The recent unfortunate tragedy at Seattle Pacific University serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safety on our college campuses. When these instances of extreme violence occur, too often, we do not have answers to explain away the uncertainties surrounding these type of tragedies. We do know however, that a sense of safety is a key indicator for student engagement, which in turn is linked to a student’s academic success. In light of this, vigilance and awareness is crucial to promote safety on our college campuses. Though there is no strategy that can guarantee the complete avoidance of these most extreme forms of violence, we as a campus community can ensure that we are aware of a common approach to handle these events and promote safety.
The following video links were provided by Chris MacKersie, Pierce College’s Director of Safety and Security, on the best manner in which to respond to an active shooter situation:
- Shots Fired: A 20 minute video that provides critical guidance to increase survival chances in an active shooter situation. You are required to put in a username (campus) and a password (safety) to access the video. You can access the video here.
- Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event: A 5 minute video that provides the basic concepts and application of the run, hide, or fight strategy that is being used for active shooter training nationwide. You can access the video here.
Additionally, FEMA has a free online course that provides comprehensive training on how to respond to an active shooter situation. You can access the FEMA IS-907 Active Shooter – What Can You Do course here.
Pierce College also has a number of tools available in the event of an emergency. They include the following:
The Pierce College Emergency Notification System (PCENS): This is the primary tools used in the event of an emergency to communicate with both students and employees. By default only your college employee and student email addresses have been automatically loaded into the system. If you would like to receive emergency notifications through additional means, please log in and update your profile with your current personal contact information such as your personal email, text, mobile phone, and home phone.
Online Incident Reporting Form: Information that should be reported is anything that is witnessed, observed, or participated in that is cause for significant concern.
- All suspicious behaviors or actions as well as any criminal acts.
- Knowledge of information or incidents that could cause harm to persons or property.
- Knowledge of information or acts that could threaten College internal intelligence, information, reputation, as well as violations of student code of conduct.
- Report those exhibiting signs of high risk behaviors such as anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Expressions by others of feelings of depression, reduction of self-worth, and/or uselessness including suicidal symptoms.
Please keep in mind that this system does not replace emergency notification systems such as campus safety and 911. If you believe there is an imminent threat to persons or property contact 911 and then Campus Safety. If you have any questions, please contact Campus Safety at (253) 964-6751 (Fort Steilacoom campus) and (253) 840-8481 (Puyallup campus).