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Emergency Management and Safety

Blinn Alert

Lockdown

Shelter in Place

Evacuation

Reporting

Bomb Threat/Suspicious Package

Blinn Alert

Blinn Alert is an emergency communications system that is used for contacting students, faculty, and staff. The system is used for emergencies, school closing, or other vital information. It is not used for routine communications.
Alerts can be sent by the following methods:

  • Phone
  • Text
  • Email
  • Campus Computers
  • College Web site

Alerts will consist of a message explaining the situation and then the alert will ask for confirmation that the message was received. During the Fall and Spring semester, a system wide test will be conducted. This will typically occur within the first three weeks of class.

Students are automatically enrolled in the alert system, while faculty and staff must sign up. In either case it is imperative that the correct emergency contact information is given. For example, students should give their cell number versus their home number as a primary contact. If an alert is issued, and the student is on campus, they will not be immediately aware of the alert.

Students and employees should review all of their entries to make sure the contact information is correct. Mistyped phone or email addresses, will result in missing an alert. 

In case of an alert, please read or listen to the entire message. Next, please respond as directed to confirm you received the alert. Again a test is typically given once each semester. Anything else is an important message.

Click here for instructions on how to use the Blinn Alert system.

Lockdown

If an emergency situation exist that threatens or has the potential to threaten the safety of individuals on our campuses, a lockdown will be issued. A lockdown may be issued for an entire campus, a section of a campus, or an individual building. If a lockdown is needed, a Blinn Alert notification will issued. This will give specific information about the lockdown.
If a lockdown occur, the following actions should be taken:

  • Immediately seek Safe Shelter.
  • Remain calm
  • Lock doors and windows.
  • Cover windows, pull shades, close blinds, etc.
  • Stay away from doors and windows
  • Do Not leave your area unless instructed to do so by a Blinn Alert, or college emergency personnel, or identified public servant.

 

Shelter in Place

There are situations where remaining outdoors is not safe. Some of these are: severe weather, hazardous material events, or emergency situations. A shelter in place may be issued for an entire campus or a section of a campus. If a shelter in place is needed, a Blinn Alert notification will be issued, giving specific information. A shelter in place is not a lockdown.
If a shelter in place is issued, the following actions should be taken:

  •  Seek Safe Shelter – Dugouts, awnings, trees, golf carts, etc. ARE NOT safe shelter.
  • Close all exterior doors and windows.
  • Stay away from exterior doors.
  • If needed, air systems will be turned off.
  • Stay inside until you are direct by college officials that conditions are safe.

Evacuation

There are some situations where a building may need to be evacuated. This may include, fire emergencies, police activity, or other safety related events. No matter what the cause, please remain calm and do the following:

  • Do not leave until told to do so.
  • Have an Exit Strategy
    • Know where all exits are located
    • Proceed to the nearest SAFE exit or
    • Proceed to the indicated exit
  • Do not run.
  • Help those who may need assistance.
  • Report to the designated assembly point and wait for further instructions.
  • Use the stairs. Do not use elevators unless you are told by emergency personnel that it is permissible.

Reporting

The safety and well-being of all students, employees, and guests are a priority. Anytime anyone sees something that is out of place or suspicious, they are encouraged to report it immediately. Likewise, if anyone sees suspicious activity, they should report it immediately. There are several means of reporting and include:

  • 911 for all emergency situations
  • Campus Police
    • Brenham – 979-830-4100 (4100 from any campus phone)
    • Bryan – 979-209-7600 (7600 from any campus phone)
    • Visiting the police office (student center building on both Bryan and Brenham campuses)
  • Emergency Management and Safety  (979-830-4661)
  • Any College employee

 

Bomb Threat/Suspicious Package

Bomb threats may come in different forms. They can be called in, text, email, notes, etc. No matter how the threat comes in, always report it immediately. Call 911 or the campus police. Do not panic or give wide spread warning, that is the job of the emergency officials. If you see a suspicious item or package, do not touch it. Do not use a mobile phone in the immediate area and warn others to stay away. Immediately notify emergency officials.
If you receive a threat on the phone, try to obtain the following:

  • Where is the bomb and when will it go off.
  • What does it look like.
  • Try to keep the caller talking and on the line. Officials may be able to trace the call.
  • Pay attention to voice, accents, background noises and such.
  • Follow instructions of emergency personnel.
  • Evacuate only if and when directed to do so by emergency personnel.
  • If an evacuation is needed, go directly to the designated assembly point and await further instructions.