Emergency Operations

The Office of Campus Safety oversees all emergency operations on campus. This includes emergency alerts, emergency drills and exercises, emergency phones, emergency procedures, training and other safety and emergency issues. Members of the campus community are urged to review the information provided in these sections to become familiar with the emergency operations and procedures at Wofford. For questions, contact the Office of Campus Safety at 864-597-4350.

Active Shooter/Armed Aggressor

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.

Bomb Threat

Bomb threats or suspicious items should always be taken seriously. How quickly and safely you react to a bomb threat could save lives, including your own. What should you do?

The resource listed below outlines in-depth procedures for either bomb threats or suspicious items and will help you prepare and react appropriately during these events.

Building Captain and Floor Sergeant Workbook

Wofford College is dedicated to protecting the campus community’s employees, visitors and students. The building captain program was established to facilitate timely, logical and appropriate emergency operations for each building. Building captains will coordinate evacuation or shelter operations and training for their assigned building or buildings. The program is a key component of the Wofford College emergency operations and all hazards response plans. Each participant in this program provides a valuable service to the campus community.

Building Evacuations for Fire or Other Emergency

Emergencies such as fires, explosions, chemical spills and/or releases require occupants to evacuate the building. Evacuation is one means of protecting the campus community from the effects of a hazard through the orderly movement of people away from the hazard. The type and magnitude of the emergency will dictate the scale of an evacuation (i.e., evacuation area). At the link below are the evacuation assembly areas for each building or venue on campus.

Shelter In Place

In the event of a critical incident where hazardous (including chemical, biological or radiological) materials may have been released into the atmosphere either accidentally or intentionally, a decision to shelter in place may be the preferred method of safely waiting out the release.

Tornado Warning

You have been referred to this page because the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a tornado warning for our area (or a tornado drill is being conducted on campus).

Dial Ext. 4911 or 864-597-4911 for assistance.

You will be notified via text message and/or email when the warning has expired. (All Wofford faculty, staff and students are registered in the Rave Mobile Safety emergency alert notification system through their Wofford email addresses. If you have not already done so, log into Rave through myWofford and add your mobile telephone number so that you will receive text messages as well. Go to myWofford and click on the Rave logo. If you have problems or questions regarding Rave, contact Campus Safety.

Precautionary/Preparedness actions:

Take shelter inside a building, away from windows and doors. Make sure there are as many walls and floors between you and the outside as possible. Note that vehicles and mobile homes should be abandoned for sturdier shelter.

If you are on Wofford's campus, and can safely do so, proceed to the designated emergency location in the building you're in or the closet building, if you are outside.