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Emergency Management Training


Western Nevada College mandates emergency management/active shooter training for all employees, including part-time employees and adjunct faculty. All WNC employees must complete this training and send their completion certificate to Craig Robinson by August 26, 2013. New employees must complete the training within 60 days of employment.

We also encourage students and non-WNC employees who frequent the campus to take this training. The Carson City Sheriff’s Department recommended this training to WNC. The training consists of three parts:
Part 1: A brief description of WNC’s Emergency Management Plan pertaining to active shooter situations.
Part 2: The six-minute nationally recognized City of Houston Active Shooter video that was funded by homeland security (this film is graphic).
Part 3: The FEMA course IS-907: An online interactive class that contains an exam.

All three parts should take just over an hour to complete. The FEMA course description and objectives follow.

Course Description

  • An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and/or other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.
  • All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation.
  • This course is not written for law enforcement officers, but for non-law enforcement individuals. The material may provide law enforcement officers information on recommended actions for non-law enforcement individuals to take should they be confronted with an active shooter situation.

Course Objectives

  • Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:
    • Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials.
    • Recognize potential workplace violence indicators.
    • Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.
    • Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.
  • Primary Audience
    • All individuals, including managers and employees
  • Course Length
    • The overall length of the course will vary for each individual.  IS-907 takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

The FEMA IS-907 Course contains a test that is integrated into the training. When you complete the training, FEMA will send to the email address that you provided a certificate if you pass and your score if you did not pass.

If you pass, please send a copy of the course completion certificate to WNC EH&S Attention, EH&S Coordinator, so you will be credited for successfully completing this mandated training.

If you do not pass the course, you will also receive and email from FEMA. In this case, you should retake the IS-907 course.


Part I: WNC Emergency Management & CodeRed System

WNC focuses on the early identification of stressed and distressed members of the WNC community. WNC has an anonymous hotline, phone numbers and online reporting to obtain assistance or to draw attention to a potential problem.

See the Behavioral Intervention Team Website for details. The link is:

IMMINENT DANGER: If you identify a situation on campus that is or could easily become an active shooter situation (an individual with an unauthorized gun or violent or severe threatening behavior), call 911 immediately and call WNC Public Safety at 230-1952.  Then follow the training that you are about to take for FEMA (IS-907) and the City of Houston film. This training emphasizes fleeing, locking down if you cannot flee and fighting back when you have no other alternatives.

WNC has two Mass Notification Systems on our four campuses. First, our“CodeRed” text and telephone system services all campuses and is our primarymass notification system. Our secondary system is our siren system at our Carson City campus and our intercom systems at Douglas, the High Tech Center, and Fallon.

These systems will initially provide you with emergency notification and potentially other key data.

The WNC community must get use to reacting to CodeRed text messages, for CodeRed is the most probable emergency notification you will received in an active shooter situation. For this reason, College Council approved and endorses that all employees keep their cell phones with them and keep them on. Academic Faculty must also allow students to have their cellphones on vibrate during scheduled classes. The two exceptions are: 1) If one or more students create a distraction, the instructor can require that the involved students turn off their phones. 2) When it is a requirement of an examination and/or other academic situation. In the case of both exceptions the instructor shall have their cellphone number in the CodeRed data base and shall have their phone on vibrate to pick-up a CodeRed call during this time frame.

The text message is transmitted much faster than a voice message. Taking action from a CodeRed text message is important!

To update your CodeRed text and telephone data go to this link:

The following link provides instructions for lock-down procedures. The first six paragraphs are typically read to WNC students at our primary campuses (Carson, Douglas and Fallon) at the beginning of each semester. Campus Lock-Down instructions link:

Part II: City of Houston “Are You Ready” (Six-minute Video)

This film is graphic and not for children. The link is:

Part III: The FEMA Independent Study Course IS-907 “Active Shooter: What Can You Do?”

The link is:

WNC employees, students and other community members: remember to send a copy of your FEMA Certificate to WNC’s EH&S Coordinator!

If you have any questions on this training please contact Craig Robinson, ext 3327, or Jack Piirainen, ext 4282.