A lockdown is the temporary sheltering technique utilized to limit civilian exposure to an "active shooter" or similar type of hostile incident. If a Lockdown is announced, exterior doors should be locked before taking refuge in an office or classroom. DO NOT try to lockdown in hallways or other open areas. In the rare case of an active shooter(s) on campus, use common sense and follow the instructions directed by emergency personnel. If you are directly involved or can hear gunshots in the immediate vicinity:

  • Try to remain calm.
  • Go to the nearest room or office.
  • Close and barricade/lock the room or office door.
  • Turn off all interior lights.
  • Turn off and unplug anything you can.
  • Close blinds or curtains.
  • Stay below window level.
  • Cover and conceal yourself with tables, solid walls, etc.
  • Call 9-1-1 then (501)760-4293 and give your name and exact location; location of the shooter(s); number of suspects and their descriptions; number and location of injured persons.
  • Turn off all radios and devices that emit sound.
  • Remain quiet and DO NOT answer or open any doors for anyone - Emergency responding personnel will have keys to open any doors; follow ALL instructions and cooperate fully with responding law enforcement officers.

Be prepared to: (depending on proximity to shooter(s), use most appropriate one)

  • RUN: Have an escape route and plan in mind; leave belongings behind; keep hands visible.
  • HIDE: Hide in an area out of shooter(s) view; block entry to your hiding place and lock doors; silence cell phones and other electronic equipment.
  • FIGHT: As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger; attempt to incapacitate the shooter; act with physical aggression and have something to throw at the shooter(s).

Active Shooter

Active Shooter incidents, where a suspect has started shooting or is threatening to shoot, are highly unpredictable and volatile. They are also very rare. Here's a list of actions that are recommended. Remember, use common sense and follow the instructions of emergency personnel.

If you are directly involved or you can hear gunshots in the immediate vicinity:

  • Go to the nearest room or office.
  • Close and barricade/lock the room or office door.
  • Turn off the interior lights.
  • Close blinds or curtains.
  • Call the NPC switchboard by dialing "0".
  • Call 9-1-1 and give the following information:
    • Your name and exact location.
    • Location of incident or shooter.
    • Number of suspects and their description.
    • Number and location of injured persons.
  • Remain quiet and DO NOT answer or open the door until emergency personnel arrive.

Shelter In Place

This is in response to a non-hostile event or natural disaster. If an incident occurs and the buildings around you become unstable, or if the air outdoors becomes dangerous due to toxic or irritating substances, it is usually safer to seek shelter indoors. Thus, to shelter in place means to utilize the building that you are in as shelter from danger that is outside of the building or some other areas of the building. With a few adjustments, these locations can be made even safer and more comfortable until it is safe to go outside. If a non-hostile or natural incident occurs and the building you are in is NOT damaged, stay inside in an interior room until it is safe to come out. (If your building is damaged, take your belongings with you and follow emergency evacuation procedures for your building - to be discussed further on this web page.) No matter where you are, the basic steps to shelter in place will generally remain the same. If instructed to shelter in place, follow these steps unless directed otherwise by emergency personnel.

  • If you are inside, stay where you are. Collect any emergency shelter in place supplies and a telephone to be used in case of an emergency. If you are outdoors, proceed inside the closest building quickly or follow instructions from emergency personnel on scene.
  • Locate a room to shelter inside. Make it an interior room, above ground level, without windows or with the least number of windows. If there is a large number of people, more than one room may be needed.
  • Shut and lock all windows and close exterior doors.
  • Turn off air conditioners, heaters, and fans.
  • Close vents to ventilation systems, if you can.
  • Make a list of all those with you and call Campus Security at (501)760-4293.
  • Turn on a TV or radio and listen for further instructions.
  • Remain calm and make yourself comfortable.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

NPC students, faculty, staff, and guests are expected to evacuate campus buildings if they hear a fire alarm or if NPC determines that an evacuation is necessary. The same holds true for any campus evacuations. Please take time to review Emergency Maps in each building on campus to familiarize yourself with our emergency evacuation procedures and information to keep you safe. Emergency Training Drills/Exercises will be conducted throughout the year. If a Training Drill/Exercise is being conducted, you will hear/see the word "DRILL" a number of times in announcements. If you do not hear the word "Drill" then the emergency is REAL. Please take both the training Drills/Exercises and the REAL Emergencies seriously. It could save your life.

Severe Weather Conditions and the NPC Policy Regarding Severe Weather

The NPC Campus will not be closed because of weather conditions unless highways leading to the College are closed by order of the Arkansas State Police. Unless there is an announcement on the TV, radio or by telephone to the contrary, all should assume they are expected to attend or observe their normal schedules.


Follow these procedures in case of a fire emergency:

  • R - Rescue or remove anyone (including yourself) in immediate danger.
  • A - Activate the alarm, call 9-1-1, and then the switchboard or 501-760-4293.
  • C - Confine or contain the fire by closing all doors and windows in and around the area.
  • E - Extinguish the fire with a portable extinguisher if it is safe to do so.


The Office of Public Safety monitors the National Weather Service and local television stations in order to be aware of any inclement or dangerous weather approaching us. In the event that a "Tornado Warning" is issued for our immediate area, You will be notified by the Mass Communication System.

The contact person will direct all personnel and students to the optimum area of safety designated in the NPC Crisis Plan. If you can't find them:

Safety First

  • Indoors seek refuge in a doorway, interior hallway, or under a desk or table on the lowest floor of the building. Stay away from windows and exterior doors.
  • Outdoors seek refuge in a ditch or depression in the ground and lie flat on the ground.
  • In an automobile stop as quickly as safety permits. Exit the vehicle and seek shelter in a ditch or depression in the ground, and lie flat on the ground.
  • Caution: Avoid area with power or utility poles as they may be energized.

In the event a tornado does strike the NPC Campus, the Emergency Director will coordinate efforts with the proper city authorities. A command post will be established and the Emergency Response Team will direct students and staff to designated areas for evacuation or medical help.

Medical Emergency

Call 911 if life threatening or requires immediate medical attention.

If poisoning is suspected, contact the Poison Control Center at 1(800)222-1222.

For help with a medical emergency call the switchboard "0."

Employees and Students in a non-life threatening medical emergency seek treatment in the office of the campus nurse, Student Commons room 204. The nurse will determine if the medical emergency or injury requires further treatment and will make recommendation.

NPC Employees MUST notify their supervisor or faculty staff of any injury occurring on campus as soon as the incident occurs. The Department of Human Resources should be notified ASAP of an employee injury.

Death On Campus

Identify the Emergency

An emergency exists once the Security Office or Switchboard has been notified, by whatever means, that a death has occurred on campus. The Crisis Communications Plan will be activated and Police/EMS notified. Notification will also be made to departments and offices directly involved, such as Student Affairs, etc. Notification would also be made to areas indirectly involved, such as faculty and staff with offices in the building where the death occurred.

Take Appropriate Action

The scene of the death should be secured immediately by campus security. Assessment should be made to determine if anyone else is in danger, if a wrongful or suspicious death is involved, if the suspect could still be in the area, and if any buildings or other areas need to be evacuated or neutralized. Beyond this, if a Police Department investigation is warranted, it should be monitored and assistance offered. A command post will possibly be set up in the immediate area. Keep clear of the command post unless you have official business.

End Crisis Mode

The Office of Public Relations will be responsible for handling any media attention brought on by this event. A relationship with the Police Department will be developed regarding the continuation of this investigation and the desired results.

Crime In Progress

Do not take unnecessary chances

Do not interfere with:

  • Persons committing the crime/creating a disturbance.
  • Law enforcement authorities on the scene.

If you are the victim of, are involved in, or witness any on-campus crime or violation of the law such as an assault, robbery, theft, overt sexual behavior, etc. that is in progress:

  1. Nature of the incident.
  2. Location of the incident.
  3. Description of person(s) involved.
  4. Location of person(s) involved.
  5. If the person(s) left the scene, the direction of travel.
  6. What time the incident occurred.
  7. Your name, location, department, and extension number.

Get a good description of the criminal if personal safety allows. Note height, weight, sex, color, approximate age, clothing, method and direction of travel, and name if known. This provides vital information to investigating police officers. Should a criminal attempt to or get away in a vehicle, bicycle, etc., note the make and model, license number (if possible), color, outstanding characteristics, etc.

Remain where you are until a police officer arrives.

If you are a victim of a crime on the NPC campus, you must submit your allegations in writing, sign the statement, and submit to the Office of the President or a designee of the President.

Power Outage

An emergency exists when there is an obvious loss of power. The Fisher Building will still function due to the emergency generator. If telephone lines are out of service, information will need to be passed via cell phones, radios, or by staff members relaying messages from point to point. The security Office or the Switchboard should be contacted immediately. Public Safety is responsible for contacting the Emergency Director. If the outage is prolonged, the Crisis Communication Plan will go into effect.

Take appropriate action

  1. Notify a supervisor.
  2. If a supervisor is unavailable, call the Switchboard and give a brief description of the problem.
  3. Follow directions of emergency personnel.
  4. If evacuation is directed by emergency personnel, follow their direction and provide assistance to others in accordance with your training.

Utility Problems

Use the table below to understand what actions to take when there is a problem with the utilities
Issue Solution
Gas Leaks Vacate area
Ventilation If smoke or strong burning odors occur, evacuate immediately
Elevator Failure Push button on elevator intercom. Describe the problem. Remain calm until help arrives
Plumbing/Flooding If personal safety allows, shut off electrical equipment and evacuate area
Electrical Failure Call the Switchboard at extension "0"

End Crisis Mode

The crisis will be considered over when proper authorities have taken charge and power is restored. Individual circumstances should be assessed to see if a back-up power source is warranted.

Bomb Threat

Bomb threats usually come on the telephone and generally are made by individuals who want to create an atmosphere of general anxiety or panic. All bomb threats should be assumed to pose a legitimate danger to the NPC campus.

By Telephone:

  1. Take the caller seriously, but remain calm.
  2. Have someone call the Switchboard (dial "0") while you continue talking.
  3. Ask a lot of questions.
  4. Take notes on everything said and on your observations about background noise, voice characteristics, etc.
  5. Notify the building captain of the affected building.
  6. The Emergency Response Team and police will determine the plan of action. Should you need to evacuate, please take personal packages, lunches, briefcases, etc. that could be mistaken as explosives.

If you are in a building where a bomb is suspected, do not open drawers or cabinets.

Do not turn on lights or other switches on or off.

Do not touch any suspicious packages.

Remain calm and clear the area immediately.

Because a bomb may be sensitive, building fire alarms should not be activated in order to prompt evacuation.