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Help in Emergencies

Calls to 911 are answered by the Communication Center at the Tucson Police Department or the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and transferred to Pima Police, when required. PCC Police can be reached 365 days a year, 24 hours a day for emergency help by calling our College Police Communications Center at (520)206-2700.
Emergency Telephones: Clearly marked emergency telephones in parking lots, campus elevators, and other key locations connect directly to the College Police Communications Center.
PCC Alerts: Signing up for PCC Alerts will allow you to receive text messages in the event of a campus emergency. See PCC Alerts - Emergency Messaging below.

Medical Emergencies

For medical emergencies, always dial 911. 

In cases that do not require emergency room treatment or ambulance transportation, contact your personal physician.

Special Assistance

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to prepare for emergencies ahead of time by discussing their need with appropriate personnel.
  • Employees should discuss questions or concerns about emergencies with their supervisor and/or the EEO/ADA office at (520)206-4539.
  • Students should discuss questions or concerns about emergencies with the Access and Disability Resources (ADR) office on any campus or by email at [email protected].
  • Plan ahead – know the areas where you work, attend class, or visit on campus.
  • Identify at least two exits.
  • Is there ground floor access? If there is not, and you normally use an elevator to enter and leave a building, you will need evacuation assistance. Do not use elevators during an emergency unless instructed by emergency responders.
  • Find a friend or co-worker and ask if they would be willing to assist during an emergency. It is suggested that you find more than one friend or co-worker in the event that person is unavailable. Campus Action Team Members (CAT) are also available to assist persons with disabilities during an emergency. To find out who these personnel are for your work area, please contact your supervisor or the Administrative Business Office.
  • Know the location of a telephone for each area you frequent.
  • Once you have a plan, practice that plan.

PCC Alert – Emergency Messaging

Signing up for PCC Alerts will allow you to receive text messages in the event of a campus emergency. Employees and Students may subscribe by accessing their personal information in the Banner system. Parents and members of the community may subscribe by texting the word alerts to 79516.
The system is designed to alert recipients to:

  • Violent activity: active shooter; immediate threat to the PCC community, including off-campus events.
  • Hazards: major fires, hazardous materials leaks or spills that threaten health and safety
  • Major disruptions to the College: building closures, campus closures, severe weather, Information Technology emergencies

Text messages

To sign up:

Employee: Please follow PCC Alert Signup Instructions for Employees

Student: Please follow PCC Alert Signup Instructions for Students

Community: use your cellphone to text the word alerts to 79516 (ignore any hyphens that your phone might insert in the number)

You will receive a confirmation message. You can text the word stop to the same number to stop receiving messages. There is no limit in the number of cellphones that you can register to receive messages. Note: contact your carrier to see if there will be a charge, you can request for emergency alerts to be non-chargeable.


PCC student & staff email accounts automatically receive alerts.  To add a personal email account, send a request to [email protected] or call 520.206.2733.

You will receive a confirmation email.  It will contain information on how to opt-out of future messages.

PCCAlerts enforces a zero spam policy that clearly prohibits unsolicited messages.  PCCAlert does not sell contact information to third-party marketers.  If the text message short code is anything other than 79516 or 50911, then it is not from PCCAlert.

Learn more by reading the PCCAlert FAQ.
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