Timely Warnings, Emergency Notification & Emergency Preparedness
PCTI Utilizes our Stars notification system for the purpose of communicating with the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or emergency situation deemed an immediate threat to the health or safety of our students and staff. By default, all students become apart of this emergency notification system. Student telephone numbers provided to faculty and staff at the time of admission is used for all messaging alerts.
In the event a situation arises—either on or off campus—a “timely warning” will be issued so long that it is deemed as immediate threat to the PCTI community. Notices may be sent via text message, voice mail, or email or posted to the PCTI homepage.
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
PCTI has established emergency response and evacuation procedures to ensure that it is prepared for emergency situations. The Houston Police Department are first responders for all emergencies, including police, fire, and medical emergencies. In the event of a fire, call 911 first! HPD responds to all calls for service and addresses any hazardous situation it encounters during patrol operations or that is reported. The PCTI Security Officer is the Incident Commander for all confirmed emergency situations and will determine the content of the message and identify the segment(s) of the community to be notified.
In the interest of safety for the members of our community, PCTI will initiate an alert without delay unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
The PCTI Security Officer is responsible for the maintenance, review, and revision of the PCTI’s emergency response and evacuation plans and coordinates regular tests of the emergency response and evacuation procedures on at least an annual basis. These tests may be announced or unannounced and each will be documented with a description of the exercise, the date and time, and whether the test was announced or unannounced.