Emergency Preparedness Drills

Emergency preparedness drills

Next drill TBD

Please note that participation in this drill is mandatory.


While it can be frightening to think that our college campuses could become a place where someone opens fire, it is important to place the threat in context. Colleges are safe environments, and implementing safety/security procedures is a major focus of Bates Technical College.

For the first time, the college will conduct a mandatory active shooter drill. The drill will help us prepare for an active shooter incident. Employees will be asked to test the locks in classrooms and offices, and facilities and Campus Public Safety staff will be tasked with securing the college’s exterior access points.

An active shooter threat situation could be over in less than one minute, which is not sufficient time for mass messaging or even a response from the police department. That’s why the first line of defense will be individual faculty, staff and students.

As part of the drill, faculty will broadcast the video below in their classrooms, and other employees will watch the video where appropriate. It’s important for all employees to consider what they would do in their settings. How is your classroom or work area configured? What options do you have for escape or hiding?

Additionally, the campus community needs to talk about the threat of a shooter situation routinely, which is especially relevant regarding faculty interaction with students. Lastly, if you see or hear something suspicious or out of the ordinary, please report it to Campus Public Safety.

Important links and documents

Drill overview

  • Video: The drill will commence at 10 a.m. with a campus-wide viewing of an active shooter video discussing response to shots fired on campus. Faculty and management staff are responsible for determining the best way to facilitate viewing of the video in their area. You can find the video embedded above or on YouTube.
  •  Talking Points: After viewing the video, faculty and staff will spend 10 minutes discussing the talking points below with their students and/or staff.

o   Close and lock doors
o   If possible, gather people in the immediate area who may be in danger
o   Cover windows, close blinds, and find protective cover
o   Leave computers and phones in with ringers silenced
o   Stay quiet and out of sight, being mindful there could be an intruder who intends to cause harm
o   Allow entry to others only if certain they are not a threat
o   If you hear gunshots, lie on the floor out of sight, behind protect cover
o   Stay put until you are notified by campus officials or law enforcement that the lockdown is over  

  • Lockdown: At 10:20 a.m., the campus will execute lockdown procedures with a broadcast notification via Alertus beacons and the Rave emergency alert system, which will send text messages and workstation notifications.

o   The lockdown drill will be based on an active shooter on campus scenario.

o   During the drill, we ask that all phones, radios, etc. be silenced for a period of five minutes. Simulating this quiet, still environment is important for participants to understand what such a situation feels like.

o   All faculty and staff should secure their individual classroom doors, with everyone inside on the floor, still and quiet. 

o   This will conclude the active shooter drill.  

  • Talking Points: The drill will commence with faculty and management staff covering some additional talking points. Staff and students will also be provided links to Active Shooter: How to respond, Active Shooter Preparedness, and Active Shooter FAQ’s.

At the conclusion of the drill, any feedback should be directed to Dee Nelons, health and safety manager, at x7143, dnelons@batestech.edu