How We Communicate in Emergencies

Harper College uses a variety of communication channels depending on the situation. Here is how Harper College will communicate with students and employees in an emergency:

Emergency Event      Communication Channels

Fire

  • Alarms and flashing lights
  • Recorded message via public address speakers and desk phone audio

Tornado

  • Alarms and visual warning signboards for deaf and hard of hearing people
  • Recorded message via public address speakers, desk phone audio/text, desktop monitor text

Severe Weather Warning

  • Alarms and visual warning signboards for deaf and hard of hearing people
  • Recorded message via public address speakers, desk phone audio/text, desktop monitor text

Severe Weather Closing (snow or extreme cold)

Power Outage/Gas Leak

  • Alarms and flashing lights
  • Recorded message via public address speakers and desk phone audio
  • Harper Alert (text message, Harper email and/or phone call)
  • Website and Facebook/Twitter

Bomb, Hazardous Materials or other threat

  • Alarms and flashing lights
  • Recorded message via public address speakers and desk phone audio
  • Harper Alert (text message, Harper email and/or phone call)
  • Website and Facebook/Twitter

Active Shooter/Hostile Intruder

  • Recorded message via public address speakers, desk phone audio/text, desktop monitor text
  • Harper Alert (text message and/or Harper email)
  • Website and Facebook/Twitter

Missing Person Alert/Amber Alert

  • Amber Alert and ACIM (A Child Is Missing) notifications
  • Depending on the situation, the website, Facebook/Twitter, switchboard, HIP, and/or Harper Alert may be used

Please note that each emergency is different and not all tools may be used depending on the situation. Communication may differ at the Harper Professional Center and Learning and Career Center extension sites.

For the latest information, visit harpercollege.edu or sign up for Harper Emergency Alerts.