Emergency Notifications

RAVE (Emergency Notification System)

RAVE provides reliable, timely notifications of school closings or on-campus emergencies.

There is no charge, and we encourage everyone to sign up:.

  • Enter the requested information, and agree to the Terms of Use.
  • If you are prompted to go to your email, please do so. Click the link there to continue the registration process.
  • You can receive email and/or cell phone text notification. For text, you must enter the 4 digit confirmation code that will be sent to you via email; otherwise, your text notification will not work.

Class Cancellation/Delay Start Procedures

Inclement weather, mechanical systems failure, utility problems or unforeseen circumstances may require classes to be cancelled or delayed. Students, faculty, and staff will be notified via the RAVE Alert Service when cancellations, early closures, or delays occur. 

If weather makes morning travel difficult, the College will typically make a decision no later than 5:40 a.m.

If classes are delayed or cancelled, the most reliable and timely sources for updated information are:

  • Instant email and text message sent through RAVE
  • NCC website
  • Recorded message on the NCC answering machine
    • 712-324-5061
    • 800-352-4907

NCC will also make announcements available on area TV and radio stations, although they may not be as timely or reliable as the options noted above:  

  • KCAU TV – Sioux City
  • KTIV TV – Sioux City
  • KMEG TV – Sioux City
  • KELO TV – Sioux Falls
  • KSFY TV – Sioux Falls
  • KIWA Radio – 1150 AM, 105.3 FM – Sheldon
  • KICD Radio – 1240 AM, 107.7 FM – Spencer

Building Evacuation Procedures

If building evacuation is necessary, remain calm but leave quickly:

  • Use stairs, not elevators.
  • Pay close attention to your surroundings as you exit.
  • Incidents such as Fire or Hazardous Materials Releases may require you to use alternate exit paths.

If possible to do so safely and if desired by them, assist wheelchair users in the evacuation process. If it is not possible to evacuate them completely, move them to a safe stairwell (farthest from the hazard) and inform first responders of their location.

Once outside, stay clear of entryways to facilitate responder access. For your safety and to assist emergency personnel, a designated evacuation gathering place should be predetermined by each department. At that place, take roll call so that your supervisor can account for all evacuees. 

Do not re-enter the affected area until instructed by Physical Plant or emergency responders. You should not turn off an alarm or instruct others to re-enter–this will be done by designated emergency personnel.

Safety Committee

NCC has an active Safety Committee that regularly meets to discuss campus safety issues. The Committee has representatives from all areas of campus. The Committee partners with local law enforcement to discuss how NCC can remain as safe as possible.

The Committee has authored a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan document that addresses a wide range of on-campus events, including:

  • tornadoes
  • fires
  • active shooter
  • bomb threats
  • hazardous spills and leakages
  • other emergency events

Other Campus Communication Strategies

In addition to RAVE, the College communicates with students through: 

  • On-campus siren that is linked with the City of Sheldon and will activate in a tornado warning. In addition, the siren is capable of communicating a voice message to a student who is outside of a campus building.
  • Campus intercom system that covers all campus instructional areas
  • Regular campus email
  • Big screen monitors are posted throughout campus.