Severe Weather and other Emergency Situations
Griffin Campus Weather/Emergency Protocols
Although college campuses are usually safe places, emergencies and disasters do occur. The university is concerned about the personal safety of all students, faculty and staff, and has procedures in place to address various situations that could occur. UGA is committed to keeping the campus community as safe as possible through effective communication prior to, during and following emergencies.
Inclement Weather (such as snow and ice)
If there is severe weather in the area, an all-campus email will be distributed to your UGA email account announcing any campus closings or delayed start times. Additionally, you can check local radio and TV stations for updates, but please remember that schedule alterations in Athens due to weather do not affect the operating schedule at the Griffin location, and vice versa. Details of the inclement weather policy and a complete list of radio and TV stations can be found here.
Severe Weather and Natural Disasters (tornados, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes)
Campus officials monitor weather radios and will notify faculty, staff, and students if severe weather occurs during the hours the building is open. The UGA Alert System will be activated if the situation warrants action on your part, and you will receive notification in the manner you set up in your profile (cell phone, text message, email, home phone, office phone, etc.) The phone number reflected on your caller ID for voice phone calls will be 706-542-0111. You should program this number into your phone so it will immediately be recognized as an urgent call. The phone number 23177 will show up in your caller ID for sms text messages from UGA Alert. To update your profile, click here.
If conditions require you to take refuge while on the Griffin Campus, please go to the following locations:
Any bathroom on the ground floor
Any interior hallway on the ground floor, avoiding glass and doors that open to the outside
Any interior classroom on the ground floor without windows
Most buildings on campus have a first aid kit, and several buildings have an automated external defibrillator (AED). Housed with each AED is a list of individuals on campus who are certified as first responders by the American Heart Association.
Follow these general procedures in a serious medical emergency:
- Call for help
- Dial 9-911 from any campus phone
- Dial 911 from most cell phones
- Be prepared to describe the emergency
- Stay on the phone for instructions
- Notify one of the nearest trained responders below, giving exact location of the victim
- Send someone to a designated outside door to wait for the trained responder and paramedics,
and escort them to the victim
- Call the Police
- Call Campus Security at 770-412-3008
- If possible, flee the area
- Lock (or barricade) all doors and secure yourself in a safe area
- Remain in place until an ‘all clear’ signal is given
- Dial 9-911 from a campus phone
- Dial 911 from most cell phones
For additional information on emergency preparedness, visit the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness website at http://www.osep.uga.edu/.
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