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Emergency Preparedness

Major Rick Burr

Led by Major Rick Burr, our unit’s primary goal is to provide, in conjunction with the Campus Emergency Preparedness Program, information that ensures the safety and well-being of staff, faculty, students and visitors in the event that an emergency occurs. A secondary purpose is to maintain essential business services and operation in the time of an emergency. Staff should be reminded that it is also a function of this plan to protect and secure University facilities, property, and equipment from loss.

Vanderbilt University Emergency Preparedness and Planning provides the following Emergency Guides on their web site: View Guides

Active Shooter Earthquake Hostage Situation
Automated External Defibrilator Emergency Evacuation – Disabilities Medical Emergencies
Bomb Threat Emergency Evacuation – General Severe Weather
Chemical Spill or Release Fire Emergency Procedures Suspicious Packages

Vanderbilt University Emergency Preparedness & Planning


Disasters happen quickly, often with little or no warning. Advance planning and preparations can make us more effective in responding to an actual emergency. The Vanderbilt University Emergency Preparedness and Planning web site links to resources that can help you prepare for a variety of different emergency situations.
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Emergency information, when and where you need it


AlertVU is Vanderbilt University’s emergency notification system. It is available to Vanderbilt University students, faculty and staff on a voluntary, opt-in basis. Users may enter as many devices as they wish and specify the device order in which they would like to be notified. More >


Severe Weather Early Warning System


As part of the emergency preparedness plan, Vanderbilt has taken several steps to prepare for the advent of severe weather.  A commercial weather monitoring company has been hired to monitor for any severe weather that approaches the Vanderbilt campus. If severe weather approaches, the weather monitoring company will issue a warning, and the dispatcher on duty will activate the Severe Weather Early Warning System, which includes both internal and external warning devices. 


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If you need the Police:

EMERGENCY - Call 911 or (615) 421-1911
Non-Emergency - Call (615) 322-2745 or 2-2745 from a campus extension

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