Thomas Jefferson University

Emergency Preparedness

Understanding the Plan is Important


Rally Point:  In the event of an emergency on campus that requires evacuation, students are advised to proceed to the rally point. The rally point is a place where ORL staff can gather residents together to supply them with information (or the next steps.)

Relocation Point: City or University officials may decide that residents need to temporarily relocate to an alternative location. In the event of a crisis that will prohibit reentry into the residence halls for a period of time, residents would be advised to proceed to a specific relocation site.

If our campus was severely impacted, city/TJU/TJUH officials may advise affiliates to proceed to a nearby city relocation point. The nearest relocation site for this region is Washington Square Park which is located at 9th and Walnut Streets.

Designated on campus sites:

Rally Site: Area for gathering until further information is provided or the building is safe to re-enter.

Martin: Lubert Plaza

Barringer: Bluemle Life Sciences Courtyard

Orlowitz: Lubert Plaza

Relocation Site: Area of refuge when the residence hall must be evacuated.

Martin Relocation Site: Jefferson Alumni Hall (JAH) Center Cafeteria

Barringer Relocation Site: Bluemle Life Sciences Lobby

Orlowitz Relocation Site: Jefferson Alumni Hall (JAH) Center Cafeteria

Be sure to participate in university drills and understand our emergency evacuation/shelter-in-place/lockout/lockdown plans. Ask questions now, before an emergency by contacting the Residential Life Office (215) 955-1755

Residents are advised to prepare a disaster supplies kit. Recommended items may include:

  • A supply of water (one gallon per person per day stored in sealed, unbreakable containers. Remember- Identify the storage date and replace every six months.)
  • A supply of plastic sheeting and duct tape.
  • A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
  • A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • A first aid kit and a supply of your prescription medications.
  • An extra pair of glasses.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Credit cards and cash.
  • Photo identification.
  • An extra set of car keys.
  • A list of your physicians.
  • A plan for communicating with your family members.

Note: This list may not be complete for your needs and is meant as a starting point. Disaster kits and their contents vary depending on the individual.


Click below to register to receive University JeffALERTs


Click below to access our university building ShelterInPlace/
Lockdown/Lockout plans available on our Campus Security website


Click below to learn more about using a fire extinguisher


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