Emergency Notification, Response and Evacuation (Policy SW-30)

Individuals should report all emergencies by calling 9-5555 from any campus phone, 402-559-5555 via cellular phone, or by using the blue light emergency phones, which are available at various locations on campus.

Clarkson College will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of an emergency notification and initiate a campus emergency notification, unless such notification will, in the professional judgment of campus authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate an emergency.

The only reason Clarkson College would not immediately issue a notification for a confirmed emergency or dangerous situation is if doing so will compromise efforts to:

  • Assist a victim › Contain the emergency
  • Respond to the emergency, or
  • Otherwise mitigate the emergency (example: agreeing to a request of local law enforcement of fire department officials)

Campus authorities who are responsible for carrying out or authorizing the use of Emergency Notification are:

  • Director of UNMC Security
  • President
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Director of Facilities

Information will be released upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus.

Examples of “immediate threat” are:

  • Tornado or extreme weather
  • Armed Intruder
  • Bomb Threat
  • Gas Leak

Warnings will likely include the nature of the threat, source of the information and suggested precautions to be taken. The entire campus community will be notified when there is at least the potential that a very large segment of the community will be affected by a situation, or when a situation threatens the operation of the campus as a whole.

There will be a continuing assessment of the situation, and additional segments of the campus community may be notified if a situation warrants such action.

Campus authorities will determine how much information is appropriate to disseminate at different points in time based on the event.

Clarkson College has multiple methods of warning our College campus for any significant emergency.

  • College & Student All email.
  • Announcements over the PA system.
  • Alert notification system that will call, text, and email all registered users.
  • Notices on our public Website, Facebook and other media outlets.

The procedures will be based on the situation.

  • For a fire, we would initiate the “Fire Evacuation Plan” where each floor is to evacuate the building through a specific stairwell.
  • For a tornado, we would initiate the “Tornado Evacuation Plan” where each floor is the move to the designated shelter area.
  • For an Armed Intruder, we would initiate the “Armed Intruder” plan that explains how to proceed based on your specific situation and location.