Emergency Information.


Emergency Information

In the event of an emergency, the campus community will be notified through a variety of mechanisms including web, email, SMS, and LiveSafe app notifications. The Drew homepage will broadcast an alert and direct users to this emergency page outlining the University’s response.

Reporting an Emergency

Every member of the campus community has a responsibility to be vigilant of possible threats or hazards to themselves or others within the community. If you think that an individual or a situation is hazardous or potentially dangerous you should notify appropriate officials or authorities. 

Call 9-1-1 if you believe that an imminent threat caused by a person, situation, or any other reason is occurring or about to occur.

When reporting, you should include as much information as possible. Additionally, wait for the dispatcher to end the call as they may continue to ask you questions or provide guidance. Some standard information you should be prepared to provide include:

  • Location of the incident
  • What you observed
  • When did this occur (date and time)
  • Description of the condition or behavior observed (such as fire, smoke, unusual chemical odor, criminal act, actions of a suspicious person, medical emergency, explosion, storm damage, motor vehicle accident, hazardous material released, etc.)
  • Description of any persons or objects (such as bike, car, etc.) involved
  • Location or direction of travel of suspects, victims, and other involved
  • Presence of weapons or suspicious devices
  • Condition of injured or ill person(s)

If you are concerned about an individual or situation and you believe it not to be an imminent threat you can dial Campus Safety at (973) 408-3379. Online forms for incidents, as well as a reporting feature on the LiveSafe app, may also be used.

Emergency Alert Terminology

Some emergency alerts may include terminology related to specific community action. Please familiarize yourself with the following terms and guidelines to assist you and others in making decisions on your best course of action.

Shelter in place. Students and staff remain indoors, perhaps for an extended period of time, as it is deemed safer staying inside the building than walking around campus. Depending on the threat or hazard, students and staff may be required to move to rooms that can be sealed (such as in the event of a chemical or biological hazard), or rooms do not have windows, or to a weather shelter (such as in the event of a tornado). Await further instructions; do not leave until an “all clear” alert is received.

Lockdown. Used to secure school buildings and grounds during incidents that pose an immediate threat of violence in or around the school. Lock doors, turn off lights, stay away from windows and place phones on a silent mode. Await further instructions; do not leave until an “all clear” alert is received. You can find our ALICE™ online training here.

Evacuation. Proceed through the safest, nearest exit; if you are able, assist individuals with special needs. Don’t use elevators. Close the door if you are the last person out of a room. Alert responders to missing people, and call (973) 408-3379 or 9-1-1 for assistance.

Health Emergencies

Weather Emergencies

Weather emergencies may be forecasted or occur with little notice. The University will make decisions based on local and state guidance, as well as local and campus conditions. All community members are encouraged to use a weather notification service so that they may be aware of forecasts and guidance from the National Weather Service. Additionally, the NJ Office of Emergency Management (N.J. OEM) and the Morris County Office of Emergency Management may provide more local information.

Behavioral and Civil Emergencies