Classroom Preparedness


  • Know the emergency exits and evacuation areas for every classroom.
  • Review the course syllabi's emergency information.
  • Devise "buddy systems" so that everyone is accounted for in an evacuation.
  • Evaluate the challenges that you might face during an evacuation.
  • Program the SBCC Security Line Emergency number --805-730-4200 or ext 2400-- into your cell phone.
  • Be personally prepared for an emergency
  • During a lockdown, doors cant be locked if they are propped open. Keep your classroom door shut.
  • Review communication methods listed below with your class and department faculty and staff.


Main communication from the SBCC campus emergency notification system is through your phone and email.  Emergency messages will  be sent via text and email, and may also be sent via voice and campus speakers.

Methods of SBCC communication with the campus community:

    • Campus Wide Email 
    • Website announcement including updating the SBCC campus status page 
    • Twitter status update @SantaBarbaraCC

Methods used on a case by case basis for more serious situations or emergencies:

  • AlertU Text message notification (cell phone) 
  • Twitter status update @SantaBarbaraCC
  • Speaker announcements (hardware in most buildings or hallways) 
  • Computer alerts (Network computers)
  • Phone speakers (Network phones)
  • Safety Marshal or Security evacuation (In person and/or buddy system evacuation procedure)


Emergency Procedures page has more on the below Emergency Guide information

  • Evacuations – Drills or real
    • You may not know if this is a drill or not, so take every call to evacuate seriously. 
    • Take your personal belongings and immediately leave the building. 
    • Know where the evacuation area is for every building you are in.
    • Leave the campus only if instructed.
  • Earthquakes
    • If it is severe enough to move furniture, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON:  Immediately seek shelter (under a desk or table, if possible) cover your head and hold on. 
    • Evacuate if directed, or you feel it is safe to do so.
  • Shelter in Place
    • There may be situations where it is imperative that you seek shelter and not leave the building. 
    • If directed, or you feel it is best to do so, seek shelter in a room with a lock.
    • Turn off the lights and silence all cell phones.
    • Hide as best as possible until the all clear signal has been given by authorities.


  1. RUN Run away from the threat if you can escape safely and do so as quickly as possible.  If the threat is near you and you cannot escape:
  2. HIDE Find a secure room and lock the door and turn lights off. Put any big object in front of the door to prevent entry. Turn off the lights and silence off all electronic devices. Hide behind furniture and be a quiet as possible. Wait for Security or Police to release you from your position. If you cannot Run or Hide, hide as best you can, and be prepared to disarm the threat.
  3. FIGHTTwo to five persons (Attack Team) should be just inside the door to knock down the weapon and push the shooter to the floor and disarm. Set a table up on its side by the door to block a clear view of the room from the door. Set a chair or desk by the door to slow the approach and help trip the attacker, then darken the room as much as possible. As the attacker enters, throw something to the opposite side of the room to distract the shooter from the Attack Team's location. Other persons in the room should stay away from the entrance "line of sight" to avoid gunfire. Do everything you can to survive while Security or Police respond.When Police enter the room, show your hands and follow their instructions carefully.


  • Know your pre-designated evacuation zones and others near you
  • Safety marshals are present during the day to assist in evacuations, but in the evening, you, as an instructor, will fulfill the role of evacuation. 
  • Know the evacuation routes and evacuation areas for your classroom.
  • Injured or disabled students may not be able to be moved during evacuations.  Provide assistance or ask someone to assist in evacuating these persons. SBCC is working on providing evacuation chairs to multi story buildings/stairs, contact Security for more information email if you have concerns for access your area.
  • Keep back up information about your course material on flash drives or other back up devices.
  • Have contingency plans for your coursework or tests.
  • Follow up with your Dean or the Educational Programs Executive Vice President regarding campus closures and how this may affect your course planning.
  • Evacuations are never set up to purposely disrupt your class.  Please view them as an opportunity to test your own Emergency Plan -- in case you really need to use it.


Click here for IS-907 Active Shooter: What you can Do FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) training. This is an informative 45-minute on-line course on Active Shooter Situations

Click here for the RUN. HIDE. FIGHT: Surviving an Active Shooter Event video

SBCC Emergency Services Videos

Click here to download the most recent campus wide email that was sent out to Students and the Campus Community regarding Emergency Preparedness Information (sent each Fall).

Click here to Download Additional Emergency Information page.