Emergency Procedures

Fire and tornado drills are conducted periodically to make sure you are familiar with proper safety and evacuation procedures. Instructors explain to their students the procedures and evacuation routes to follow during a fire or severe weather alert. Evacuation routes are posted in each classroom area. Students who are mobility-impaired need to contact Disability Services each semester for an evacuation plan, which will be developed and distributed to the instructors.

Security Alert Mode


In an emergency, a campus facility may be placed in Security Alert Mode to respond to a threat or the existence of a hazardous condition. Specific procedures have been developed to implement a Security Alert Mode at each campus. If a security alert is required, students will be notified immediately by the Safety Notification Alert Process (SNAP) or by Gateway personnel. All windows and doors will be closed and secured, and no one will be admitted without proper identification. Security Alert Mode procedures will remain in place until a Gateway official sounds the β€œall clear.”

You – and your family – can sign up to receive SNAP alerts on your cell phone. SNAP alerts can warn you of imminent danger on a Gateway so you can take protective action or avoid the campus. Alerts are also sent to each campus phone and networked computer.

Shelter in Place


Under certain environmental emergency conditions, GCTC students and staff may be required to take shelter in place. The public address system may be used for notification. In such an event, everyone on campus will be advised to remain inside the nearest building. Air handling systems in each building will be placed in proper mode. Staff members will ensure that no one leaves the building. Shelter in place is used in the event of a toxic spill in the campus neighborhoods; it is used when an evacuation would put an individual in a toxic cloud while trying to leave the campus or one of its branches.