Emergency Preparedness Information


Welcome to the Rosemont College’s emergency preparedness home page.

Welcome to the Rosemont College’s emergency preparedness home page.

The site contains basic “how to” information and guidelines to help the campus community respond to emergencies. While it is impossible to produce a document that is all-inclusive, this publication addresses the most common emergencies and those that are most likely to occur in the future.

We strongly encourage you to become familiar with the information contained on this website and to contact the Director of Public Safety with any comments, questions or suggestions.

Thank you,

 Chuck Lorenz
 Director of Public Safety
 Rosemont College
 1400 Montgomery Ave.
 Rosemont, Pa 19010
 610-527-0200, extension 2556

Your Role and Responsibilities

Your Role and Responsibilities
The Rosemont community is made up of almost 751 graduate and undergraduate students, full and part-time, residential and commuter, as well as 146 faculty and staff and many visitors each month. Our community is a diverse grouping of people from all over the world, with different capabilities and abilities.
As such, your most important role in a crisis is to share information and resources with your colleagues, friends, and fellows during a crisis. Make sure you work together, listen for and follow official instructions, get the information you need to be safe, and stay safe.
In addition, you should understand the following:
  • All members of the Rosemont College community should know how to access and receive emergency information through the “Rosemont Alert” emergency text messaging system. Please learn more about “Rosemont Alert” and the other emergency notifications procedures on this site.
  • Rosemont College community members should familiarize themselves with all the emergency procedures on this site.
  • Rosemont College community members must be prepared to assess situations quickly but thoroughly, and use common sense in determining a course of action.
  • Rosemont College community members should evacuate buildings (except when otherwise instructed) in an orderly manner when an alarm sounds or when directed to do so by emergency personnel.
  • Rosemont College community members should report fires and other emergencies immediately to Public Safety and the proper authorities.
  • The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Residential Life provide training and information to help students know what to do in emergencies and how they can be prepared ahead of time.
  • Residential students should pay special attention to their Residence Life staff.
  • All members of the Rosemont College community should carry their Rosemont College identification card with them at all times.


Emergency Communication Process

One or more of the following methods:
  • Rosemont Alert- Important emergency alerts, notifications and updates are sent to all registered devices, including cell phone (via SMS/texting); email account (work, home, other); smartphone/PDA (BlackBerry, Treo & and other handhelds); pager
  • On-site personal contacts by utilizing Public Safety officers and other University staff with persons in buildings on campus.
  • Rosemont Web Site, www.rosemont.edu. Critical information is posted on theCollege's home page and may be viewed both internally (students, faculty, and staff) and externally (parents, alumni, and other constituents)
  • E-mail- Broadcast e-mails are sent to Rosemont students, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni, if appropriate.
  • iWay- Relevant information may be posted on the College's internal iWay portal.
  • Telephone- voice mails are sent to the office phone lines of faculty, staff, and canbe accessed both on and off campus through their individual voicemail; emergency phones are installed in all residence halls and buildings for contacting
  • Public Safety directly.
  • Information is also recorded on the Rosemont College main telephone number610-527-0200; this information is accessible from on or off campus to any constituent, including parents.


Emergency Procedures Evacuations

An evacuation is implemented under conditions when it is no longer safe for students, faculty and staff to remain in a building or a specific area in a building. This requires occupants to move out and away from a building to a designated building area of refuge or out and away from a specific area within a building. Most commonly used when there is a suspected fire or hazardous material spill in a building.
The fire alarm systems in college’s buildings do NOT contact the police or fire departments. 911 must be called in the event of a fire.
  • Building evacuations will occur when a fire alarm sounds and/or upon notification by Public Safety or the building coordinator.
  • When the fire alarm is activated close doors behind you, leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.
  • Assist persons with disabilities in exiting the building. If necessary two or three individuals may carry the persons with disabilities from the building if the persons with disabilities cannot negotiate the stairs. Leave wheelchairs or other such equipment behind if they make movement of the persons with disabilities awkward, or ask another individual to carry the equipment separately.
  • Never use an elevator in a fire or earthquake. Be prepared to notify rescue personnel immediately upon their arrival of the location of persons with disabilities in the affected building.
  • Once outside, Public Safety or emergency personnel will direct you to the designated assembly area.
  • In the event no Public safety or emergency personnel are present, you should proceed to a clear area that is at least 500 feet or further, depending on the type of incident, away from the affected building. Stay there.
  • Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants areas, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • Immediately notify emergency personnel of any injured persons and individuals remaining in the affected building.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by emergency personnel, building or college officials.
After evacuating the building all evacuees should report to a pre-determined assembly
area (see next page) or to an assembly area designated by the Public Safety Department.
Attempt to account for those who were with you, and report any individual known or
presumed to be missing to a Public Safety Officer, college official at the assembly area or other emergency responder.
Evacuation Assembly

How to report an emergency

We encourage members of the campus community or any visitor to immediately report
suspicious activity, crimes or an emergency to the Public Safety Department by calling
X2555 from a on-campus telephone or 610-527-1038 from any other phone. If an
emergency requires the assistance of an outside agency, the Public Safety Department
will contact the appropriate organization as the situation dictates.
When calling, stay calm and carefully explain the problem and location to the officer. Do
not hang up until told to do so. Keep calm and keep others calm.

Medical Emergencies

Do not move a seriously injured person unless there is a life threatening situation.
Call the Department of Public Safety at X2555 from a campus phone or 610-527-1038
from any other phone
Give your location and as much information as possible regarding the nature of the injury or illness, whether or not the victim is conscious, etc. Do not hang up until directed to do so by the officer. Tell the officer if you have called 911.
Return to the victim and keep the victim as calm and comfortable as possible.
Remain with the victim until emergency personnel arrive.
First Aid
If you provide first aid, consider the following:
  • Is immediate action needed in order to save a life?
  • Will I place myself in harm or jeopardy?
First aid is just that. Do not jeopardize your health or the health of the patient. Wait for
professional help if you are not able to provide proper first aid safely.
Handling Alcohol Emergencies:
A potentially dangerous situation exists whenever an individual consumes too much
alcohol. A high blood alcohol concentration level can result in bizarre, unpredictable
behavior, unconsciousness or death. The degree of danger depends on the person’s size, what and how much the person drank, over what time period, if the person took drugs in addition to alcohol, and other circumstances.
Call the Department of Public Safety at x2555 or (610) 527-1038 to GET HELP IMMEDIATELY if the person:
Cannot be roused by shaking or shouting.
Has shallow or irregular breathing or if the rate is less than 12 breaths per minute.
Drank alcohol in combination with a sedative or tranquilizer.
Sustained a blow to the head or any injury that caused bleeding.
Has cold, clammy and/or blush skin.
Drank a large quantity.
Is disoriented, incoherent, or has collapsed


Automated External Defibrillators

The automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable computerized medical device that can check a person's heart rhythm. It can recognize a rhythm that requires a defibrillation shock. It can also advise the rescuer when a shock is needed. The AED uses a combination of voice prompts, text messages and graphical instructions to tell the rescuer the steps to take.
AEDs are very accurate and easy to use. With a few hours of training, you can learn to
operate an AED safely. There are many different brands of AEDs, but the same basic
procedures apply to all types.
AEDs are located in Alumnae Hall, Cardinal Hall dining area, Public Safety vehicle and Heffernan Hall. All Public Safety personnel have been certified to use an AED.