Emergency Preparedness Plan

Emergency Preparedness Plan

Your security is a top priority at State Career College. A safe environment is crucial to fulfilling our mission of providing you with a safe learning environment where you can fulfill your academic studies.

Evacuations

Many reasons might require a school evacuation, including but not limited to fire drills and actual emergencies. Fast and orderly evacuation of the facility can be executed safely with the proper training. Faculty Drills are conducted at the end of every 2x a year for the faculty and students to practice evacuating the building. To better prepare yourself for an evacuation, search for the nearest exit to your lab, classroom, or office before an evacuation is necessary. The fire exit location is included in the orientation tour.

All facility occupants are instructed to evacuate the premises via the nearest exit during fire alarm activation.

Lockdown

If, for any reason, State Career College calls for a lockdown, there are three things you are required to do:

  1. Clear out of open, common areas like hallways and the cafeteria and seek shelter in a classroom or office;
  2. Barricade the doorway by stacking furniture by stacking furniture inside the room in front of the door and
  3. Sit quietly in the room along the corridor out of sight, and await further instruction from the school officials or your instructor.

A lockdown is required if an individual or group has presented a possible threat to the school and our students/staff.

The Emergency Operations Team will notify the State Career College faculty so that the appropriate information, in the form of an e-mail, is forwarded to students.

State Career College will contact the Gurnee Police Department before the above posting to confirm that an emergency / dangerous situation exists. All segments of the State Career College will be notified.

Including administrative staff, faculty, and student body. State Career College will take appropriate and swift action notifies all segments of the State Career College without delay.

Emergency Closing Procedures

If emergency conditions cause severe disruptions to the public transportation system or make other means of travel dangerous, State Career College may be closed until conditions improve. If there is a weather emergency (i.e., snow) when the school is scheduled to be in session, announcements on local television and radio stations stating school closing for Waukegan public schools will apply to State Career College. Updated information will also be announced on the school answering machine and website.

To keep State Career College a safe and secure environment, we must all participate in keeping it that way. When State Career College is threatened in an emergency, the President or designee will notify the Emergency Team, comprised of key staff members listed below who are part of the decision–making process before, during, and after an emergency.

Emergency Operation Team

  • Kenya Gray
  • Yesenia Guzman


If you witness an immediate danger or threatening situation, call 911 and notify school management at (847) 693-3838.

If you see something suspicious, we ask that you first notify your instructor.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Policy

State Career College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all students, employees, and visitors. In many situations, emergencies are handled with routine procedures established within departments throughout campus. However, emergencies that are significant or dangerous and involve an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus may require an emergency response.

Emergency Management Plan

SCC Emergency Management Plan is the framework for emergency response and preparedness. The plan supports a comprehensive all-hazards approach compliant with National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) guidelines. The plan describes how SCC will respond to a broad spectrum of emergencies at SCC and interact with external emergency response organizations as warranted. The plan is designed to protect life, minimize damage, and ensure continuity of operations.

Emergency Notification – Emergency Alert

When an emergency warrants an emergency notification, SCC staff on campus or their designee will confirm that a significant emergency or dangerous situation exists, considering the community’s safety, and authorize activation of the SCC Emergency Alert.

When an emergency warrants issuing an emergency notification, SCC sends short emergency notification messages to all the instructors. SCC contacts the campus community through cell phone (text and voice) and email. If appropriate, SCC Emergency Alerts also direct persons (Theresa Tangonan) to the SCC Home page for additional information and updates.

SCC has alert messages for everyday emergencies.

Timeliness of Notification

SCC will issue Emergency Alerts without delay unless, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, issuing an alert will compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate an emergency.

Emergency Updates

SCC’s school president is responsible for communicating with students and staff via the website, e-mail, text, and other communication systems in a timely manner and providing information about emergencies.

Dissemination of Emergency Information to Larger Community

Information about an emergency is shared with the local community via local media. The school president at SCC is responsible for communicating information with the press during all phases of an emergency. Emergency response agencies in the Village of Gurnee are accountable for communicating with its residents about any emergency affecting residents’ safety.

Evacuation Procedures

Evacuation procedures are incident-dependent. The first emergency responder on the scene determines evacuation and uses the Emergency Management Plan to execute a safe evacuation when appropriate.

Testing of the SCC Emergency Alert System

SCC conducts tests of the SCC Alert system via text messaging or phone calls. Emergency response and evacuation procedures are publicized to the campus board in conjunction with these tests.

Each test is documented with a description of the test, date, time, and whether it was announced or unannounced.

Exercises and Drills

For SCC to maintain a state of readiness and test critical response components, including emergency response and evacuation, semi-annual exercises and drills are conducted. The school president coordinates tabletop exercises and drill scenarios to test the SCC’s emergency response and evacuation procedures. In addition, evacuation drills are conducted for the entire floor. Each exercise or drill is documented with a description of the test, date, time, and whether it was announced or unannounced.

Emergency Management Plan Documentation

Objective: To enforce a robust evacuation strategy, ensuring safety and compliance.

Frequency: Biannual emergency drills, including one announced and one unannounced exercise per annum, are conducted to critically assess all building occupants’ evacuation efficiency and readiness.

Process:

  1. The announced drill was conducted on March 15, 2023, at 11:00 am and lasted less than 5 minutes, with advance notice provided to all building occupants (3rd floor) to ensure maximum participation.
  2. An unannounced drill followed on May 14, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. that lasted 7 minutes to simulate an emergency and test real-time responsiveness.
  3. Each drill commenced with a simulated emergency requiring immediate building evacuation through predetermined exits.
  4. Emergency coordinators supervised the procedures to verify adherence to safety protocols.
  5. The duration from the initiation of the evacuation alarm to the arrival of the last individual at the designated assembly point was precisely recorded.

Results Documentation

Post-drill analysis yielded a detailed report capturing the following elements:

  • Evacuation time from inception to completion.
  • Complications or bottlenecks were identified during the drill.
  • Participation rate and accuracy of the occupant count.
  • Effectiveness of the emergency signage and exit route clarity.
  • Constructive feedback from participants and coordinators.
  • Actionable recommendations for procedural enhancements.

Designated Emergency Exits at 3575 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, Illinois, 60060

  1. Primary exit: Front door adjacent to the reception area.
  2. Secondary exit: Side door proximal to the elevator.
  3. Tertiary exit: Exit near the dental laboratory.
  4. Quaternary exit: Exit adjacent to the PN classroom.

Annual Review

The emergency management protocol, including the exit drill schedule, will be evaluated and refined annually, adapting to any modifications in building usage, floor plans, or regulatory standards. Compliance with local fire safety and building codes will be rigorously upheld during each scheduled drill.

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