OCCC to host two emergency drills tomorrow

Two emergency drills will be issued over the school’s IP phone system.

If you hear emergency alerts on campus next week, don’t fret — it’s only a test.

OCCC will hold two emergency drills from 9:10 to 9:20 a.m. and 7:50 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, said Safety and Security Major Keith Bourque. Both drills will end with an “all clear” message.

The drills will affect all buildings on the main OCCC campus, as well as the John Massey Center and the Family and Community Education Center.

In an e-mail sent to all OCCC students, faculty and staff members, Bourque said the drill will simulate a shelter-in-place alert.

He said the drills will be activated via the IP phone system and outdoor warning system.

Once the notification system has been activated, Bourque said, individuals must take action to secure themselves in their area or classroom.

“You should lock and shut doors, close blinds, turn off lights and stay out of sight,” he said.

Persons in common areas such as the College Union and the Coffee Shop foyer will be asked to exit the building during the drill, Bourque said.

Seven OCCC observers will be located throughout campus during the drill to check for secured doors and overall participation, he said.

Bourque said the “all clear” message will be given after approximately 10 minutes.

For more information, contact Safety and Security at 405-682-7572.

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