In the event of an emergency on campus, such as an earthquake, fire, or other disturbance,
here are some basic procedures to follow. You can also access your campus Department of Safety
and Security website by clicking on the campus links at the right.
While we all hope that such occurrences never happen, it has been shown time and time again
that being prepared for emergencies is prudent. Please familiarize yourself with the contents
of this document. In an emergency situation, it will serve as quick reference
for effective action.
To respond to any emergency which may develop, the Department of Safety and Security has staff
available whenever the building is open.
If you have any questions, comments or require assistance, contact your campus Department
of Safety and Security.
Any student, staff or visitor injured on campus must submit an accident report as soon as possible, regardless of the severity of the injury.
This may be done at the campus Department of Safety and Security - See phone number listed at upper right.
Applies to any personal injury. Accident reports are not required for illness on campus
unless injuries result (e.g., a seizure causes the person to fall and strike an object).
If the injury occurs to a student or visitor to the campus, an accident report should be
submitted, but any medical expenses incurred must be paid for by the individual or their
personal health insurance.
An accident occurring to an employee or a work study student during their working hours is
covered by Washington State Industrial Insurance. An injured employee who requires medical
attention must advise the physician or hospital of this coverage immediately so they may
initiate an industrial insurance form. The health care provider will then forward this form
to the employer. The campus Department of Safety and Security receives and completes these
reports on behalf of the college and forwards the finalized copies to the Department of Labor
and Industries in Olympia. Any verbal or written communications received by a divisional
office with regards to an injured employee(s) should be immediately submitted to the Department
of Safety and Security.
Accident Prevention Policy:
SCCD believes in the dignity and importance of the individual employee and his or her right to
derive personal satisfaction from their job. The prevention of occupational injuries and
illnesses is given top priority at all times.
As per WAC 296-24-040, a college accident prevention program has been developed that emphasizes
the integration of safety and health measures into each job task so that safety/health and job
performance become inseparable. This will be accomplished through the cooperative efforts of
managers, supervisors, and employees.
By accepting mutual responsibility to operate safely, we will contribute to the well being of all personnel.
Test the door with the back of your hand. If hot, use an alternate exit.
If not, open the door carefully, being ready to close it if heat or smoke rush in.
Crawl low under smoke. Smoke rises while clean air stays low, near the floor.
So crawl on the floor, maintaining contact with the walls as you go to the nearest exit.
If you are unable to crawl, stay near the floor for clean air and protect yourself as if
you were trapped.
Get out, stay out. Exit as quickly as you can. Go to the nearest phone and call the fire department.
Do not go back inside.
If you are unable to evacuate or are trapped – remain calm. Close doors between you and the smoke.
If there is a phone, call 911 and tell the dispatcher where you are located in the building.
Stuff cracks and cover vents to keep smoke out. Wait at a window; signal the firefighters and wait to be rescued.
Stop, drop and roll. If your clothes catch on fire, stop where you are. Drop gently to the floor or ground.
Cover your face with your hands to protect your face from flames, and roll over and over to smother the flames.
If you cannot drop to the floor, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.
In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation, all persons should observe the following evacuation procedures:
NOTE: Wheelchair occupants or persons with mobility impairment are urged to prepare ahead of time by instructing classmates or
their instructor on how to assist them in the event of an emergency.
See EVACUATION OF MOBILITY IMPAIRED PERSONS
If an armed or threatening intruder comes on to Seattle Community College property, it
is very important that faculty, staff and or students report it immediately and take protective actions.
Safety & Security recommends the following procedures.
If you see an armed intruder and you are in an office or classroom:
If you are caught in an open or exposed area and you cannot get into a classroom or office,
you must decide upon a course of action:
Look for a safe and secure hiding area. Once in place try to remain calm. Stay hidden until you
can make contact with emergency personnel.
If you think you can safely make it out of the area, then do so. If you decide to run ,
do not run in a straight line. Attempt to keep objects (trees, vehicles, trash cans, etc.)
between you and the hostile person. When away from immediate area of danger, summon help and warn others.
If the intruder is causing death or physical injury to others and you are unable to run or
hide you may choose to assume a prone position and lay as still as possible.
Your last option if you are caught in the open and are in close proximity of the intruder is to fight
back. This is dangerous and not recommended, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands and avoid eye contact.
Once emergency personnel have arrived and taken over the situation, obey all commands.
Safety & Security Procedures
As many as 500,000 products pose physical or health hazards and can be defined as hazardous materials. The best protection against injuries from hazardous materials is by using, storing, and disposing of all materials according to product labels in a safe and proper manner.
If a gas cylinder or other container should begin leaking and if, in the judgment of the person(s) responsible for such materials, it presents a danger to them or other building occupants, the following steps should be taken:
If for some reason you are unable to reach your campus Department of Safety and Security, call 911.
Any leaks or spills that affect or have the potential to affect outdoor ground, air or water sources, and you are unable to contact the Department of Safety and Security, call:
Earthquakes can cause buildings to collapse, can disrupt utilities, and can trigger landslides, avalanches, flash floods, fires, hazardous material spills, tsunamis and volcanoes.
Approximately 1,000 earthquakes occur in Washington State every year, although most of them are not strong enough to be felt.
In an earthquake, “DROP, COVER AND HOLD”.
Communicable diseases are those that can be spread from one organism to another, often from one human to another.
Some of these diseases include Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and Tuberculosis.
Additional information or assistance is available at the King County Public Health website
A large scale disaster is a major incident such as an earthquake, fire, chemical spill,
flood, etc. which affects the entire college (or large segments of it), and endangers the
life and well-being of all (or large segments) of the college community. It is a situation
which requires the coordinated efforts of designated people to sustain a system of order
and safety, and to restore normal operations. It may also require the assistance of outside emergency services.
Should a large-scale disaster occur, the college will operate under an Incident Command System.
This system is described in thorough detail in each college’s Disaster Preparedness Plan.
Important components of Disaster Preparedness Plans are regular orientation,
training and practice drills involving selected members of the college community.
Periodically, such training/drills may involve the entire college community,
as in the case of evacuation drills or similar simulations. Employees, students, and visitors
are responsible for cooperating with such drills.
In the event of a large-scale disaster, all employees will be
informed that the college is operating under the Incident Command System.
When the disaster has abated, employees will be informed when normal operations can be resumed.
Do not resume normal operations until informed to do so.
There are some emergency circumstances where the safest course of action is to stay where you are. Examples of these circumstances could include, but are not limited to:
gunfire, life threatening circumstances reported by campus authorities or police, or hazards outside
the campus building(s) like a fire, hazardous spill or vapor cloud.
If you are notified by campus authorities or emergency personnel
to shelter in place, or you determine that this is the safest course of action in an emergency,
close and if possible, lock the doors and windows.
During an evacuation or other emergency, students, staff and visitors with disabilities
may require special assistance from instructors, students and/or college staff.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to prepare for emergencies ahead of time by discussing
their needs with appropriate personnel.
During an emergency, if assistance is not immediately available, individuals with disabilities
should stay in an exit corridor or in a stairwell landing. He/she should continue to call for help until rescued.
Individuals who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or have other means of attracting the attention of others.
To assist such individuals, others should report their location to the campus Department of Safety and Security
- see phone number listed at upper right, or other emergency personnel.
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
For more information visit
Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.