Emergency Communications

Stay Connected: Campus Alerts

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.

Sign up for alerts through the Triton Alert system.

The Triton Alert system will:
  • post alerts to the college website,
  • send emails to students' EdMail email addresses and employees,
  • send text alerts (make sure to sign up for text alerts by logging into Triton Alert), and
  • post to the college's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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.

Health Advisory

Edmonds CC is committed to ensuring the safety of our campus community. Please be aware of public health concerns regarding the recent outbreaks of Zika and the Ebola Virus Disease.

It is important that we all practice safe health habits such as:

  • washing hands,
  • covering coughs, and
  • staying home when ill.

Use hand sanitizer — especially when sharing computers in the library and computer labs — to prevent the spread of influenza and many other viruses.


Zika and spring break travel: What travelers need to know

If you’re planning to travel for spring break, find out if your destination is one of the many popular travel spots where Zika virus is being spread by mosquitos by checking here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo

While only women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should consider postponing travel to Zika-affected areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have an “alert level 2”in effect, urging all travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Sexual transmission of Zika virus from a male partner is possible, so people are also encouraged to use condoms while traveling or with a man who recently returned from traveling to a Zika affected area.

To prevent Zika or other mosquito-spread diseases, travelers should avoid mosquito bites:

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or IR3535. Always use as directed.  –moved to first
  • Cover skin – wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Most repellents, can be used safely by most people, but be sure to check the label and follow instructions.
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.
  • Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.

For more information visit www.doh.wa.gov/zika


Ebola Virus Disease

According to the CDC, symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease include fever (greater than 101.5°F; low grade fever of 99.0F should be investigated), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain, and unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising). Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is eight to 10 days.

There is no FDA‐approved vaccine available for Ebola. According to the CDC, to best protect yourself from Ebola:

  • DO wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer;
  • Do NOT touch the blood or body fluids (like urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen) of people who are sick;
  • Do NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids, like clothes, bedding, needles, or medical equipment; and
  • Do NOT touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola.

When in doubt, contact the local health department at www.snohd.org.

For more information about the Ebola Virus Disease:
www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

The CDC has compiled guidelines for colleges and universities dealing with Ebola Virus Disease. See their advice at: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa.

Important facts to remember:

  • There are no cases of Ebola in Washington state, there are no suspected cases, and no one is being monitored.
  • We remain in close contact with local health officers and the Washington State Department of Health.
  • In the highly unlikely event anything were to happen, we are prepared to notify students immediately.
  • In the meantime, we urge those who might be concerned to visit the Department of Health website for advice
  • Among other things, the state Health Department is reminding people that Ebola doesn't spread as easily as many other infections; it takes direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person. People can't get Ebola through water, food, or air.
  • The health and safety of our students remains our top priority and we will continue to watch this issue closely.