Emergency Procedures

Emergencies: Dial 919-866-5911

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Active shooter


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Keep your hands visible


  • Lock and barricade doors
  • Turn off lights and silence cellphones
  • Do not huddle together; spread out


  • Fighting is the last resort, to be used only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
  • Find an object to use as a weapon, such as a chair, fire extinguisher or items in your classroom or office

Information you should provide the 911 operator:

  • Your exact location
  • Location of the shooter, if you know it
  • Number of shooters, if more than one
  • Description of the shooter(s)
  • Number and type of weapons involved
  • Number of potential victims

When law enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm and follow all officers' instructions
  • Raise your hands and keep them visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements toward the officers


Wake Tech WARN is an emergency alert system designed to inform and instruct the campus community in case of an emergency on or near Wake Tech grounds. This site is updated continuously to make sure you have the latest information. In the event of an emergency or inclement weather situation, Wake Tech WARN will notify you in the following ways:

  • Wake Tech Warn Signup Button
  • Email
  • Text message
  • Voicemail

Current students and employees of Wake Tech are automatically registered for Wake Tech WARN email alerts. Login with your Key Account username and password to add another email address or phone number.  Parents and community members can also sign up for Wake Tech WARN.

In addition to Wake Tech WARN, the college will issue important safety alerts in the following ways:

  • Banner on the homepage of the website
  • Alerts to campus computers that are logged onto by employees
  • Announcements via local media and social media

Bomb threats

  • Remain calm.
  • If the threat is received by telephone and you have caller ID, record the incoming phone number.
  • Do not move or touch suspicious packages and note their location for authorities.
  • Report the threat to Campus Police at 919-866-5911
  • Campus Police will decide when and if to evacuate or summon outside assistance.
  • To avoid panic, do not announce the call to other occupants of the building.

Building evacuation

  • Remain calm
  • Move quickly and quietly to a safe distance from the building
  • Staff and faculty are responsible for directing students and guests a safe distance from the building.
  • Do not use elevators when evacuating.
  • Take the shortest route to an exit unless it is blocked by fire, debris or other hazards.
  • If requested, accompany and assist individuals with disabilities.
  • Do not re-enter the building until cleared to do so by proper authorities.

Disruptive or distressed individual

If you feel threatened or endangered, call Campus Police at 919-866-5911 or 911.

Disruptive behavior is behavior that interferes with students, faculty or staff and their access to appropriate educational or work environment. Examples may include the following:

  • Yelling or screaming
  • Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention
  • Words or actions that intimidate or harass others
  • Words or actions that cause another to fear for his or her personal safety
  • Threats of physical assault

If you are not concerned for your immediate safety or that of others, you may contact one or more of the following for assistance:


  • Evacuate the building if time permits
  • Move to an open space, away from objects that may fall
  • If you must remain inside move to a door frame, under a table or sit on the floor against an interior wall.
  • Cover your head and eyes with your arms.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Report the location of injured people to Campus Police at 919-866-5911.

Elevator safety

  • If stuck in an elevator, try to remain calm.
  • Use the elevator emergency call button to alert officials of your location.
  • If there is no answer or service, call Campus Police at 919-866-5911 or call 911.
  • If the elevator is stuck between floors, do not attempt to exit.

Emergency phones

Emergency "blue light" phones are two-way call boxes located strategically on most Wake Tech campuses. Emergency phones can also be found in all elevators. These phones connect the caller to the Campus Police Communications Center, and the dispatcher then contacts the appropriate emergency responder for the caller. All phones are inspected weekly.


  • Remain calm.
  • Fire alarms may be activated manually at pull stations or automatically by sensors.
  • Any person who sees smoke or fire in a building should immediately activate the fire alarm.
  • Do not use elevators when evacuating.
  • Staff and faculty should direct students and guests out of the building at the closest, safe, unblocked exit.
  • Close doors as you evacuate.
  • Assist any individuals with disabilities during an evacuation.
  • Move to a safe location at least 300 feet away from the building.
  • Call campus police after evacuating at 919-866-5911.
  • Do not re-enter the building until cleared to do so by proper authorities.

Medical emergency



  • Unless trained, do not render assistance above basic first aid.
  • Do not leave the victim unattended.
  • Do not give the victim anything to eat or drink.


  • Campus Police will direct emergency personnel to the location.
  • Advise EMS of the circumstances of the injury or illness.

Reporting an emergency or a crime

  • Call Campus Police at 919-866-5911
  • Call 911
  • Activate a "blue light" emergency phone when in parking or walking areas
  • Try to remain calm
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Try to provide all the information possible to the dispatcher
  • Remain on the phone with the dispatcher
  • Instruct someone to meet emergency personnel and escort them to the incident

Severe weather/tornado

Severe storms or tornadoes can develop quickly and without warning. Campus Police monitor the weather and will alert the school through Wake Tech WARN.

In the event of a tornado or severe thunderstorm:

  • Go to the lowest area possible in the building.
  • Move to the center of the room or in a stairwell.
  • Close doors upon leaving your room.
  • Stay away from exterior windows, hanging objects or large, open rooms.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Call Campus Police at 919-866-5911 and provide your location.

Shelter in place

  • Remain calm.
  • Shelter in place is used when there are hazards outside a building, such as severe weather, chemical spills or other emergencies.
  • Stay inside the building until further directed by Campus Police.
  • Stay away from windows, exterior doors and areas that have large roof spans, such as gymnasiums.
  • Remain sheltered until cleared to do so by proper authorities.