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​​​​​​In any emergency, the first thing you should do is call 911 and then afterwards, if it is safe to do so, call Campus Safety at 954-201-HELP (4357). Use the guide below to help you understand how to respond during emergencies that could affect the campus. 
Severe Weather

Follow all directives issued by BC Alert, Campus Safety, and Emergency Responders.

  • ​Close all doors and stay away from windows.
  • Duck and cover if necessary.
  • If persons are injured, call 911 by any available communications system.  If no communications are available, an uninjured person should be sent to find assistance when safe to do so.
  • All should remain sheltered until an "All Clear" announcement is given, or a messenger reports the same.
Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Incident

​Call 911.

If Safe to do so, call Campus Safety at 954-201-HELP (4357).

  • if vapor cloud threatens building or campus, Shelter in Place.
  • Shut down air handling system/HVAC.
  • Restrict access to the affected area to all but authorized personnel.
  • Maintain perimeter security until help arrives.
  • Coordinate​ accountability until help arrives.
Medical Emergency

​Call 911.

If safe​ to do so, call Campus Safety at 954-201-HELP (4357).

  • Report the type of emergency, name of the ill/injured person, and the exact location of the incident.
  • If trained, provide first aid.
  • Send another employee to the doorway of the work are to direct EMS personnel from hallways to the ill/injured person.
Dangerous Individual / Active Shooter / Armed Intruder / Hostage Situation
  • ​Anyone who is aware of a dangerous individual on or in the vicinity of the Campus should immediately call 911.
  • Call Campus Safety at 954-201-HELP (4357) or if it is safe to do so, go to the nearest Emergency Call Box on Campus and inform Campus Safety.
  • Follow all directives issued by BC Alert, Campus Safety, and Emergency Responders.
  • ​Check halls and restrooms for students.
  • Close and lock interior doors and windows.
  • Move to a safe corner to reduce visibility.
  • Turn off lights (including computer monitors).
  • Verify attendance.
  • Shelter in place until all clear has been given.

​Call 911

If safe to do so, call Campus Safety at 954-201-HELP (4357).

  • ​DO NOT assume that it is a false alarm or drill.
  • LEAVE WORK AREA immediately. Follow the posted exit pathway map (either primary or secondary routes).
  • Close doors as you exit your work area.
  • Assist​ others down the stairs (elevators will be shut down during alarms).
  • Meet your group at a rally point, when designated.
  • Account for all persons present; determine persons not present.
  • Report any persons not accounted for to Campus Safety and/or law enforcement personnel. 
Bomb Threat

​Call 911.

If safe to do so, call Campus Safety at 954-201-HELP (4357).

  • ​Follow all directives issued by BC Alert, Campus Safety, and Emergency Responders.
  • Evacuate, if appropriate.
General Emergency

​Call 911.

If safe to do so, call Campus Safety at 954-201-HELP (4357).

Follow all directives issued by BC Alert, Campus Safety, and Emergency Responders.

In the absence of directives by BC Alert, Campus Safety, and/or Emergency Responders, do one or more of the following when appropriate.

  • ​Check halls and restrooms.
  • Close and lock interior doors and windows.
  • Turn-off lights (including​ computer monitors).
  • Verify attendance.
  • Shelter in place until all clear has been given.
  • Evacuate
Reporting an Emergency


  1. Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Incident

    1. Call: 911 (for Police, Fire, or Medical Emergency)
    2. Call: 954-201-HELP (4357)

    All students, faculty/staff members, and guests of Broward College are encouraged to report criminal activity, activity of a suspicious nature, and emergencies of any sort that occur at any of Broward College’s campuses or learning centers directly to the Campus Safety Department as soon as possible to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the College community, when appropriate. Students, faculty/staff, and guests should immediately report crimes in progress and other emergencies by dialing 911.

    Campus Safety is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to respond to service calls. Campus Safety Officers will meet a caller anywhere on campus to investigate a reported incident and/or assist with notifying local law enforcement.

    Be prepared to give your location. Take time to learn the campuses, centers, and especially those areas you frequent regularly.  Take note of building numbers, names, and landmarks which will help Campus Safety and Law Enforcement respond.
    Give as much detail as possible. When reporting a suspicious situation, incident, or emergency, please give as much detail as possible about an individual or vehicle. When giving descriptions about individuals include gender, race, approximate height and weight, physical features, clothing, accessories, and anything else that would help responders to recognize the individual. When describing a vehicle include make, model, color, license plate, unique features, visible damage, and a description of the driver and passengers if any.

    For those who would prefer to report a specific incident or crime to someone other than Campus Safety or local law enforcement officers, Broward College has designated certain members of its faculty and staff to serve as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs). Persons designated by the College as CSAs include: Academic Deans and Associate Deans, Campus Life Directors and Administrators, The Athletic Director and Assistant Director, Athletic Coaches and Assistant Coaches, Faculty Advisors to student groups/clubs, and Student Affairs Officials. All CSAs receive training and directives in accordance to their participation within the program and are capable of responding to your report. For the purpose of Clery Act reporting, all crimes reported to a CSA are forwarded to Campus Safety for inclusion in the Annual Security Report.​
Emergency Evacuation Procedures
Area of Refuge

  • If there is a major emergency that requires a building evacuation, people with disabilities may not be able to evacuate without help. There are designated areas of refuge in each building that provide protection where they may go. In any instance when an Area of Refuge has not been identified, the stairwell will serve as it. ​
  • During emergencies, people with disabilities may need assistance with evacuating a building. If there is someone in your class that is blind, deaf, or whose mobility is restricted by the use of crutches or a walker, simply ask them if they need help. Classmates may use the buddy system when evacuating the building. A workmate can assist these individuals by guiding them to a stairwell, waiting until clear passage is established, and helping them down the stairs.
  • Elevators should not be used during an emergency, so people who cannot travel down the stairs should move to the outside area of the stairwell identified as an area of refuge.
  • Individuals should wait in the designated area of refuge outside the stairwell, away from the path of traffic. Emergency responders may ascend to the areas of refuge to assist with evacuation down the stairs if the situation warrants.
  • If the hazard becomes life-threatening before emergency responders arrive, people with disabilities should immediately move into the stairwell and close all doors. 
  • ​Your safety is our priority. In the event of an evacuation, please help your fellow students evacuate safely. Look for the Emergency Evacuation Routes posted throughout the College.

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