Update – February 5, 2013

on February 5, 2013 in Weekly Update

Dear San Jacinto College Community:

We are several weeks in to the new semester and while we are all busy with our various roles at the college, I want to take this opportunity to inform you about important security measures in place for your safety. While the tragic shootings that have recently occurred throughout the country are a stark reminder that we must know what to do in a worst-case scenario, we also need to be ready to respond to a wide-variety of situations that may present themselves. Review the information below because there is nothing more important than your safety and well-being and that of our students.

Active Shooter Training:

The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security has created a video entitled, “Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event.” The San Jacinto College Chief of Police, William “Bill” Taylor and Ginger Lambert, Director of Safety and Risk Management will be showing the video this semester during the Active Shooter Training sessions. There are 29 workshop sessions of the Active Shooter Training course scheduled for this spring semester. The sessions are scheduled on each campus as well as the District Office. This training session was conducted during the fall semester with nearly 400 employees attending. The session provides for questions and dialog. Feedback is gathered to assist in determining future training sessions. If you cannot make a training session on your campus or another campus, you are encouraged to view the video online using the link above.

AlertMe:

You may know that San Jacinto College implemented the SJC AlertMe emergency notification system several years ago. This emergency notification system is the official emergency notification system for San Jacinto College. If you have not done so already, please add your mobile, work, and home phone numbers to SJC AlertMe by logging in to SOS and clicking on the red SJC AlertMe tab. While email is the official form of communication with students and employees during an emergency, voice and text messages are available as opt-in choices. SJC AlertMe is triggered in situations ranging from weather-related closures to police emergencies. Your College-issued email address is automatically loaded into SJC AlertMe, but voice and text messages require that you opt-in through SOS. I encourage you to complete this important step. Visit www.sanjac.edu/alert-me for more information.

The San Jacinto College police department employs licensed Texas peace officers on all three campuses. Over the past eighteen months, we have expanded the number of personnel in this department. We are still in the process of hiring additional officers, and we have continued to focus on professional development and training and expanding external partnerships. Additionally, the College recently completed installing parking lot cameras at each of the three campuses and the district offices. The activity from these cameras is recorded.

Important Phone Numbers:

Phone Numbers  Location  Reason 
281-476-9128  If calling from an outside line or cell phone Police escort to your car. See suspicious activity. Report an emergency
5555  If calling from a campus phone Police escort to your car. See suspicious activity. Report an emergency
Blue Light Emergency Phones  Located in the parking lots Police escort to your car. See suspicious activity. Report an emergency
281-476-9128   If calling from District Administrative Offices Police escort to your car
911;   then 281-476-9128 for back-up support If calling from District Administrative Offices or any off-campus location See suspicious activity. Report an emergency
Elevator Phones Located in all elevators Report an emergency
College Emergency Information Line 888-845-5288 To hear recorded information providing current open or closed status of campuses.

By calling any of these numbers, the San Jacinto College Police Department and appropriate resources will be dispatched. In the case of medical emergencies, the police department will contact the appropriate resources and guide them to the exact location of the incident.

For more information and safety tips, please visit the campus police department website at http://www.sanjac.edu/police and the safety and risk management department website at www.sanjac.edu/safety.

Take Action!

I encourage each of you to do five things to ensure your safety:

  1. Program the 281-476-9128 number into your cell phone.
  2. Print out multiple copies of these phone numbers and put a copy in your wallet and the glove box of any automobiles you typically drive to campus.
  3. Locate the Blue Light Emergency Phones in the parking lots (and elevators) that you typically frequent.
  4. Log in to SOS, check that your AlertMe contact information is accurate, and update it if necessary.
  5. Attend one of the Active Shooter training sessions.  I am looking for 100% attendance!

In closing, safety is best achieved when everyone participates. It is important to remember that personal safety begins with you, each member of the San Jacinto College community. By working with our professional and dedicated police department staff, each of us can help maintain personal safety and the security of personal property.

We are committed to your safety and the College’s safety measures are regularly tested and evaluated. The safety of our employees, students, and visitors is critical. Please help by remaining vigilant and aware of your surroundings whenever you are at any of our San Jacinto College locations. Report any suspicious activity immediately to the college police. We can all make a difference in the safety of our community.

Best,

BH

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