Department of Safety & Emergency Management

Safety Management SealThe Department of Safety and Emergency Management provides programs and resources to help prepare and protect the TCC community in case of an emergency. Our four divisions include:

Emergency Management
Environmental Management
Insurance and Risk Management
Workplace Safety

We play important roles in:

  • Preparing for, responding to and managing the recovery from emergency situations that affect our District
  • Contributing to Districtwide emergency preparedness
  • Maintaining the safety of our TCC community
  • Identifying and mitigating hazards
  • Preserving our facilities and equipment


Main Office

TBN, Director of Department of Safety & Emergency Management

Rita Lankston, Administrative Office Assistant

Sharon Smalley, Administrative Office Assistant


Emergency Management

Emergency Management addresses emergencies and teaches the TCC community to think about hazards, prepare for them and know how to act when they occur.

The Emergency Communication System (ECS) is redundant and comprised of both high and low-tech solutions for notifying TCC students, staff, and faculty. The ECS may utilize all, or any combination of the following communication modes based on the type of emergency at hand. The ECS components, which are tested on a regular basis, include:

  • My TCC Alerts
  • Computer Desktop Alerts
  • TCC Digital Signage Network
  • BRG Messaging Clocks

Emergency Operations Plan

TCC maintains a comprehensive Emergency Operations PlanListen(PDF will open in a new window).

The plan:

  • Meets local, state and federal standards
  • Is designed to obtain the swiftest, specialized emergency assistance for the protection of life and property at all TCC campuses
  • Describes the protocol, resources, response partners and organizational structure that will activate to address any man-made, natural or technological disruption that might interfere with normal College activities

Know What to Do in Emergency Situations



  • Leave the building immediately
  • Don't use the elevators
  • Assist the disabled
  • Take valuables and cell phone with you
  • Proceed to assembly area outside

Seek Shelter

Seek Shelter

  • Find a safe place in the building
  • Use interior rooms away from doors/windows
  • Keep Tuned to media, if possible
  • Wait for "all clear" from campus officials





  • Stay in your room or building
  • Hide under furniture, turn out lights, close blinds and barricade or lock doors
  • Stay away from windows
  • Warn others: Call 8911
  • Wait for "all clear" by police


W. Kirk Driver CEM, TEM, MPA, Manager of Emergency Management


Environmental Management

Environmental Management helps to keep our working and learning environment safe.

We work with campus facilities, departments and individuals so they comply with College, local, state and federal policies and regulations. Our programs include:

  • Hazardous materials
  • Stormwater program
  • Asbestos and mold
  • Fuel storage tanks
  • Hazard communication
  • Spill management & cleanup
  • Indoor air quality


Steven Kleypas CHMM, Director of Environmental Management


Insurance and Risk Management

Insurance and Risk Management administers the property and liability insurance program for all campuses of the Tarrant County College District.

We are responsible for obtaining and maintaining adequate insurance coverage for the College's diverse risks and for advising faculty, staff and student organizations of appropriate risk mitigation techniques. 

Our specific responsibilities include:

  • District-wide property and casualty insurance
  • Vendor/supplier insurance qualifications
  • Indemnification and contract review
  • Fleet safety programs



Suzanne Robinson, Manager of Risk and Insurance


Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety’s Districtwide objectives and goals are to improve the safety of the work environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Safety programs and services will be aimed and driven at reducing risks to all personnel with emphasis on personal responsibility and best safety practices.

Our Districtwide program focuses on:

  • Safety regulations and compliance
  • Evaluating and inspecting all facilities to maintain safe work environments
  • Developing and presenting safety-related education and training
  • Evaluating injury reports for accident trends and performing investigations, as appropriate
  • Reporting results of evaluations and tests, and following up on recommended corrective measures to appropriate personnel for action

If you see any unsafe conditions or practices, please report them using the Safety Hazard Concerns Report.



Carlos Owens, Safety Coordinator




Updated March 04, 2016


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