Emergency Preparedness

Disasters and major emergencies often occur without warning and create serious risk for the Orange Coast College community. Although a number of specific emergency procedures are covered here, it would be impossible to list everything that could possibly go wrong. When confronted with an emergency, remember these general guidelines:

  • Remain as calm as possible.
  • If you are instructed to evacuate a building:
    • Cooperate with emergency personnel.
    • ​Move at least 100 feet away from the building or as far away as possible.
    • Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
    • DO NOT re-enter evacuated buildings until designated officials say it is safe to do so.
  • ​If requested, assist emergency personnel.
  • An emergency command post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have information to report.
  • The college may not have immediate assistance for up to 72 hours.
  • You should keep emergency supplies in your car and office.

The purpose of this information on how the College plans to respond to a disaster or emergency, as well as information on how you should respond to emergencies you may encounter.