Spring 2019 Emergency Lockdown Drill

About the Drill

Cypress College will participate in a lockdown drill on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. All members of the campus community are required to participate in drills.

The drill will be held at 10:15 a.m. There will be no alarm to start the drill. Faculty and managers will be asked to play a video (see below) in their classrooms and work areas. There will be no evacuations this year.

Instructions and Resources

  • The drill will commence at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
  • The drill will commence with a video broadcast on campus via the college’s phone system and over the P.A. system.
  • We ask that you play the video in your class.
  • Participation in the drill is required.

Important Resources:

Drill Video:

This is the video from Ready Houston to play during the lockdown drill.

Text Alerts and Emergency Notifications

Students are encouraged to utilize myGateway to update their personal information for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must provide their personal information in myGateway to receive these text notifications.

Follow these steps to verify that your cell phone and email address are entered and current:

  • Sign into myGateway.
  • Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
  • Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
  • When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
  • After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.

Our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.

Fall 2018: The Great California ShakeOut

About the Drill

Cypress College participated in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 18, 2018. All members of the campus community are required to participate in drills.

The drill will be held at 10:18 a.m. There will be no alarm to start the drill. An earthquake video will be synchronized for the campus to watch immediately at the start of the drill. After watching the video, please review the talking points. There will be no evacuations this year.

Instructions and Resources

  • The drill will commence at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018.
  • The drill will commence with a video broadcast on campus via the college’s website and over the P.A. system
  • We ask that you play the video in your class
  • The college’s logo will appear in the video beginning at 10 a.m. so that you will know that your video feed is functioning Following the video and review of the talking points (below), the drill will conclude.
  • Participation in the drill is required

Important Resources:

Drill Video:

This video, from ShakeOut organizers, was played in synchronization across campus during the drill.

Additional Video:

The Earthquake Country Alliance, has a thorough seven-step guide to preparing for earthquakes. The guide includes this video, which is highly relevant in our environment:

Text Alerts and Emergency Notifications

Students are encouraged to utilize myGateway to update their personal information for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must provide their personal information in myGateway to receive these text notifications.

Follow these steps to verify that your cell phone and email address are entered and current:

  • Sign into myGateway.
  • Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
  • Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
  • When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
  • After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.

Our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.

Previous Drills and Safety News

Spring 2019 Emergency Lockdown Drill

About the Drill Cypress College will participate in a lockdown drill on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. All members of the campus community are required to participate in drills. The drill will be held at 10:15 a.m. There will be no alarm to start the drill. Faculty and managers will be asked to play a video […]

Fall 2018: The Great California ShakeOut

About the Drill Cypress College participated in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 18, 2018. All members of the campus community are required to participate in drills. The drill will be held at 10:18 a.m. There will be no alarm to start the drill. An earthquake video will be synchronized for the campus to […]

Spring 2018: Active Shooter Drill

Active Shooter — Spring 2018 Emergency Drill April 5 10:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. About the Drill Cypress College is committed to a safe and secure learning and work environment. Emergencies can happen and we must take action to prepare for and prevent the unexpected. To that end, our emergency drill for the Spring 2018 […]

Fall 2017: The Great California ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut — Fall 2017 Emergency Drill About the Drill Cypress College is participating in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 19, 2017. All members of the campus community will participate in the drill. The drill will be held, one at 10:19 a.m. More than 10 million people statewide participated in the […]

Spring 2017: Active Shooter Drill

Active Shooter — Spring 2017 Emergency Drill Video: Play video on YouTube at: youtu.be/zI3L83cp1R0 This semester’s emergency-preparation drill focuses on our response to an active shooter on campus. A number of shootings, including ones in San Bernardino, at Umpqua Community College, and at Santa Monica City College, are poignant reminders of why we are compelled […]

Fall 2016: The Great California ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut — Fall 2016 Emergency Drill Play the following video stream during the drill to view it in synchronization with the rest of the campus. A preview is available below on this page. If you experience any difficulty with the feed, you can participate live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/CypressCC/live. About the drill […]

Spring 2016: Active Shooter Drill

Active Shooter — Spring 2016 Emergency Drill Video: Play video on YouTube at: youtu.be/zI3L83cp1R0 This semester’s emergency-preparation drill focuses on our response to an active shooter on campus. A number of shootings, including ones in San Bernardino, at Umpqua Community College, and at Santa Monica City College, are poignant reminders of why we are compelled […]

Fall 2015: The Great California ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut — Fall 2015 Emergency Drill Video: Cypress College is participating in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 15, 2015. All members of the campus community will participate in the drill. Two drills will be held, one at 10:15 a.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. Nearly 10 million people statewide […]

Spring 2015: Active Shooter Drill

Active Shooter — Spring 2015 Emergency Drill For the spring 2015 emergency drill, Cypress College is conducting an active shooter scenario. For the exercise, students and employees will be asked to shelter in place, watch an educational video, and discuss this potential threat. Best practices suggest that it’s imperative for students to hear this information […]

Fall 2014: The Great California ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut For the fall 2014 emergency drill, Cypress College is among the record 10.4 million people who participated in The Great California ShakeOut. The drill took place at 10:16 a.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014. Cypress College repeated the drill at 7:30 p.m. on October 16. Your sincere efforts help prepare the […]

Spring 2018: Active Shooter Drill

Active Shooter — Spring 2018 Emergency Drill

April 5
10:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

About the Drill

Cypress College is committed to a safe and secure learning and work environment. Emergencies can happen and we must take action to prepare for and prevent the unexpected. To that end, our emergency drill for the Spring 2018 term will be focused on how to respond to an active shooter situation. The drill has been scheduled for Thursday, April 5 at 10:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Your engagement in the drill will help us continue to be successful in emergency preparedness.

The communication systems and automated-locking door systems will be tested. Phase I of the drill includes sheltering in place and Phase II includes talking points with students and/or staff.

Instructions and Resources

Important Resources:

Training for Employees:

On Wednesday, April 4, two Cypress Police Department leaders will conduct a presentation for faculty and staff to provide training on active shooter situations. This will empower the faculty and staff to have conversations with their students and team members about preparedness. The presentation will take about an hour, from 2-3:30 p.m., and have time for a Q&A following. This meeting is for Cypress College employees only. Register online.

Text Alerts and Emergency Notifications

Students are encouraged to utilize myGateway to update their personal information for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must provide their personal information in myGateway to receive these text notifications.

Follow these steps to verify that your cell phone and email address are entered and current:

  • Sign into myGateway.
  • Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
  • Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
  • When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
  • After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.

Our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.

Fall 2017: The Great California ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut — Fall 2017 Emergency Drill

About the Drill

Cypress College is participating in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 19, 2017. All members of the campus community will participate in the drill.

The drill will be held, one at 10:19 a.m. More than 10 million people statewide participated in the 2016 drill. There will be no alarm to start the drill. An earthquake video will be synchronized for the campus to watch simultaneously shortly at the time list above. After watching the video, please review the talking points. There will be no evacuations this year.

Instructions and Resources

  • The drill will commence at 10:19 a.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017.
  • The drill will commence with a video broadcast on campus via the college’s website and over the P.A. system
  • We ask that you play the video in your class
  • The college’s logo will appear in the video beginning at 10 a.m. so that you will know that your video feed is functioning Following the video and review of the talking points (below), the drill will conclude.
  • Participation in the drill is required

Important Resources:

Drill Video:

The Earthquake Country Alliance, has a thorough seven-step guide to preparing for earthquakes. The guide includes this video, which is highly relevant in our environment:

Text Alerts and Emergency Notifications

Students are encouraged to utilize myGateway to update their personal information for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must provide their personal information in myGateway to receive these text notifications.

Follow these steps to verify that your cell phone and email address are entered and current:

  • Sign into myGateway.
  • Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
  • Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
  • When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
  • After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.

Our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.

Spring 2017: Active Shooter Drill

Active Shooter — Spring 2017 Emergency Drill

Video:

Play video on YouTube at: youtu.be/zI3L83cp1R0

This semester’s emergency-preparation drill focuses on our response to an active shooter on campus. A number of shootings, including ones in San Bernardino, at Umpqua Community College, and at Santa Monica City College, are poignant reminders of why we are compelled to take the matter of preparedness seriously.

While no amount of planning, practice, or training can ensure a successful outcome in an emergency situation, not taking these steps almost certainly guarantees failure. In fact, preparation, planning, and early intervention are critical.

PARTICIPATION IN THE DRILLS IS MANDATORY. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 — 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Details about the drill can be found in the Active shooter drill information, talking points, and instructions.

Resources

Text Alerts and Emergency Notifications

Students are encouraged to utilize myGateway to update their personal information for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must provide their personal information in myGateway to receive these text notifications.

Follow these steps to verify that your cell phone and email address are entered and current:

  • Sign into myGateway.
  • Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
  • Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
  • When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
  • After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.

Our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.

Fall 2016: The Great California ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut — Fall 2016 Emergency Drill

Play the following video stream during the drill to view it in synchronization with the rest of the campus. A preview is available below on this page. If you experience any difficulty with the feed, you can participate live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/CypressCC/live.

About the drill

Cypress College is participating in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 20, 2016. All members of the campus community will participate in the drill.

Two drills will be held, one at 10:20 a.m. and the second at 6:45 p.m. Nearly 10 million people statewide will participate in the morning drill. There will be no alarm to start the drill. An earthquake video will be synchronized for the campus to watch simultaneously shortly at the times list above. After watching the video, please review the talking points. There will be no evacuations this year.

Instructions and Resources

  • The drill will commence at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
  • The drill will be repeated at 6:45 p.m. on that date
  • The drill will commence with a video broadcast on campus via the college’s website and over the P.A. system
  • We ask that you play the video in your class
  • The college’s logo will appear in the video beginning at 10 a.m. for the morning drill, and at 6:15 p.m. for the evening drill so that you will know that your video feed is functioning Following the video and review of the talking points (below), an evacuation will not be conducted
  • Participation in the drill is required

Important Resources:

Drill Video:

This is a preview. Please use the live feed at the top of the page during the drills.

Text Alerts and Emergency Notifications

Students are encouraged to utilize myGateway to update their personal information for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must provide their personal information in myGateway to receive these text notifications.

Follow these steps to verify that your cell phone and email address are entered and current:

  • Sign into myGateway.
  • Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
  • Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
  • When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
  • After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.

Our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.

Spring 2016: Active Shooter Drill

Active Shooter — Spring 2016 Emergency Drill

Video:

Play video on YouTube at: youtu.be/zI3L83cp1R0

This semester’s emergency-preparation drill focuses on our response to an active shooter on campus. A number of shootings, including ones in San Bernardino, at Umpqua Community College, and at Santa Monica City College, are poignant reminders of why we are compelled to take the matter of preparedness seriously.

On March 10, at 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., we will conduct an active shooter drill in the morning and will repeat the scenario for evening classes. While no amount of planning, practice, or training can ensure a successful outcome in an emergency situation, not taking these steps almost certainly guarantees failure. In fact, preparation, planning, and early intervention are critical.

Details about the drill can be found in the Active shooter drill information, talking points, and instructions.

Resources

Text Alerts and Emergency Notifications

Students are encouraged to utilize myGateway to update their personal information for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must provide their personal information in myGateway to receive these text notifications.

Follow these steps to verify that your cell phone and email address are entered and current:

  • Sign into myGateway.
  • Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
  • Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
  • When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
  • After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.

Our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.

Fall 2015: The Great California ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut — Fall 2015 Emergency Drill

Video:

Cypress College is participating in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 15, 2015. All members of the campus community will participate in the drill.

Two drills will be held, one at 10:15 a.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. Nearly 10 million people statewide will participate in the morning drill. There will be no alarm to start the drill. An earthquake video will be synchronized for the campus to watch simultaneously shortly at the times list above. After watching the video, and reviewing the talking points, all buildings are to be evacuated.

Resources

Text Alerts and Emergency Notifications

Students are encouraged to utilize myGateway to update their personal information for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must provide their personal information in myGateway to receive these text notifications.

Follow these steps to verify that your cell phone and email address are entered and current:

  • Sign into myGateway.
  • Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
  • Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
  • When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
  • After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.

Our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.

Spring 2016 Emergency Drill

Thursday March 10, 2016 is the date calendared for an emergency drill in spring. Please mark your calendar.

Spring 2015: Active Shooter Drill

Active Shooter — Spring 2015 Emergency Drill

For the spring 2015 emergency drill, Cypress College is conducting an active shooter scenario. For the exercise, students and employees will be asked to shelter in place, watch an educational video, and discuss this potential threat. Best practices suggest that it’s imperative for students to hear this information from their instructors.

Your sincere efforts help prepare the Cypress College community to be ready for future incidents. While no amount of preparedness can ensure a successful outcome in an emergency situation, not taking these steps almost certainly guarantees failure. Not only is emergency preparation our responsibility, but it is also statutorily mandated.

Shots Fired on Campus Video

As part of the drill, the campus will watch “Shots Fired on Campus.” This resource is produced by the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, a company known as the leader in workplace violence training and active shooter situations.

SFOC

Resources

Text Alert Notifications

Students are encouraged to utilize MyGateway to update their personal information for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must provide their personal information in myGateway to receive these text notifications.

Follow these steps (or download a pdf guide) to verify that your cell phone and email address are entered and current:

  • Sign into myGateway.
  • Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
  • Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
  • When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
  • After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.

Follow Us on Twitter

During the past couple of years, our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.

Fall 2014: The Great California ShakeOut

The Great California ShakeOut

For the fall 2014 emergency drill, Cypress College is among the record 10.4 million people who participated in The Great California ShakeOut. The drill took place at 10:16 a.m. on Thursday, October 16, 2014. Cypress College repeated the drill at 7:30 p.m. on October 16.

Your sincere efforts help prepare the Cypress College community to be ready for future incidents. While no amount of preparedness can ensure a successful outcome in an emergency situation, not taking these steps almost certainly guarantees failure. Not only is emergency preparation our responsibility, but it is also statutorily mandated.

ShakeOut Video

In conjunction with the drill, a video was broadcast across campus for viewing. You can replay the video here. The video was broadcast across campus at the time of the drills.

Resources

Drill News

Opt In for Text Alert Notifications

Students are encouraged to utilize myGateway to update their personal information and to “opt in” for text alert messaging in the event of an emergency. Students must complete the following steps to receive these text notifications because regulations prevent the college from automatically subscribing people.

We highly encourage our students to “opt in” to receive text alert messages.

Follow these steps to enroll:

  1. Sign into myGateway.
  2. Go to the “Personal Information” channel under the “Student” tab.
  3. Click on the item “Set Text Message Alert Preferences.”
  4. When clicking on “Set Text Message Alert Preferences,” the next screen will allow you to enter your cell phone information, the cellular service provider, the level of messages you wish to receive and the campus or campuses you want to be notified about.
  5. After entering your information, click on the “Submit” button.

Follow Us on Twitter

During the past couple of years, our experience has proven Twitter to be a reliable method of emergency communication. In addition to asking you to sign up for text messages (see above), please help out by signing up to follow the college on Twitter. You can do so by visiting twitter.com/CypressCollege and clicking on the “follow” button.