Emergency Notification System
Notification to the Pierce College Community of Immediate Threat
In the event Campus Safety receives information from any office or department on the college campus, and confirms that a situation may pose a threat, or is an immediate threat, to the health and safety of the Pierce College community, Campus Safety will work collaboratively with the College Administration to determine the content of an Emergency Notification message. Some or all of the systems described below will be used to communicate the threat to the Pierce College Community, or to the appropriate segment of the community, if the threat is limited to a particular building or segment of the population. Campus Safety and the College Administration will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will in the judgment of the first responders (including, but not limited to: Puyallup Police, Lakewood Police, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue) compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
In the event of a serious incident that poses an immediate threat to members of the Pierce College community, the College has various systems in place for communicating information quickly. Some or all of these methods of communication may be activated in the event of an immediate threat to the Pierce College campus community. These methods of communication include network emails, emergency text messages that can be sent to a phone or PDA, and voice messages that can be sent to mobile and home telephones. Individuals can sign up for this service on the Campus Safety website by using the Emergency Notification Login link below. Student email addresses are automatically uploaded at registration, and students can either upgrade their notification options, or opt out of the system if they choose to do so. In addition the College can send emergency messages that appear on computer screens logged into the College network. The College will also post updates during a critical incident on the Pierce College Main website.
Members of the larger community who are interested in receiving information about emergencies on campus should sign up for the emergency message system, and can check the Pierce College Main website.
In the event a situation arises, either on or adjacent to campus, that, in the judgment of the Director of Safety & Security or an Executive Team Member, constitutes a serious or continuing threat, a campus wide Campus Safety Timely Warning will be issued. The notification will be issued through the college email system to students, faculty and staff. Depending upon the circumstances of the incident, Campus Safety may also post notices on campus bulletin boards on campus-wide electronic bulletin boards, and on the college website. Anyone with information warranting a Campus Safety Timely Warning should immediately report the circumstances to Campus Safety, by phone or in person