Rowan University Emergency Information

Emergency Preparedness

Rowan is committed to providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for its students and employees. Safety, however, is everyone’s responsibility. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with this website and the procedures we ask you to use during Text Message Alertsan emergency.

In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

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Emergency Contacts:
Fire, Safety and Health Emergencies:

  • Call 911 from a campus phone to report a fire, safety or health emergency. Dialing 911 from a campus phone will connect the caller to the Gloucester County 911 radio room. Rowan Public Safety has a direct link to the radio room and will be advised of any call.

Power and Maintenance Emergencies:

  • During normal business hours (8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), call Facilities Operations & Maintenance at ext. 4650 to report power, leaks, broken windows, unsecured doors and any other maintenance emergency. After 4:00 p.m., call Public Safety at ext. 4922.

Offices:

  • Public Safety, 856-256-4922
  • Counseling and Psychological Services Center, 856-256-4222
  • Student Health Center, 856-256-4333

Resources:

Register NowRowan Alert
(Emergency Notification System for Students and Employees)

Quick and reliable communication is critical during a campus emergency. At Rowan, we rely on a number of ways to communicate to our students and employees, including email, voicemail, Internet and the media (i.e., radio, television and newspapers). The Virginia Tech tragedy, however, demonstrated that these modes are not enough. Universities must utilize the latest technologies to communicate to their constituents in minutes.

With that as a goal, Rowan encourages all of its students and employees to register with the Rowan Alert, the emergency notification system. Subscribers will receive instructions about weather related class cancellations and/or University emergencies on registered devices (i.e., cell phone, email, voicemail).

To subscribe, please visit http://www.rowan.edu/selfservice. It is important to note that although you can list 18 points of contact, the system will stop trying to send you messages as soon as you confirm receiving one of the messages.  In other words, if you receive an alert message on your cell phone, and confirm that you received it when prompted, Rowan Alert will not call your other points of contact.  However, if you do not answer your cell phone, Rowan Alert will call the next device.

In addition to subscribing to the Rowan Alert, you may want to register your cell phone with the Gloucester County Alert System and/or the Camden County Alert System free of charge.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Rowan Alert, feel free to call the technology Support Desk at 856-256-4400.

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Gloucester and Camden Counties invite Rowan to join their alert systems
The Gloucester County and Camden County Offices of Emergency Response have invited all Rowan students and employees to register with their county-wide alert systems. Messages sent will be Rowan and Glassboro specific, and include county-wide weather alerts.

To register for Gloucester County, visit the Gloucester County Alert System website.

To register for Camden County, visit the Camden County Alert System website.

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Rowan's Emergency Preparedness
Rowan University's emergency operations plan was last thoroughly scrutinized and updated in 2012. Aspects of the plan, however, are always being reviewed and updated as events and experiences test University policies and procedures. Below is a summary of Rowan's state-of-emergency preparedness.

Emergency Response Plan

A group of emergency response planners maintain and regularly update a comprehensive handbook that lists protocols on how to and who should respond in a variety of situations, including:

  • Loss of life
  • Aggravated assault
  • Terrorist threats (gunman, hostage)
  • Bomb threat
  • Campus/building closing (weather, utility failure, hazardous material spill, etc.)

Emergency Response Team

A core group of University employees regularly review and participate in emergency planning exercises. Depending on the level of emergency, personnel from the following areas are trained to respond:

  • Public Safety
  • President's Office
  • Cabinet
  • Student Affairs/Residence Life
  • Counseling & Psychological Services*
  • Health Center
  • Facilities (Administration & Finance)

* Counseling & Psychological Services oversees the training and mobilization of the Critical Incident Response Team, a group of 12 nationally certified counselors—Rowan staff and faculty—who can provide services night or day.

Responding to an Emergency

Most emergencies will be reported to the 911 county-operated center. The operator will dispatch a Rowan vehicle to the scene to assess the situation. If the dispatcher deems the situation as being critical, he or she will request that surrounding municipal police departments assist Rowan's police. If the situation is severe enough, the dispatcher will mobilize the county emergency response team, which will arrive on campus and establish an onsite command center.

Rowan responders will work with the command center personnel to provide assistance and guidance on how to work in a higher education environment. Rowan will hold a series of information sessions and post updates throughout and after an emergency.

Emergency Response Plan Review

A core group of the Emergency Response Team is reviewing and updating the Emergency Response Plan in light of the events at Virginia Tech. The committee will seek feedback as it introduces new policies and procedures during the coming weeks. If you would like to offer your thoughts on Rowan's plans, feel free to call Peter Amico, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator at 856-256-4955.

For more information

Call Michael Kantner, Emergency Management Coordinator at 856-256-4566, with questions or concerns.

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