Initial Actions Lockdown Procedures Porterville College

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When it comes to safety in colleges today, many colleges are not only implementing fire drills but lockdown drills as well. Lockdown drills are a set of initial action procedures designed to have the occupants in a building familiarize themselves with ways to protect themselves against a threat, such as an armed intruder.


Know the difference and use the proper procedure!

LOCK-DOWN protects staff/students from a HUMAN threat. Buildings are secured, and everyone hides to avoid detection.

SHELTER-IN-PLACE protects from an ENVIRONMENTAL threat. Buildings do not need to be locked. Students and staff may move about, but must remain indoors!

Remember - If threat is from contaminated outside air, it is imperative to keep that air out of buildings:

  • Doors and windows must be kept closed.
  • HVAC systems must be shut down.


Protect staff and students from threat of violence on, or near campus and prevent intruders from entering occupied areas.

Lockdown Procedures:

  • Remain calm. Encourage others to remain calm.
  • Immediately cease all activity (i.e. teaching, group work, meetings etc...)
  • Lock or barricade all doors where possible. Card access doors will be locked during a lockdown but can be opened from the inside.
  • If possible cover any windows or openings that have a direct line of sight into a hallway.
  • Shut the blinds or pull the shades down. Turn off the lights and try to give the impression that the room is empty.
  • Stay low, away from windows and doors and barricade door(s) if possible; use furniture or desks as cover.
  • Sit on the floor or crouch under or behind desks and bookshelves where possible, so as to be as invisible as possible.
  • Immediately put all cell phones into "Vibrate" or "Silent" mode. Calls to Campus Safety & Security should be made only if specific information becomes available regarding the location or conduct of the intruder or if the status of the emergency changes.
  • Be as quiet as possible.
  • DO NOT respond to anyone at the door until an "all clear" text message is received or if you are certain it is safe to do so (i.e. if police are at the door).
  • If you are directed by police to leave your secured area, assist others in moving as quietly and quickly as possible.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm in the building unless there is a fire. People may be placed in harm's way when they are attempting to evacuate the building. If a fire alarm does go off during a lockdown, do not evacuate unless you smell smoke or see fire in your area.
  • If you are outside of a building when a lockdown is announced, if it is safe to do so, run into the nearest building and follow the above lockdown instructions. If it is not safe to run into a building, hide behind a large heavy object (i.e. vehicle, tree). Notify Campus Safety & Security of your location when safe to do so.
  • Be aware of alternate exits if it becomes necessary to flee.
  • Individuals should not attempt to leave the building until told to do so by police personnel.

The degree to which a “Lock-Down” is implemented will depend on the threat. Immediate on-site threats will require all actions described above.

Threats from off-site activities, such as a nearby Police action, may require only that exterior doors be secured, lookouts posted, and that all staff remain indoors until Police announce that it is safe to resume normal activity.

The College Incident Commander will be responsible for determining when it is safe to implement something other than a full “Lock-Down” and shall advise staff accordingly.

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Your ability to be proactive when it comes to emergency preparedness and response helps keep everyone safe from harm and reduces the emotional stress that accompanies emergency situations and disasters.

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