Activation of the Emergency Siren Alert System implies that the Randolph College
campus community is experiencing an "Immediate Catastrophic Event." Examples
of these events may include hostile intruders, terrorist incident, mass violence
and severe weather warnings (tornado). Such an event also implies that personal
injury, loss of life and/or catastrophic property damage is imminent.
emergency also activates the Critical Incident Management Plan. Other notification
methods such as mass campus email alerts, e2Campus text and email alerts
and campus telephone voicemail alerts may be activated in advance of the emergency
alert siren sounding.
When activated, the siren will sound steadily for about
three (3) minutes (LISTEN: Emergency
Siren Sample - mp3). Should you hear
the emergency alert siren at anytime, (unless you have been informed of siren
testing) you should take the following action:
- Stop what you are doing.
- Evaluate your surroundings… this is your best method of personal
- Be prepared to take immediate self-protective action.
- Immediately seek safe shelter or any area of refuge.
- If you are in a residence hall room, classroom or campus office, you should
close and lock the door, if possible. If the door cannot be locked, barricade
the door with desks or other large items. Close window blinds or curtains.
Stay away from windows.
- DO NOT activate the building’s fire alarm!
- Prepare to receive information from electronic sources such as computers,
cell phones – text messages, campus telephones and other media outlets.
You may also receive instruction/information in-person from College employees,
Campus Security and/or Residence Life personnel. This information will advise
you of the nature of the emergency and how to proceed.
- Do not leave your area of shelter until you have been instructed that it
is safe to do so. Campus Security and/or emergency personnel will notify
you directly or by any means indicated above once the situation is under
control or has passed.
- Confinement for Safety - Card access doors will be locked once the threat
is identified. A campus-wide facility confinement involves staying inside
a secure/safe location and NOT evacuating unless instructed to do so by Campus
Security or Public Safety officials.
- If at any time you need Campus Security, Lynchburg police or emergency
medical services and a campus phone is available, call the Switchboard at ‘0’,
dial 434-947-8000 from a cellular telephone, or call 9-1-1. Clearly inform
the operator of your location and the situation, such as a medical condition
or other critical issue. Try to remain as calm as possible.
This communication does not include campus emergency procedures in its entirety,
but should serve as an information resource regarding what to do if the emergency
alert siren sounds. Portions of the College’s Emergency Procedures and
Safety Information are linked to the Campus Safety and Security web page, which
may be found at http://web.randolphcollege.edu/security/.
Further information and training concerning emergency preparedness is forthcoming.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions or concerns about
campus safety and security at Randolph College.
- Kris L. Irwin
Director of Safety and Security