Preparedness FAQs

If our area goes to "severe" threat condition, what should I do?

A severe condition for the area would be declared by federal, state or local authorities and would include more than just the University. Community members are expected to follow the instructions issued by the authorities. Should this occur, the best advice is to monitor local radio or television and check the University homepage for new information.

If I am out and about on campus and do not have ready access to information, how will I know if there is an emergency?

The University has a variety of methods of communicating with the campus community, including the ability to deploy Department of Public Safety vehicles, which are equipped with sirens and public address systems that can broadcast instructions.

Other means of communication include: the University homepage, mass email, the Public Safety recorded alert line (609-258-2255, then press keypad ALERT or enter 25378, then press 1) and the University response hotline (609-258-7700). Messages can be posted throughout campus including: on directory cases, in dining halls, at Frist Campus Center and at Firestone Library.

If I am out and about and hear there is an emergency, should I return to my office or residence, go some place else or stay in place?

Unless an emergency clearly is in the immediate vicinity (in which case, follow the instructions of safety officials or evacuate the area), the best approach would be to seek information/instructions from the nearest source — generally the nearest University building.

If an emergency is announced, how do I decide whether to evacuate or shelter in place?

Making a decision about whether to evacuate or shelter in place depends entirely on the emergency at hand. It is important for everyone to be prepared in advance by reviewing the information on the Emergency Preparedness website, including the links to federal agencies such as Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Fire or other building emergencies are far more likely than terrorism. In the event of a fire, unless you are advised otherwise, you should evacuate the building, go to the designated assembly point and await instructions from Public Safety or the local first responders.

As with all emergencies, listen carefully to all public announcements.

How can I prepare?

Review the Emergency Preparedness guidelines, check the University homepage frequently for updates and consider keeping comfort items readily available — in the unlikely event that roads are impassable or that sheltering in place becomes necessary.

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If you have further questions or would like to suggest an additional topic for this FAQ, please email the EPTF.