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What to Expect in an Emergency/Crisis


An emergency is an event that threatens the life or safety of our students. For Earlham, this includes a tornado, fire, gas leak, infectious disease, chemical spill or violent person on campus. In response to an emergency, students are alerted through our Emergency Notification System, a network that sends emails, voice messages, text messages and TTY/TDD.

crisis is an event that, while upsetting, does not threaten the life or safety of others. Examples of crises include a snow closing, destruction of campus property or the passing of a community member. In the aftermath of a crisis, the College's counseling services, religious life and residence life offices work together to provide counseling, comfort and support to members of the campus community, often for several days.

Emergency Notification System

During the Enrollment Confirmation process, Earlham will ask your students to share contact information with the College through a computer-based entry process. Students are encouraged to enter these items into the College's database:

  • emergency contact information and
  • cell phone number

This enables us to reach students in the event of an emergency with a brief message and safety instructions.

Throughout each year the Campus Safety and Security Department offers informative workshops for students about emergency response.

Stay Informed

Earlham relies on its website as its primary source to share official notices with the families of Earlham students and the extended College community in the event of an emergency or crisis.

Only initial messages are sent via the Emergency Notification System. It is our goal to post informative messages at the Web site with links to additional information as soon as possible.

On campus, students receive additional updates and announcements about support services through email, residence hall meetings and individual contacts with Public Safety and Student Development Office staff members.

Families are encouraged to make arrangements for staying in touch with each other through phone calls or email messages.

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