Emergency Preparedness Drills

Please note that participation in this drill is mandatory.

2020 Drills

South Campus
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Downtown Campus
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Central/Mohler Campus
Thursday, Jan. 28, 10 – 10:30 a.m.

About the drill

This emergency-preparation drill focuses on our response to an active shooter on campus. A number of shootings, including ones in Parkland, FL, San Bernardino, at Umpqua Community College, and at Santa Monica City College, are poignant reminders of why we are compelled to take the matter of preparedness seriously.

Early intervention, planning, and preparation are critical. Because active shooter situations are unpredictable and often over within minutes, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

It is important for all employees to consider what they would do in their specific situations. What are the configurations of your various classrooms, work areas, office spaces, etc.? What are your escape options and hide out options?

Finally, it is incumbent upon all of us to be aware of and report things that are out of the ordinary, that appear suspicious, or involve inappropriate behavior. Recently, the Threat Assessment Team (TAT) was created to serve both as a body available for consultation and as a single repository for threat evaluation.

Context is important: While safety can’t be guaranteed, college campuses are known to be very safe places.

See something. Say something. Do something!

Important links and documents

Drill overview

  • Video: 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. Faculty and management staff are responsible for determining the best way to facilitate viewing of the video in their area. You can find the video embedded above or on YouTube.
  •  Talking Points: After viewing the video, faculty and staff will spend 10 minutes discussing the talking points below with their students and/or staff.
    • Close and lock doors
    • If possible, gather people in the immediate area who may be in danger
    • Cover windows, close blinds, and find protective cover
    • Leave computers and phones in with ringers silenced
    • Stay quiet and out of sight, being mindful there could be an intruder who intends to cause harm
    • Allow entry to others only if certain they are not a threat
    • If you hear gunshots, lie on the floor out of sight, behind protect cover
    • Stay put until you are notified by campus officials or law enforcement that the lockdown is over  
  • Lockdown: At 10:20 a.m., the campus will execute lockdown procedures with a broadcast notification via Alertus beacons and the Rave emergency alert system, which will send text messages and workstation notifications.

o   The lockdown drill will be based on an active shooter on campus scenario.

o   During the drill, we ask that all phones, radios, etc. be silenced for a period of five minutes. Simulating this quiet, still environment is important for participants to understand what such a situation feels like.

o   All faculty and staff should secure their individual classroom doors, with everyone inside on the floor, still and quiet. 

o   This will conclude the active shooter drill.  

  • Talking Points: The drill will commence with faculty and management staff covering some additional talking points. Staff and students will also be provided links to Active Shooter: How to respond, Active Shooter Preparedness, and Active Shooter FAQ’s.

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

Bates Technical College offers classes in multiple formats. Lectures are remote and labs are on campus with reduced size, using strict safety precautions. We aim to provide a complete educational experience while prioritizing the safety of all students and employees. Learn how we keep students and employees healthy and safe on our COVID-19 resource page.