Winter is Coming…. Does the College Have Your Cell Number?

As the season for inclement weather approaches, now is the time to make sure the college has all of your up-to-date contact information, so you’ll be the first to know whether you get to leave early (or sleep in) if the college closes due to inclement weather!

Here’s how to confirm, update and add your mobile, office and home phone number(s) – plus any non-Central Piedmont email addresses – to the Critical Alert emergency notification text/phone/email system:

  • Use your Central Piedmont login and password at
  • Go to the black bar at the top of the screen and click “Preferences”
  • Click on the “email/phone” tab to update and add contact information

The college sends communication concerning severe weather closings and other critical incidents via Critical Alert, email, social media and the Central Piedmont website first before anything is sent to local media. Don’t spend your time waiting for an announcement on TV or radio. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date on Critical Alert now, and simply receive a text and phone call whenever a critical incident occurs.

Please note that you cannot opt out of Critical Alert notification emails to your Central Piedmont account because your Central Piedmont email is the college’s official channel of communication.


Hurricane Florence Could Impact Area – Here Is What To Do Now

The safety of our CPCC community is our primary concern. College safety officials are closely tracking Hurricane Florence and preparing response measures should our campuses be impacted.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently declared a State of Emergency, which allows the state to begin pre-positioning resources and to request federal assistance in case we have any impact from Hurricane Florence. This declaration does not impact our campus operations, and classes will take place as scheduled unless the college announces otherwise.

To ensure you receive the latest updates concerning the impact of severe weather on the college, we ask all students to update your contact information for CPCC’s Critical Alert emergency notification system now by using your CPCC login and password to access The college will use multiple communication channels – including text, phone, email to CPCC email addresses, and the college website – in case there’s urgent information to share. We will also provide the same updates via social media (Facebook @CentralPiedmontCC  / Twitter @CPCC).

The NC Department of Public Safety reports the biggest potential threats to areas in the inland parts of the state could be dangerous winds and also flooding from any heavy rains.

It’s important to pay attention to weather updates and be prepared in case of weather-related emergencies. Here are links to additional, helpful websites to help you be ready in case of a weather-related emergency:

CPCC to Host America’s PrepareAthon! Event April 25

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management department is excited to host America’s PrepareAthon! April 24-29 throughout the Charlotte metro area.
America’s PrepareAthon! is a FEMA-sponsored, grassroots campaign designed to raise awareness about emergency preparedness. Throughout the week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management will host a variety of events to educate residents and businesses on how to take appropriate action during an emergency, such as a flood, violent protest and more.
CPCC, a partner of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management, will host the following America’s PrepareAthon! event on its Central Campus. It is free and open to CPCC faculty, staff and students.
Thursday, April 25
Learn Your Flood Risk
Sky Warn Storm Spotter Course – 10 a.m. – noon
Storm Water Services presentation on Flood Hazards and Mitigation (1- 1:45 p.m.) 
CPCC Central Campus, Hall Building, Room 215/216
Standard homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for it, and it’s available through your company agent or the National Flood Insurance Program at To help you better understand your flood risk, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management is hosting this free flood workshop at on CPCC’s Central Campus.
To view the complete list of the week’s events, click here. All events are free and open to the public.

March Preparedness: Severe Weather Preparedness

As the winter draws to a close and spring begins, preparedness concerns shift from severe cold and winter storms to other types of severe weather including thunderstorms, flooding, and tornadoes.
  • If ordered to evacuate, take action immediately. Know the route and plan where to go. Identify a safe location, in case of tornado.
  • Prepare for tornadoes and other natural disasters by building an emergency kit and making a family communication plan

    Safest areas are:
  • Lowest building level
  • The center of a small interior room, such as a closet or interior hallway
  • Avoid windows, doors, and outside walls
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In the Event of an Emergency, What Should You Do?

CPCC’s Safe College team was created to assess various risks at the college and to help maintain a safe learning and working environment for CPCC’s staff and students. 

To help the college achieve this goal, the team members collaborated this past fall to create a “CPCC Emergency Procedures” poster, a visual aid that will be posted in all CPCC classrooms, buildings, digital kiosks and parking garages beginning December 2015. The rollout will take place in classrooms first.

The poster lists contact information and instructs staff and students on how to respond in the event of an emergency, such as a gas leak, fire, medical emergency or active shooter on campus.

As the poster project rolls out, Safe College encourages you to view a larger image of the poster here to familiarize yourself with its look and content, and thanks you in advance for taking an active role in keeping our college campuses safe and secure.



Active Shooter Preparedness: College Security and CPCC Emergency Management

Run Hide FightCampus safety is the top priority of CPCC’s College Security team and the college’s Emergency Risk Management. Our thoughts are with our North Carolina Community College System colleagues and students at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro following a fatal shooting on that campus on April 13.

We want to take this opportunity to remind employees and students about the information available on CPCC’s website about what to do in an emergency, for situations including an active shooter, severe weather, fire and more. Be sure to read all the way down to the bottom of the page for the full list of essential instructions.

If there’s an active shooter on or near a CPCC campus, would you know what to do? It’s incredibly important for employees and students to be prepared. Please take a moment today to learn about “Run. Hide. Fight.®” and watch the powerful video at the bottom of the page about what to do if an active shooter is on campus or in a building where you are.

For more information about emergency preparedness at CPCC, please visit:

Emergency Evacuation Point Signs

During the past couple of months CPCC Security and the Environmental Health and Safety Department have been working together to implement an Emergency Evacuation Point sign. The purpose of the emergency evacuation signs

Fire Evacuation Point

Fire Evacuation Point

are to indicate a designated location for building occupants to go in the event a facility needs to be evacuated. The signs have been strategically placed on each campus to give building occupants a safe place to go in the event of a fire or other emergency that requires the building to be evacuated. During programmed fire drills building occupants will have the opportunity to learn their appropriate evacuation point area.

Please contact Senior Safety Technician Brian Davenport at ext. 6591 with any questions.

“Shelter in Place.” What does it mean?

During news coverage of the recent suspect hunt connected to the Boston Marathon bombings, you might have heard the phrase, “shelter in place.” The term was used to tell students at MIT and residents in the Boston area Shelter in Placeto stay indoors where they were until they received further instructions from law enforcement officials.

“Shelter in place” often is used interchangeably with or instead of “lockdown.”

CPCC’s emergency response plans and guidebook also uses the phrase “shelter in place.” This instruction could be given to the college community in a number of emergency situations, including severe weather, an armed person on campus or an active shooter on or near campus.

If CPCC College Security instructs the college community to shelter in place, here’s what you should do, according to CPCC’s Emergency Response Guidebook.

Shelter in Place

When directed to shelter in place, the following actions should be taken:

  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors should move into or stay inside the closest permanent campus building.
  • Close and move away from all windows and doors.
  • Lock or barricade doors if possible.
  • Approved Shelter in Place areas are marked on the Fire Exit Plans posted on each floor.
  • Remain in place until notified by College Security, the Building Captain, or emergency response personnel that the incident has been cleared.
  • Information concerning the event will be distributed through College Security, Building Captains, and other emergency communication methods such as the Critical Alert Emergency Notification System.

Note:  Security personnel will secure exterior doors. Law enforcement agencies may use the term “lockdown” when directing occupants to shelter in place.


Alert: Robbery incidents on Central Campus

From Security & Emergency Management:

This afternoon, at approximately 2:45 p.m. a student was the victim of an attempted robbery in Student Parking Deck 2 on Central Campus. The student was not injured and was able to get away from the suspect, who fled on foot.

At 3 p.m., a suspect fitting the same description robbed a student in Student Parking Deck 3. The suspect showed a handgun and took a book bag from the student, who was not injured in the incident.

CMPD and College Security are now interviewing a man believed to be the suspect in both incidents. Witnesses described the suspect as a tall white male, wearing all black clothing.

Officers are investigating both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 704.334.1600 or College Security at 704.330.6632

New Critical Alert System! Sign Up Today!

Keeping you safe is one of the College’s top priorities. That’s why we’ve decided to upgrade Critical Alert and the emergency notification system tool we use to contact you in the event of a campus emergency.

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

As of now, all emergency communications from the College will come from This new tool is extremely user-friendly and includes a variety of new features. Going forward, you’ll be able to:

1.    directly update your contact information in the Emergency Notification System instead of logging in through CPCCLogin.

2.     control whether or not you receive emergency notifications by joining or opting-out of the system.

3.     customize your notifications.

If you are a CPCC student, staff or faculty member who previously signed up to receive notification messages, your contact information will be automatically transferred into the new system. To ensure this information was transferred correctly, a test message will be sent to you on Friday, Feb. 24.

If you do not receive the test message, need to sign up for this service or want to confirm your contact information is correct in the system, please visit

If you have difficulty accessing the site or inputting your information, please view the tutorial video at

If you have any questions regarding the upgraded service, please contact our Information Technology Services Help Desk at 704.330.5000 or email

Sign-Up for Critical Alert Emergency Notifications

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

Critical Alert! Emergency Notification System

CPCC students,

Are classes cancelled because of severe weather?  Is my campus closed because of a safety emergency? Stay informed in the event of a campus emergency by signing up for Critical Alert.  You’ll receive text message alerts and direct phone calls to get important information to you quickly.

You can also check 704.330.6888 (recorded information line), the College’s homepage ( and local media outlets for CPCC emergency updates.

This system will only be used in the event of a true emergency such as an intruder, natural disaster or campus emergency. The system will NOT be used for routine communication. To ensure that the system is working properly, you may receive a test message each semester.

Sign-up for Critical Alert is free; however, be aware of your individual cell phone plan and the costs involved for text messaging and calls. Registration is good for one year and you will be notified when you need to re-register.

Again, CPCC will only use this text messaging/phone notification in emergency situations. Sign up now!

For more information or to register, also visit the URL below.