you think it is safe to do so; Hide if you think it is not safe to run; and Fight/Confront the active shooter if you encounter them. Follow all instructions given by emergency responders, and remain alert for further instructions.

  • Run: run off campus and away from the threat. Do not stop in Safe Assembly Areas.
  • Hide: if you can’t run or don’t think it’s safe to do so and you do not see the active shooter, then hide in your room. Lock and barricade the doors, close blinds, turn off lights, avoid being directly in view of doors and windows, and stay as low to the ground as possible. Keep quiet and act as if no one is in your room. Only open the doors for police officers. Place cell phones on silent or vibrate, but DO NOT turn them off.
  • Fight/Confront: if you encounter the active shooter, be prepared to resist them in any way you can. If you are willing to fight, fight. If can’t fight then yell and throw things at the active shooter to divert his attention from your roommates that are fighting him.

When the Police Arrive: When the police arrive, remain calm and follow officers’ instructions. Keep your hands visible at all times and avoid quick movements towards the officers. Do not point at the police or the shooter. Do not run towards the police or attempt to hug them. Do not scream or yell. Do not stop to as officers for help or direction when evacuating.

Additional training

Additional training: An hour long class on Active Shooter Response for groups of five or more people is available through Public Safety.  You may also view an abbreviated version of this presentation here.  Contact Sergeant Dean Halley for more information at 971-722-8902 or dean.halley15@pcc.edu.

Check out our Active Threat Presentation and the video below  for more information on how to respond to an active threat on campus.

Other emergencies

Bomb threat

If a bomb threat is reported, do not activate cellular telephones or pagers as they could cause a device to detonate. Follow instructions about whether to stay inside or evacuate.

If you or a staff member receives a bomb threat

A bomb threat may be received by anyone. Vital information that may save lives and property can be gained from the caller.

  • Be calm and courteous and listen carefully.
  • Take notes, if possible, without becoming distracted from what the caller is saying.
  • Do not interrupt; do not place the caller on hold or attempt to transfer the call.
  • If possible, quietly attract the attention of someone nearby, indicate the nature of the call and have that person notify Public Safety Dispatch, or call 911 from another phone.
  • If possible, quietly attract the attention of someone nearby, indicate the nature of the call and have that person notify Public Safety Dispatch, or call 911 from another phone.
  • Inform the caller that detonation could cause serious injury or loss of life.

If caller is agreeable to further conversation, or after the call is over, complete the bomb threat call checklist.

Notify Public Safety dispatch ext. 4444 or local law enforcement 911 immediately. Ask for guidance as to whether to evacuate the facility prior to Public Safety
or law enforcement arrival on scene.

If requested to do so by Public Safety or law enforcement, search your immediate work area. If you locate a suspicious article, do not touch it! Leave the area immediately and notify Public Safety or law enforcement.

Be aware and wary of out-of-place containers or receptacles. If a suspicious article is found, supervisory personnel and Public Safety or law enforcement will determine if the building should be evacuated and if standard evacuation procedures should be followed.

Public access areas are the most vulnerable because of ease of access, i.e., restrooms, lobby areas, etc.

Never handle a suspicious item, leave it alone and call Public Safety or law enforcement.

When dealing with letters, parcels or unusual packages, the following factors may indicate a bomb or hazardous device. You should be suspicious of:

  • Protruding wires or tinfoil
  • Excessive security material such as tape, string, etc.
  • Rigid, lopsided or uneven envelopes
  • Markings such as “confidential,” “personal,” etc.
  • Excessive postage or weight
  • Oily stains or discoloration
  • Foreign mail, air mail and special deliveries
  • Hand written or poorly typed addresses or no return addresses
  • Incorrect title or a title with no name
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Visual distractions
  • Vapors or odors


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.


Evacuate to the building’s Safe Assembly Area (SAA) immediately. Do not use elevators. Stay there until instructed by safety personnel. The SAA’s are indicated on Cascade, Rock Creek, Southeast and Sylvania campus maps.


When a lockdown occurs, an audible lockdown alert tone will sound, indicating an emergency. This will be followed by a message with instructions on how to proceed.

A lockdown occurs when an active threat is present on campus, or in a campus building. A lockdown is a campus-wide measure that will affect all facilities at the campus the incident is taking place.

All external AND interior doors equipped with access control will be locked from Public Safety Dispatch center. Doors without access control will have to be locked manually.

Lockdown ends when the “all clear” message is played.


Lockouts are a preemptive, preventative measure taken to restrict access to one or more campus facilities. Unlike a lockdown, a lockout may only affect one, or several, buildings on campus. If a criminal incident or other condition does not pose a direct threat to a campus a lockout may be implemented. A lockout means that only exterior doors are locked and that you will be able to exit the building but you will not be able to re-enter.

When a lockout occurs, an audible alert tone will sound, followed by a message with instructions on how to proceed.

Generally, academic instruction and campus business will continue indoors during a lockout but extra caution should be used until conditions return to normal.

Lockout ends when the “all clear” message is played.

On Campus Emergency Announcement System (OCEANS)

During an emergency, such as a lockout or lockdown, you may hear a message played over the speaker system.  To hear what these sound like, view the following videos:

Active threat on campus


Power outage

Evacuation drill

Alarm only

All Clear

Individuals who experience disability

Sometimes a student or employee may be unsure if they will be able to participate in emergency preparedness drills due to disability related concerns. If you are a student please discuss concerns with Disability Services or your instructor. If you are an employee, please discuss with your supervisor, or with the college’s ADA Coordinator.

In the case of an actual emergency, please follow the evacuation guidance provided in hard copy within each building, and provided here in accessible electronic format.

Please note that any individual who is unable to evacuate during an emergency due to limited mobility should find the location of the nearest Evacuation Assistance Area  (see the accessible building features map for locations). In an emergency, the individual is to wait in this area. Instructors or supervisors are to notify emergency personnel that an individual needs assistance from this location.

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