Interim President Daryl Campbell said the college does have emergency-response plans in place and continues to expand and refine those procedures.
“First, let me offer condolences to victims and all those impacted by this afternoon’s events in Seattle,” said Campbell, just hours after reports of the June 5, 2014 event.
“Shoreline has done significant planning and training around emergency management and response and we are continuing to do more,” Campbell said. “A year ago, we adopted a comprehensive emergency management response plan. We implemented training for employees and, in fact, are in the middle of a training series that will extend through the summer and just had a training session for supervisors this past Friday.
“Our safety and security information and plans are online at www.shoreline.edu/safetyandsecurity. Although we are providing training, I urge everyone in campus community – students, faculty and staff – to familiarize themselves with the information.”
Leading that planning and training effort is Director of Safety and Security Robin Blacksmith. Blacksmith has years of experience as a community policing officer in nearby Edmonds and has also served as a corporate safety and security director for a major national banking firm.
In the past year, Blacksmith has implemented the Emergency Management Response Plan, worked with local law enforcement to host emergency-situation training on campus, bolstered crime reporting procedures, established and posted campus evacuation routes and works closely with a behavior monitoring and intervention team on campus.
The college also participates in a recently formed collaborative safety group of major agencies in the city of Shoreline to share information during emergencies.
To notify students and employees should an emergency arise, the college uses a web-based program that can send e-mail, voicemail and text notifications as well as post notices on the college website. The college is looking at additional ways to notify those both on- and off-campus in emergency situations.
“The event in Seattle is tragic,” Campbell said. “Shoreline has plans and training in place, but we are also continuing to work toward improving our ability to respond.”