Emergency Notification System

Read more about Williston's Emergency Notification System and other security procedures below.

Lockdown Procedure

A lockdown protects students, staff and visitors from a serious threat, that maybe on campus or within very close proximity to, such as an armed intruder. Lockdowns occur when it may be more dangerous to leave a building by an evacuation than it is to stay in a secure area.Staff and students will remain in Lockdown until a building administrator, law enforcement or fire personnel unlock doors.


  • Follow instructions from school faculty or staff.
  • Get into a room that can be locked.
  • Lock the doors and windows. If possible, secure the door with a door wedge or other items.
  • Close blinds, shades or curtains on windows.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Silent cell phones.
  • Turn off any computer monitor(s)
  • Stay quiet.
  • Silent cell phones.
  • Wait in the room until authorities unlock the classroom door or an "All Clear" message is broadcasted by the emergency notification system.

Do not respond to any other alarm (door, fire, ect.) when a Lockdown is in place, unless there are obvious signs of a hazard (ex. Smoke).

If you are outside during a LOCKDOWN

1. Get to one of these safe locations:

  • Easthampton Public Safety Complex - Police and Fire Departments, across the bike path on Payson Avenue.
  • Easthampton High School - this site should be used for anyone who is in the Galbraith Field area.
  • Easthampton Congregational Church - located on the corner of Main and Union Street.

2. Stay in place until:

  • The “all clear” signal is sounded by the emergency notification system OR
  • A police officer or school authority identifies him/herself and gives a verbal "All Clear".

If you are off campus during a LOCKDOWN

If you are off campus when a lockdown is issued, remain where you are and wait for further messages from the emergency notification system. Do not attempt to return to campus.

Stay-in-Place Procedure

A Stay-in-Place order is a proactive action taken to protect students, staff and visitors from outdoor hazardous conditions.A Stay-in-Place order may require students and staff to remain indoors, perhaps for an extended period of time, because it is safer inside the building than outside.All students will remain inside the building until further notice from the administration or the emergency notification system.Circumstances that may warrant a Stay-in-Place response may include:

  • Severe weather
  • HAZMAT incident in the area
  • Any situation where it is best for you to stay where you are to avoid an outside threat
  • A medical emergency requiring emergency personnel’s assistance on campus


  • Get inside.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Close and lock doors and windows.
  • Do not exit the area until an “all clear” signal from the emergency notification system has been broadcasted or you are instructed to do so by emergency response personnel.

If you are off campus during a STAY-IN-PLACE

    If you are off campus when a Shelter-in-Place order is issued, remain where you are and wait for further messages from the emergency notification system. Do not attempt to return to campus.

Contact Security

Security is available 24/7

(413) 529-3911



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19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA 01027 | Phone: (413) 529-3000

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