General Guidelines

General Guidelines

Before an emergency

  • Familiarize yourself with the local emergency response plan and this guide.
  • Know two evacuation routes from your location.
  • Know the designated assembly points.
  • Know who is in your classroom or area.
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers, first aid kits, AEDs, emergency exits, telephones and pull alarms for your area.
  • Participate in emergency drills and exercises.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts.
  • Keep identification on you at all times.
  • If you do not speak English, prepare an emergency card with your name, addresses, emergency phone numbers and information about medicines and allergies. Keep on you at all times.
  • Learn first aid and CPR.


In an emergency

  • Assess the situation.
  • Address life-threatening issues (first aid, victim safety, physical surroundings, etc.).
  • Call HCC Police immediately, 713-718-8888 or 911.
  • Follow emergency procedures.
  • Warn students/others, if advised.
  • Refer media to the Public Information Officer.
  • Definitions to be aware of:

Evacuation: Safely and efficiently leaving an area of threat or risk to a designated safe location.
Shelter-in-Place: Take cover in the location you are currently, secure your own area, wait for further instructions.


After an emergency

  • Notify your relatives that you are safe, but do not tie up telephone lines that may be needed for emergency calls.
  • Stay calm and take time to think.
  • Move to a safe and secure place once it is safe to do so.
  • Give assistance where needed.
  • Monitor local television and computer displays and listen for alerts.
  • Use caution in entering a damaged building.
  • Stay away from damaged electrical wires and wet equipment.
  • Check food and water supplies for contamination before consuming.
  • Check the web at for updated information.
  • If ordered to evacuate, take your emergency kit, personal belongings (if possible), and follow official directions to a safe place.
  • Use telephones for emergency calls only.
  • Listen for instructions.


Emergency medical care

  • Check the scene for safety.
  • Check the victim for consciousness, breathing, signs of life, and severe bleeding.
  • Call Dial 713-718-8888 or 911
  • Allow paramedics, HCC Police, and other law enforcement agencies to handle the incident per their policies.
  • Provide first aid and comfort at the level of your training and ability.
  • Stay with the injured/sick person, if possible, until the arrival of response personnel.
  • Follow standard precautions regarding possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens.
  • Whenever possible use disposable gloves when giving care.