Emergency Response/Evacuation

Emergencies, disasters, accidents and injuries can occur at any time and without warning. Being prepared physically and mentally to handle emergencies is an individual as well as an organizational responsibility.

McHenry County College has established emergency procedures for you to follow so that the effects of those emergencies can be minimized. Your safety is of primary importance.

The purpose of this information is to acquaint you with a plan for handling emergencies and disasters. Once you are familiar with this information, you will be able to protect yourself and perhaps save a life.

The more prepared you are, the better you will respond to an emergency situation. No matter what the crisis: think before you act; then act swiftly to minimize your exposure to danger. Read this guide thoroughly before an emergency occurs.

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MCC Emergency Phone Numbers

Call 8733 from an MCC campus phone to reach Campus Police for any non life-threatening situation. Examples might include:

Call 911 for Campus Police and Crystal Lake Fire Department for a life-threatening emergency. When calling 911 on an MCC phone, it is not necessary to dial 9 first. Campus Police and the switchboard are automatically notified of your location when you call 911 from a campus phone.

In an emergency, when in doubt, call 911.

Medical Emergency Procedures

Life Threatening Injury or Illness

Non Life-Threatening Injury or Illness Requiring Assistance

Mental Health Emergency and Crisis Assistance Options

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Make sure you know the location of fire, exits, alarms and extinguishers for your area.

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Tornado/Severe Weather

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Earthquakes generally occur without warning and may cause minor to serious ground shaking, damage to buildings and personal injury.

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Active Shooter/Attacker

In the event of an active shooter/attacker, your safety is important. Because these situations are fluid, options are important for survival. The College Police recommend run, hide, fight.


If you know the location of the shooter and it’s safe to run, you should run away from the gunfire and get to a place of safety and cover. Once safe, call 911.


If you are unable to run from the shooter/attacker due to the proximity and lockdown is your option, follow the lock down procedure below. Call 911.


If you are confronted by an active shooter/attacker and there are no other options, fight. You must be prepared to fight with all your might to fend off an attack. There is power in numbers.


Used when there is a threat of violence or serious incident that could jeopardize the safety of students and employees (e.g. shooting, hostage incident, gang fights).

When a lockdown has been announced via the public address system or Rave alert:


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Utility Service Disruptions

Electrical Power Failure:

Gas Leak:

Hazardous Materials

Some examples of hazardous materials:

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Shelter-in-place is used when evacuation would put people at risk, such as severe weather or hazardous material release outdoors. Shelters may change depending on the emergency. An announcement will be made using the building public address system.

Bomb Threat

If you observe a suspicious object or potential bomb in a campus building or on the grounds, do the following:

If you receive a bomb threat, do the following:

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Explosion or other Similar Incidents

If an explosion occurs on campus, take the following actions:

If an emergency exists, the building fire alarm will be activated – evacuate immediately.

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Behavioral Intervention Team

See something? Say something!

Violent or Criminal Behavior

If you observe a criminal act or a person behaving in a threatening manner on campus, immediately call 911 to report the incident. Campus Police will respond.

In case of gunfire or discharged explosives occurring on campus, run to a place of safety or take cover immediately.

See Active Shooter/Lockdown

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Persons with Physical Disabilities

Mobility-Impaired Persons

Frequently, mobility-impaired persons have respirator complications. Remove these people from smoke or fumes immediately. The needs and preferences of mobility-impaired persons will vary. Always consult the person as to his/her preference with regard to the following:

Visually Impaired Persons
Most visually impaired persons will be familiar with the immediate area. In the event of an emergency, tell the person the nature of the emergency and offer to guide him/her to safety (this is the preferred method when acting as a “sighted guide”). As you walk, tell the person where you are and advise him/her of any obstacles. When you have reached safety, orient the person to where he/she is and ask if any further assistance is needed. Do not leave the person alone.

Note: Visually impaired persons may be extremely reluctant to leave familiar surroundings when the request for evacuation comes from a stranger. A Guide Dog could become confused or disoriented in a disaster. People who are blind or partially sighted may have to depend on others to lead them, as well as their dog, to safety during an emergency.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may not perceive emergency alarms; therefore, an alternative warning technique is required. Two methods of warning are as follows:

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Emergency Closing Center