Fire & Tornado

The risk of a fire or a tornado striking the Emory community is low, but its consequences can be catastrophic. It is critical to be prepared. Below find detailed procedures outlining how to take preventive measures and how to be prepared in these events.


If a tornado warning is issued for portions of Dekalb or Newton counties (which include the Emory/Oxford campus), outdoor sirens, emergency text messages to enrolled users, and Emory's cable TV system will notify students, faculty, and staff. An Emory community email may also be sent to your Emory email address and an announcement will be posted on Emory's Emergency Announcements page at you are outside, seek shelter immediately on the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building. If you are in a vehicle, exit the vehicle and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building; vehicles offer little to no protection. If shelter is not available, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.


Fire alarms, suppression systems and other safety equipment are located throughout all residential facilities. Residential staffs review evacuation procedures during initial meetings. These procedures may also be found in hallways/corridors within the residential facility. Residents should be familiar with multiple means of egress in the event the most convenient or traveled path is not available because residents are required to leave the buildings when alarms are activated.

 Residents should report inoperable or tampered-with fire safety equipment immediately to their hall staff. Severe disciplinary action, which may include termination of the Housing Agreement and/or suspension from the University, will result for residents responsible for starting a fire in or near any residential facility, or tampering with fire alarm and smoke detector equipment. Candles, incense, and other combustible materials may not be used in any residential facility.  Residents of facilities with a building sprinkler system should not tamper with the sprinkler system, and should take special precautions to avoid accidentally activating the sprinkler system. As previously mentioned, sprinkler heads should not be used to hang items in the room. Students may be held liable for damages that occur in rooms/common areas as a result of sprinkler activation.