Emergency Notification


Bristol Community College
Safety Alerts and Public Safety Notices

Emergency Notification
Imminent or ongoing threat to the community. 

An Emergency notification is triggered by an event for any significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring at Bristol Community College (Bristol) involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees.

  • The intent of an Emergency Notification is to inform people that an event is occurring or imminently threatening the campus to enable people to protect themselves.
  • The College will issue an Emergency Notification even if the threat is not on or immediately adjacent to campus, if the situation nonetheless presents an immediate danger to the health or safety of students or employees.

The Emergency Notification may involve a:

  • criminal act that presents an immediate threat; or 
  • non-criminal immediate threats, such as an approaching hurricane or other extreme weather condition, a hazardous materials release, a fire or explosion, or an armed intruder. 

There are six emergency notification methods that may be use during an Emergency Notification and determined on a case-by-case basis:

  1. Text messages (all locations)
  2. Reverse phone messages (all locations)
  3. Hall and common-space large screen monitors (all locations)
  4. Desktop computers (all locations)
  5. External emergency phone speakers (Fall River only)
  6. Siren atop the Learning Resources Center (Fall River only)

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to issue Emergency Notifications upon confirmation of a (1) significant emergency or dangerous situation that (2) involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees.

Emergency notifications are triggered by a far broader range of potential threats — any significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees at a Bristol location, but not the other Clery public property or non-campus areas. This could overlap and include a Clery crime such as a shooting, but it also covers crimes not reportable under Clery as well as non-criminal incidents, such as an outbreak of a communicable illness, an impending weather emergency or a gas leak.Notifications are to be issued immediately upon confirmation of the emergency by responsible authorities pre-identified by the institution in their annual Clery Act reports.