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Emergencies (Also:Medical):  dial 911
College Police assistance/suspicious activity: call (520)206-2700

911 calls are answered by the Communication Center at the Tucson Police Department or Pima County Sheriff's Department and are transferred to PCC College Police when required. The safety of everyone at PCC is a top priority of the College Police Department. In addition to the PCC Police providing a college-wide police and security service 365 days a year, they also have a College Police Communications Dispatch Center that answer calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

During an emergency Pima College can use multiple ways of communicating information which may include: text alerts, notices on the College homepage, MyPima announcements, emails to students and employees, College telephones, fire alarm activation and in-person assistance and direction from College staff or law enforcement.

Medical Emergencies

In case of medical emergencies dial 911. 911 operators are trained in providing pre-arrival instructions. 911 will contact College Police.

College Police will:

  • Dispatch personnel to the scene.
  • Administer first aid, if required.
  • Radio for medical and ambulance service, if needed.
  • Contact relatives or friends, if requested.

In cases that do not require emergency room treatment or ambulance transportation, you should 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
  • 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.

Emergency Telephones

Clearly marked emergency telephones in parking lots, campus elevators, and other key locations connect directly to the College Police Communications Center.

PCCAlert - emergency messaging

PCC has activated the PCCAlert notification system to provide accurate information and guidance via text message and email to the PCC community about emergencies.  Anyone can sign up for PCCAlerts:  students, parents, employees, members of the community.

Text messaging

To sign up:  using your cellphone 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 that certain cellphone providers may charge you a fee for delivery of text messages.


PCC email accounts automatically receive alerts.  To add a personal email account, send a request to or call (520)206-2733.

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

When might an emergency text message be sent?

  • 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

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.