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Welcome to the Emergency Preparedness website. Here you can find information on how to prepare for the unexpected, from floods to the flu.
We encourage you to look through this site and see all the resources available to you, but here is a list of the top three things to do to prepare yourself for an emergency:
On Wednesday, November 18 at 3 p.m., Dartmouth will conduct a test of its Multi-Modal Emergency Notification Systems consisting of the Outdoor Mass Notification System (OMNS), which uses sirens and voice speakers that can be heard outdoors up to several miles from campus; the DartAlert Desktop system, which delivers notifications to computer screens that have installed the Alertus desktop notification software ALERTUS; and the DartAlert system, which delivers an automated message to all Dartmouth-administered email accounts and landline phones, as well as to the personal phones of registered users. To register for DartAlert click here.
The OMNS will sound for approximately 5 to 15 minutes.
The messages delivered through all systems will be clearly identified as tests. If an actual emergency were to occur during testing, emergency messages would be transmitted instead.
In a real emergency, the OMNS, DartAlert Desktop alert and DartAlert messages would provide instructions that may include sheltering in place. To shelter in place means to stay or go inside a building, lock the doors, stay away from windows, and await more information.
The OMNS, DartAlert Desktop and DartAlert are part of Dartmouth’s comprehensive emergency communications plan. The College would also use its website (www.dartmouth.edu), radio stations (99.3 FM and 1340 AM), hotlines, social media accounts, and other resources to provide information in an emergency.
Emergencies are not always major disasters; sometimes they're as small as catching the flu. Any event, big or small, that puts the functionality of the Dartmouth community in jeopardy is considered an emergency. Examples include any occasion that could:
The primary areas of focus include:
The College reviews its emergency management procedures 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. This web site is updated often and includes important information, updates, news, tips and training opportunities.
See Dartmouth's emergency procedures to know what to do and who to call in case of an emergency. Dartmouth has several resources available to to handle emergency situations, from floods to hostile intruders, and departments such as Environmental Health and Safety and Safety and Security are ready to help.
See our Emergency Resources page for links to maps and weather tools, as well as a listing of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) on campus.
Last Updated: 11/12/15