Emergency Response Guide

Severe Weather and Natural Disasters

Weather Closings or Delayed Openings

During severe weather or natural disasters, people may be prevented from entering ICC facilities for hours or days. Notice of a decision to close or delay opening ICC will be communicated as quickly as possible by:

  • ICC MyAlert: voice, text, e-mail
  • Interior and exterior public address systems
  • In person
  • ICC website
  • Social media
  • Local news media

Monitor the status of the situation, but do not call Campus Police, the campus switchboard, or radio/television stations.

Winter Ice and Snow Storms

When severe winter weather conditions are predicted, monitor weather reports closely. If you live in an outlying area where driving to the campus may be extremely hazardous, consider contacting your instructor to make arrangements for missing coursework. Stay home and stay safe!


  • Go to safe shelter immediately. Remember that if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Use phones only in an emergency. Stay away from water sources, i.e., drinking fountains, faucets, showers, etc.
  • If you are outside during a thunderstorm without nearby shelter, find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. Make sure the area is not subject to flooding. If you are in a wooded area, take shelter under the shortest trees.
  • If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible.


Tornado warnings issued for areas within 20 miles or less will result in an immediate seek shelter announcement (Peoria campuses will not be given a seek cover order if the tornado warning is not specified for Peoria City/Peoria County). If a tornado alert or warning is given or you see a funnel cloud:

  • Immediately seek shelter inside a substantial building and move to an interior hallway on the lowest level away from glass doors and windows as much as possible.
  • If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in a ditch or low spot with your hands shielding your head. Do not stay in a vehicle.
  • Listen for and follow instructions announced over public address systems or given by college officials.

Recommended areas to seek shelter:

East Peoria Campus

  • Academic Building/Administration Building: 1st floor restrooms, interior stair towers, hallways away from glass, interior rooms without windows or glass, Lecture Recital Hall
  • Technology Center: Leave the Technology Center area if possible and proceed to the 1st floor of the Academic Building, Lecture Recital Hall
  • Performing Arts Center: Basement hallway and stair towers
  • CougarPlex: Restrooms, locker rooms. Do not seek shelter in gymnasiums, as they are not safe.
  • AIT Building: Lower level hallway away from windows
  • CAT/DPET Buildings: Inner classrooms and restrooms. Evacuate to lower level AIT if possible.
  • Dirksen Hall: Restrooms, center interior rooms and hallway
  • Lawrence Hall: Restrooms. Evacuate to Dirksen Hall if possible.
  • Land Lab: Restrooms
  • Campus Housing: Evacuate from Campus Housing if possible and seek shelter on the 1st floor of the Academic Building. Use rear lower level entrance or front main entrance of the Technology Center.

Peoria Campus

  • Move to the lower level of the Student Center, Dogwood Hall, or Arbor Hall if you can; if you cannot, seek shelter in interior hallways, rooms, and restrooms without windows or glass

Pekin Campus

  • Women’s restroom


  • If indoors, seek refuge under a piece of heavy furniture or in a stairwell or doorway (beware of the door swinging back and forth). If that is not possible, position yourself against an interior wall, protecting your head and neck with your arms. Keep away from appliances, windows, and heavy hanging objects. After the shaking has stopped, follow evacuation procedures.
  • If outdoors, move to a clear area away from trees, signs, buildings, and utility poles.
  • If driving, stop at the side of the road away from hazards such as overpasses and utility poles. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking stops. Resume driving cautiously if it seems safe, avoiding bridges and ramps that may be structurally damaged.
  • After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is needed call Campus Police at 694-5111. Be prepared for aftershocks and plan where you will take cover from them.