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Make Sure You Know What to Do by Preparing in Advance

Make it your responsibility to fully understand your role and desired response(s) in case of an emergency. This quick guide gives suggestions on how to prepare for and respond to emergency situations at Reinhardt:

  • Students
    • Learn safety procedures and exit routes for areas you frequent, including classroom buildings, study areas, laboratories, athletic facilities, library, and residence halls.
       
    • During an emergency, please stay calm, but act quickly. Assume an alarm is NOT a drill.  It is critical to immediately leave buildings when fire alarms sound and to take cover during tornado sirens.
       
    • Once you are safe, contact your family and let them know you are OK.
       
    • For information during an emergency or to read the institutional response to an emergency, go to www.reinhardt.edu or to your University e-mail.
       
    • Cancellations or rescheduling of classes and campus events will be posted on the University website.  If the University is closed, EagleAlert messages will be sent.  Be certain you are registered with EagleAlert.

       
  • Faculty and Staff
    • Learn safety procedures and exit routes for areas you frequent, including classroom buildings, study areas, laboratories, athletic facilities, library, and residence halls.  You may need to provide leadership and direction for students or guests in an emergency situation, so please be prepared to do so.
       
    • You play an important role in promoting safety and responding appropriately to emergencies.  Please be alert and report any dangerous situations or safety concerns before they reach the crisis level.  Please familiarize yourself with the University's emergency response and communications plans.
       
    • In an emergency, follow directions given by emergency personnel and encourage students and others to do likewise.  You are encouraged to help students evacuate or take shelter.  If you think there may be hazardous materials or vulnerable people in the building, evacuate first, then tell a Public Safety officer about your concerns.
       
    • For information during an emergency or to read the institutional response to an emergency, go to www.reinhardt.edu or to your University e-mail.
       
    • Cancellations or rescheduling of classes and campus events will be posted on the University website.  If the University is closed, EagleAlert messages will be sent.  Be certain you are registered with EagleAlert.
       
  • Parents
    • Communication with parents and family members during and after an emergency is an important priority. In a major event, the University makes every effort to communicate with parents and the internal University community before informing the broader public.
       
    • In a localized event, information will be posted on www.reinhardt.edu, the University website, University e-mail and distributed to the media.  Your student can also include you in his/her EagleAlert registration.
       
    • In certain situations, the University may also establish telephone hotlines for parents. These numbers will be communicated via www.reinhardt.edu.
       
    • Cell phone signals and the campus phone system could be difficult to access during a major event.  Be patient if you cannot immediately reach your student by phone.
       
    • In some situations you should not immediately come to pick up your student due to traffic congestion or contamination (with a biohazard). The University will include information about when it is safe to pick up students as part of its emergency communications.
  • General Public
    • In the event of an emergency on campus, the University posts information on www.reinhardt.edu, the University website and distributes information to the media.  Class and event cancellations are also posted to www.reinhardt.edu.
       
    • In the event of a major campus emergency, the public is asked to stay away from campus. An evacuation during business hours could tie up traffic around the Waleska campus and on adjacent highways.
       
    • The campus phone system could be difficult to access during a major event.  For information, check the University website, www.reinhardt.edu or utilize the local media
       
    • If there is a specific role for the general public to play in disaster or emergency recovery efforts at the University, a call for volunteers will be issued through appropriate agencies and/or the media.
       
  • Media