York College Emergency Procedures

Emergency Scenarios

Quickly determine the best way to protect yourself. Initial alerts will not indicate the location of the shooter and are general in nature.

Upon receiving the alert, look and listen to determine if the shooter is nearby and would pose a threat to you if you try to evacuate the building you are in.

If you determine that the shooter is not nearby:

  • Run — Have an escape route and plan in mind. Quickly exit the building you are in and get to a safe location off campus.
    • Leave your belongings behind.
    • Keep your hands visible to responding police officers.

If you determine that the shooter is inside the building you are in or is just outside and you cannot safely evacuate:

  • Hide — Hide in an area out of the shooter's view. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors. Silence your cell phone.

If you are actually confronted by the shooter, don't be an easy victim:

  • Fight — As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Act with physical aggression and use improvised weapons such as a fire extinguisher or chair.

The armed intruder/lockdown alert will be implemented in a situation where there is an individual on the campus who is known or believed to be armed and who poses a danger to the campus community. In this case, a campus lockdown will be communicated through the Emergency Alert System.

The intent of the lockdown is to limit access and hazards by controlling and managing staff and students in order to increase safety and reduce possible victimization. In a lockdown, buildings will have restricted access until the 'All Clear' is given, or until individuals are directed to evacuate by law enforcement, Campus Safety or other emergency personnel.

Lockdown Basics

  • Remain calm
  • If safe, check halls and clear them of students and staff
  • Lock all doors and/or barricade with furniture if necessary
  • Lock windows and close blinds
  • Turn the lights off and remain quiet
  • Turn off radios, computer monitors and silence cell phones as necessary. After securing the room, everyone should be positioned out of sight and behind items that might offer additional protection — walls, desks, file cabinets, etc. Do not unlock doors or allow anyone in or out until ordered to do so by proper authorities or until the 'All Clear' message is sent.

If you find yourself in an open area:

  • Immediately seek protection
  • Put something between you and the shooter
  • Is escape your best option? Do you know where the shooter is? Is escape immediately available?
  • If in doubt, find a safe area and secure it the best way you can

If you are not on campus when you receive the alert message, do not come to the College until the 'All Clear' message is sent.

No college or university can be completely locked down.

Should an employee receive a bomb threat, it will be treated as a serious threat to human life. The recipient shall attempt to learn as much information from the caller as possible.  

Some strategies to use are:

  1. Keeping the caller on the telephone line as long as possible; asking the caller to repeat the message.
  2. Listening closely to voice quality, accents and speech impediments; listening for background noise such as music, traffic, running motors, etc.; associating these sounds with possible locations.
  3. If available, use the Bomb Threat Checklist Form to record every detail of the call.
  4. Do not hang up the phone from which the call was received.

Immediately after learning of the threat, the recipient will notify Campus Safety at 717.815.1314 (ext. 1314 from an on-campus phone).

In the event of a campus or local emergency that requires the evacuation of the York College campus, the Emergency Alert System will be activated. Resident students will be directed to return to their residence halls and will receive instructions to report to one of the two evacuation sites listed below. 

Students with vehicles on campus are encouraged to carpool with those without transportation. Students without means of transportation from campus will be directed to report to the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, where the campus shuttles will be used to provide transportation off campus. 

Commuter students and staff will be directed to secure their offices and work areas and evacuate the campus. If you are not on campus when you receive the alert message, do not report to the campus.

York County Emergency Evacuation Sites

  • New Oxford Jr/Sr High School (to the west of the College) — Make a right from the main College entrance onto Country Club Rd. Make a right onto Richland Avenue and follow to West Market Street. Make a left onto West market Street, which turns into Rt. 30 West. Follow Route 30 West (approx 14 miles) to the reception center: New Oxford Jr/Sr High School complex.
  • Susquehannock High School (to the south of the College) — Make a left from the main college entrance onto Country Club Road. Make a right onto S. George Street. Take I-83 South to the Glen Rock Exit, to route 216 West to Route 616 South to Fissels Church Rd. to the reception center: Susquehannock High School.

Suspicious Letter or Package

If a suspicious unopened letter or package is discovered, or is marked with a threatening message such as "ANTHRAX:"

  • Do not shake or empty the contents of any suspicious envelope or package.
  • Place the envelope or package in a plastic bag or some other type of container to prevent leakage of contents.
  • If you do not have a container, then cover the envelope or package with anything (e.g. clothing, paper, trashcan, etc.) and do not remove the cover.
  • Then leave the room and close the door.
  • Contact Campus Safety at 717.815.1314 (ext. 1314 from an on-campus phone).

Envelope with Powder Spill

If an envelope with powder is discovered and powder spills out onto surface:

  • Do not try to clean up the powder. Cover the spilled contents immediately with anything (e.g. clothing, paper, trashcan, etc.) and do not remove the contents.
  • Leave the room and close the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering (i.e., keep others away).
  • Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading any powder to your face.
  • Contact Campus Safety at 717.815.1314 (ext. 1314 from an on-campus phone).

If you discover fire or smoke, your first thought should be to get to a safe place and warn others.

  • Pull the nearest fire alarm.
  • Call 9-1-1; state the nature of the emergency (fire or smoke), location, and your name. Although this is important, never call from a place where you are in danger.
  • Evacuate the building immediately by way of the nearest exit and proceed to the designated assembly area for your building (see below).
  • Building occupants should use the stairs to exit the building. Elevators will be recalled to the first floor in the event of an alarm and will be inoperable.
  • You can help to confine the fire if possible, by closing doors and windows while exiting.
  • Assist anyone who needs help evacuating.
  • Remain outside at your assigned assembly area until directed to re-enter by the fire department or Campus Safety personnel.

In the event a student, staff person, or faculty member becomes ill while on campus, or suffers an accident that warrants prompt medical attention, the following procedures should be followed:

Non-Life-Threatening Situations

For non-life-threatening situations, contact the York College Department of Campus Safety at 717.815.1314 (ext. 1314 from an on-campus phone). Campus Safety will determine if the situation necessitates calling 9.1.1 or if the subject should be escorted to the Campus Health Center. If 9.1.1 emergency assistance is not needed, Campus Safety or a fellow student may escort the subject to the College Health Services Center in the lower level of the Student Union.

Campus Safety may transport students or employees in need of medical attention to the two local hospitals or Urgent Care. Campus Safety must have adequate manpower available. 

The student/employee:

  1. Shall not have any injury/condition outside the realms of basic first aid.
  2. Shall not be intoxicated.
  3. Shall be 18 years or older.

Life-Threatening Situations

For life-threatening emergencies or serious accidents, contact 9.1.1. first and then contact Campus Safety at 717.815.1314 (ext. 1314 from an on-campus phone) for assistance.

Should York College be advised that a weather emergency such as a tornado, hurricane, severe thunderstorm, flood, or other condition will pose an imminent threat to the campus community, the Emergency Alert System will be activated. In these circumstances, students and staff will be directed to shelter in place. It is safer to keep everyone inside a building rather than expose them to possible harm by allowing them to leave.

Shelter in Place

  • If you are inside, remain in the building; do not attempt to leave
  • If you are outside, seek shelter in the nearest building available
  • Discourage others from leaving the building while keeping it open for entry
  • Stay away from windows and exterior doors
  • Seek refuge in interior hallways on the lower floors of the building
  • Remain in your sheltered location until the 'All Clear' message is sent

Contact Campus Safety

Campus Safety Office
Manor Northeast, Lobby (Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Phone: 717.815.1403

Campus Information Center
Iosue Student Union, Room 201 (Mon. - Sun., 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.)
Phone: 717.815.1314 (or Press 0 from any on-campus phone)

Emergencies and After Hours
Call 911 for local police, EMS, or fire department.
Call 717.815.1314 for Campus Police.