Goal of the Project

The Campus Safety Video at Heartland Community College was created in 2015 to inform administration, faculty, staff, students and visitors about the emergency policies pertaining to Heartland Community College, located in Normal. Illinois. Topics in the video included witnessing an emergency and dialing 911 to alert Campus Safety and Security personnel, evacuation procedures in case of fire, tornado shelter information, and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Project Specs


  • Video Recording
  • Video Post Production
  • Motion Graphics

Software Used

  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Motion 5

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Hardware Used

  • Sony NEX-VG20 Video Camera
  • Manfrotto 055XB Tripod
  • Manfrotto 701HDV Tripod Head
  • Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Wireless Lapel Microphone System


  • Administration
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Visitors

Solution to the Problem

My role on this project while serving in the Media Technologist role at Heartland Community College was to record all video and audio footage, find appropriate royalty free background music to incorporate into the final video, and do the post-production video editing, additional motion graphics creation using Apple Motion 5, and all audio work on the final video. I performed the video editing using Apple Final Cut Pro X. This video was delivered to the audience via a YouTube link on Heartland Community College’s YouTube channel. This video has served as the primary way the College informs the overall campus as to the appropriate procedures for dealing with campus emergency and safety concerns since 2015.

Video Text Transcription


(Words on Screen: Heartland Community College Campus Safety)

(Narrator Speaking)
Welcome to Heartland Community College! This video provides information about safety features that ensure your well-being while on campus.

(Action: Camera pans across Heartland Community College Building. Employee dials 911 on a campus phone.)

(Narrator Speaking)
If you observe any violent crime, have knowledge of an immediate physical threat, or witness a medical emergency, use your cell phone or any campus phone to dial nine-one-one.

(Action: A Safety and Security Services vehicle pulls up to a Heartland Community College building.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Emergency personnel will be dispatched to the scene immediately.

(Action: Security personnel patrol the hallways and monitor security footage.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Security personnel patrol campus and monitor cameras at all times. You may contact them using a campus phone by dialing 8300.

(Action: A student presses a button on the Code Blue phone which then connects them to security personnel.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Emergency Call Stations, also known as Code Blue phones, are available in parking areas. They provide an immediate voice and video connection to Security.

(Action: A security worker helps a student reclaim a lost sweater at the security booth.)

(Narrator Speaking)
The Security Booth is located on the first floor of the Student Commons Building, just outside the library. Stop there to: report suspicious activity or dangerous campus conditions, file lost or stolen property reports, or reclaim recovered items.

(Action: A student opens the AED wall cabinet.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Security will also immediately respond to situations requiring an automated external defibrillator, or AED.

(Action: Employee flips through the pages of the Immediate Action Guide.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Immediate Action Guides are posted in every room and provide instructions for specific campus emergency situations

(Image on Screen: A tornado shelter sign is displayed. Restrooms and interior rooms with no windows are shown.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Other signage indicates tornado shelter areas. You may also take shelter in restrooms or interior rooms with no windows.

(Image on Screen: A 20 mile-per-hour speed limit sign is shown.)

(Narrator Speaking)
All traffic laws apply to campus. A twenty mile-per-hour speed limit is enforced.

(Action: Buses drive through the Heartland Community College campus.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Drivers must yield to pedestrians and slow down for buses or delivery vehicles.

(Image on Screen: A light pole with the letter C is shown. Handicapped and motorcycle parking signage is displayed.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Parking lots are identified by large letters affixed to light poles. Handicapped and motorcycle parking areas are also marked. Vehicles parked inappropriately are subject to towing.

(Words on screen: “Tobacco and Weapon Free Campus”)

(Narrator Speaking)
In compliance with state law, Heartland is a tobacco and weapon-free campus.

(Image on Screen: A Heartland Community College website announcement of school closure due to weather is displayed.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Emergency updates and closure decisions are made at the earliest opportunity.

(Image on Screen: A laptop displays the homepage for the Heartland Community College website.)

(Narrator Speaking)
The Heartland website and text alerts are your primary sources for emergency alerts and updates. Local television and radio stations as well as HCC’s Facebook and Twitter also carry College closing information.

(Action: A student signs up for the emergency text message service on their cell phone.)

(Narrator Speaking)
To enroll in the emergency text message service, text “hccalerts” to 292929.

(Image on Screen: A loudspeaker in a Heartland Community College Building is shown.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Heartland’s Normal campus has loudspeakers in every building to alert you in the event of a campus emergency.

(Action: After hearing the fire alarm sound, a faculty member signals for his art students to evacuate the classroom. Students calmly file out of the classroom towards the stairwell. The area of rescue assistance button located in the stairwell is pressed by a student.)

(Narrator Speaking)
If a fire alarm is sounded, faculty and staff will accompany you to the nearest exit. During a fire evacuation, you must use the stairs. Areas of Rescue Assistance are located at each stairwell landing. Press the button for an immediate 2-way connection to Security.

(Action: The art class exits and walks a safe distance away from the building.)

(Narrator Speaking)
Everyone must move at least five hundred feet from affected buildings and remain there until an all-clear is given. Each faculty member is required to account for the students in his or her class, and report missing persons to Security.

(Image on Screen: A laptop displays the Heartland home page.)

(Narrator Speaking)
For additional information about safety and security at Heartland visit www.heartland.edu.

(Words on Screen: www.heartland.edu)

(Narrator Speaking)
We hope this information contributes to your positive experience at Heartland Community College.

(Image on Screen: Heartland Community College logo)

(Music Ends)