Kishwaukee College is committed to campus safety and the well-being of students, faculty,
and staff. An emergency can happen at any time. The College has developed an all-hazard
emergency response plan to respond to these emergencies. It’s important for everyone
to be aware of their surroundings and respond accordingly to an emergency if it arises.
Emergency Response Procedures
Immediately call 9-1-1 and notify dispatch of the situation along with notifying on-campus
security/DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office by dialing 9-5-2-9.
Give as much detail about what you saw/heard as possible and give the location of
the nearest room/room number.
Unfortunately, there is not a single response that fits all situations of an armed
intruder situation. However, by maintaining a Run, Hide, Fight mindset one can increase
the odds of surviving.
Always be aware of your surroundings.
Become familiar with two different exit routes from your current locations.
Be familiar with areas you could hide if you are unable to exit your current location.
If the room is safe to hide, turn off the lights. If possible, lock the door, and
barricade the door using whatever is available (chairs, desks, etc.).
When evacuating and hiding are not options, as a last resort option, become familiar
with items that could possibly help you fight back to survive.
During an incident, assess the information to determine the best course of action.
Watch the following video to familiarize yourself with the College's Run. Hide. Fight.
Dial 9-1-1 from a landline.
DO NOT USE cell phones or other electronic devices — these could trigger further explosions.
Take cover under solid furnishings, away from windows if possible.
If it is safe to do so, evacuate the building and look for Supervisor Response Team
(SRT) Members in yellow vests, SLT members wearing green vests, and on-campus DeKalb
County Sheriff's Office deputies for direction.
If it is not safe to evacuate (there is excessive damage and debris), wait for emergency
personnel to assist in evacuating you.
If you see fire/smoke:
If the fire alarm hasn't been activated, go to a pull station and activate it.
Evacuate the building quickly, and take valuables with you.
Close doors to confine fire and reduce oxygen.
Look for SRT members wearing yellow vests or SLT members wearing green vests for direction
As you are exiting the building, instruct anyone along the way to evacuate.
If there is an individual needing assistance, report this information to an SRT member
or a first responder.
Evacuate to the nearest AREA evacuation point.
Report any information regarding concerns for individuals or building issues to the
nearest SRT or SLT member.
If feasible, check in with an instructor or supervisor.
Remain at the nearest AREA evacuation point.
Do not leave campus — this will assist with determining safe and complete student
and staff evacuation from the building.
Staying on campus will allow emergency personnel to access the building via Malta
Road entrances without obstruction.
Once an ALL CLEAR is communicated, everyone may return to the building.
If unable to evacuate:
If in a classroom or office, stay in the room, keep the door closed, and use items
(towels, shirts, etc.) to seal the bottom of your door to prevent smoke from seeping
If in a hallway, stay close to the ground where the air is less toxic. Attempt to
find a safer location.
Notify 9-1-1 that you are unable to evacuate. Provide your name, room number, stairwell,
number of individuals with you, etc.
If possible, put something in the window to alert first responders that you are trapped
in your room.
Perla Gonzalez, a Kishwaukee College nursing student, was named the recipient of a $1,000 Illinois Community College Faculty Association (ICCFA) Student Scholarship. She was recognized with the award at the ICCFA conference luncheon on Nov. 10 in Bloomington.
The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education department will offer seven short-term training programs during the Spring 2024 semester. Kish short-term programs provide students with the skills and training needed to meet local workforce demands. The programs range from 11-20 weeks, allowing students to immediately start a career or build upon their skills with additional training.