Emergency & Campus Safety Information
The following links provide resources related to emergency and campus safety information at Whatcom Community College.
- Emergency Reference Guide (Including Lock Down Procedure)
- Emergency Procedures Chart
- Incident Report Form (Online)
- Whatcom's Emergency Preparedness Video
Emergency Alert System
Notification to the campus community of emergency or evacuation is provided over the College’s enunciation/paging system. Speakers are located in common areas. In classrooms and offices, the telephones serve as speakers. In the event of a silent notification, telephone display screens will convey a written message.
- WCC students, faculty and staff can sign up to receive Whatcom Alert messages to your email and mobile phone. Login and update your information here.
- Community members can request to sign up to receive Whatcom Alert emails and text messages here.
- The College’s main telephone line (360) 383-3000 is recorded with emergency notification information.
- In emergency conditions, the College posts key information to its website regarding the situation, including closure information.
- Local media are also notified in the event of an emergency.
College Closures and Inclement Weather
In the event of any emergency that calls for college status changes or closures, the college will post information on our website homepage. You can also call (360) 383-3000 to check closure status.
For updates in emergency conditions or inclement weather, please call (360) 383-3000, check back to this website or tune in to the following radio and TV stations after 6 a.m.
- KGMI 790 AM
- KAFE 104.1 FM
- KPUG 1170 AM
- KVOS Channel 12
- KOMO Channel 4
- KING Channel 5
- KIRO Channel 7
In emergency conditions, Whatcom Community College posts key information to its website. We stay open to fulfill our mission whenever possible, but we expect individuals to err on the side of protecting their own health and safety if conditions where you live make it unsafe to travel to campus. Work with your supervisors or instructors if you need to make other arrangements in an emergency.
Security and Access
The president or her designee has authority and responsibility for campus activities. The vice presidents for administrative services or educational services are designated to have administrative authority for security/safety concerns. When any of them are unavailable or off-campus, the designee will be the senior administrator on duty or the staff member in charge of the event. That individual will have the authority to lead emergency efforts, ask individuals to leave the premises, or call police to authorize a criminal trespass.
Whatcom uses an answering service (715-2418) for receiving calls regarding campus emergencies and other issues after normal business hours. Use this number to report facilities problems, potential hazards, unusual situation and other campus problems during evenings and weekends.
The College works closely with, and depends on, the Bellingham Police Department when responding to serious threats on campus. The BPD is provided with detailed campus mapping information and is consulted in the development of Whatcom’s emergency plans. The College provides training opportunities for BPD responders and on-campus space which serves as a satellite office for patrol officers.
The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses.
For our community to be better prepared, we must all be individually prepared. You should have an emergency kit with at least a 3 day supply of food and water. For more specific information on how to build a kit, please click on the link below. Phones may not work after a disaster, so have a way to get in contact with others. If you are on campus, be aware of pre-designated meeting locations. Have pre-designated meeting location with those you care about so you can find and help each other. Make a plan, be informed, get a kit.