The fastest, most direct way to obtain emergency assistance is to dial 911.
The above procedures are to be used when reporting any emergency situation that requires an immediate response from Law Enforcement or Emergency Medical Services.
In an emergency situation, notification will begin and may use one or all of these components:
Cell phone users can receive text messages in the event of an emergency by opting in to the Emergency Notification System. The messages will be brief and will be activated by the University Police Department. All campus email users will also receive brief email messages regarding the emergency. Further information will be posted online at gardner-webb.edu/campus police/emergency preparedness when it becomes available.
The University has determined that the following situations may require sending emergency messages:
Additionally, the system may be used to alert the campus of major interruptions of campus operations, such as snow closings.
Gardner-Webb University and the Town of Boiling Springs utilize two separate siren/alert systems within the area — Gardner-Webb’s is located on campus, and the Boiling Springs system is in conjunction with Cleveland County emergency alerts. Each system cautions area residents and the campus community of impending dangerous weather. If you hear a warning siren, you should take precautions, and check out weather.com for the latest weather alerts for the area. These systems are tested on a monthly basis and typically at noon on Saturdays.
NOTE: It is important to understand that during a Critical Incident as defined above, the efforts by Law Enforcement and the responsibility of the faculty and staff at Gardner-Webb University is to MINIMIZE the loss of life.
Shelter-in-place means to stay where you are to avoid possible danger outside. You could be directed to shelter-in-place in the event of severe weather, hazardous material release, a suspicious intruder or hostage situation.
Evacuation of the University will generally fall into two categories:
LIMITED EVACUATION of a building or designated area
In general, you should plan ahead for possible evacuations. Know evacuation routes from your office or classroom and the campus.
When you are outside, check in with your supervisor, department personnel or instructor so everyone can be accounted for. Make sure you have your GWU and personal identification with you.
GENERAL EVACUATION of the entire campus
If the entire campus is evacuated:
Dangerous weather can include thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and winter storms. Stay alert to weather conditions and seek shelter if threatening weather approaches.
TORNADO SHELTER AREA AND TIPS
WINTER WEATHER A winter storm in Western North Carolina can last for several days and disrupt travel, utilities and other services. Plan for the worst and have adequate clothing, food and water ready before it is needed.
Updates on campus closings will be posted to the homepage of our website, gardner-webb.edu.
TYPES OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE:
If the violence is life threatening, call 911 and report your location, weapons involved, injuries and a description of the person making threats.
If it is not life threatening, advise your supervisor or Human Resources.
IF YOU ARE CONFRONTED BY A THREATENING PERSON:
Bomb threats should always be treated as though there actually is a bomb until all facts are evaluated and authorities can thoroughly search the area.
If you receive a bomb threat, try to obtain the following information:
If you receive an email bomb threat or a suspicious package, note any pertinent information such as background noises, gender of caller, voice pitches and patterns, then call 911 and evacuate the building.
Scan your area for things that may be out of order. This will greatly reduce the amount of time required to search a building. Employees can recognize objects that are out of place. That information may help authorities search more quickly.
When leaving the building, take your personal belongings with you. Leave doors, offices and storage spaces open and unlocked. Every room will be searched.
If toxic chemicals come in contact with your skin, immediately flush the affected area with clear water.
CHEMICAL SPILL For spills, releases or incidents requiring special training, procedures or equipment, take these actions:
In the event of a power failure:
Anyone can experience stress associated with academic demands, family problems, social relations, work, finances and cultural experiences. The inability to cope with emotional distress can lead to disruptions in overall functioning.
STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES
Students can seek help from the Counseling Center. Appointments can be scheduled by phone or in person. To schedule an appointment for individual counseling, call (704) 406-4563 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Emergency services are available on a 24-hour basis. After hours and on weekends you can call Gardner-Webb University Police at 4444. The officer will take your first name and phone number and have the on-call counselor call you back.
HANDLING A CRISIS
Sometimes a person’s usual coping skills are overwhelmed. The signs can include:
If you have concerns that someone is experiencing such a crisis, call 4444 to request assistance.
While waiting for aid to arrive (if you perceive no threat to yourself or others), you should: