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Public Safety Video

With the increase in incidents on college campuses, in high schools and public places, it is increasingly important to have a personal plan on how to respond in an active shooter situation. The Run, Hide, Fight video is an excellent demonstration of other choices on how to survive an active shooter situation. An “active shooter” is an individual who is actively engaged in shooting or attempting to shoot or kill people in a confined and populated area. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, many times before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to react to such an occurrence. Whatever you decide to do, always remember "Safety First".


Emergency Information

Are you ready for Summer Severe Weather?  Follow the link to for more information on how to prepare your family for summer severe weather related emergencies.

 Tornado Overview

When it comes to tornadoes, there’s no such thing as a “tornado season.” Tornadoes can strike anywhere, anytime, and you need to know the drill.

Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms. They can appear suddenly without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Be prepared to act quickly.

Know the Signs

  • Strong, persistent rotation in the base of a cloud
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base – tornadoes sometimes have no visible funnel
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes, especially in Virginia, are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen.
  • Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder does
  • If it’s night, look for small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These lights are power lines being snapped by very strong wind, perhaps a tornado.
  • Persistent lowering of the cloud base

Watches and Warnings
Learn the terms that are used to identify a tornado.

  • Tornado Watch: a tornado is possible in your area. You should monitor weather-alert radios and local radio and TV stations for information.
  • Tornado Warning: a tornado has been sighted in the area or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler radar. When a warning is issued, take cover immediately.


Emergency plans required

The Virginia Community College System along with all public institutions of higher education are required by legislation to have institutional crisis and emergency plans. See the code here.


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