Emergency Planning

As part of its comprehensive approach to protecting the college community and preparing for any emergency, Davidson has in place emergency response and evacuation plans, emergency communication plans, and trained building captains to assist in an emergency.

Campus Emergency Response Plan

Davidson's Emergency Response Plan establishes guidelines for campus-wide communication, service coordination and safety procedures in the event of emergencies and dangerous situations such as fires, bomb threats, severe weather situations, long-term power outages, hazardous material incidents, or any situation that could threaten lives or safety within the college community. Download the plan (PDF).

Emergency Communications & Crime Alerts

Davidson communicates with faculty, staff and students, parents and local media in a number of ways in the event of an emergency or dangerous situation.

Emergency Notification (SSAFER)

Davidson's Student, Staff, and Faculty Emergency Response program, SSAFER, uses an integrated notification system to alert students, faculty and staff to emergencies and provide safety instructions via text messages, emails, voice messages, and live spoken instructions.

The system enables the college to quickly inform faculty, staff and students of an emergency, such as an active shooter on campus, chemical spill, tornado warning, and more. And, with so many ways to get the word out, the information will reach you whether or not you are on campus.

Crime Alert (Timely Warning)

A Timely Warning email is sent to faculty, staff and students when a crime has been reported on or adjacent to campus and the nature of the reported crime creates a potential serious or continuing threat to the campus community. The purpose of the Timely Warning is to alert the campus community to the potential threat so community members can take appropriate personal safety steps. Examples of reports that may result in a Timely Warning include, but are not limited to, a crime against person, such as robbery, aggravated assault, or sexual assault.

Informational Message

An Informational Message will be sent via email to the campus community in the case of an event that is not an emergency but is important information to share with the campus community. An example of this type of event is a fire that affects traffic patterns near campus.

Communications to Parents of Students

In most cases, the text of SSAFER messages, timely warnings and informational messages will be emailed to parents of current students shortly after the messages are sent to the campus community. Parents are also encouraged to subscribe to the college's social media accounts for updates.


Evacuation is the best option when conditions outside are safer than inside.

If an evacuation is announced, it is important that every occupant of the affected building(s) evacuate immediately. Always comply with the instructions of emergency responders (police officers or firefighters) during an evacuation. In some emergency situations, building occupants will be instructed to shelter in place. In that event, it is important not to leave the building until instructed to do so by emergency responders or building captains.

At times, exit routes may be blocked by smoke, toxic or super-heated fumes, debris, human threat, or fire. At those times, or if you are physically unable to evacuate through exit routes, it is safer to call 911 to report your location and await aid.

Evacuation drills ensure the sufficient and safe use of available exits, including stairwells, corridors, and impromptu exits. Proper drills familiarize occupants with orderly, controlled exiting and help to prevent panic in the event of an actual emergency.

When an Evacuation Announcement is Made or an Alarm Sounds

  • Take the closest and safest way out (use secondary route if primary route is blocked or hazardous).
  • Assist those needing special assistance.
  • Do not stop for to pick up your belongings.
  • Go to designated assembly area.
  • Check for injuries.
  • Building captains should take attendance and report discrepancies to emergency response personnel.
  • Wait for further instructions (public address system and/or text message)


Staff, faculty, and students working in non-primary buildings such as Smith House, Glasgow or other similar structures should use the above guidelines and get least 200 feet away from the structures to maintain personal safety and allow first responder access.