SFCC Shooter-on-Campus Drill from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
Dear SFCC Students, Faculty and Staff:
This is a reminder that from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, SFCC will participate in a campus-wide active-shooter drill. This message contains important details on the event and your participation, so please read the following information thoroughly.
Participation is essential
The drill – which has been designated by county officials as “Operation Arroyo” – will be coordinated by our Safety and Security Team in partnership with City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe
County emergency response agencies. All students, faculty, staff and visitors in active drill locations are expected to participate. Research is revealing that drills such as this one are extremely valuable in the unlikely event that an emergency occurs on campus. Practice is critical to being able to respond safely when exposed to a threat.
Classes are not cancelled. Students are expected to attend their classes as usual. Faculty should plan their class assignments with the knowledge that there will be interruptions. Throughout the drill, everyone must follow instructions from law enforcement, emergency responders and drill facilitators.
The Campus-Community Emergency Response Team (C-Cert) and members of SFCC executive team will be wearing vests to identify themselves. They will monitor and provide direction in the hallways and be there to remind everyone that this is a drill and to provide assistance to anyone who might feel overwhelmed. Student Ambassadors near exits and entrances will also be available to guide drill participants.
During the drill, please note that you may hear startling sounds of simulated gunfire and other loud noises. SFCC culinary students, who will be well identified as playing injured roles, will serve as victim-actors. Emergency Medical Services professionals will be available throughout the exercise. Mental health professionals, including SFCC Counseling Services, will be available at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center during and after the exercise.
You may have questions on how to respond to an active-shooter simulation that you would like addressed in advance of the drill. One of the primary purposes of this drill is to learn from and respond to a real-life scenario. The outcome will serve as a learning opportunity for the future. We have scheduled multiple debriefing sessions so that everyone may benefit from the feedback provide:
• Feb. 13, immediately following the drill, Jemez Rooms
• Feb. 14, 3 p.m., Jemez Rooms
• Feb. 18, Noon, Jemez Rooms
Additional questions can be submitted at sfcc.edu/drill, which also hosts more detail on the event.
• Event Details and Questions & Answers: www.sfcc.edu/drill
• Submit Questions: www.sfcc.edu/drill
• View the “Run, Hide, Fight” video: in English or Spanish.
This drill is an important aspect of keeping our community safe. We are conducting realistic, campus-wide training so that – together – we can better manage emergencies. This exercise empowers our campus community members so they will have the tools – and the practice – to better protect themselves. Finally, coordinating with local law enforcement strengthens our communication and collaboration with the responders we depend on in case of an emergency. I hope you will value this experience as much as I do, for I know that it will be of great benefit.
Cecilia Y.M. Cervantes, Ph.D.
RELEASED: JANUARY 15, 2019
Santa Fe Community College announces that throughout the morning Feb. 13 the college community will participate in a campus wide shooter-on-campus drill. The drill will be a coordinated effort among students, faculty and staff in partnership with county and city emergency response agencies.
The Kids Campus, Santa Fe Higher Education Center, KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio and La Familia Dental Clinic will be excluded from the Feb. 13 drill. Those programs will receive individualized training at a later date or already had customized trainings.
“This drill is a crucial exercise in an ongoing and concerted effort to provide training and preparation for the realities of working in a modern public institution,” said SFCC Interim President Cecilia Cervantes.
Neighbors and passersby of the SFCC campus, located at 6401 Richards Ave, may observe participating emergency response vehicles on site. Campus disruptions will primarily occur during the span of the exercise – 9 to 11 a.m. Wraparound preparations will take place from 8 to 9 a.m., with completion tasks scheduled between 11 a.m. to noon.
The college’s goals for the drill are to:
Provide realistic training to the campus community to better manage an emergency and an active shooter event.
Empower the campus community to protect themselves by providing best practice training.
Optimize communication and collaboration with law enforcement and medical responders.
The drill will be a coordinated training between agencies involved with SFCC in the case of an active shooter incident. Participating agencies include the County Sheriff, County Emergency Management, City Police and the City Emergency Management.
The Campus-Community Emergency Response Team (C-Cert) and SFCC executive team will monitor and provide direction in the hallways. They will be wearing vests to identify themselves and be there to let people know that this is a drill. Counseling services will be available to provide assistance in case of an incident with any participants in the drill.
For more information, contact Safety Specialist Noe Villarreal, 505-428-1825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How long will it take?
A: Disruptions will primarily occur during the span of the actual exercise – 9 to 11 a.m. Wraparound preparations will take place from 8 to 9 a.m., with completion tasks scheduled between 11 a.m. to noon.
Q: How will I know when the drill ends or begins?
A: The drill will be announced between 9 and 11 a.m. on the Public Address system and other SFCC notification systems. When the drill is complete, it will be announced on the Public Address system and via other notification systems.
Q: Who will participate?
A: Everyone who is on the main campus, 6401 Richards Ave. during the time of the drill must participate with the following exceptions: The Kids Campus, Santa Fe Higher Education Center, KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio and La Familia Dental Clinic will be excluded from the Feb. 13 drill. Those programs will receive individualized training at a later date or already had customized trainings. Please note: Emergency responders from City and County agencies will participate in the drill, as well. So expect to see or hear many emergency response vehicles around the campus and on roads leading to the college.
Q: Will the college be open on Feb. 13 during the drill?
A: The college will be open for business that morning. In planning for this event, faculty will lead classes and activities as planned, with the understanding that a take-over drill will take place.
Q: What should I do during a drill?
A: Faculty and staff should follow the procedures from the mini-training sessions that they have participated in during the past few years. Essentially, everyone will follow the procedures in the Run, Hide or Fight: Survive an Active Shooter video posted in MySFCC under the Security tab. Click here to review it. Of course, there will be no fighting with an actor portraying an active shooter during the drill.
Q: Why is SFCC having a Shooter-on-Campus Drill?
A: Please consider this drill as part of an ongoing educational process to maximize the safety of our college community. Research continues to show that drills and exercises like these are cited as highly valuable when mitigating the impact of real world emergencies. (The most recent example in Modern Healthcare’s article “Mercy shooting highlights importance of drills, preparing staff.”)
Q: What can I learn by participating in the drill?
A: A drill will give you the opportunity to learnhow you might respond in a real-life scenario. In the post-drill assessment, you may get feedback about how you could protect yourself and/or your students and colleagues better in the future.
The skills you acquire will not only enhance campus safety, but also could help you survive an off-campus shooting.
Q: Who on campus is assisting and facilitating the drill?
A: The Campus-Community Emergency Response Team (C-Cert) and SFCC executive team will monitor and provide direction in the hallways. They will be wearing vests to identify themselves and be there to let people know that this is a drill. They will coordinate with SFCC Safety and Security, County and City law enforcement and medical responders. The C-CERT Team will receive additional training and will respond to medical emergencies during the drill. Counseling services will be available to provide assistance in case of an incident with any participants in the drill. Counselors from the county, the city and SFCC will provide the services.
Q: What will happen after the drill?
A: There will be small debriefing sessions with schools and/or departments. Noe Villarreal will facilitate those debriefing sessions.
Q: Will I be able to leave the college during the drill, or will I be restricted to the campus?
A: We are encouraging those on campus to stay and participate in the drill. We are discouraging anyone from leaving campus to avoid hindering emergency services from coming onto campus.
Q: What if I’m coming to the campus that day by bus? Will I be able to get to the campus and be able to leave?
A: The buses will be running as scheduled for the day. Those arriving on the bus will be allowed to unload from the bus (no one who is not already in the campus building, however, will be able to enter once the drill has begun between 9 and 11 a.m.) Anyone who needs to leave campus by bus will be allowed to do so.
Q: If I’m a student and don’t have classes that day am I required to come to the campus?
A: Students who do not have class are not expected to come if their schedule does not permit them to be there that day. If, however, you plan on being on campus to use the tutoring center, library or other services be prepared to participate in the drill during the scheduled hours.
Q: Are classes cancelled?
A: Classes are not cancelled, with one exception: The Witter Fitness Education Center will be closed and no classes will be held between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. The FEC will serve as the evacuation center and the counseling location. Mental health professionals, including SFCC Counseling Services, will be available at the FEC during and after the exercise. All other classes on campus will take place as scheduled.
Thank you for your participation in the drill. Your participation will help enhance the security of the SFCC campus.
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For more information, please contact SFCC Safety Specialist Noe Villarreal at 505-428-1825