Section Five: Campus and Community Life

Emergency Procedures

Campus Safety and Security and the Health Service respond to individual emergencies. When notified and as necessary, DSS will send a sign language interpreter to emergencies which occur during regular business hours.

DSS students are given a separate copy of De Anza’s emergency evacuation procedures. Keep these available in a notebook or backpack while on campus. These colorful blue and red sheets are also posted in various locations in campus buildings.

Students will evacuate buildings in an orderly manner, then, if necessary, the campus. Familiarize yourself and significant others with De Anza's Emergency Preparedness website, especially the pages on evacuation procedures for the disabled.

In the event of an earthquake, or another disaster in which students are told to stay on campus, assembly areas are designated. You are strongly advised to share the following information with family, significant others, and caregivers.


Familiarize yourself and significant others with De Anza's Emergency Preparedness website, especially the pages on evacuation procedures for the disabled. (

In an evacuation, VTA paratransit should use the Peppertree (east) entrance to pick up disabled students from PE 13 ( APE gym) unless otherwise directed.

In the classroom:  Follow the directions of your instructor or other college staff. If you require help, request it immediately and explain the help you need.

In another campus location: such as a lab, office campus center etc., you may ask for help from any staff member. You may also request that a staff member accompany you to the parking lot, bus stop, or VTA para-transit location if it is safe to do so and you are able to leave campus.

Do not use elevators unless you have been advised by a staff member to do so. If a stairway evacuation is required, staff members have been instructed to consult with you regarding the preferred methods to help. Special evacuation chairs may be used for stairway evacuation and are located in multi-story buildings near stairwells.

Assembly Areas

In the event you need additional assistance after evacuating a building, or if it is not safe or feasible to leave campus, staff members will be available to advise and assist. Students will be assisted to a safe area to wait until it is possible to leave campus.

The preferred locations are:

  • Instruction Days: Adapted Physical Education gym (PE 13)

In the event that PE 13 is not a viable assembly area, the alternate are:

  • Nights/Weekends: Security Office/ Lower Level Campus Center
  • Earthquake: Football field
  • Off-Campus: Hoeffler Building (corner of Stelling & McClellan)

Power Outages

In the event of a blackout, elevators may not operate. If there is an alert for a rolling blackout, do not use. If an elevator stops working during a power outage or other emergency, staff members will check elevator occupancy and operation.

Classes may continue during daylight hours at the instructor’s discretion. All classes will resume once power is restored. Official cancellation of all classes is at the order of the administration only.

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