When classes and events are canceled and/or the school is closed due to inclement weather, a notification is posted on Elgin.edu. Do not call the college's main number or the ECC Police Department for college closing information. Here’s how you'll receive notifications:
Know where the shelter areas are in your building. If you do not, attempt to seek shelter in the interior most portion of the building, avoiding windows and glass doors.
- A voice announcement will be made if there is time.
- Quickly, but calmly, go to the lowest level of buildings.
- Stay away from glass areas and doors.
- Never use an elevator to evacuate. Use stairs.
- Take shelter in an interior hallway or room, especially those labeled “Severe Weather Shelter”.
- Stay in a protected area until an “all clear” is sounded.
- Outdoors, stay away from cars, and lie down in a ditch or depression.
- If you are in a severely damaged building, evacuate it as soon as possible after the storm passes.
If a fire alarm sounds or if you observe smoke or flames:
- Quickly but calmly, go to the nearest exit.
- Do not attempt to fight the fire.
- Never use an elevator to evacuate. Use the stairs.
- If forced to travel through smoke, stay low, taking shallow breaths using clothing as a filter.
- If a door feels hot to the touch, do not open it.
- If possible, close doors as you exit to slow the spread of fire.
- A full-service hospital with complete emergency services is less than two miles away from the campus.
- Never administer first aid beyond your knowledge.
- Report illness/injury immediately.
- Tell ECC Police Department the location of the person and what appears to be wrong.
If you cannot use the checklist, immediately write down the following information after the call:
- Time of call.
- Approximate age and gender of the caller if identifiable.
- Speech pattern, accent, or other verbal traits.
- Emotional state.
- Background noise.
- If you receive a bomb threat over the phone, immediately call the ECC Police Department at 847-214-7777 from your cell phone or any college phone at extension 7777.
If you observe or find a suspicious object or potential bomb:
- Do not handle or move the object.
- Do not use cordless or cellular phones near the object.
- Do not turn any electrical switch on or off; this includes computers and printers.
Leave the area immediately and from a safe place—call 847-214-7777 from your cell phone or any college phone at extension 7777.
Pre-planning is essential when working with chemicals and other hazardous materials. Be aware of what substances are present in your work area and know the dangers they represent. At no time shall any ECC employee accept a donation of chemicals/hazardous materials without the written consent of the ECC managing director of facilities and the ECC chief of police.
Be prepared to describe:
- Location and type of spill or release;
- Approximate amount of material involved;
- Any identifiable reaction (i.e., smoke, fumes, damage); and
- Who was in contact with the substance?
Equipment containing hazardous material or processes involving hazardous material should be stopped, and the area evacuated—close doors to contain the situation until trained responders arrive. Or, if you know that opening doors and windows to ventilate the area is appropriate, do so. If a determination is made to contain the area, building engineers will shut off the ventilation system.
Account for everyone in the contaminated area and compile a list of all individuals who might have been contaminated.
If contaminated by a spill, wash the affected area(s) immediately, remove contaminated clothing, and remain in the vicinity until trained responders render first aid and provide decontamination.
Shelter-in-place means to remain where you are for your safety and well-being. All students and employees are encouraged to consider how and where to shelter-in-place before having to perform this measure. A shelter-in-place order may be issued for several reasons.
- Severe weather.
- Hazardous materials.
- Intruder on campus.
- Hostage situation.
- Any situation where you should stay where you are to avoid an outside threat.
The reason for the shelter-in-place order may not be immediately communicated to everyone. If a shelter-in-place order is issued:
- Be alert for instructions and updates as they become available from emergency personnel and college administrators.
- If a class is in session, do not allow any students to leave if possible.
- Keep everyone calm.
- Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
Remain in the shelter until an all clear is issued by emergency personnel. Do not leave until you are sure of the identity or source of the person making the announcement.
A lockdown is immediate action taken in response to an active shooter incident. Such an incident can occur anytime, anywhere, to anyone, and it will be unlike anything you have ever experienced. Active shooter incidents happen very rapidly, which means you may or may not get an "official" lockdown warning. You need to take immediate action; do not wait for an official notice.
- Call out: Don't assume someone else has called 911. Tell 911 dispatcher where you are and what you saw.
- Hide out: If you can't get out, then find a place to hide. Close and lock the door; if possible, barricade the door and then spread out inside the room, hide behind something solid, turn out the lights and be quiet putting cellphones on vibrate. Turn the lights off and close any blinds or curtains—if you are not able to lock the door for any reason, attempt to barricade it with furniture without endangering or injuring yourself. Don't peek out and remain in place until the all clear is announced by law enforcement or emergency officials.
- Keep out: If the door can't be locked, then block the door with whatever you can. If the door opens out, then use belts to tie the door to heavy objects.
- Spread out: Do not huddle together. Remain calm and stay focused on survival.
- Take out: If the shooter enters your area, assume his/her intentions are lethal. Fight or do whatever it takes to survive; your life depends on it.
If you hear gunfire, the first course of action is to take cover. Your best chance to avoid injury is for you to remove yourself from the sight of the shooter. If the shooter enters your area do whatever it takes to survive; your life depends on it even if you have to fight!
Here are some procedures to follow:
- Walking down a hallway: Move around the corner and look for an open door to leave through or a room to hide in.
- In a room: Close and lock the door; if possible, barricade the door and then spread out inside the room. Hide behind something solid, turn out the lights and be quiet putting cellphones on vibrate. Turn the lights off and close any blinds or curtains—if you are not able to lock the door for any reason, attempt to barricade it with furniture without endangering or injuring yourself. Don't peek out and remain in place until the all clear is announced by law enforcement or emergency officials.
- Outdoors: Get behind something like a wall or large tree and stay there until told to leave by the police.
- In a parking lot: Hide between cars and crouch next to the engine area near the front wheel.
If you can safely call 911, do it. Do not assume someone else has called. Be prepared to tell the dispatcher:
- Your name and location.
- Describe the shooter's clothing (think shirt, pants, hat, glasses, etc.).
- Describe the shooters physical appearance (height, weight, hair color, etc.).
- Where was the shooter and what direction is the shooter headed now.
- Injuries to yourself and others around you.
The instructor, as the authoritative figure in the classroom, can influence how students respond in an emergency. Calm, collected, and clear directions by instructors will have a calming effect. For an instructor to exhibit this controlled demeanor, they should mentally rehearse how to respond if an emergency occurs during classroom instruction.
All college employees should react as calmly as possible and follow the directions of their department head or emergency personnel (CERT team member(s), ECC police). The response to and successful recovery from a disaster will depend on thoughtful and cooperative responses by all campus personnel. Department heads should be prepared to coordinate local emergency response in your area until other help arrives. Develop emergency operations plans for your department or area that include:
- Emergency checklists about shutting down and evacuating your area.
- An up-to-date emergency phone tree for your area.
- Identified evacuation route.
- Encourage employees to have a personal emergency kit on hand or have one conveniently located in your area (Information can be found at ready.gov on how to build your emergency kit.).
Every student should become familiar with the information in the Safety Emergency Information Handbook located in classrooms and other areas throughout the campus and the information on these web pages. In an emergency, you should react as calmly as possible and follow the directions of your instructor or emergency personnel.
In the event of utility failure (electrical, gas, water), call the ECC Operations and Maintenance Department at 847-214-7246 or 847-214-7777 from your cell phone or any college phone at extension 7777.
- Remain indoors unless otherwise directed by emergency officials.
- Classes will not be automatically dismissed during a utility failure.
- If the utility failure appears long-term, appropriate notifications/announcements will be made by the Office of the President or other ECC officials.
Students and staff should immediately report a threat of violence or an act of violence by anyone to the ECC Police Department, Human Resources Department, or any administrator, supervisor, or another authority figure on campus.
- Report suspicious persons or activities immediately.
- The college will wholly and promptly investigate all reports of violent acts, threats of violence, and suspicious persons and activities.
- ECC is committed to preventing violence and maintaining a safe environment. To that end, ECC strictly prohibits all acts of harassment, including harassment that is based on an individual's sex, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
Intimidation, harassment, violent acts, or threats of violence will not be tolerated. Students and staff are expected to conduct themselves respectfully.