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College To Conduct Practice Lock-Down Drill Feb. 13

Alamance Community College will conduct a practice lock down drill and test of the college’s emergency notification system at its main Carrington-Scott campus on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 1:20 p.m.

The drill will provide vital information on how college officials can continue to strengthen their emergency response efforts.

The primary purposes of the drill are twofold. First, it is important for faculty, staff and students to have the opportunity to practice their responses in the event of an emergency. Secondly, it provides an opportunity for ACC administration and Public Safety to determine the effectiveness of the mass communication system, known as ACC-Alerts.

The mass alert system utilizes various technologies, including Alertus desktop, telephones, emails, texts, public address system, loud speakers and social media to quickly disseminate the emergency message. Additionally, the emergency notification is posted online to the ACC homepage.

“Given the recent increase in the frequency and severity of emergencies on school campuses nationwide, it is essential that we be proactive in our approach to emergency preparedness. We need to focus on prevention first; however, we need to be fully prepared in the event that an emergency situation does develop on campus,” said David Prevatte, Director of Public Safety.

Local and state law enforcement agencies also will participate in the drill by monitoring areas and providing feedback to ACC Public Safety officials. By participating in the drill, law enforcement personnel will be able to familiarize themselves with campus and college emergency processes.