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Responding To An Emergency

More information on emergency response can be found in the Annual Security Report and Campus Safety Guide and the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.


Evacuation is the preferred method of emergency response when sufficient time exists and when evacuating won't place you in danger.

Evacuations may be conducted under non-emergency and emergency conditions.

Non-emergency evacuations will be required when the threat of a potentially dangerous situation or condition exists. The evacuation is conducted as a precautionary measure and the speed of the evacuation is not critical.

At Daytona State, staff, students and faculty will be advised by Campus Safety to evacuate a building or an area in a calm, clear tone of voice. Buildings will be evacuated from the bottom to the top floors. Staff and faculty will be advised of the nearest available exit doors and stairwells. Elevators will be for the exclusive use of disabled persons. Staff and faculty will remain with their class or group as it exits the building. Evacuees will be directed away from buildings (at least 300 hundred feet) to one of the parking lots, clear of any emergency vehicles, where they will await instructions from the Command Center. When the building or area has been evacuated, the Control Center will be advised. Campus Safety will monitor the building or area to prevent re-entry into the area. 

fire alarmAn emergency evacuation is required when an imminent threat of danger exists. Speedy evacuation is required to remove the occupants from a dangerous situation. Occupants will be alerted by the sounding of the fire alarms. Staff and faculty will be responsible for an orderly evacuation. As occupants leave the buildings, they will receive directions from staff members.

During an emergency evacuation, the elevators may be operational. If so, they will be used exclusively for faculty and staff to provide special assistance for disabled persons. If elevators are not operational, faculty members have the initial responsibility for disabled persons in their charge. Hearing impaired students should be made aware of the situation and remain with the group as it exits the building.

The key to successful evacuation is to have a plan. Your home evacuation plan should include where you will go (choose several alternatives such as friends and relatives and motels), road maps, and your disaster supplies kit. is a good source of information for developing your emergency plan. 

Some tips from for evacuating your home: 

  • Leave as early as possible
  • Avoid going to shelters unless absolutely necessary
  • Be prepared for delays, traffic, and to take alternate routes.
  • Stay away from flood waters. If you see water on the road, turn around and go another way
  • Bring bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows
  • Bring your portable disaster supply kit, including your documents and medications.  

At work or at school, have a plan for evacuating your building or area. 

  • Know the evacuation routes for your building.  
  • Know where fire alarm pull stations are located. During an emergency, pulling a fire alarm may be a good way to alert others of danger, but please remember that in an active shooter/active threat situation, pulling the fire alarm is not recommended if the violent person may be in the area.
  • Employees should provide assistance to facilitate an orderly evacuation, without putting themselves in danger. 
  • Be prepared to provide any information to law enforcement and emergency services once you reach a safe area.
  • Always be prepared to do a roll call to provide information on who may still be in a dangerous area. This means being aware of who is present and absent each day.   girl and dog
  • Provide assistance for people with disabilities
    • Every employee of the college should have a predetermined plan for assisting each disabled student and coworker in the building.
    • During an evacuation, elevators are for the exclusive use of persons with disabilities.
    • Notify emergency personnel of the location and needs of those with disabilities. 

Sight impaired students, faculty and staff should be escorted out of the building by staff, faculty or student volunteers. If operational, they should be escorted down by elevator. The escorted person should exit by the nearest available stairwell, keeping to the right. The escort should be in front of the person with the person having one hand on the handrail and one hand on the escort’s shoulder. The escort should give instructions as needed in a calm, clear voice and remain with the person after exiting the building.

Hearing impaired persons. Persons with impaired hearing may not perceive emergency alarms and an alternative warning technique such as turning the light switch on and off may be necessary. Indicate through gestures or writing what is happening and what to do.

Wheelchair bound students, faculty and staff should be assisted by personnel. If operational, they should be escorted down by elevator. Otherwise, they should be moved to a safe area, such as a balcony, patio or stairwell landing. Members of the group exiting the building should note and report the location of the wheelchair person/persons to College personnel. A staff member with a two-way radio should be sent to the area as soon as possible. The Control Center should be advised via radio where the wheelchair person/persons are located. Wheelchairs may have parts not intended for lifting. Batteries or life support equipment may be connected. Lifting the person could be harmful. Ask the person how you can help. Ask what type of assistance he/she will need after evacuation. Moving a person up or down stairs should only be attempted for life safety. Trained emergency rescue personnel should be directed to the area as soon as possible.

Persons using crutches, canes or walkers. Ask if the person needs assistance to evacuate. Offer to guide him/her to the emergency exit. Move person up or down stairs only if necessary for life safety.

If you are disabled. Be aware of persons in your area who could assist you. If you cannot speak loudly, carry a whistle or other device to help you attract attention. Give clear instructions as to your needs and preferences.

EVAC Chairs – Emergency Evacuation Chairs are available for evacuating disabled persons from multi-storied buildings via the stairwell. The chairs are designed to evacuate persons that weigh less than 300 lbs. Campus Safety officers are trained to use the EVAC Chairs. To avoid serious injury, do not use the EVAC Chair unless you have received training. The chairs are stationed in the following locations:

Campus Location evac chair

Daytona Beach Campus Building 150, 4th Floor, Outside Room 400

Building 200, 4 th Floor, Next to West Stairway Room 429

Building 320 – 5 th Floor, Next to West Stairway Room 598

Campus Safety Vehicle

ATC Top of Atrium Stairway

Deltona Center Outside Campus Safety Office, Room 205

DeLand Campus Building 7 – Inside Campus Safety Office, Room 118

Lock Down in Your Area

If evacuating might cause you to encounter a violent person, such as active shooter, the proper response is to lock down in your area. The idea is to make yourself difficult for the violent person to be aware of you and get to you. You should have a plan and identify good locations for locking down in the area in which you work as well as areas you frequent. Consider the following:

  • Can you lock the door or doors? Can you do so from the inside?
  • Can you block the door with objects?
  • Are there objects in the room that could provide cover?
  • Is there an alternative means of escape?

Once you have reached the area where you will lock down, you should

  • Lock and barricade all access points as much as possible
  • Quietly notify the police if you can do so without attracting attention
  • Silence cell phones and other electronic devices
  • Turn off lights and close blinds.
  • Don't huddle in groups.
  • Remain there until you are notified by law enforcement that it is safe to leave.

If you encounter law enforcement during an active shooter/active threat situation

  • Follow their instructions. Remember that initially they are there to neutralize the threat first.
  • Make sure your hands are visible. Don't point. Remember that in a dangerous situation, objects in your hands such as cell phones can be mistaken for weapons.

Shelter In Place 

The term, Shelter In Place, means to seek immediate shelter and remain there during an emergency when conditions outside are unsafe, such as during a sudden weather emergency or chemical hazard.

Severe Weather

Since severe weather emergencies, such as tornados, often occur quickly, leaving no time for evacuation, sheltering in place is a common response to these emergencies. In tornado or severe wind emergency, you should try to get to the lowest floor possible where you can get as many walls between you and the outside as possible. Remember that people are injured in severe wind by debris, so find an area where you can minimize your risk for flying debris. Interior stairwells are usually good, but hallways may have dangerous debris flying in them.

In each building at Daytona State College, Campus Safety has selected the safest rooms in which to shelter in place should the need arise during an emergency. These rooms can be identified by the S.H.I.P sign located outside the door and should be your first choices. You can prepare by identifying the SH.I.P rooms in your building and letting others know where they are located.
The acronym D.U.C.K. is used to outline guidelines for in-place sheltering from tornadoes and severe wind emergencies.
D own to the lowest level

To an interior part of the building. Interior hallways and stairwells are good. Get as many walls between your group and the outside of the building as possible. After you have done this, be prepared to account for everyone!

U nder something sturdy

Whenever possible. Under interiorly located concrete stairwells is recommended for individuals and small groups. As a group, focus mainly on getting to an interior location on the lowest level.

C over your head

Many people are injured by falling debris. Use whatever is available, blankets, pads, etc., or cup your hands over your head.

K eep in shelter

Until you are advised that the storm has passed. Tornadoes are often preceded by a very severe thunderstorm, and then a period of calm before the tornado strikes. (People tend to want to leave the shelter during this calm period.) Wait for Campus Safety or emergency services to advise you that the danger has passed.

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Last updated: 2020-12-08T16:23:36.295Z