Drill FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions: Lockdown Drills

Please note that participation in the drills are mandatory.

Why is the college conducting lockdown drills?

A number of shootings including ones in San Bernardino at Umpqua Community College, and Santa Monica City College are poignant reminders of why we are compelled to take the matter of preparedness seriously. While no amount of planning, practice or training can ensure a successful outcome in an emergency situation, not taking preparedness steps almost certainly guarantees failure.

What will happen during the lockdown drills in October?

  • Phase 1 – The drill will commence at 10 a.m. with a campus-wide viewing of an active shooter video discussing response to shots fired on campus.
  • Phase 2 – After viewing the video faculty and staff will spend 10 minutes discussing critical lockdown talking points.
  • Phase 3 – Announcement of lockdown drill will be made via Alertus Beacons and the Rave notification system. This phase will last approximately five minutes.

What do I do if I’m in a non-classroom area of the college and I receive the alert?

Proceed to a safe and secure location away from the shooter.

What is the difference between Lockdown and Shelter-in-Place? 

A lockdown is appropriate for threats posed from outside or inside the building. These threats could include a violent person attempting to enter the college, a perpetrator already inside, or nearby criminal or terrorist activity.

The Shelter-in-Place plan protects students and staff in the event of potential exposure to a dangerous chemical that could be released through:

  • An industrial accident
  • A chemical spill
  • A break in a natural gas pipeline
  • Materials transported through our community
  • A terrorist attack

In an actual lockdown situation, you would do the following:

  • If you have information about the attacker or an injured person, call 911 and be prepared to provide as much information as possible.
  • Wait until emergency personnel arrive to escort you out of the building or provide additional directions.

At the conclusion of any drill, feedback should be directed to Dee Nelons, director of safety and security, at 253.680.7143, dnelons@batestech.edu.

Bates Technical College is operating remotely, with limited labs on campus. We’re here to help you virtually. Learn more about our efforts to keep students and employees healthy and safe on the COVID-19 resource page.