Campus Safety Information

Phoning for Help - Immediate Threat to Life or Property

Emergency help may be obtained by calling 9-1-1 from any "landline" campus phone. At Foothill, this includes office phones, classroom phones and pay phones. If you're using your cell phone, call the Foothill Police Dispatch Center directly at (408) 924-8000. Calling 9-1-1 from your cell phone can result in reaching the CHP Dispatch Center in Vallejo. Program your cell phone now with the direct number-(408) 924-8000. It's also a good idea to program your cell phone with the phone number of your local police department.
*If you are at the Middlefield Campus, use (650) 321-4433.

Police Department

Foothill College has an on-campus police department that is staffed with regular, sworn police officers who have been trained in police procedures and emergency response. The Foothill College Police Department is located on the ground floor of the Campus Center in Room 2103.

The Middlefield Campus is policed by the Palo Alto Police Department. For emergency assistance, come to Building "I" or call 911 or (650) 321-4433.

Report Strange or Unusual Behavior

If you observe strange or unusual behavior on campus, call the Foothill Police Department immediately at 911 or from cell phones (408) 924-8000, or if at Middlefield (650 321-4433

Emergency Notification System

Foothill-De Anza has implemented an emergency notification system to enable you stay informed when critical and serious emergencies including sudden power outages or school closures occur on any campus or District property. This includes, but is not limited to, information via text message, recorded voice message, and e-mail.

Configure your telephone contact information through MyPortal:
On the home page, Set Up Emergency Notification > Configure Your Emergency Notification Preferences.
Middlefield students, faculty & staff can also sign up for ALERTSCC by visiting the City of Palo Alto website.

Active Shooter

Run - Hide - Fight
Run - If there is a shooter and you can safely get away, do so. Get as far away as possible and take cover.
Hide - If escape isn't possible, take cover. If possible, lock/blockade doors, turn off lights, and remain quiet. If unable to secure area, hide out-of-sight.
Fight - If you cannot run or hide, commit to fighting.

Earthquake

Drop - Cover - Hold on
If there is a large earthquake, if possible drop and take cover under a close desk or table and hold on.
If cover isn't close, do not try to run to something. Instead, drop, make yourself small and cover head/neck with hands. Remain until the shaking stops. Then calmly exit the building and move away from buildings, trees, light poles, etc.

Fire Alarm

When the fire alarm sounds or you are instructed to evacuate, remain calm, exit the building promptly, and proceed to the designated evacuation area. Help anyone who needs assistance.

Power Outage

During a power outage, remain calm. During the day, classes may continue. A college official will notify your instructor if daytime classes will continue. If the power outage occurs in the evening, college police and officials will determine if it is safe to conduct classes. We suggest that you carry a working flashlight in your briefcase, purse, backpack and/or car.

Know Your Surroundings

Whenever you are in new surroundings familiarize yourself with the layout, exits and evacuation assembly areas. Taking time to do this could save your life.

Look for Emergency Signs

Many buildings have signs indicating emergency exits, evacuation routes, etc. Each classroom at Foothill has a posted sign or flipchart indicating what to do in an emergency.

Personal Safety

While walking, be aware of your surroundings; do not use your iPod, talk on your cell phone, etc. Especially at night, walk to your cars in groups. Before leaving your building, have your keys out and your belongings stored in your backpack or briefcase, leaving your hands free. If you must walk alone or in dark areas, call the Foothill Police Department (650) 949-7317 for an escort. Always lock your bike and car. Keep your belongings with you. Don't leave items out unattended even for a moment.

Develop Your Family Plan Now

You'll feel more secure in an emergency if you know that your family has already created an emergency preparedness plan. If you haven't already done so, answer these questions with your family at your earliest convenience:

  • Have you talked to everyone in your family so they know escape routes out of your home?
  • Do you have a central meeting place outside of your home where your family will meet?
  • Have you designated one central person-preferably living out of state-who all your family knows to call to check in when there is a disaster?
  • Do you have emergency supplies at home and in your car?
  • Does someone know what time to expect you home?
  • Be aware that the Red Cross sponsors the Safe & Well Web site, which allows you to register after a disaster or emergency so that your loved ones will know that you are okay. The link for this Web site is https://disastersafe.redcross.org.
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