Other Emergencies

BOMB THREATS:                                                                                                                         


Bomb threats are usually received by telephone, but they may also be received by note, letter, or e-mail. All bomb threats should be taken seriously and handled as though as explosive were in the building.

What to Do When A Bomb Threat Occurs:

  • If you receive a bomb threat, get as much information from the caller as possible.
  • Be aware of background noise, special voice characteristic, music, machinery, etc.
  • Call Campus Police immediately 903-693-1100.
  • If you receive a bomb threat, do not touch any suspicious packages.
  • Clear the area around the suspicious package and notify Campus Police immediately.
  • When evacuating a building, avoid standing in front of windows or other potentially hazardous areas.
  • Do not restrict sidewalks or other areas used by emergency officials.
  • If you find a bomb or anything that could be a bomb, do not touch it or attempt to move it. Call Campus Police and evacuate the area immediately.

SHELTER IN PLACE:                                                                                                                              


Were a chemical agent attack or possible active shooter to occur, authorities may instruct people to either seek shelter where they are and seal the premises (shelter-in-place), or evacuate immediately. If the order is to remain on campus or in your building, you will need to follow these directions:

  • Go inside and stay calm.
  • Close all doors, windows, and other sources of outside air.
  • Go into a room with the fewest doors and windows and seal the room.
  • Turn off air conditioning or heating systems to keep chemical vapors from entering.
  • Ceiling or rotary fans inside the building may be used safely to keep cool.
  • Limit telephone use for emergency calls only. Overloaded telephone circuits may keep actual emergency calls from getting through.
  • Listen for authorities to tell you when it is safe to come out. Tune in to your local emergency radio or television station. For Panola College information, wait for Pony Alerts or web site updates, or await word from local officials.

EPIDEMIC - Preventing the spread of germs:                                                                          


Respiratory infections such as colds, coughs and the flu affect the nose, throat and lungs. The germs (viruses and bacteria) that can cause these infections are spread person-to-person in the air of by physical contact. Tips to help prevent spreading germs or avoiding catching someone else's germs include:

Keep your germs to yourself:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • Throw out used tissues in the trash as soon as you can.
  • Always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs. Also wash often if you are sick.
  • Use warm water and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer to wash your hands.
  • Try to stay home if you have a cough or fever.
  • See you doctor as soon as you can if you are feeling ill and follow their instructions.
  • Do NOT share personal items, such as cigarettes, towels, lipstick, or anything that may be contaminated with respiratory germs.
  • Do NOT share food, utensils, or beverage containers with others.
  • Keep your immunizations current.