UPDATE: Lockdown Practice Has Concluded; Day & Evening Classes Meet as Scheduled (11:05 a.m.)
Foothill College will conduct a low-key practice campuswide lockdown exercise TODAY (Tuesday, June 4) at 10:30 a.m. on the main campus in Los Altos Hills. Classes and scheduled meetings or events will proceed as usual at the end of the practice lockdown at approximately 10:45 a.m. All scheduled classes continue to meet throughout the day and evening. No outside police or emergency agencies will participate in the June 4 drill. Please inform your friends and family not be alarmed if they hear of a Foothill "lockdown" during that time.
Anyone who is enrolled in the Foothill-De Anza District Emergency Notification System (ENS) will receive a text, call or e-mail on Tuesday, June 4, at approximately 10:30 a.m. to go into lockdown as part of the practice exercise. You will receive a second ENS notification when the practice session has ended. If you have not yet signed up for the free Foothill-De Anza emergency notification system (ENS), please do so immediately at http://www.foothill.edu/emergency.php.
A lockdown is a temporary sheltering strategy during an emergency. The purpose of Foothill's June 4 exercise is to practice what we would need to do in the case of an emergency situation at the college which could include:
When you receive the notification for the practice lockdown on June 4 at approximately 10:30 a.m., follow these guidelines. If you are in a lab, classroom, office or meeting room:
If you are in a large building such as the Campus Center, Library or theater:
If you are outside of a building when you are notified to lockdown:
If you are in your car:
Note: In the future if there is an actual lockdown notification due to an emergency situation, in addition to these suggestions, follow the direction of the police and college administrators.
Why Foothill College Practices These Exercises
Foothill College is in the process of developing a comprehensive emergency lockdown procedure. At the same time, incidents seem to continue nationwide which influenced the college’s decision to conduct a lockdown practice exercise prior to the end of the academic year. While these kinds of incidents are not limited to schools or colleges, any practice we can do at the campus may be of value to you and your family in other situations and locations.
This is an opportunity to have a practice exercise and dialogue with colleagues and students about options for actions during emergency situations which require lockdowns for safety. There are many suggestions and recommendations, but each incident can be very different and thus knowing about options ahead of time can prepare you for a real incident or training drill.