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Emergency Alerts & Procedures

Starting Friday, March 20 until March 30, all BHCC campuses will be open to Faculty and Staff only. College support is available via email and phone. A listing of important contacts and hours are available on the Coronavirus information page. Classes will resume on March 30. (Mini-Session I and online classes only are scheduled to resume on March 23.) Most faculty have planned instruction that will not require students to come to campus. Please check your BHCC email for information from your instructors.


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Escape if safe to do so.
If you know location of assailant, consider escaping if a safe route is available.

If unsafe to escape:

  • Lock and barricade doors if applicable.
  • Turn off lights and close blinds.
  • Keep out of sight and take adequate cover behind concrete walls, thick desks or file cabinets.
  • Silence cell phones, radios and televisions.
  • Do not leave your classroom/work space until notified via BHCC alert or a building coordinator or BHCC police officer/security.

If an armed intruder comes into your office or classroom:

  • If possible, identify an escape route behind you.
  • If flight or escape is impossible and there are no other options, make a personal choice to negotiate with or overpower the armed intruder.

Active Shooter: How to Respond (PDF)
Active Shooter: Informational Poster (PDF)

  • Walk to the nearest exit; do not use elevators.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm or call 911.
  • If you get caught in smoke, drop to hands and knees and crawl to nearest exit.
  • Hold your breath as much as possible; breathe through your nose and use a filter such as a shirt, towel or scarf.
  • Assist persons with disabilities and direct emergency responders to location of disabled or trapped persons.
  • Meet at designated assembly areas.
  • Move away from building entrances.
  • Go to rooms and corridors in the innermost part of a building.
  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all doors, including those in main corridors, making sure they latch.
  • Avoid being under heavy objects such as lights, wall hangings and other items which may fall.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Remain inside until the hurricane has passed or you are cleared to leave.
  • Help direct people with disabilities to a safe place.
  • If you’re caught outdoors, lie flat in nearest depression (a ditch or ravine) and cover your head.
  • Alert people to evacuate the immediate spill area.
  • Alert the BHCC police department.
  • Avoid breathing vapors from spilled chemicals or substances.
  • If personally contaminated, seek eye wash and/or emergency shower.
  • If clothing or footwear is contaminated, remove if possible before leaving the area of the spill.
  • Do not attempt to clean up the spill on your own. Leave it to the experts.
  • Do not operate any electrical devices, phones (including mobile), appliances, light switches or equipment with open flames, within spill area.
  • Re-enter area only when directed by authorities.
  • The community will be notified via local TV and radio stations, BHCC Alert, Twitter, Facebook and the College website if the College plans to close or close early.
  • Stay safe, warm, dry and calm.
  • Do not drive unnecessarily.
  • Dress warm enough to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Do not go outside unless absolutely necessary.
  • When shoveling snow, do not overtax your physical abilities; take frequent breaks.
  • Activate Emergency Medical Services by calling ext. 2222, 617-228-2222 or 911.
  • If trained, administer first aid or CPR or utilize an automated external defibrillator (AED) as needed.
  • If not trained, remain calm and direct first responders to the incident.
  • Reassure the victim that help is on the way.
  • Remain calm and follow directions from the BHCC police.
  • Secure all experiments, unplug electrical equipment, turn off lights, and shut off lab equipment.
  • Do not use candles or other type of flame for lighting.
  • Fully close fume hoods.
  • If trapped in an elevator, do not pry open elevator doors. Use the emergency phone to contact campus police.
  • Know and follow your emergency exit routes
  • If main exit route is unsafe, proceed to secondary building exits
  • Follow instructions from emergency notifications, public address system or BHCC police/security
  • Maintain personal safety
  • Identify and assist persons with functional needs during an evacuation
  • Do not stop once you have begun evacuating
  • Report all safety issues or suspicious persons/events along the evacuation route to BHCC police personnel.

View the BHCC Emergency Operations Plan Evacuation Annex

  • Report possible incidents that may require shelter-in-place (tornado, violent activity, external hazardous release) to Campus Police (x2222)
  • Inform students and visitors of the shelter-in-place procedure when applicable
  • Assist students and visitors in following this shelter-in-place procedure
  • Know the BHCC Functional Annex regarding Active Shooter/Intruder (Functional Annex F - Active Shooter/Intruder)
  • Follow all instructions from the emergency notification, public address system, or security personnel during a sheltering event
  • Identify and assist persons with functional needs during a shelter or lockdown
  • In the case of an Active Shooter/Violent Intruder, follow the Active Shooter protocols also listed on this page.
  • Do not leave your classroom/work space until notified via BHCC alert or a building coordinator or BHCC police officer/security.

View the BHCC Emergency Operations Plan Shelter-in-Place Annex

Emergency Operations Plan

 Emergency Operations Plan