Emergency Procedures

In an emergency it is important to remember three important things: do not take unnecessary risks, there is no substitute for remaining calm, and always use common sense.

In an emergency, call 911 (9-911 when using a campus phone) and Campus Safety (extension 72000 or 909-607-2000).

Armed Suspect(s)

Lockdown/shelter in place or evacuate

If someone is seen on campus with a weapon or gunshots are heard you may need to make an immediate decision to “lockdown/shelter in place” or move to a safer location. Use common sense and available information to assess the situation. Do not confront the individual.

Depending on the circumstances, and/or if you received a Scripps Alert calling for lockdown/shelter in place:

  • Notify co-workers and others to proceed to the nearest safe room (if you know the location) or go to the closest room that can be locked.
  • When you are at a safe location, call 911 and Campus Safety at extension 72000
  • Do not pull the fire alarm.
  • Silence your cell phone.
  • Lock the door. Move furniture to barricade the door if possible.
  • Shut the curtains/blinds covering the windows.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Find a place to hide and spread out, if possible.
  • Sit/crouch down in areas that are out of sight from doors and windows.
  • Do not open the door for anybody! Remain quiet and calm until campus safety or police arrive and/or you are notified by phone, email or text message.

For those who may be outdoors, aside from being notified by phone, email or text message, you will also receive notification via the broadcast speakers.

  • If outside, know your surroundings and hide behind shrubbery, or hide in restrooms, etc.

Depending on the circumstances, there may be situations when you need to evacuate quickly to ensure your safety, do so and alert others in your area if possible.

  • When you are at a safe location, call 911 and Campus Safety at extension 72000

When calling 911 or Campus Safety report the following:

  • Location of the active shooter(s)
  • Name of the shooter(s) – if known
  • Number and physical description of shooter(s)
  • Number and type of weapons held by shooter(s)
  • Number of injured at the location

Do not leave the safe room. The Claremont Police Department, Scripps Maintenance Staff, Campus Safety or other College personnel will unlock the door to the room you are in and notify you that the emergency has passed. The College will also notify you by broadcast speakers, phone, email and/or text message.

Bomb Threat

  1. Ask the caller questions: What time is it going to go off? Where is the bomb located? What does it look like? What kind of bomb is it? What will cause it to explode? Did you place the bomb? Why?
  2. Take notes on everything said and be sure to notice any background noise, voice.
  3. Report the threat immediately by calling 911 and Campus Safety (extension 72000 or 909-607-2000). If the threat was received by email, also forward any email to Campus Safety.
  4. Notify your supervisor.
  5. If the caller gives you a specific location, and it is near you, advise those around you and evacuate at least 100 yards (300 feet) from the area threatened. Take purses, backpacks and personal packages (as they could be mistaken for concealed explosives).
  6. If the caller does not specify a location, do not evacuate the building until police and/or Campus Safety arrive and evaluate the threat.
  7. Do not activate the fire alarm.
  8. Do not touch or move a suspicious package.
  9. Do not use two-way radios or cellular phones if responding to the threatened area; radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb.


  1. If indoors, drop down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquakes knocks you down). This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.
  2. Cover your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
  3. Hold on to your shelter (or to your head and neck) and stay where you are until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around. Do not run outside.
  4. Stay away from windows and objects that may fall.
  5. Do not use elevators.
  6. After the shaking stops, go to a designated evacuation site and report to your Department Monitor or Resident Advisor.
  7. If outdoors, stay in an open area away from buildings, trees, street lights and utility wires. Do not enter buildings.


  1. Quickly gather only essential personal items (wallet, keys, glasses, etc.) on your way out.
  2. Calmly and quietly walk to the nearest exit.
  3. Do not use elevators.
  4. Follow the instructions of Department Monitors or other emergency personnel.


  1. Call 911 and Campus Safety (extension 72000 or 909-607-2000) and report the location and nature of the fire.
  2. Activate or ask someone to activate the closest fire alarm.
  3. Isolate the fire by closing doors behind you (do not lock).
  4. Evacuate to a designated evacuation site and report to the Department Monitor or other emergency personnel.


  1. Call 911 and Campus Safety (extension 72000 or 909-607-2000) and report the nature of the illness or injury and the location.
  2. Notify your supervisor.
  3. Provide medical care if trained and qualified, or seek help from trained personnel.