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Emergency Operations Committee

Josh Gerstman conducts safety drill.


reen River Community College is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment for all students, employees and visitors. To aid in that goal, Green River has implemented practices and methods to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from emergencies that affect the college.

The Emergency Operations Plan is a guide to provide Green River College faculty, staff and students with an emergency and crisis management system. The EOP is an "all-hazards" document that contains concepts and procedures that apply regardless of the nature or origin of an emergency or disaster. The response to any major crisis or disturbance will be conducted within the framework of this plan. Critical to this goal is being knowledgeable about what to do in the event of an emergency. Planning and being prepared is a shared responsibility.

Prevention-Mitigation Actions taken to decrease (prevent) the likelihood that an event or crisis will occur, and to eliminate or reduce the loss of life and property damage related to an event or crisis (mitigation).
Preparedness Development of the strategies, processes and protocols to prepare for potential emergencies.
Response Operational effort to effectively respond to and resolve an emergency.
Recovery Coordination of resources to recover from an emergency and return to normal operations. 



The Emergency Operations Plan is designed to effectively coordinate the use of college and community resources in responding to all levels of campus emergencies and incidents. It is activated by the President of Green River College or any senior administrator present whenever such an emergency or incident reaches proportions beyond the capacity of routine procedures. The College will interact with local law enforcement, fire departments, and other county, state, and federal agencies, as necessary.

Alert/threat levels

  • Level 1: Disaster. A community, region or nationwide emergency that seriously impairs or halts the operation of the College.
  • Level 2: Major Emergency. A serious emergency that completely disrupts one or more operations of the College and may affect mission-critical functions or life safety.
  • Level 3: Minor Emergency. A localized, contained incident that is quickly resolved with internal resources or limited help and does not affect the overall functioning capacity of the College.
  • Level 4: Minor Incident. Incidents that happen during daily operations that require minimal internal or external resources and do not affect the daily operations of the College.


Priority 1 Objectives relate to preservation and safety of human life. Priority 2 and 3 Objectives relate to preservation of property and restoration of normal operations. Effort and action will focus on Priority 1 Objectives until substantially met. Priority 2 and 3 Objectives will be addressed as resources are available.

Communications & media relations

Rapid, accurate and purposeful communication of key information and messages is essential. Precise communication minimizes the potential for any inaccurate, negative, or detrimental information being disseminated to all stakeholders. The College President or designee is responsible for authorizing all information to be released.

The primary sources for communicating any changes in operations are listed below:

  • Campus telecom public address system: Announcements are made through all campus telephones.
  • Green River Safety Alerts (e2campus): This free subscription service allows students, employees and others to receive emergency alerts by text or email 24/7.
  • Green River website
  • Social media (Facebook & Twitter)
  • College email
  • Desktop/digital alerts: Announcements are posted on all desktop computers and digital signage throughout all campuses.
  • Direct link: An EOC member or designee will be dispatched to any college site that is being evacuated and will serve as a direct link to the college EOC.

EOC Activation


The Green River College Emergency Operations Plan is operated under the Incident Command System (ICS) as designed by the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The primary objective of the ICS is the management of assigned resources for effective control of any situation. The ICS organization expands in a modular fashion based upon the type and complexity of the incident. The Incident Commander manages major functions until span of control restrictions require the delegation of emergency functions. Functions are delegated to the command and operational staff, who are equipped to manage the "hands-on" details of the incident.


The first person on the scene is considered the Incident Commander (IC) until he or she relinquishes it to an EOC member or emergency personnel.  The IC shall be the "decision maker" for all issues during the declared emergency.  The IC will use established procedures for guidance to protect the health, welfare and safety of the College and its community. 

Emergency Operations Center Locations

The Emergency Operations Center is a designated location from which the Green River Emergency Operations Team will coordinate and gather the appropriate resources for the situation.

Primary Location

The primary location for the EOC is the Administration (AD) Building Boardroom.

Secondary Location

In the event that the Boardroom in the Administration (AD) Building is part of the emergency or is unsafe, the secondary location will be the Facilities Department Conference Room in the Facilities Office (FO) Building


Delayed Start Classes are delayed, but College operations will continue and the College will be open for business.
Closed Campus Classes are canceled, but College operations will continue and the College will be open for business. 
Suspended Operations Campus is closed to students and all non-essential personnel. 


Each section of the EOC will be responsible for keeping documentation during an emergency event including detailed notes, logs, observations and event summary.

Keeping accurate documentation during an emergency is critical as it is important to record historic data and assess and review college emergency procedures.   The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $27,500 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs. The Director of Campus Safety will be responsible for any Clery Act documentation.

Logical response and recovery steps

  1. Emergency occurs
  2. Campus Safety calls emergency agencies
  3. Facilities calls the appropriate utilities as needed
  4. Incident Commander makes a decision to activate the EOC
  5. Once the EOC is activated, all Emergency Operations Center members are to meet at the Incident Command Center in a timely manner
  6. Further action is determined by the emergency and the Incident Commander

What to do


o emergency is ever the same therefore no single response can dictate how an emergency will be dealt with. Green River College will do everything within its power and resources to prevent the loss of life and property.

Minimum Guidelines

  • Always assess if anyone is injured and the severity of the injuries. Immediately call Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350 and/or call 911.
  • Provide traffic control assistance to enable emergency vehicles to respond.
  • Never speculate about the circumstances of an emergency.
  • Follow directions given by law enforcement or emergency response personnel.
  • Remain calm; keep each other informed as much as possible; reassure others.
  • Do not speak to the media; direct them to Campus Safety or the PIO.
  • Closely monitor all communication channels to keep informed of developments, especially before traveling to campus.

Active shooter/armed intruder/shelter in place

Armed assailants and "active shooters" create highly unpredictable situations. The following guidelines are based on federal training guidelines and best practices. An alternate response may be necessary depending upon the actual situation. Every situation is different. Trust your judgment for the best course of action. Your own safety is your top priority!


  • Lock and barricade the doors
  • Close curtains, stay quiet and away from windows
  • HIDE and turn off/silence computer monitors, radios, cell phones and other audio devices
  • If outside, run away from the gunshots or armed intruder


  • Stay calm and keep thinking
  • Shelter in place
  • Call Campus Safety at extension 3350 and dial 911 if you can
  • Notify others via phone and text what you know
  • Follow law enforcement instructions
  • AS A LAST RESORT, you may need to physically confront an armed intruder


  • DO NOT answer the door
  • DO NOT come out until notified by law enforcement

Acts of violence

Disturbance, fights or physical abuse

It is important that you not ignore a potential dangerous situation. If you hear yelling or threatening language, confront it immediately or ask someone for help. Knock on a closed door to see if everything is all right or approach individuals to ask if there is a problem. It is better to interrupt a situation that could be dangerous, than to ignore it. If you are uncomfortable doing that, call someone who can help. A call to Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus phone extension 3350 can generate help very quickly.

If you witness a fight or some other physical abuse, do not become involved but contact Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus phone extension 3350 immediately. It is recommended that you then return to the scene of the incident and attempt to disperse onlookers and discourage others from becoming involved in the confrontation.

Workplace violence

Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors.

Green River College requires faculty, staff, students and visitors to report any incident of workplace violence, verbal or physical, to a supervisor, Campus Safety, Human Resources or a member of the Behavior Intervention Team.

Biological threat

In the event of a biological attack, public health officials may not immediately be able to provide information on what you should do. It will take time to determine exactly what the illness is, how it should be treated, and who is in danger.

The first evidence of an attack may be when you notice symptoms of the disease caused by exposure to an agent. In a declared biological emergency or developing epidemic, there may be reason to stay away from crowds where others may be infected.


  • Call Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or extension 3350 from a campus phone
  • Quickly get away if you are near the biological threat
  • If you are indoors, close doors and windows and stay inside until notified by officials


  • If you are outdoors, stay upstream, uphill and upwind of the area if you see people suffering from signs of exposure (choking, tearing)
  • Protect yourself. Cover your mouth and nose with layers of fabric that can filter the air but still allow breathing
  • If you have been exposed to a biological agent, remove and bag your clothes and personal items, wash yourself with soap and water, and immediately seek emergency medical attention


  • DO NOT assume that you should go to a hospital emergency room or that any illness is the result of a biological threat

Bomb threat

All bomb threats must be taken seriously. Bomb threats can be delivered in a variety of ways including in-person, via telephone, or in writing. The most dangerous means is in-person; the most common means is by telephone.


  • Remain calm
  • Keen your distance from the person making the threat
  • Evacuate the area if possible


  • Try to signal other people so they can call 911 or Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus phone extension 3350.
  • Talk to the individual in a calm and rational manner


  • DO NOT approach the individual
  • DO NOT try to negotiate with the person making the threat

Campus closure/evacuation



  • Evacuate the room or area immediate and move to a designated rally point


  • Offer assistance to others whenever possible
  • if there is time, take personal belongings with you
  • After evacuating, stay at the rally point


  • DO NOT use the elevator -- take the stairs
  • DO NOT return to the building until notified OK to do so by officials

Civil disturbance

Demonstrations that do not restrict pedestrian traffic or disrupt education are allowed on campus. In the event of a civil disturbance, please follow these guidelines:

Peaceful demonstrations

  • Notify Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350
  • Campus Safety will monitor the demonstration for vandalism or signs of escalation
  • Campus Safety will contact police, if needed
  • Preplanned demonstrations may have law enforcement presence

Disruptive or destructive demonstrations

  • Notify Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350
  • Identify individuals acting out (clothing, physical description and activity engaged in)
  • Campus Safety will contact police, if needed


Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. The likelihood of a large earthquake occurring in the Puget Sound region is high. Therefore, it is important to know safety precautions during an earthquake.


  • If inside, stay there
  • If outside, get into an open area


  • Get under a desk or table, or stand in a doorway or corner
  • Stay clear of windows, bookcases or mirrors
  • Extinguish any open flames our sources of ignition immediately
  • If in a multi-story building, stay on the same floor. An evacuation may not be necessary. Wait for instructions from safety personnel


  • DO NOT use elevators
  • DO NOT rush for doors
  • DO NOT re-enter buildings until notified OK to do so by officials


Be prepared

  • Be sure you know the location of fire extinguishers, exits and pull stations in your area
  • Always evacuate when you hear the fire alarm. There is no way to know whether the alarm is false or not. Evacuate the proceed immediately to the nearest building rally point


  • Pull fire alarm
  • Call Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350
  • Evacuate the building, close the doors


  • Smother or douse a small, minor fire if you feel you can control it without endangering others
  • Call Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350 even if the fire is out
  • If fire is small AND you have extinguisher training, use a portable fire extinguisher to put out the fire
  • If you have doubt about the size of the fire or your ability to extinguish it, do not try. Evacuate.
  • If you become trapped, get as low as possible where there is the least amount of smoke


  • DO NOT attempt to extinguish a fire if you doubt the size or your ability
  • DO NOT use elevators
  • DO NOT stop for personal belongings or records
  • DO NOT stand in smoke. Crawl to nearest exit, cover your nose and mouth with a cloth to avoid inhaling smoke
  • DO NOT open a door if smoke is pouring in or around the bottom or if it feels hot


Green River College has several operations that are located in the Green River Valley and could be directly impacted by a flood. Several employees and more than 1,000 students are at valley locations that include Kent Campus; Auburn Center; ABE/ESOL locations at the Auburn, Algona/Pacific and Kent Libraries; and various internships, practicum, and other learning opportunities.

In addition to learning operations in the valley, many students and employees and their families live in areas that may be directly impacted by flood waters. Many more live in areas outside the flood zone, but rely on using valley roadways, as well as bus and train transportation to reach Green River campuses.

While the main campus would not be impacted directly by Green River flooding, indirect impacts could include the loss of utilities - electricity, natural gas, sanitation/sewer, and transportation, to name a few. The main campus could also be impacted by large numbers of employees and students, who could not for various reasons report to work or school.

Evacuation plan Kent Campus and Auburn Center

The EOC will be responsible for announcing and coordinating the evacuation of the Kent Campus and/or Auburn Center, unless prior instruction is provided by city officials, emergency planners or police and fire. Both facilities may, or may not, be evacuated simultaneously. Evacuation notification from the EOC may be delivered by a variety of means including in-person, phone, email, or other means. If available, students and staff will be given a timeline of when the Green River is expected to crest flood stage. Employees are expected to ensure that all students have safely left the building and have transportation to unaffected areas. Once students are safely evacuated, employees may be asked to follow building systems shutdown plans that could include securing equipment, files, fire and security systems, elevator and IT/telecom protocol, shutting down the main power, and securing outside doors (see building checklist).

Kent Campus and Auburn Center re-entry

Adequate time will be allowed to bring facilities back online following an evacuation.  Re-entry of a facility is to be coordinated by the EOC in conjunction with Campus Safety and Facilities. Building employees will be notified when they can return to their work location.  Students will not be allowed to return to buildings until systems are in place and buildings are adequately staffed.

Hazardous materials

A hazardous spill could occur on or off-campus and affect the entire college and nearby community.


  • Call Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350
  • Evacuate the immediate area, avoid the area of the spill, and close the doors behind you


  • If material contacts your skin, immediately flush the affected area with copious amounts of water. Remove and discard contaminated clothing and shoes.
  • Consider extinguishing a naked flame or fire hazard
  • If outside, stay upstream, uphill and upwind of the spill


  • DO NOT attempt to clean up the spill yourself
  • DO NOT leave campus until officials have initiated campus evacuation procedures
  • DO NOT return to a building until notified by officials

Public Health Threat

High-risk exposure

The steps listed below are to be taken in response to a "high-risk" exposure incident, which is defined as an accidental puncture injury, mucus membrane, or non-intact skin exposure to human blood or body fluid. A high-risk exposure should be considered infectious, regardless of the source.

  • Immediately and thoroughly wash the exposed site with soap and water, or flush the eye and mucus membrane with water or saline for 15 minutes.
  • Report the incident to your supervisor immediately.
  • Notify Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350, who will notify the appropriate personnel. 

Contact with the following bodily fluids or materials are not covered by this section: semen, feces, nasal secretions, saliva, sputum, spit, sweat, tears, urine, and vomit. If any of the preceding bodily fluids contain visible blood, then follow the high-risk procedures listed above. If a spill or contaminated area is in a college building, contact Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350.

Severe weather

Extreme weather conditions such as ice or wind storms, blizzard conditions or heavy snow could result in emergency conditions requiring cancellation or delayed start of classes, or campus closure.

Green River College will make every attempt to keep offices and services operating in inclement weather. However, there may be times when weather is too severe for the College to remain open. The President will make the final decision on whether classes are canceled, start late, or suspend operations based on information provided by the EOC.

Structural failure

In the event of structural failure of any building, access will be restricted and notifications will be delivered via campus voicemail and email, e2Campus, and social media.


  • Call Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350


  • Leave the building, if you can
  • Call Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350 if others are still trapped
  • Free others if you can without endangering yourself or them


  • DO NOT enter a damaged building
  • DO NOT touch power lines or wiring. Gas utilities may be damaged and are extremely dangerous
  • DO NOT enter a building until notified OK by officials

Suspicious package

If you are suspicious of a mailing you received on campus and are unable to verify the contents with the addressee or sender, take the following steps:


  • Call Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350


  • Remain calm
  • Leave letter/package in area and evacuate immediately
  • Keep others out of area
  • Remain at site until emergency responders arrive


  • DO NOT disturb any contents in the letter or package
  • DO NOT ignore the threat
  • DO NOT attempt to clean up material
  • DO NOT touch face, eyes, nose or mouth

Utility failure


  • Call Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350


  • Remain in building until evacuation orders are given
  • Locate exit stairs or doors and evacuate the building while emergency lights are on
  • If a natural gas leak, leave the area immediately


  • DO NOT use candles or open flame
  • DO NOT enter the building until power is restored
  • DO NOT walk through standing water due to the potential for electrocution hazards

Volcanic eruption

In the event there is a large eruption that causes volcanic ash to fall on the College, the following steps should be taken:


  • Close all doors and windows
  • Call Campus Safety at 253-288-3350 or campus extension 3350


  • Avoid going outside if possible. If you go outside, cover your mouth and nose. Keep skin covered to avoid irritation from contact with ash.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Keep car or truck engines off.
  • Follow instructions from officials.   


Rally Points

In the event of a building evacuation on the main campus, all occupants should assemble at the nearest designated Rally Point location. Each building is assigned to the nearest Rally Point location below. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the map and Rally Locations. Building Captains and other personnel will help facilitate building evacuations to specified Rally Locations.

BuildingRally Location
AD, Trades P12 parking lot east of AD Building
Campus Corner Apartments P15 parking lot east of CCA
Holman Library P1 & P2 parking lots west of HL and RLC
IVC, IVD, CH 2nd Floor Exit Pathway Pond area between TC and CH
OEB, ZWC P3 parking lot north of ZWC
PE, Fitness Center, IVA P9 parking lot north of Fitness Center
SC P4 parking lot
SH, TC Salish Commons
SS, SH, PA, LC, HR Kennelly Commons
CH 1st Floor Exit, WT, MC, FO P6 parking lot south of Cedar Hall

Main Campus Rally Point map


  • Text messaging - Green River uses e2campus text messaging to alert subscribers to events affecting normal college operations. This is an opt-in system that requires registration confirmation and periodic renewal. Registration is free, although carrier message and data rates may apply.
  • Campus email - Green River will use college email to communicate with students and employees during and after an emergency. Timely notifications in compliance with the Clery Act will also be done through campus email from Campus Advisory email address.
  • Campus phone paging - Digital campus phones in office and classrooms may receive a message from the EOC during a campus emergency. Please be sure the volume on these phones is turned up in order to best hear any message.
  • Social media - Green River uses its Facebook page and Twitter feed to communicate with students, employees and the community during and after an emergency. Follow at @GreenRiverCC.
  • FlashAlert
  • TV and radio stations - Information shared through FlashAlert

Notification procedures

  • Daytime/regular business hours: If severe conditions develop during regular business hours, the President's Office or the EOC will all staff, faculty and students by email. Additionally, Campus Safety will notify instructors and students in classrooms.
  • Evening: Campus Safety will notify all faculty, staff and students still on campus by 3 p.m. (if possible).
  • Overnight: If severe conditions develop overnight (or continue from the previous day), the decision to close campus will be made by 5 a.m. (if possible), and off-campus notifications will begin immediately. 
  • Off-campus notifications: Radio and TV stations will be contacted to broadcast messages and all communications tools (listed above) will be employed.

Building Captains

Building captains assist the college’s Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) with evacuating and securing their designated building. It is imperative for building captains to keep the EOC informed of their building’s status, but they must be able to work independently until communication with the EOC can be established.

BuildingNameWork Extension
Administration (AD)
  • Greg Dysart
  • Patty Sikora
  • Debbie Knipschield
  • Jessica Tichy
  • 2014
  • 3301
  • 3306
  • 2684

Auburn Center SBAC



Peggy Barton



Campus Corner Apartments (CCA) Seth Grossman 3601
Child Care Center On-duty personnel N/A
Cedar Hall (CH) Mary Singer 2207
Enumclaw Campus (ENUM) Diane Anderson 3401
Fitness Center (FC) Anita Behrbaum 4577
Facilities (FO) Bart Dowd 2342
Gym (PE)
  • Dan Keene
  • Mike Behrbaum
  • 2490
  • 4328
Holman Library (HLB)
  • Catherine Rabold
  • Jennifer Dysart
  • Rhonda Daulton
  • 2093
  • 2094
  • 2240
Human Resources (HR1) Toya Turner 2599
International Village A (IVA) Tammy Hauge 2170
International Village D (IVD) Kai Hibbeln 2135
Kent Campus (KENT)
  • Michael Berry
  • Byron Ford
  • 5004
  • 5022
Lindbloom Student Center (LSC)
  • Patty Sherman
  • Denise Bennatts
  • Jessica Gilmore
  • Story Gilmore
  • Adam Brown
  • Julie French
  • 6012
  • 2510
  • 2648
  • 2404
  • 2451
  • 2430
Occupational Education B (OEB) Sarah Postel 6001
Performing Arts (PA) Kelly Eisenhour 4220
Rutkowski Learning Center (RLC)
  • Zach Lambert
  • Heather Lambert
  • 2320
  • 2319
Salish Hall 210 (SH)
  • Karen Sargent
  • Kristi Byarlay
  • Connie Jones
  • 2695
  • 2701
  • 2156
Salish Hall 220 (SH)
  • Lori Rapozo
  • LeaAnn Simpson
  • Marianne Jacobs
  • 4219
  • 4393
  • 4625
Science Center 1st floor (SC)
  • Brett Carroll
  • Dianne Lonsbery
  • 4322
  • 2730
Science Center 2nd floor (SC) Lois Ermish 2721
Science Center 3rd floor (SC) Angela Todd 4224
Technology Center 1st floor (TC) Doug Douglas 4671
Technology Center 2nd floor (TC) Alan Carter 4630
Trades & Industry (TI)
  • Scott Schreiber
  • Dan Sorensen
  • Kim Crawford
  • 4421
  • 4202
  • 4112
WETRC/CCE Sherrie Earl 2533
Zgolinski Welcome Center (ZWC)
  • Arin Carpenter
  • Debbie Lynes
  • Sarah Postel
  • Caitlin Orchard
  • 2808
  • 2657
  • 6001
  • 2813

Behavioral Intervention Team

The Behavioral Intervention Team’s (BIT) mission is to provide a safe environment for the campus community through collaboration, information collection, risk assessment, and intervention.

The BIT is a multidisciplinary team that meets on a regular basis to review and respond to reports of student behavior that may pose a threat of self-harm or a threat to the community.

One way for people to be referred to BIT is through the reports we write. If you see someone who is behaving oddly, but not necessarily doing anything wrong, still identify the person and write a report about what you saw. A lot of times a person you see will have a lot more going on, but we won’t know unless you say something!

AED locations

AED (Automated External Defibrillators) are devices used to check a person’s heart rhythm, and recognize and advise when a shock is needed. AEDs will provide verbal instructions when activated.

Locations of AEDs on campus are:

  • HL — south end of main first floor hallway
  • PA — south end of lobby
  • PE — hallway
  • TC — north end of lobby
  • SC — east first floor hallway
  • SH — northeast end of first floor instructional hallway
  • LSC — west entrance of first floor
  • Mobile unit in Safety under dispatch’s desk

First Aid kit locations


In an emergency, call 911.

College Emergency Phone Numbers

DepartmentCampus extensionExternal number

Auburn Center: 

  • Small Business Assistance Center
  • Washington Certification Services

  • 4953
  • 3372

  • 253-333-4953
  • 253-833-7681
Campus Safety 3350 253-288-3350
Campus Facilities & Maintenance 3333 253-288-3333
Campus operator/switchboard 0 253-833-9111
Campus Corner Apartments 3620 253-876-0700
Childcare Center N/A 253-939-7400
Enumclaw Campus 3340 253-288-3340
Kent Campus 5000


Online Information Sources