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Emergency Preparedness Plan

The EPP establishes standard operating guidelines, based on existing policies and procedures, for the response to an emergency impacting the College.

Platt College's Emergency Alert System, Rave Alert, is the official emergency notification system used to communicate with students and employees during campus emergencies. Rave Alert offers the quickest and most reliable communications possible.

This system is used only during campus emergencies that pose a safety concern for the community.

Learn more about the Rave System

Who may use the College's Emergency Alert System?

Platt College's Emergency Alert System is only intended for College employees and current students.

What types of messages are considered emergency messages?

Emergencies are considered any event that poses a safety risk to the Platt College campus community.  The most common use of the Rave Alert system is to communicate when the college is closed due to inclement weather.  Other types of emergencies may include unexpected occurrences such as tornadoes or power outages, or any unexpected event that poses danger or puts campus safety at risk.

How will I identify incoming messages from the College's Emergency Alert System?

Text messages sent from the College's Rave Alert use what's called short codes.  When an individual receives a text via a short code, the message that appears with be from one of the following numbers 67283 or 226787.  If an individual's carrier or phone does not support short code messaging, messages received will appear to come from Emergency Alert <[email protected]>.  Email messages sent from the College's Emergency Alert System will come from Emergency Alert <[email protected]>.  [email protected].  Emergency messages are also automatically pushed through to the College's website and social media accounts.   

Will I get SPAM or advertisements?

Nope.  We respect your privacy and you will never receive anything except for official Platt College emergency communications.  To learn more about your privacy rights, please click here.

Is there a charge for subscribing and using the College Emergency Alert System?

No, this service is free of charge to students and employees. However, depending on your wireless carrier plan, you may be responsible for paying all messaging charges associated with your personal plan.

What mobile phone carriers are supported?

All U.S. mobile carriers are supported.

What if my cell phone number or phone provider changes?

If you change your mobile number and/or phone carrier, please contact the IT Coordinator Mark Finken via email to update your information. 

I am subscribed, but I am not receiving notifications, what should I do?

Oops-there must be a glitch!  It could be your cell phone number has been mis-entered.  Help us make sure we have the correct information for you on file by sending an email to IT Coordinator Mark Finken.  

Introduction to Plan

Platt College's Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) is designed for use by the entire college community. The EPP establishes standard operating guidelines, based on existing policies and procedures, for the response to an emergency impacting the College. The EPP describes the emergency management roles and responsibilities of the entire college community and provides a strategy to be prepared as possible for the most likely hazards.  The EPP is designed to protect lives and property through effective use of college, local, state and federal resources.  Since an emergency may be sudden and without warning, the EPP is intended to be flexible in order to accommodate contingencies of various types and magnitudes. The EPP does not limit the use of good judgment and common sense in matters not foreseen or covered by the elements of the plan.

While crime, threatening weather and accidents are thankfully rare events, these pages provide useful information on how to react to, lessen or avoid completely the potentially negative consequences of a number of dangerous situations. Knowing how to behave—who to call, where to go and what to do—when a crisis occurs can prove the difference between life and death.

Who to call in a major or minor emergency
Public Agency Numbers
Fire (Station Number 11)303-326-8999
Ambulance720-857-7000
Police303-627-3100
Arapahoe County Sheriff             303-795-4711
The Medical Center of Aurora303-695-2600
Electric (Aurora Electric Company)           303-337-5190
Water (Aurora City Water Utility)   303-739-7370
Excel Energy (Power Outage Number)  1-800-895-1999
emergency Plan guidelines

A.  Major Emergency Guidelines:

Major Emergency: Any incident that affects the entire building, which will disrupt the overall operation of the College.  In this case outside emergency services will be required, as well as major resource efforts from the Emergency Resource Team (comprised of the College President, Chief Financial Officer, Dean of Nursing, Director of Financial Aid, Associate Dean of Nursing, and Faculty Chair.  Call 911.

Disaster: Any event that seriously impairs or halts the operations of the College.  In some cases mass personnel casualties and severe property damage may be sustained.  A coordinated effort of all college-wide resources is required to control the situation.  Outside emergency services will be essential.  In all cases of disaster, an emergency control center will be activated by the Emergency Resource Team and the appropriate support and operational plans will be executed.  Call 911.

  1. The major emergency procedures outlined in this guide are designed to aid in the protection of lives and property through effective use of available college resources.  Whenever an emergency affecting the College reaches proportions that cannot be handled by routine measures, the College President or designee may declare a state of emergency and implement these guidelines. 
  2. The College President of designee serves as overall emergency director during any major emergency disaster.  The following definitions of an emergency are provided as guidelines to assist Platt College employees in determining the appropriate response.

B. Minor Emergency Guidelines:

Any incident that will not seriously affect the overall functional capacity of the College.  Report immediately to the College President or his designee at extension 224.  In the event that College President is not on the premises, report immediately to the Chief Financial Officer or the Dean of Nursing.

  1. The College President or designee will make the determination if a state of emergency is to be declared and the type.  During a college emergency, the College President or designee will place into effect the necessary measures to secure the College personnel and property.  Only authorized persons will be allowed on the college premises during the declared state of emergency.  The Emergency Resource Team, and others designated by the College President as essential will comprise authorized personnel. 
College Notification System

Reporting Emergencies:

  • For police, fire, or ambulance: dial 911
  • Immediately notify beginning with the top of the Emergency Resource Team. 
Off-Campus Resources of Assistance:
For police, fire, or ambulance911
Arapahoe County Sheriff303-795-4711
Electric (Aurora Electric Company)303-337-5190
Water (Aurora City Water Utility)                                    303-739-7370
Power Outage (Excel Energy)1-800-895-1999

D. College Notification System:

Platt College uses Rave Alert Emergency Notification to communicate with and alert students and employees in minutes. Using all available methods to send emergency alerts – mobile phones, landlines, email, text, and social media-Rave Alert emergency notification system ensures maximum coverage.  Rave Alert’s opt-in/opt-out flexibility ensures emergency alerts and other communications (i.e. weather related closures) are received. For more information on how to set up the Emergency Notification, contact the Coordinator of IT Services, Mark Finken.

DIRECTION, COORDINATION, AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Direction and Coordination

Definitions

  • Emergency Director - The President or designee shall direct all emergency operations. In the absence of the President, an assigned administrator shall assume operational control of the emergency.
  • Emergency Coordinator - The President shall coordinate all operations of the administrative emergency resource team. The administrative emergency resource team shall consist of the President and his administrative staff.
  • Emergency Command Post - The emergency command post is to be set up in the President’s office.  If this sight in not useable, the Emergency Director will select an alternative location. 

Responsibilities

Emergency Director/President:

  • Provides overall direction of the College emergency response.
  • Prepares the College’s specific response.
  • Declares and cancels the College’s state of emergency
  • Notifies ACCSC and other applicable agencies.
  • Approves media communication.

Administrative Team (Emergency Response Team):

  • Oversees coordination of the College’s emergency response.
  • Notifies other employees and other companies (not associated with Platt College-if needed) in the building of the emergency.
  • Works with the Dean of Nursing and/or Faculty Chair and the Registrar in establishing alternative classroom areas as required.
  • Implements plan for media coverage if applicable.
  • Maintains contact with the President for handling communications and public information.
  • Obtains the assistance of utility companies as required.
  • Surveys habitable space and relocates essential functions.
  • Aids in directing students to safe areas and assists with accountability of students.
  • Provides directional assistance where needed.
  • Coordinates counseling resources and services as needed.
  • Contacts appropriate personnel in the building to inform, update, and communicate status of emergency.
  • Administers evacuation plans for the building. 

Subscribe/Unsubscribe to Platt College's Emergency Alert System

Your Platt College email is automatically subscribed to the College's Emergency Alert System once you are officially enrolled as a student or for employees upon official hire date. You can add your mobile phone to the system if you wish to receive text alerts; standard messaging rates with your personal phone carrier apply.  You cannot opt out of emergency messages delivered to your Platt College-issued email address; however, you can unsubscribe your phone by texting the word STOP to 67283 or 226787.  Once you have elected to unsubscribe from the system, please allow up to 24 hours for your subscription to be updated. 

Update Your Subscription in Platt College's Emergency Alert System

In the event of an emergency or impending threat, Platt College will send emails and text messages to our students. Once you are enrolled as a student or hired as an employee, you are are automatically enrolled in the Emergency Alert System. You may unsubscribe at any time. If you have changed your cell phone number and/or phone carrier (i.e. ATT to Verizon) you must update your information to ensure you are receiving notifications. To make certain Platt College has accurate and current contact information for emergency alert notifications, students should update their information by completing this online form. 

*Please note that updating your information through the online form only updates your information for emergency notifications; to update your student account with the College, please log into the portal and update your information under edit profile. 

Available Subscriptions to Platt College Emergency Alert System

Friends and family members can't subscribe directly, however as a student or employee, you have the option to include additional contact numbers and email addresses in your established account. Students and employees may add additional contact information to their accounts.

Fine Print

One message per quarter is scheduled to test the Platt College Alert system. Depending on your plan, you may be charged by your cell phone carrier for this message.  Message and data rates may apply. Alerts sent via SMS may not be delivered to you if your phone is not in range of a transmission site, or if sufficient network capacity is not available at a particular time. Even within a coverage area, factors beyond the control of your wireless carrier may interfere with message delivery, including the customer's equipment, terrain, proximity to buildings, foliage, and weather. You acknowledge that urgent alerts may not be timely received and that your wireless carrier does not guarantee that alerts will be delivered.

The use of this capability will be limited to emergency communications. Emergency communications are defined as urgent notices regarding matters that impact the health and safety of members of the Platt College community and closure of the College campus. This determination will be made only by the President, Chief Financial Officer, Dean of Nursing, or their designees. Platt College will not give, rent or voluntarily supply your information to any third party for any reason other than emergency notification.

You may return to this page at any time to update your information or unsubscribe completely. You will also be automatically unsubscribed from the Platt College Alert System when you terminate your relationship with the College. Once your Platt College email is deprovisioned, your subscription to the Platt College Alert System will terminate automatically.