Emergency drills and what to do

by Miguel Detillier

Volunteer State Community College is planning to have evacuation drills this week.

Lisa Morris, Office Supervisor of the Campus Police Department, said that the drills will be held on Sept. 13 at 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Morris also said that upon notification, all students, faculty, and staff should immediately evacuate the site in question and relocate to another area or part of the campus, and once all of them are outside, they should all proceed to a clear area keeping streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas, and walkways clear.

Morris points out that the assembly points for the evacuation are the B-lot closest to the main entrance or F-lot closest to Nashville Pike for everybody who is in the Hal Reed Ramer Administration Building, the D-lot near the Assistance Call Box for everybody who is in the Noble C. Caudill Hall or the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center, the E-lot for everybody who is in the first floor of the Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building, the staff lot behind the John B. Wallace Health Sciences Building South near the community garden for everybody who is in the second floor of the SRB Humanities Building, the D-lot near the Assistance Call Box or K-lot near the Assistance Call Box for everybody who is in the E.G. Mattox Business Building, the staff lot behind the John B. Wallace Health Sciences Building South or the H-lot near the Assistance Call for everybody who is in the Thigpen Library, the F-lot closest to Nashville Pike  for everybody who is in the T. Wesley Pickel Fieldhouse or the J. Howard Warf Building, the front lawn for everybody who is in the East Campus or the Betty Gibson Hall, the front lawn for everybody who is in the Joseph T. Watlington Science Field Station, and the overflow gravel parking lot for everybody who is in the J.T. Fox Maintenance Building.

“Depending on the threat or hazard, it may be necessary to evacuate of all or part of the campus buildings and grounds.

“A wide variety of emergencies may require building evacuation including but not limited to fire/alarm, gas leak/alarm, explosion, chemical spill, bomb threat, etc,” said Morris.

“I think campus evacuations are a good thing because it makes a lot of students feel safe in emergencies, and we know how to act during those situations,” said freshman Taylor Jones.

Morris explains that drills are the best indicator that an emergency evacuation will go smoothly and successfully and also aids in polishing the emergency preparedness plans. Morris also confirms that although drills may be considered a nuisance by some students, they are vital in emergency preparedness.

“Campus evacuations are very helpful into where we need to go in certain situations and everyone should know what to do in certain emergencies,” said sophomore Tristan Fullum.