LARGO, Md. (April 30, 2018) -- Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) will
participate in a region-wide emergency lockdown exercise, Operation EPiC
Collaboration, on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The
exercise is part of a larger initiative to evaluate the college’s preparedness
in the event of a mass attack and will be conducted by Ascenttra, a design firm
certified to perform Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
the exercise, college officials, security and law enforcement, emergency
responders, and the area hospital will experience and respond to the scenario
of a complex coordinated attack perpetrated on the PGCC campus. The exercise is
critical to the safety and security of students, faculty, and staff and will
demonstrate the effectiveness of protocols established for real-life attacks.
“This drill is important to do
because we have never incorporated EMS and fire partners in an emergency
exercise like this before,” says Larry Walker, Prince George’s Community
College Chief of Police and Emergency Management. “We have done training with
people from all over the state, and we have worked quite a bit with our law
“But all of those exercises
always stop at the point where the threat is neutralized. And we know from
seeing these types of events in other places that part of the event can be over
very quickly, but there’s still so much work to be done getting injured people
out, rescuing people who might be barricaded in place, and searching to make
sure we’ve accounted for all victims.”
An OwlAlert message will be
sent to notify the college community once the exercise has started and ended.
Those on campus may see volunteers in realistic makeup acting as trauma
victims, and should be prepared to follow instructions from emergency responders
and the college police in the event that they are given.
exercise should not disrupt classes; however, students, faculty, staff, and
campus visitors should be aware of parking restrictions. Lot D
and the first 6 parking lanes in Lot E will not be available for staff, faculty
and students to use on Thursday, May 3 because of the exercise. College police
will also close the Marlboro Loop. Individuals that need (or may require)
handicap parking can park in the handicap parking lot at the rear of Lanham
Important Things to Know
should faculty, staff, and students contact for instructions about what to do
during the drill?
James D. Weed Sr., MS.,MDPEMP
Emergency Preparedness Manager
College Police and Emergency Management
(if any) is going to direct traffic?
Law enforcement will be on site to direct traffic to
will you know the emergency exercise has started and ended?
A notification will be sent via Owl Alert to announce
when the exercise starts and when it ends.
should you do during the emergency exercise?
Students, faculty, and staff should continue their day
as usual. There is no need to simulate what you would need to do during the
exercise; however, it is advised that you review information for what to do in
the event that there is a real-life active shooter incident. You can review
information here: https://bit.ly/2Funztx
this exercise disrupt classes?
The scheduled exercise will have no impact on classes.
Classes will continue as scheduled and students will be able to enter and exit
the building as usual. Be mindful of the parking changes that will be in effect
during the exercise.
will provide information and instructions to the students who are on the campus
during the drill but are not in class?
Emergency officials will be on site and will instruct
those not in classrooms to other areas if necessary. Additionally, students,
faculty, and staff can follow @PGCCNews on Twitter for important notifications
and updates during the exercise.
faculty and staff stack furniture against doors during the exercise?
Employees are not required to simulate the physical
aspects of a lockdown, but they should discuss the emergency procedures and
become familiar with lockdown procedures.
About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance
designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security
(2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality
education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of
Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to
more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their
skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages,
backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college
is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County.
Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a
commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and
workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website
at www.pgcc.edu. Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle
States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
19104; (267-284-5000); www.msche.org.The
Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting
agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher