Emergency Action Plan


The purpose of this Emergency Action Plan is to protect the students and employees of Elizabethtown College from serious injury, property loss, or loss of life, should there be an actual major disaster on campus.  There are many types of emergencies that may result in the implementation of this plan. These include natural and manmade events. Specific examples are described below. Since an emergency often occurs suddenly and without warning, these procedures are designed to be flexible in order to accommodate response contingencies of varying magnitude.


The procedures herein apply to all students, employees, and visitors on campus and covers College owned buildings and College owned areas within the campus surroundings.  The plan is intended to cover, but is not limited to, the following emergency situations:

  • Environmental/Natural Disasters - i.e. fires, floods, chemical spills or leaks, power outages and explosions;
  • Medical Emergencies - i.e. serious injury or fatality, epidemic or poisoning;
  • Major Violence - i.e. murder, suicide, kidnapping, and hostage taking;
  • Bomb Threats;
  • Out-of-Control behaviors - i.e. riots and demonstrations;
  • Other crises on or off campus.

The plan is consistent with established practices relating to emergency response actions, incorporating the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to facilitate interagency coordination among the responding agencies. The College will cooperate with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and other responders in the development, implementation and execution of its emergency action plan.

Emergency procedure guidelines for the campus community are accessible by clicking here.