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UPDATE: Lockdown Practice Concluded; Classes Meet as Scheduled
This is a mock lockdown practice only; all scheduled classes continue to meet throughout the day and evening.
Foothill College Main Campus
June 04, 2013
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Drill begins at 10:30. Drill ends at approximately 10:45 a.m
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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:

  1. An active shooter on campus
  2. Exposure to hazardous materials
  3. Chemical weapons release
  4. Contagious medical outbreak (pandemic)

When you receive the notification for the practice lockdown on June 4 at approximately 10:30 a.m., follow these guidelinesIf you are in a lab, classroom, office or meeting room:

  • Lock/barricade yourself in the lab/classroom/office or other securable room.
  • Close blinds or curtains.
  • Cover any other openings that have a direct line of sight into the room.
  • Move away from windows, doors or other glass areas.
  • Provide assistance when need to individuals with physical disabilities.
  • Hide behind desks, cabinets or other furniture.
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Turn off your cell phone ringer and stay quiet.
  • Do not leave until the police contact you or you receive an all clear ENS notification.

If you are in a large building such as the Campus Center, Library or theater:

  • Assist employees with keys to lock all doors.
  • Close blinds or curtains.
  • Cover any other openings that have a direct line of sight into the room.
  • Move away from all windows and doors and out of line of site from the exterior of the building.
  • Provide assistance when need to individuals with physical disabilities.
  • Hide behind desks, cabinets or other furniture.
  • Turn off your cell phone ringer and stay quiet.
  • Do not leave until the police contact you or you receive an all clear ENS notification.

If you are outside of a building when you are notified to lockdown:

  • If it appears safe, run in the opposite direction from the campus/threatening activity.
  • If you are not sure it is safe, run into the nearest building and follow the lockdown instructions.
  • If it does not seem to be safe to run into a building, hide behind a large heavy object, like a vehicle, tree or rock.

If you are in your car:

  • Exit the campus if roads are safe.
  • If you are not certain, hide 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.

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Check this link for additional information: http://www.foothill.edu/staff/safetyscript.php

 
Special Notice: This is a practice lockdown only; no outside police or emergency agencies will participate. Be sure that you're signed up to receive Emergency Notification System (ENS) texts, emails and pone calls.

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