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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

An emergency is defined as an event requiring immediate personal action to preserve life safety.

In an emergency you will be instructed by the Emergency Notification System to "evacuate" or "shelter within." This system will send notification to every contact method you have listed on your Banner self-service emergency notification page, including sending notification by cellular phone and text messaging.


EVACUATE: Leave your building or area to a location a minimum of 1,000 feet away and remain in that location until you have been accounted for by Campus Safety and Security.

SHELTER WITHIN: Move to an area of your building with no windows or glass and wait for an "all clear" from Public Safety.

How Should You Respond to Certain Emergencies:

  • Chemical Spill: EVACUATE. Leave the area, moving upwind from the spill area.
  • Fire: EVACUATE. Leave the building, closing doors behind you if you are able to do so safely.
  • Gas Leak: EVACUATE. Leave the area to a minimum distance of 1,000 feet away from the leak area.
  • Tornado: SHELTER WITHIN. Move to an interior hallway with no glass. Learn more about tornado safety.
  • Violent Person: SHELTER WITHIN. Move to a room you can lock from the inside, if you are able to do so safely. Public Safety officers contact Richmond Police Department to respond to all immediate threats of violence on Earlham's campus.
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