Safety Alerts and Timely Warnings

PCC Alert Notifications & Timely Warnings


PCC’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) commonly issues two types of notification messages: Timely Warnings and PCC Safety Alerts. Whether to issue a timely warning or a PCC Safety Alert (and the content of the messages) is decided on a case-by-case basis, considering all the facts, including the nature of the incident, the continuing danger to the campus community, the promotion of safety, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

When the Department of Public Safety Office learns of crimes covered by the Clery Act, it will consider whether to issue a “timely warning” about the threat. A “timely warning” may be issued if, in the judgment of the Director of the Public Safety and/or the Vice President of Finance & Administration, a crime or potential crime constitutes a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. Timely warnings and PCC Safety Alerts may be issued in a variety of methods, depending on the circumstances of the crime or incident. These can include:

1) Printed Notice- when appropriate may be posted at campus locations or provided to key personnel that have or may be affected by the incident.

2) Website Posting – DPS issues of on going concern to the campus community are posted on the Public Safety website, under Safety Alerts.

3) Local Media – may also be provided information when the risk of harm in a particular incident can reasonably be expected to extend to off-campus areas.

4) Campus or District Wide Email- Disseminated by Strategic Communications or DPS at the direction of the Vice President of Finance & Administration or the Public Safety Director

5)  On Campus Emergency Alert Notification System (OCEANS) – If a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurs on campus that, in the judgment of a member of the Department Public Safety,  Director of Public Safety, or the Vice President of Finance and Administration, creates an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees, the OCEANS system will be used to make notification to individuals who are on campus.  These situations normally involve a lock out or lock down incident.

6)  PCC Alert – can be issued for emergency notifications that may include notices of campus closure or delayed opening, a fire, gas leak, or an outbreak of a communicable disease, as well as a notice of a Clery reportable crime. Visit PCC Alerts to sign up for text alerts.  For any questions related to PCC Alerts, please send an email to: