Emergency Communications

Stay Connected: Campus Alerts

March 1, 2018

Campus Safety Update: Rainier Place intruder charged with misdemeanor, released

In mid-January, there was an attempted burglary of Rainier Place by an unknown male who identified himself as “Eddie.” An alert was sent to campus Jan. 17 (see below). Through coordinated efforts with Edmonds CC Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness and a combination of alerts, witness statements, and security camera footage, Lynnwood Police Department was able to identify, arrest, and charge Edward Rogers with a Criminal Trespass misdemeanor.

Rogers has since been released from custody. Should you see him on campus, please contact campus security immediately at 425.754.0154. The attached image of Roberts was taken by a witness.

Remember if you See Something, Say Something! The identification and arrest of Rogers would not have been possible if no one had spoken up.

Jan. 17, 2018

NOTICE – Timely Warning: Attempted burglary in Rainier Place: You are receiving this timely warning in compliance with The Clery Act and because you are part of the Edmonds Community College community. Through awareness, we are working to keep our campus safe.

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, Campus Security became aware of the details of an event that occurred in Rainier Place (residence hall) on Sunday, Jan. 14. This incident is classified under The Clery Act as an Attempted Burglary.  

An unknown male who identified himself to student residents as "Eddie" made entry on two occasions to an apartment in Rainier Place.  

The first attempt to enter was while a door was propped open for a resident returning from an errand. The suspect entered the room and when confronted stated he was there to take out the trash. He pulled the trash bag out and left with it.

The next time he made entry, the door was closed but unlocked and the residents were home. It was reported that he walked in and sat down next to a resident of the apartment. It does not appear at this time that anything was taken from the apartment.

This perpetrator also had an interaction with an event manager at Seaview Hall in which he gave his name as “Eddie” and offered to assist with taking out the trash.

The perpetrator is described as "a mid-twenties, darker skinned male, wearing a red beanie cap, and rubber boots." The image below shows the individual who is approximately 6 feet tall, medium to slender build, wearing a red stocking cap, and a darker colored T-shirt. He was observed getting into a smaller gray or silver SUV and leaving campus at approximately 9:45 p.m.

The image below of the perpetrator was taken by a witness. If you spot the perpetrator on campus or if you have any further information, you are encouraged to contact Campus Security at 425.754.0154.

Burglary suspect "Eddie"


Tips for safety in residence halls and private residences:

  • Keep the door(s) to your room or residence and windows locked at all times.
  • Report defective campus locks on windows and doors IMMEDIATELY to your RA or Property Manager.
  • Never sleep in an unlocked room or house.
  • Do not put your name or address on key rings.
  • Do not keep your room or residence and vehicle keys on the same ring.
  • If you lose the keys to your residence, have the lock(s) changed.
  • Require callers to identify themselves before opening your door.
  • Do not let strangers in to use your telephone. Direct them to a public telephone.
  • If you find that your room has been entered, DO NOT GO INSIDE. Call Campus Security immediately. If you are already inside, DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING. You may disturb evidence that is important to the police investigation.
  • If an intruder awakens you in your room, do not try to apprehend him. He may be armed or may easily arm himself with something inside the room. If he poses an immediate threat, get out of the room.
  • If you see a suspicious person or vehicle on campus or in your neighborhood, IMMEDIATELY contact the Campus Security. If it is safe to do so, try to get the license plate number.
  • In private residences if returning after dark, leave a light on at the entrance to your residence.
  • Do not prop open doors to your apartment, or entryways.
  • Do not allow strangers to follow you into your residence hall.

Jan. 12, 1018

Be well: Tips for preventing the flu

With the start of winter quarter comes an increase in the number of influenza, or seasonal flu, cases in Washington state and Snohomish County.

The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness. The Snohomish County Health District has reported at least 50 people have been hospitalized during this year’s flu season, which typically peaks from December to February.

According to the district, getting a flu vaccination, or shot, is the single best way to prevent getting sick. It can protect against the most common types of seasonal flu virus and is recommended yearly for everyone 6 months and older. To find a vaccination location, visit the district’s Flu Vaccine Finder.

Tips for staying healthy during flu season:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you’re sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
  • Stay home when you are sick, if possible. Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Clean your hands often to protect yourself from germs. Wash your hands with soap and water. If they are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to avoid contact with something that you have touched that might be contaminated with germs.
  • Practice other good health habits, like getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious food.

For more tips and a list of flu symptoms, visit the Snohomish County Health District’s website at snohd.org/flu. If you think you might have the flu, use this “Home vs. Hospital” checklist to determine if you need to see a health care provider.


 

Be Prepared

We ask our students and employees to be aware and take the following actions to increase their safety both on and off campus:

  • Be sure you can hear what is happening around you (use only use one earbud if listening to music or talking on the phone).
  • Travel with a friend.
  • Choose routes that are well lit and populated whenever possible.
  • Locate convenient, well-lighted, frequently used bus stops.
  • Check schedules in advance and avoid waiting alone at bus stops.
  • If you are verbally or physically harassed on the bus, report it to the bus driver immediately.
  • Do not stop to talk to strangers or step near vehicles if called to.
  • If someone attempts to get you alone, do not talk to them. Get to a safe place as quickly as you can.

If you are attacked:

  • Be physically and psychologically prepared to defend yourself.
  • When faced with danger, stay calm, think rationally, find a way to escape.
  • Observe as much as you can about the physical characteristics, clothing, and behavior of the assailant. This information will be important in the police investigation.

Edmonds CC urges anyone who is a victim of any crime to call 911 immediately AND make a report to Campus Security at 425.754.0154.

Victims of any form are asked to seek confidential support at the Counseling and Resource Center in Mountlake Terrace Hall 145 or call 425.640.1358. 

REMEMBER, if you See Something, Say Something by contacting Campus Security 24/7.

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What if It Snows?

In inclement weather, Edmonds Community College typically makes decisions regarding emergency closures or class cancellations by 5 a.m. for day classes and 3 p.m. for evening classes (or as early as circumstances allow). Then we start getting the word out.

The college seeks to stay open to fulfill its mission whenever possible — so, most likely, it will be classes as usual for the college — but individuals should protect their own health and safety. Take care of yourself and be safe!

Students, work with your instructors if you need to make other arrangements in an emergency.


Important notice to students, employees, and the community:

Due to ongoing fire and safety concerns of the National Fire Protection Association, Edmonds Community College prohibits the use, possession, or storage of "hoverboard" style transport devices on campus property. This includes but is not limited to student housing, classrooms, meeting space, walkways, hallways, and open courtyards.