Emergency Procedures

When classes and events are canceled and/or the school is closed due to inclement weather, a notification is posted on elgin.edu. Here’s how you'll receive notifications:

Do not call the college's main number or the ECC Police Department for college closing information.


In a disaster or major emergency, evacuation of a specific building or the entire campus may be necessary. A building evacuation will occur when a fire alarm sounds or upon notification by campus safety or emergency personnel.

  • Be aware of all marked exits from areas and buildings. Know the routes from your work area to exit quickly without injury.
  • If necessary or directed to do so by campus safety or emergency personnel, activate the building fire alarm.
  • Building fire alarms may stop ringing; even if they stop, continue the evacuation.
  • When the evacuation/fire alarm sounds or when told to leave by campus safety or emergency personnel, walk quickly and safely to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same. Do not use elevators.
  • Once outside, move to the closest rally point. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • Only if requested, assist emergency personnel.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by campus safety or emergency personnel.

Bomb Threat

Bomb threats usually occur by telephone. If you receive a bomb threat, remain calm and attempt to obtain as much information as possible from the caller by using the bomb threat checklist below. 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 extension 7777.

Suspicious Object

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 the ECC Police Department at extension 7777.

Hazardous Materials Spill/Exposure

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.

  • Report all hazardous material spills to the ECC Police Department at extension 7777. Be prepared to describe:
    • Location and type of spill or release;
    • Injuries;
    • Approximate amount of material involved;
    • Any identifiable reaction (i.e., smoke, fumes, damage); and
    • Who was in contact with the substance?
  • You should stop equipment containing hazardous material or processes involving hazardous material, 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.

At no time shall any ECC employee accept a donation of chemicals/hazardous materials without the ECC Managing Director of Facilities and the ECC chief of police's written consent.


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 performing this measure. ECC may issue a shelter-in-place order for several reasons:

ECC may not immediately communicate the reason for the shelter-in-place order to everyone. If a shelter-in-place order is issued:

  • Be alert for instructions and updates from emergency personnel and college administrators as they become available.
  • 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.

Severe Weather

Do you 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. Learn more about the severe weather procedure

All Clear

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.

Lockdown Procedure

A lockdown is an 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 - dial 911. Don't assume someone else has done it. Tell the 911 dispatcher where you are and what you saw.
  • Hideout - If you can't get out, find a place to hide. Lock the door if you can. Turn out the lights and be silent. Put cell phones on vibrate. Don't peek out and remain in place until the all-clear is announced by law enforcement or emergency officials.
  • Keep out - If you can't lock the door, 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 their 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. You can do this in several ways:

  • If you are 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.
  • If walking down a hallway, move around the corner and look for an open door to leave through or a room to hide in.
  • If outdoors, get behind something like a wall or large tree and stay there until told to leave by the police.
  • If you are in a parking lot, hide between cars and crouch next to the engine area near the front wheel.
  • If the shooter enters your area do whatever it takes to survive; your life depends on it even if you have to fight!

If you can safely call 911, then do so. Do not assume someone else has called. Be prepared to tell 911:

  • Your name and location
  • Describe the shooter's clothing (think shirt, pants, hat, glasses, etc.) and what they look like (height, weight, hair color, etc.).
  • Where was the shooter, and in what direction did the shooter head?
  • Injuries to yourself and others around you.


  • Secure doors if possible and seek concealment (out of sight) away from doors and windows.
  • Turn the lights off and close any blinds or curtains if you cannot lock the door for any reason, attempt to barricade the door with furniture without endangering or injuring yourself.


As the authoritative figure in the classroom, the instructor 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. 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 (you can find information at Ready, a national public service campaign on how to build your emergency kit.)


Every student should become familiar with the Safety Emergency Information Handbook information located in classrooms and other areas throughout the campus and these web pages. You should react as calmly as possible and follow your instructor's directions or emergency personnel in an emergency.

Medical Emergency

Never administer first aid beyond your knowledge.

  • Report illness/injury immediately, including the location of the person and what appears to be wrong
  • For an unresponsive person who is not breathing, properly trained individuals should begin CPR.
  • Locate an automated external defibrillator (AED) and use it if properly trained to do so.
  • Use gloves and other personal protective equipment if available. 

Utility Failure

In the event of a utility failure (electrical, gas, water), call the ECC Operations and Maintenance Department at 847-214-7246 or the ECC Police Department 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.

Threats of Violence

Students and staff should immediately report a threat of violence or an act of violence by anyone to the ECC Police Department at extension 7777, Human Resources Department, or any administrator, supervisor, or another authority figure on campus.

  • Report suspicious persons or activities immediately.
  • The college will promptly and completely 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.