Emergency Quick Guide

Emergency Quick Guie

In Case of Emergency


Cherokee County Emergency Services, 8-911 or 911

Reinhardt Department of Public Safety, 5911 or 770-720-5911

Suspicious Object/Person


From a campus phone 8-911, then 5911.

Do NOT use a cell phone to call about a suspicious object!  The signal could cause an explosive device to detonate.

  • Do not touch or disturb the object, keep others away.
  • Notify your instructor or supervisor.
  • Be prepared to evacuate.


From a campus phone call RU Public Safety 5911.
From a cell phone call RU Public Safety 770-720-5911.

  • Do not physically confront the person.
  • Do not let anyone into a locked building/office.
  • Do not block the person’s access to an exit.

Armed/Violent Person

From a campus phone 8-911, then 5911.
From a cell phone 911, then 770-720-5911.

If Indoors:

  • Close and lock all windows and doors.
  • If you can do so safely, get on the floor and out of the line of fire.
  • If safe to do so, remain there for the “all clear” instruction.

If Outdoors:

  • If it is possible to flee the area safely and avoid danger, do so.
  • If flight is impossible, stay out of the line of fire and remain silent.
  • Wait for the “all clear” instruction.


  • Avoid—(person or area of disturbance)
  • Deny—(entry of threat to your area—close/lock/barricade door)
  • Defend—(if you must…prepare yourself to defend against an attack)

Power Outage/Gas Leak

Power Outage

  • Remain calm; provide assistance to others if necessary.
  • Move cautiously to a lighted area. Exits may be indicated by lighted signs if the emergency power is operating.
  • Turn off and unplug computers and other voltage sensitive equipment.
  • For information about a prolonged outage, call Physical Plant at 770.720.5598.

Gas Leak

  • Call Public Safety, 5911 or 770.720.5911
  • Clear the area immediately, if instructed to do so by Public Safety.
  • Provide as many details as possible.
  • Leave all ventilation systems operating unless instructed otherwise by emergency responders.
  • Report to your building’s Outdoor Assembly Area to be accounted for.

Hazardous Materials/Flood/Water Damage

Hazardous Materials Release

  • Move away from the site of the hazard to a safe location.
  • Stay up-wind from the hazardous location.
  • Alert others to stay clear of the area.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel.
  • Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed or have information about the release.

Flood and Water Damage

Avoid wet areas, be careful of electrocution hazards! If there is any possible danger, evacuate the area.

  • If there is no danger, call Physical Plant at 770.720.5598 and advise of the problem, including: location of the leak/flooding; severity; whether any valuables, art collections, or books are involved or threatened.
  • If you know the source of the water and are confident in your ability to stop it (i.e., unclog the drain, turn off water, etc.), do so cautiously.
  • Be prepared to assist, if directed to do so, in protecting University and personal property that is in jeopardy. Take only those steps that are needed to avoid or reduce immediate water damage: cover large objects with plastic sheeting; carefully move small or light objects out of the emergency area.


Remain calm.
Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
Evacuate the building.
Go to building’s Outdoor Assembly Area.


From a campus phone 8-911, then 5911.
From a cell phone 911, then 770-720-5911.

Do NOT use elevators.
Do not enter the building until all clear is given by emergency responders.

If caught in smoke:

  • Do not breathe the smoke.
  • Drop to your knees and crawl to the closest safe exit.
  • Breathe through your nose and use a shirt or towel to breathe through, if possible.

If trapped in a building:

  • Close all doors and windows
  • Wet and place cloth material around and under the door to prevent smoke from entering.
  • Attempt to signal people outside of the building. Call for help using a telephone or cell phone.

NOTE: In the case of a small fire, you may, if you have had the training, extinguish it with the nearest proper type fire extinguisher.  If you have any doubts as to whether you will be able to contain the fire, do not attempt to do so.  If the fire is too large to extinguish, or you think it may be, call 911 (8-911 from campus phone).


  • Remain calm.
  • Evacuate using the nearest safe stairs and safe exit.
  • Do NOT use elevators!
  • Gather personal belongings (medications, keys, purses, wallets, etc.), but only if safe to do so.
  • Follow directions given by emergency personnel.
  • Go to identified assembly points at least 500 feet from the affected building.
  • Assist persons with disabilities or injuries without jeopardizing your safety.
  • If you are unable to evacuate due to physical disability, go to a safe location (e.g., stairwell) and wait for assistance. Ask others to inform emergency personnel of your location and status.
  • If there is time: Turn off all electronics including computers (except in case of a leaking gas or other flammable substances).
  • Secure any hazardous materials or equipment before leaving.

Severe Weather/Tornado

If Indoors:

  • Move quickly to a safe interior area without windows (e.g., hallways, basements, restrooms).
  • Move to the lowest levels using stairways, NOT elevators.
  • If possible, close all doors as you leave an area.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and exterior walls.
  • Do NOT go outdoors.
  • Do NOT activate the fire alarm, as this will cause people to go outside.

If Outdoors:

  • Get inside, if possible.
  • Stay away from trees, power lines, utility poles, and other hazards.
  • Curl up in a ditch or low-lying area; stay low to the ground; use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms, and be prepared to seek shelter.

Tornado Warning means a tornado is imminent or has been indicated by Doppler radar or reported by storm spotters. Move to a place of safety (refer to Building Information sheet in this flip chart) immediately!

EagleAlert and Bell Tower Messages will be sent for Tornado Warnings.  However, do not rely on these as communications may be inoperable.

Do not call 911 (or 5911) unless you need to report an emergency, such as a fire, medical emergency or severe building damage.

Bomb Threat

Try to keep the caller on the phone. Be Calm, Be Courteous, Listen and Do Not Interrupt

Call Received __________________________  Call Ended: _____________________________
                    Date                          Time                  Date                              Time

Person Receiving Call _____________________________________________________________________
                               Name                                 Phone Number                         Department

Write Down Exact Wording of the Threat:



Listen while the caller talks and try to ask the following questions:

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb right now?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What does the bomb look like?
  • What will cause it to explode?
  • Did you place the bomb?
  • Why was the bomb placed?
  • What is your name?
  • What is your address?
  • Where are you calling from?
  • What is your phone number?
  • Are you calling from a pay phone?

 Gender of Caller: _______  Impression of Age of Caller: ______

Caller’s Voice/Threat Language & Background Noises/Location (Circle ALL that apply):

  • Male, Female, Adult, Juvenile, Calm, Excited, Angry, Slow, Rapid, Soft, Loud, Normal, Distinct, Slurred, Laughter, Crying, Nasal, Stutter, Lisp, Deep, Breathing, Deep, Ragged, Cracking, Voice, Clearing Throat, Disguised, Foul Language, Well Spoken, Irrational, Incoherent Accent
  • Street, Noise, Voices, Music, House, Noise, Motor, Office, Factory, Dishes, Animal, Noise, Static, Phone Booth, Cell Phone, Long Distance, Taped

Did the caller seem to be reading the message?  YES / NO

Did the caller indicate knowledge of the campus?  YES / NO  Why? ______________________________

Was the voice familiar?  YES / NO  If so, whom did it sound like? ________________________________

From a campus phone 8-911, then 5911.

From a cell phone 911, then 770-720-5911.

Notify your supervisor, professor, resident assistant, or nearest University authority.

Building Information

The designated Indoor Assembly Area(s) in this building for sheltering in place/tornado/weather threat include:

In the event that you hear the fire alarm or must evacuate, all occupants of this room/building should go to the following location (Outdoor Assembly Area) if it is safe to do so:

Specific hazards/controls for this location include:

In an emergency, call 8-911 from any campus phone.

Call 911 from your cell phone or from off campus.

Do not use your cell phone in the building during a bomb threat.

Location-Specific Information

You are in Room Number _____ in ______________________

Building Coordinator _________________________________

Building Coordinator’s Number ________________________


We provide 24/7 Public Safety Services. Our office is located on the lower level of the East Apartments.

For non-emergency assistance our business Hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday- Friday.

Non Emergency Phone: 770.720.5789
Emergency Phone: 770.720.5911

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