The College’s emergency notification system will broadcast a message when it is safe to open your door. This system will allow us to provide notifications on a building-by-building basis. If you have any doubts, do not open the door and call 434-4300.
The College has discussed this issue with the City of Santa Monica’s Director of Emergency Services. The City of Santa Monica will be notified of emergency operations so that the Big Blue Bus can be diverted.
Santa Monica College treats all students the same without regard to age. We have many students attending the College under the age of 18 and they are held to the same standards as any other student. In an emergency, College employees should take prudent steps to safeguard all students regardless of age. In the aftermath of an emergency response, special issues may arise concerning reuniting under age students with their families. College officials will be available to assist you in this responsibility.
Except for the future home of our Malibu campus, no College facility is within a tsunami inundation zone.
In the event of a tsunami warning and evacuation of coastal areas, it is likely that a number of streets might be converted to one-way streets in an eastbound direction. The City of Santa Monica will have the lead responsibility for emergency response and we will provide updates as necessary.
In the event certain campuses become inaccessible because of emergency operations, it may be necessary to close some of our facilities and notification will be provided through our emergency notification system.
The instructor is in charge of the classroom. If normal classroom management techniques do not work, the College authorizes any instructor to inform the student that non-compliance with emergency procedures will result in student disciplinary action and could lead to expulsion.
The student should be ordered not to leave the classroom since his/her actions could jeopardize the safety of the entire group.
In some circumstances, it may be necessary to restrain a student so that the student’s actions do not endanger the entire group.
The materials are available on the College’s website. The College distributed individual emergency kits. The College has large quantities of emergency supplies. Key college personnel are responsible for distribution of supplies as part of our emergency response.
Bombs can be triggered by radio frequencies. The likelihood of your cellphone triggering the bomb is remote but not impossible. If law enforcement has significant concerns about cellphones triggering a device, the Department of Homeland Security has established a protocol for emergency interruptions of cellular network.
Once you have cleared the evacuation area, it should be safe for you to use your cellphone unless directed otherwise by law enforcement.
The College has been exploring the implementation of such a system and switched to a digital system for taking ID pictures.