You probably find it hard to imagine that anything too bad could
happen here, right? But, let’s be realistic: bad or unexpected
things can happen anywhere, at any time. With that in mind, we want you
to be prepared to respond calmly and responsibly to a campus emergency.
Students and campus visitors will likely look to you for
instruction and reassurance, so please familiarize yourself with the
College’s crisis response planning.
Here are some things you should know/ways you can help:
Sign up for our Text Message Alert System.
Then, in an emergency, you will be quickly notified of the danger and
how to respond. You’ll also be among the first to know if the College
alters its schedule due to inclement weather.
Program the dispatch phone number into your cell phone:
717-691-6005. Memorize their extension—ext. 6005—or tape it in plain sight
of your office phone. This will connect you to campus safety personnel
Know whether you are considered an “essential” or “non-essential” employee in emergency situations.
If you’re unsure, talk to your supervisor or human resources. Be clear
on exactly what might be expected of you in a crisis response situation.
Read through the campus evacuation materials and have a plan for how you will get home in the unlikely event that we need to clear campus.
Also, consider in advance whether you can transport and house students
or other employees who might not be able to get home, and be prepared to
volunteer if necessary.
Use discretion in what you communicate via social media in an emergency or crisis situation. The College works to quickly distribute accurate and verified information through its official social media channels
in an emergency situation. This can often be hindered by employees or
students who are posting incomplete or unverified information
simultaneously. It is helpful, however, to help disseminate official
information from the College to others via your social networks in a
Your safety is a key priority for Messiah College. Please partner
with us in making sure that you (and the rest of the Messiah College
community) are equipped and prepared to respond well in times of crisis.