Expecting the Unexpected
Power outages, earthquakes, civil disturbances, and other disasters can occur without
warning, placing members of the Allan Hancock College district community at risk.
The district's emergency/disaster preparedness plan is designed to address campus
emergencies. The overall purpose of the plan is to be prepared for the unexpected.
Specific Objectives of the Plan are to:
- Minimize loss of life and property to the Allan Hancock College community
- Control the emergency situation
- Return the campus to normal operation as quickly as possible
- Ensure that proper disaster recovery procedures are followed
In the event of a campus wide emergency, the president and district superintendent
or his/her designee will activate the emergency/disaster plan.
Emergency activities will be coordinated from the emergency operations center (EOC),
which has emergency power and communications equipment. Santa Maria's EOC is currently
designated as the Building B Captain's Room. The EOC in Lompoc is room 1-103. The
EOC director is the president and district superintendent. Solvang and Vandenberg
AFB fall under the jurisdiction of local sheriff and military police, respectively.
The effective dissemination of information is critical during an emergency. As soon
as possible, the office of public affairs and publications will place key emergency
information on the college voicemail system.
In a large-scale disaster, pre-recorded information will be provided to KUHL 1440
AM and KSMA 1240 AM for broadcasting. All offices should have a small transistor radio with the capability of tuning into
these radio stations for public information.
For additional information or questions regarding emergency operations, contact the
Allan Hancock College police department at (805) 922-6966, Ext. 3652.
College district emergency preparedness procedures are consistent with the California
Emergency Services Act that establishes a Standardized Emergency Management System
(SEMS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) for an effective, standardized
response to emergency/disaster situations.
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