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Emergency Notification

WCC will immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and/or safety of students, staff, or visitors occurring on the campus.

WCC has implemented two comprehensive communication systems, “WCC Alert” and the “Emergency Mass Notification System” to provide prompt warning notifications and alerts of immediate threats to the health and safety of members of the campus community using a variety of methods, including but not limited to: email notices; phone, cellular phone, and text messages; and campus announcement speakers located in the majority of buildings on campus.

The Director of Campus Safety and Security or his designee, is primarily responsible for confirming that there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation on campus that could cause an immediate threat to the health and safety of the members of the campus community.

On a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding the nature of the threat, Campus Safety will attempt to verify there is a dangerous situation through such means as camera systems and/or witness accounts. All reported dangerous situations will be treated as such until either verified or proven false.

The Office of Campus Safety and Security has the ability to notify the campus community of immediate threats that have occurred and necessitate evacuation, shelter, or other action on the part of students, employees, and campus visitors. The Director of Campus Safety and Security or his designee, have the authority to determine the appropriate segment or segments of the campus community that will receive alerts, to determine the content of the alert, and to initiate the notification system.

You are asked not to call Campus Safety for updates. The college typically provides follow-up information to the community using the same systems that were used to send out the original alert.

The authorized individual will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system(s), unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of first responders, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

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