Emergency Procedures

Emergency procedures

Emergencies, disasters, and accidents can occur without warning. Being prepared to react and respond to unexpected emergencies is an individual and an institutional responsibility. Each member of our campus community has a role in fostering a culture of safety in our emergency preparation and response.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to review the emergency guidelines that are located on Public Safety’s web-page.

Tornado Safety Guidelines:

Terms to know:

Tornado WATCH- Tornadoes are possible and conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes.  Stay tuned to radio or TV stations for watch alerts.
Tornado WARNING- A tornado has been sighted or detected by weather radar. You should take shelter immediately.  

Severe Weather Alert Notifications:

Mass Notification

A message will be sent to the campus community in the form of a text, email, or phone call.  While severe weather is threatening, it is important to keep cell phones charged and with you at all times. Mass notification contact information can be updated in the registrar’s office for students and the Office of Human Resources for employees.

Emergency Siren

The “Emergency Siren” will be activated when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the city of Decatur.  Advances in weather radar have allowed meteorologists to forecast tornadoes for specific geographic areas. This means that a tornado warning could be in effect for northern or southern DeKalb County but not the area where our campus is located. 

The emergency siren is controlled by the city of Decatur and is only activated in the event of a tornado warning.  If the siren is activated, please take the following actions immediately to protect yourself and your family:

If you are in a residence hall, academic building, or nearby apartments or homes:  go to a central area on the lowest level.  Stay away from windows.

If you are in a car: stop, get out and go to the storm shelter or lowest level in a nearby building.

If you are outside or in an open space: Lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. DO NOT seek shelter under an overpass or bridge.