Emergency Preparedness

Expecting the Unexpected

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ALERTU is a text messaging option for emergency communication

Power outages, earthquakes, civil disturbances, and other disasters can occur without warning, placing members of the Allan Hancock College district community at risk. The district's emergency/disaster preparedness plan is designed to address campus emergencies. The overall purpose of the plan is to be prepared for the unexpected.

Specific Objectives of the Plan are to:
  • Minimize loss of life and property to the Allan Hancock College community
  • Control the emergency situation
  • Return the campus to normal operation as quickly as possible
  • Ensure that proper disaster recovery procedures are followed

Emergency/Disaster Management
In the event of a campus wide emergency, the president and district superintendent or his/her designee will activate the emergency/disaster plan.

Emergency activities will be coordinated from the emergency operations center (EOC), which has emergency power and communications equipment.  Santa Maria's EOC is currently designated as the Building B Captain's Room. The EOC in Lompoc is room 1-103. The EOC director is the president and district superintendent. Solvang and Vandenberg AFB fall under the jurisdiction of local sheriff and military police, respectively.

Emergency Notification

The effective dissemination of information is critical during an emergency.  As soon as possible, the office of public affairs and publications will place key emergency information on the college voicemail system.

In a large-scale disaster, pre-recorded information will be provided to KUHL 1440 AM and KSMA 1240 AM for broadcasting. All offices should have a small transistor radio with the capability of tuning into these radio stations for public information.


Allan Hancock College also utilizes a text messaging option that will enhance communication during crisis situations.  It is called "ALERTU" and it will allow us to broadcast critical information, in real time, to the mobile devices of employees and the student body.  This is particularly important for those who may be in, or near, a crisis zone.

For this service to be successful, it is important that persons who may be affected sign up via cell phone by following the steps below:

  1. With your cell, send a text message to 253788 (ALERTU) with the message "AHC."
  2. You will receive the response: "Please join AHC's Emergency Alert System.  No Spam.  Reply Y to sign up."
  3. Reply "Y"

You are now signed up for AHC's ALERTU service.

To Unsubscribe to ALERTU:

  1. Simply text STOP or UNSUB to 25378 (ALERTU).

For additional information or questions regarding emergency operations, contact the Allan Hancock College police department at (805) 922-6966, Ext. 3652.

College district emergency preparedness procedures are consistent with the California Emergency Services Act that establishes a Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) for an effective, standardized response to emergency/disaster situations.

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