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 www.hccs.edu 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.