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The recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon and the unfortunate increase in violent events on college campuses nationwide has put a focus on personal safety and security. Seattle Central Public Safety Department encourages all students, faculty and staff to review training materials to help the community stay safe in the unlikely event of an active shooter or emergency on or near campus.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed preparedness training that the college encourages all to review. DHS recommends that individuals remember to “Run, Hide, Fight” in the case of a violent intruder: “Run” if it is safe to escape; “hide” if escape is not possible; or “fight” as a last resort. DHS also has a training video that details how to prepare for such an emergency.
Seattle Central College has made considerable investments to make our campus as safe as possible. Over the summer, seven emergency call stations were installed in exterior locations that can summon help at the press of a button. The college also implemented an improved emergency alert notification system called Seattle Colleges Alerts. The entire campus community is encouraged to sign-up for these alerts.
All members of the campus community are encouraged to contact the appropriate authorities if they notice troubling or concerning behavior. For questions or to report any security or personal safety concerns, please contact Seattle Central College, Public Safety Office at 206.934.5442.