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Safety

Emory Police Department (EPD) - Escorts
EPD, in conjunction with the Office of Community Services, provides security escorts to ensure the safety of those who travel the campus. These escorts are provided by the Office of Community Services Officers, Student Patrol, and EPD officers.

To request the escort service, call 404.727.8005. The EPD dispatch will arrange for an escort to meet you and accompany you to your destination.

Shuttle Service
Emory University’s Office of Community Services operates a shuttle bus service between major buildings, parking areas, and residential centers. The drivers are in direct contact with the Community Services Dispatch via radio. Contact the Office of Community Services at 404.727.1829 for their shuttle routes and hours of operation.

Blue-Light Phones
There are many Blue-Light Phones located throughout the entire Emory University campus that provide a direct connection to the EPD Communications Center, staffed 24-hours-a-day. If you have or know of a crime that is occurring, a fire or medical emergency, or need to request an escort, simply pick up the handset or press the “call” button and you will be connected to a 9-1-1 operator. Remember – help is just a call away!

All elevators on campus are directly linked to the EPD Communications Center, which is staffed 24-hours-a-day.

Severe Weather / Tornado
The risk of a tornado striking the Emory community is low, but its consequences can be catastrophic. It is critical to be prepared.

Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado. Be aware of your surroundings and be alert, should the watch be upgraded to a warning.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted or indicated by radar in your immediate area. Action should be taken to ensure your safety.

If a tornado warning is issued for portions of Dekalb or Newton counties (which include the Emory/Oxford campus), outdoor sirens, emergency text messages to enrolled users, and Emory's cable TV system will notify students, faculty, and staff. An Emory community email may also be sent to your Emory email address and an announcement will be posted on Emory's Emergency Announcements page at www.emory.edu/emergency. You may also turn on your NOAA weather radio and monitor for information in your local county (Dekalb, Fulton, Newton).

If you are outside, seek shelter immediately on the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building. If you are outside with no shelter available, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with you hands. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris causes most fatalities and injuries associated with a tornado.

If you are in a vehicle, exit the vehicle and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building; vehicles offer little to no protection. If shelter is not available, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.


 

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