EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
Carson‐Newman University has established an Emergency Response Plan, (ERP), for emergency
situations that might pose a threat to the campus community, to include natural or man‐made
incidents. The University understands that no emergency plan can be designed to meet every potential
disaster that might arise, but that the purpose of its ERP to provide basic and reasonable
administrative guidelines necessary for the management of a critical incident in concert with outside
In the event of a critical incident on or adjacent to the campus, the college will utilize Live Safe
to send short cell phone text messages, email and application alerts to students, faculty and staff
about the incident and what they should do at that time. The University urges everyone on campus to sign up for the Live Safe. Live Safe is available through both the apple Itunes store and Google Play if you experience problems signing up, please call the Department of Public Safety at 865-471-3559 to ask for assistance (during Normal Business Hours). The only cost associated is whatever your respective phone
company would charge for a text message if you opt-in on this feature.
The EMP provides procedures for critical emergencies of severe weather, criminal incidents, and
pandemic flu that could cause a partial or total shutdown of the campus. Various local, state, and
federal emergency responders will be requested as needed, and everyone should monitor the local
news, campus email, and other emergency alert systems in the local area during critical emergencies.
During inclement weather the college has a weather committee that monitors the National Weather
Service in Morristown, Tennessee for local weather concerns, and the President or his designated
representative will make public announcements related to canceling classes or delayed classes starting
later in the day. Students and staff should make every effort to acquaint themselves with the various
facilities on the campus in the event of a tornado or other major weather concerns which would force
them to seek shelter in a basement or enclosed area.
The University receives outside support from the local police, fire, sheriff, county EMA and E‐911
officials during emergencies that affect the safety of the campus. The campus community should avoid
any area near such an incident and cooperate with both emergency responders and school
administrators to ensure their own safety. When a major incident occurs, Live Safe will be utilized to
alert the campus of the incident, along with emails providing instructions to students and staff on how
best to protect themselves.
A partial or total lockdown of the campus may be implemented and classrooms, offices, residence halls
and recreational areas will be secured as reasonably possible.
The University has adopted a Pandemic Flu Plan, (PFP), in the event of a major outbreak on
campus that would cause a partial or total shutdown of the campus. It will work closely with the
local Jefferson County Health Department in the procurement of necessary medical supplies
and the embedding of students too ill to care for themselves or unable to go to their respective
Additional assistance will be afforded by the various on-campus departments, such as the food
services, the wellness center nurse, counseling services, campus ministries, intramural,
student activities, maintenance, housekeeping and residence life.
In all instances that may require the University to close, every effort will be made to evacuate
the campus, except for students who cannot go home for various reasons, to include
international travel, illness or a campus wide quarantine. In the event of a required evacuation
of the entire campus, the campus community will be notified Via Live Safe, emails and in
person as needed. In such situations, other emergency responders may assist in ensuring for
the safest routes and for a place to go. Students are encouraged to keep both the University
and their relatives aware of their whereabouts during such emergencies.