Emergency Preparedness Week begins at ACC

The Austin Community College District (ACC) is preparing its campuses in the event of an emergency with a series of drills Tuesday, September 8 – Friday, September 11.

ACC hosts Emergency Preparedness Week each 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.

“These drills are critical. We practice at least once a semester to give people the opportunity to familiarize themselves with ACC’s emergency procedures so that they are prepared to act when the unexpected occurs,” says Kristine Elderkin, ACC emergency management coordinator. “Through these drills, we identify areas of strength as well as aspects where we can continue to improve – that’s the whole purpose.”

ACC will test its Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, September 9. During the test, e-mail and text alerts will be sent to all registered email accounts and devices.

Students, faculty, and staff may access ACC’s emergency procedures through a mobile app called In Case of Crisis-Education. The app is available through the Apple app store, Google Play, or Amazon for Android.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness Week, visit austincc.edu/emergency.

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