Important Information


  • Evacuation [Inside Out]: To leave from and vacate a particular building (i.e., fire).
  • Reverse Evacuation [Outside In]: Used to move students, faculty, and staff quickly inside a building (i.e., weather emergency).
  • Shelter-In-Place: Describes people staying indoors in the event of a potential or sudden emergency (i.e., hazardous material leak).

Types of Emergencies:

  • Natural Emergencies: Those that are weather related (i.e., earthquakes, floods, winter storms, lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes) and may have an extreme impact on the community.
  • Technological Emergencies:  Events that have a direct impact on the University community, but are caused by human omission or error.  They usually occur with little or no warning.  The most common are fires or explosions, but also include structural failures, hazardous materials accidents, transportation accidents and communication failures.
  • Civil Emergencies:  Significant and deliberate human acts such as riots, terrorist acts, physical assault, and vandalism that do or could cause injury, property damages, and/or disruption of the University community.

Emergency Response Levels:

  • Level 1:  A localized, contained, incident that is quickly resolved using internal resources or limited help.
  • Level 2: A major emergency that impacts portions of the campus, and that may affect mission critical functions or life safety.  ERT (Executive Response Team) may be activated.
  • Level 3:  A major emergency that involves one or both campuses.  ERT will be activated.
  • Level 4:  A major emergency that involves the entire campus and surrounding community.  ERT will be activated.


Vice Presidents, Deans, and Department Heads:

  • Maintain emergency contact information on assigned personnel.
  • Conduct periodic safety checks of assigned work areas in advance of emergencies.
  • Ensure assigned personnel are familiar with emergency preparedness (i.e., building evacuation, assembly
  • point locations, accountability, communication).

Faculty and Supervisors:

  • Educate their students and/or employees concerning basic University emergency procedures as well as evacuation procedures for their building or activity.
  • Inspect classrooms and/or work areas to reduce hazards and minimize accidents.
  • Inform their students and/or staff of an emergency and initiate emergency procedures, as directed.


  • Become familiar with building evacuation procedures.
  • Know the assembly locations for the buildings they frequent.
  • Keep informed by checking the Rider web site ( or in an emergency the University hotline
  • (Lawrenceville 609-219-2000) (WCC 609-219-2001) and/or campus voicemail.
  • Register with Rider's emergency notification system "RiderAlert".  To submit or edit contact information, visit
  • In the event of an emergency, listen to their professor or staff supervisor.  Follow their instructions.