Emergency Planning

Bowdoin Communication Center

Bowdoin College has a detailed emergency response plan in place to manage the anticipated issues associated with a declared disaster on campus, defined as an event that has the potential to:

  • Seriously impair or halt the operations of the College; or
  • Result in mass casualties or extensive property damage; or
  • Significantly impact the campus community or geographic region.

Examples of potentially disastrous circumstances could include a major storm, extensive fire or explosion, chemical release, prolonged utility failure, act of violence or terrorism, or epidemic disease. This planning conforms with the most recent recommendations of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and is coordinated with parallel efforts by local, county, and state law enforcement and emergency response agencies. The key components of the plan include:

  • Preventative measures designed to protect the overall safety of the campus community;
  • Phased decision-making guidance based upon real-time reporting at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels;
  • Providing continuity of services for the on-campus population for the duration of any emergency; and
  • Recovery and returning to normal operations as soon as feasible.

The CEMP is reviewed and updated regularly, and drills are conducted at the end of each academic year to emphasize a topical issue of concern and test the College’s response measures.  

Emergency Notification System

Bowdoin Museum Securiy Dispatch

The Bowdoin Emergency Notification System (Blackboard Connect) uses a secure, web-based service to selectively store electronic contact information provided by students, faculty, and staff, through which the College is, would be able to communicate information and instructions in the event of an emergency. Emergency messages are sent simultaneously via voice mail, email, and/or text messaging to all of the numbers and addresses on file for each person. A secondary emergency notification system (Cistera Rapid Broadcast) connects to all campus telephones located in residence halls, offices, and classrooms campus wide.

In the event of a campus emergency, the College will, without delay, alert the Bowdoin community to the nature of the emergency and provide safety instructions, unless the notification would, in the professional judgment of campus security authorities, compromise the efforts of emergency responders. Subsequent messages would be sent as necessary with further instructions and situational updates. Emergency messages would be sent simultaneously via voice mail, email, and/or text messaging to all of the numbers and addresses on file for each person.

In an urgent but non-life threatening situation, College administrators have the option to deliver a more selective emergency message directly to those listed on-campus telephone numbers and email addresses, as well as to a primary telephone number designated by the individual, to specific campus populations and/or the community as a whole.

As the effectiveness of this system is dependent on the accuracy of the information maintained on file, all members of the campus community are urged to regularly update their contact information on file.

Review your personal information on Polaris. To correct any contact information use this Address/Contact Change form. This form also contains the contact information for the person(s) that a student has selected as his or her emergency contact(s). Please make sure the information on Polaris is up-to-date. Contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance.

The College maintains employee contact information in Workday and phone numbers are listed under the Home Contact Information heading. The number shown as Home (Primary) is the number Blackboard Connect will use to reach an employee. Home (Primary) can be a cell phone number or a home landline number – please list whichever is the BEST number to reach you. (Most employees elect to list a cell phone number so they can be reached anywhere at any time.) For assistance, contact the Workday Assistance Line, 798-7070.

More Information

Please contact the following with questions specific to the safety of the campus community:

Randy Nichols
Director of Safety and Security (x3458)

David Profit
Associate Director (x7136)