When there is a significant emergency or extremely dangerous situation that has been confirmed by the Beaver Falls Police Department, Geneva Security or Student Development, a message will immediately be sent out to the Geneva College campus community.
Upon confirmation by one or more members of the Emergency Response Team (Security Department, Student Development, Residence Life, Human Resources, Information Technology, Health and Wellness, Physical Plant and Public Relations), a mass notification message will be sent by any or all of the following means: GC Alert, emails, Facebook and Twitter.
The Emergency Response Team will post updates during the critical incident.
The College’s Emergency Response Team is comprised of persons from the Security Department, Student Development, Residence Life, Human Resources, Information Technology, Health and Wellness, Physical Plant and Public Relations.
They meet on a regular basis, usually monthly to discuss how the College would be prepared for an emergency. Topics include communication protocols and preventative measures. The purpose is to provide a clear and effective means of coordinating the efforts of the various departments and responsibilities of the particular individuals within those departments.
Once a year, the Emergency Response Team hosts a round table discussion involving various emergency service personnel from the Beaver Falls Police and Fire Departments, Medic Rescue, Beaver County 911 Center, Pennsylvania State Police, Beaver County Sheriff’s Office and the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office. Topics are chosen relating to a specific emergency and a scenario is created with all participants offering their input on how they would respond and what their responsibilities would be.
In the event of an emergency, the Emergency Response Team has the ability to issue an emergency mass notification message (GC Alert). A cell phone text message and email would be sent to subscribers, alerting them of the nature of the emergency and what procedures to follow.
The College will be testing GC Alert twice a year, once during the fall semester and again during the spring semester.
Building evacuations will occur when a fire alarm is activated or when notified by Campus Security. When the alarm is activated or you are told to evacuate, leave via the nearest marked exit and alert others to do so. In case of a fire, do not use elevators. Assist the handicapped or disabled in exiting the building. Once outside, stay far enough away from the building to allow emergency personnel and vehicles access to the building. This includes keeping walkways, fire hydrants, and fire lanes clear. Do not return to the building unless told to do so by a College Official.
If an evacuation is needed for all or part of the campus, a GC Alert will be sent out by the Emergency Response Team or Security Department. All persons will be told to vacate the area in question and proceed to another part of the campus. In the event of a prolonged evacuation, you will be instructed where to go for temporary shelter on campus or you may be instructed to relocate to Pathway Church in Chippewa Township for an extended stay. For those without vehicles, bus transportation will be provided by the College.