Emergency Preparedness Week begins on ACC campuses

Austin Community College District (ACC) is preparing its campuses in the event of an emergency with a series of drills Monday, September 8 – Friday, September 12.

ACC hosts Emergency Preparedness Week during the third week of every semester to educate students, faculty, and staff on the best actions to take if an emergency were to happen on campus. The college will conduct building evacuation drills at selected campuses and test the ACC Emergency Alert System.

The drills will be conducted on the following days:

• Monday: Rio Grande Campus

• Tuesday: Pinnacle Campus

• Thursday: Hays Campus and Riverside Campus

ACC also will test its Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, September 10, at 9 a.m. During the test, email and text alerts will be sent to all registered email accounts and devices.

Drills are an important component of ACC’s readiness plan. The college is home to the third largest police force in Travis County with approximately 80 trained officers.

“We need everyone to take this seriously,” says ACC Police Chief Lynn Dixon. “These drills help our students, staff, and faculty prepare themselves for an emergency. How you practice in a drill is how you’ll act in an emergency.”

During Emergency Preparedness Week, ACC will launch a new smart phone app, In Case of Crisis, to notify students, faculty, and staff of district-wide emergency procedures and other useful, actionable information.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness Week and to learn more about the In Case of Crisis app, visit www.austincc.edu/emergency-information/emergency-preparedness-week.

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