Public Safety Emergency Assistance
Contact Public Safety
Walnut House, First Floor
847 West Walnut Street
Call ext. “HELP” (4357) on the campus telephone system or 859.236.4357 from all other telephones.
For confirmed emergency situations that require the immediate assistance of police, fire, or EMS, the Danville Public Safety Department can be reached by calling 9-911.
Communication is the key to ensuring the safety of students, faculty, and staff during an emergency. This involves effectively providing information to you as well as monitoring developing events in a rapidly changing environment. Click here for complete Emergency Communications Information. (PDF)
What is an emergency? Emergencies are not always major disasters; sometimes they are as small as catching the flu. Any event, big or small, that puts the functionality of the Centre College community in jeopardy is considered an emergency. Examples include any occasion that could:
Centre College’s Department of Public Safety has many resources to keep you informed and up-to-date on emergency situations. These resources work best when you know how to use them. Becoming familiar with Centre’s emergency procedures is a great way to start preparing.
Centre’s emergency management procedures are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This involves refining processes designed to deal with various types of emergencies, monitoring developing events and issues, and providing appropriate information in a rapidly changing environment. Click here for complete Emergency Preparedness Information. (PDF)
Familiarizing yourself with the Centre College Emergency Procedures is one of the most important ways you can be prepared for an emergency. Click here for complete Emergency Procedure Information. (PDF)
Centre College and local services will always do everything possible to protect you during an emergency, but individual preparedness is also extremely important. Taking the time to prepare yourself, and those you care about, for an emergency can make a big difference, allowing you to be well supplied and in touch when the worst happens. The Department of Public Safety has put together a guide where you can find basic information about being prepared.
Getting a kit, making a plan, and being informed will put you in control during an emergency and will help reduce your reliance on others. The task to be informed and prepared is ongoing, simply seek out information about your risks and what you can do to prepare, and monitor what is happening in your area before, during, and after an emergency. Be familiar with resources accessible to you. Click here for complete Individual Preparedness Information. (PDF)
Run, Hide, Fight
A hostile intruder situation can change rapidly. In addition to being aware of your surroundings and escape routes, thinking about how you will react to a hostile intruder situation in advance will help you act quickly and efficiently.
WHAT IF Thinking: Thinking through scenarios in your head can help you respond faster. Take time to understand your surroundings and environment, and then make a plan. During an active shooter or hostile intruder event, there are three choices an individual can make: Run. Hide. Fight. This video, developed by the City of Houston, describes life saving reactions to an active shooter.
Run. If possible, run to an exit and get to a safe location – this is your first option. If a safe exit is available, take it immediately and encourage others to come with you, but do not let them slow you down.
Hide. If a safe escape is not possible, hide until help arrives or safe exit is available. Close, lock, and barricade doors and windows, turn off lights, hide behind something thick, and silence cell phones. Your goal is not only to stay out of sight, but to prevent the shooter from reaching you. Barricades also distract the shooter, allowing more time for you and responders. Do not answer the door or respond to voice commands until you are sure they are coming from police or other legitimate responders.
Fight. As a last resort, and only is your life is in danger, you may choose to fight. Be aggressive, use improvised weapons (fire extinguishers, scissors, hot coffee, glass items, or anything else available), and commit to your actions. Fight as a group if possible. This action also distracts the shooter and allows time and opportunity for police to act.