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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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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.