Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

For Jefferson - Center City Campus

Thomas Jefferson University has taken steps to support you and our campus community during these times of heightened concern. When government officials raise the national alert status, they are telling us to be more aware and more vigilant. Information is key to awareness, and increased information enhances our vigilance. Therefore we encourage you to visit the Emergency Preparedness site and the sites provided on this page. Each site is designed to help us cope with our current situation and to support us, should out campus experience a hostile act. Bookmark this page now, and refer to it often as you prepare to protect yourself and those around you.

Anonymous Tip Line

Philadelphia Police
6th District
235 N. 11th Street

Emergency Dial 911
Non-Emergency Dial 911

Philadelphia Fire Department
240 Spring Garden Street 19123

Emergency Dial 911
Non-Emergency Dial

Poison Control

National Weather Service

University Weather Hotline


U.S. Office of Homeland Security

Philadelphia Office of Homeland Security

Disaster Resources

Thomas Jefferson University's security officers act as first responders for medical emergencies on Jefferson's campus. Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) have been placed at locations on the Jefferson campus.

A.E.D. Locations - Center City Campus

Thomas Jefferson University Buildings:

  1. Edison Building lobby – by security desk
  2. Martin Building lobby – by security desk
  3. Bluemle Life Sciences Building lobby – by security desk
  4. Jefferson Alumni Hall – by security desk
  5. Scott Building – by security desk
  6. Barringer Residence Hall – lobby (unattended)
  7. Orlowitz Residence Hall – lobby (unattended)
  8. Curtis Building – lobby (unattended)
  9. College Building – lobby (unattended)


University Bomb Threat Information


Notify the Security Response Center by calling 811 from any campus phone.

  1. The person receiving the telephone message should be isolated immediately to prevent distortion of the message.
  2. Keep the telephone line open. Do not hang-up on the caller
  3. Describe the threat in detail and the exact method or wording used by the caller. If possible, when conversing with the caller, try to ascertain the caller's characteristics.
  4. Do not use any transmitters (portable radio), computers, phones, or other electronic devices that may trigger the bomb device to explode.
  5. Notify Security immediately by dialing 811:
  6. The Security Department Officer(s) will respond. The Investigation Unit will immediately follow up and investigate the incident.


Notify the Security Response Center by calling 811 from any campus phone.

  1. Do not touch the object or try to move it.
  2. Keep calm Do not panic.
  3. Quietly and quickly alert all persons within the immediate 300 foot radius
  4. Call extension 811 and give the exact location of the object.
  5. Do not stop searching when one device is found, there may be more. Search time will be determined by the Security Supervisor or the Philadelphia Police on scene.

The Director of Security or his designee will be notified whenever a bomb threat has been made by phone or any other means.

Emergency Definitions

Shelter-In-Place – A procedure whereby the entire building population is moved to a single or multiple locations in a building. Most commonly used during weather emergencies or when an extremely hazardous substance is released into the outside atmosphere. [For your specific location, click to download the PDF listed by building below.]

  – 901 Walnut
  – 925 Chestnut
  – Barringer Residence Hall
  – Bluemle Life Sciences Bldg
  – Clinical Office Building
  – College Building
  – Curtis Building
  – Edison Building
  – Hamilton Building
  – Jefferson Alumni Hall
  – Martin Residence Hall
  – Medical Office Building
  – Orlowitz Residence Hall
  – Pilot Building
  – Scott Memorial Library

Lockout – Allows no unauthorized personnel into a building. All exterior doors are locked and the main entrance is monitored by Jefferson Security or Administrators. This procedure allows the occupants of a building to continue as normal, but curtails outside activity. Most commonly used when an incident is occurring outside a building.

Lockdown – A procedure used when there is an immediate threat to building occupants. Students, faculty and staff would be instructed to secure themselves in the rooms they are in and no one should leave until the situation has been curtailed. This allows emergency responders to secure the students and staff in place, address the immediate threat and remove or evacuate any innocent bystanders from immediate danger to an area of safe refuge. Most commonly used to secure areas not directly impacted by an incident occurring inside a building.

Evacuation – 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 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.

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