Emergency Procedures for Fire and Tornado
Emergency Text Messaging Notification System (e2Campus)

Temporary Closing/Late Start Information 

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, staff, and visitors. With this in mind, the following paragraphs reflect the policies and procedures to follow in case of any emergency or criminal act which takes place on the campus of Southwestern Community College at the Creston campus, the Red Oak Center, or the Osceola Center.

EMERGENCY TEXT MESSAGING NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

The e2Campus service provides a campus-wide emergency notification system to send instant text messages and/or e-mail messages to all students, faculty, and staff who have elected to receive them.  This service also allows users to receive messages when classes are canceled and/or messages when the college is closed due to weather.

To sign up for e2Campus, SWCC's campus-wide emergency text messaging notification system, students and/or staff members should log on to the appropriate SWCC CampusConnect system:  Student CampusConnect or Faculty CampusConnect.  Once logged on to CampusConnect, look for the following link, "CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR ACCESS TO YOUR ACCOUNT."  New students receive training on CampusConnect during new student orientation sessions. 

With this system in place, SWCC can instantly and simultaneously distribute brief time-sensitive messages in emergency situations.  Although there is not one system that is 100 percent guaranteed effective, this is a great addition to methods of communication. 

If the Emergency Alert sound is activated on campus, students and staff should immediately check their text messages.

NOTE:  Some carriers may charge for incoming text messages so keep this in mind should you decide to sign up.  You may also sign up to receive the same messages via email with or without signing up your cell phone number.   

Temporary Closing/Late Start Information

Every effort will be made to keep the college open. However, should inclement weather or other emergencies necessitate closing the college or delaying the start of classes, the decision will be made between 5-5:30 a.m. and will be announced on the following:

Radio Stations 

KSIB-KITR Creston (AM 1520/FM 101.3); KOAK/KCSI Red Oak (AM 1080/FM 95.3); KMA Shenandoah (AM 960); WHO Des Moines (AM 1040); KJAN Atlantic (AM 1220)

Television Stations

KCCI-TV 8 Des Moines; WHO-TV 13 Des Moines; WOI-TV 5 Ames/Des Moines; KMTV-TV 3 Omaha; WOWT-TV 6 Omaha

When inclement weather causes the college to have a two-hour delay the following procedures will be followed:

If the two-hour delay occurs on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday

  • Classes will start at 9:40 a.m.
  • 7:30 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. classes will not meet
  • Offices will open at 9 a.m.

If the two-hour delay occurs on a Tuesday or Thursday

  • Classes will start at 9 a.m.
  • 7:30 a.m. classes will not meet
  • Offices will open at 9 a.m.

FIRE

The fire alarm will be a continuous sound from the alarm horn. Evacuate the building by the nearest exit and move a minimum of 100 feet away from building.  Maps are posted throughout SWCC facilities.

Fire Alarm Sound 

TORNADO

The tornado alarm will be a fluctuating tone. Move to the designated tornado shelter areas. Maps are posted throughout SWCC facilities.

Tornado Alarm Sound