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.

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In August 2020, the University adopted a new emergency alert and incident reporting system called LiveSafe. LiveSafe is a mobile application that connects users directly with Campus Security personnel as well as providing personal security tools including a walk share feature, where users can share their destinations and ETA with friends or campus security officials, as well as resources for safety and well-being. The LiveSafe app is available for free in both the Android and Apple App stores for anyone that chooses to download it.

Once downloaded and installed on a smart-phone, users search and select Drew University as their location. This will subscribe the user to the alerts and resources specific to the Drew campus.

If you are unable to download the app because you do not have a smartphone, messages are also sent via SMS and email. Please ensure that your contact information is up to date within Treehouse.

1) Find the “Personal Information” section of the “Students” or “Employees” tab, as appropriate.
2) Select “Update Addresses and Phones.”
3) Select the “Current” link in the “US Permanent Address” section.
4) Under the “Phone Type” section, ensure that you have added either “cell phone” or “emergency cell phone”, and that the number is accurate.

You can find detailed instructions here here.

The LiveSafe app is coordinated by Campus Security.

Emergency Alert Terminology

At times emergency alerts may include specific terminology related to community action. Please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines to assist you with making personal decisions on your best course of action.

Shelter in place. Students and staff to 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 without 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. Await further instructions; do not leave until an “all clear” alert is received.

Evacuation. Proceed through safest, nearest exit; if you are able, assist individuals with special needs, don’t use elevators, know the meeting area for your exit, and the last person out of room close the door. Alert responders to missing people, and call 973-408-4444 or 911 for assistance.


Note that communications about COVID can be found on our COVID-19 resource site.