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, an integrated emergency notification system, 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 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 complete plan (PDF).


Davidson's Student, Staff, and Faculty Emergency Response program, SSAFER, uses an integrated notification system to alert students 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 students and staff of any emergency, such as dangerous road conditions, a criminal at large, chemical spill, and more. And, with so many ways to get the word out, the information will reach you whether or not you are on campus.

Evacuation Drills

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

Speedy evacuation of buildings, while desirable in primary stages of emergencies, is not in itself the prime objective; rather it is secondary to the preservation of proper order and discipline. At times, exit routes may be blocked by smoke, toxic or super-heated fumes, debris, human threat, or fire. At those times, it is safer to await aid.

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).
  • Take roll book so that you can check to be sure everyone has met at designated assembly area (PDF).
  • Assist those needing special assistance.
  • Do not stop for to pick up your belongings.
  • Go to designated assembly area.
  • Check for injuries.
  • 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 Hamilton 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 first allow responder access.