Public Safety Building @ Phoenix College

Emergency Procedures

At Phoenix College, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is of primary importance. It is our hope that you will familiarize yourself with all of the Emergency Procedures outlined in the Maricopa Emergency Management System (MEMs) website. In the event of an emergency or crisis situation, the College Police Department will make timely warnings to the campus community. 


What Is An Emergency?

An emergency is any immediate threat to life and/or property that requires immediate response from police, fire, or ambulance personnel. Your judgment often determines whether an incident is an emergency. If you consider a situation to be an emergency, then it is an emergency and the procedures in this booklet should be followed. If in doubt, err on the side of safety!

Be Prepared

Emergencies, accidents, injuries and other unexpected events can occur at any time and in any place. Being prepared both mentally and physically for the unexpected is the first and best defense to minimize an incident. Each of us must take a pro-active approach to providing a safe environment and, although no guide can cover all situations, the procedures outlined in this website will help prepare you should an emergency arise.

  • Know the locations of all exits from your area or building in case fire or debris should block one.
  • Know the location of fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers and first-aid cabinets.
  • Know where to find the nearest phone or emergency call box to notify the College Police
  • in case of an emergency.
  • Lock your car and conceal valuable items.
  • Never leave personal property unattended.
  • Don't hesitate to call 9-1-1 immediately if you believe an emergency exists. Then contact the College Police at your location.

Contact the College Police at (602) 285-7254 if you have any questions concerning emergency procedures.

Timely Notification Policy

Phoenix College has created a multi-modal crisis communications plan in an effort to maximize communication efforts during an emergency. Upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the campus population, the Public Safety Department will initiate the campus Mass Notification System (MNS). Communication modalities may include text messages, email alerts, classroom workstation intercoms, bull horns, or public address systems. The decision on an appropriate course of action and the type of instructions given to the campus will be made by the Public Safety Director, a campus police officer or other college official based upon the information available at the time.

Emergency Text & Email Alerts (RAVE)

Students should update their contact information in the Maricopa Online Student Center at in order to receive a PC Alert notification in the event of an emergency. All current students and employees are automatically enrolled in this emergency alert system.

How Does The PC Alert Notification System Work?

During an urgent situation, the PC Alert system will begin cycling through the points of contact listed in your account to deliver the alert. The order of contact is as follows:

  • Text message (SMS) to mobile device

  • Call to cell phone

  • Call to home phone number

  • Call to emergency contact number

  • E-mail to listed email address

Media Contacts

During any crisis on campus, it is critical that accurate and timely information be given to the news media. All media inquiries should be directed to the Public Information Officers (Institutional Advancement) at 602.285.7870. During absence of IA/Media personnel, administrative staff will handle media inquiries. All information released will take into consideration applicable legalities and the confidentiality of information both during and after a situation.

Although rare, Arizonans must be prepared for the event of an earthquake.

If indoors:

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Stay inside. Do not exit building or use elevators.
  3. Take cover under a table, desk or doorway, if possible.
  4. Stay away from all windows and large glass objects.
  5. Avoid being underneath heavier objects such as lights, wall hangings and other items, which may fall.
  6. Help direct people with special needs to a safe place, if necessary.

If outdoors:

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Move to an area away from trees, buildings, walls, and power lines.

After an earthquake:

  1. Assist in the building evacuation of people with special needs, if safe to do so.
  2. Tune radios to an emergency broadcast or local radio stations for news updates and instructions.
  3. Be prepared to evacuate campus if instructed to do so. (The decision to evacuate from campus will be based on the severity of the earthquake and damage to buildings.)
  4. Public Safety will provide instructions for immediate actions by means of the RAVE system, door-to-door alerting, loud speakers, or bull-horns.
  5. DO NOT enter any building that is deemed or looks to be unsafe.