It is the policy of the Community College of Allegheny County to provide timely notifications to all the Campus Community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff.
In light of events that have happened at various institutions across the country, CCAC has placed a renewed emphasis on finding ways to speed-up mass notifications to the CCAC community. In furtherance of that goal the college has purchased a wireless remote speaker system to provide up-to-the-minute audible notifications at all the main campuses and some of the satellite facilities where such a system would prove to be beneficial. This system will allow for internal and external announcements / warnings to be directed to those affected or potentially affected by an event. The Fall semester of 2008 marked the launch of this system.
CCAC continues to use the Emergency / Severe Weather hotlines, the college website, building alarms, electronic bulletin boards, closed circuit television monitors and the cross-campus system of security and staff volunteers presently in place.
CCAC has chosen Twitter as a means of mass notification to students, faculty and staff. Only information of an emergency nature will be sent through Twitter. See the Twitter information provided elsewhere on the Safety and Security page of the CCAC website.
CCAC also uses the following radio and television outlets for mass notifications:
Emergency Response and evacuation procedures are available in the Emergency Procedures Manuals, Parts I and II and the Emergency Procedures quick reference guides available in the Security Offices and the Business Offices of each campus.
Each campus conducts evacuation drills annually and, beginning in 2010, will conduct evacuation drills each semester.