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Emergency Information

Please utilize information on this page in case of an emergency on campus.

Emergency Contacts

Lake Forest Police/Fire/Rescue: 911 (from campus phone: 9-911)

Lake Forest College Public Safety: 847-735-5555 (from campus phone: 5555)

Student Counseling Center: 847-735-5240

United Healthcare Employee Assistance Program (For Insured Employees): 888-887-4114

Medical Emergency

Notify Public Safety at 847-735-5555 (from campus phone: 5555) immediately.

  • Call 911 (from campus phone: 9-911).
  • Do not attempt to move the victim unless he/she is in danger of further injury.
  • Properly trained individuals should begin CPR for an unresponsive victim who is not breathing normally.
  • Properly trained individuals should commence first aid while awaiting an ambulance, particularly to stop heavy bleeding.
  • If alcohol poisoning is suspected, keep the person awake and do not give any food or beverage.

Mental Health Emergency

In the event of overtly threatening behavior constituting an immediate threat to you or others, notify Public Safety at 847-735-5555 (on campus: 5555).

In non-emergency situations, refer students to the Counseling Center, 847-735-5240 (from campus phone: 5240) or refer insured faculty and staff to the Employee Assistance Program, 888-887-4114.

Active Shooter

Run if there is an escape path.

  • Leave the building whether others agree to or not
  • Leave your belongings
  • Help others escape if possible
  • Prevent others from entering the area
  • Call 911 when you are safe, then call Public Safety at 847-735-5555

If you cannot run, hide.

  • Lock and/or barricade the door if possible
  • Silence your cell phone; be quiet
  • Hide behind large objects
  • Remain very quiet

Fight as a last resort.

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Act with physical aggression
  • Improvise weapons
  • When law enforcement arrives on the scene: keep your hands visible and avoid pointing/yelling; know that help is on the way


  • Pull the fire alarm and evacuate the building.
  • If unable to evacuate, take cover under sturdy furniture or move away from the site of the hazard and notify Public Safety at 847-735-5555 (from campus phone: 5555).
  • If possible, turn off electrical devices, natural gas, and compressed gas cylinders. Do not use cell phones or any electrical device that could spark further explosions.
  • Signal for help by shouting or using a brightly colored cloth at the window.
  • Do not use elevators and be careful of fallen debris, glass or heavy objects that might be about to fall.

If injured, seek assistance from emergency personnel.

Bomb Threat

All bomb threats are to be taken seriously. Notify Public Safety at 847-735-5555 (from campus phone: 5555) immediately.

If you receive a bomb threat by telephone, remain calm, write down the caller’s exact words and note the time of the call. Check for caller ID information. Ask the caller:

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Where is the bomb?
  • What does it look like?
  • What will cause it to explode?

If you receive a bomb threat in written form:

  • Call Public Safety at 847-735-5555 (from campus phone: 5555) immediately.
  • Do a quick visual inspection of your area. Do not touch or move any suspicious objects.
  • Do not use radios, pagers or cell phones as they can trigger an explosive device.


  • Alert people in the immediate area of the fire, and evacuate.
  • Close doors as you leave.
  • Activate a fire alarm.
  • Notify Public Safety at 847-735-5555 (from campus phone: 5555) immediately.
  • Call 911 (from campus phone 9-911).
  • If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed.
  • Signal for help using a brightly colored cloth at the window.

Make sure you know how to operate the fire extinguisher in your residence or work area.

Hazardous Materials

Placards are posted outside all rooms containing hazardous materials or equipment.

Detailed safety procedures are in place in all campus laboratories where dangerous materials are used and stored. If you encounter a hazardous material and no trained individuals are in the area:

  • Notify Public Safety at 847-735-5555 (from campus phone: 5555).
  • Leave the building immediately.
  • Warn others, if possible, as you leave.


Building Evacuation Procedures

Leave your building immediately when an alarm sounds or if you are instructed to do so by authorized emergency personnel.

  • Warn others, if possible, on your way out.
  • Walk quickly to the nearest safe exit.
  • Do not use elevators unless authorized emergency personnel tell you to do so.
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized emergency personnel give the “all clear” signal.
  • Report any missing or trapped persons to authorized emergency personnel.
  • If in a residence hall, go to your evacuation meeting site.

If you are required to leave the building immediately but are unable to because of a physical disability, injury or obstruction:

  • Go to the nearest area where there are no hazards.
  • Notify Public Safety at 847-735-5555 (from campus phone: 5555).
  • Signal out the window using a brightly colored cloth, if possible.

Utility Failure

In the event of a major utility failure during regular business hours, go to a safe location and notify Facilities Management at 847-735-5040 (from campus phone: 5040) or Public Safety at 847-735-5555 (from campus phone: 5555).

Gas Leak/Unusual Odors

  • Cease all operations immediately.
  • Do not use cell phones or other electronic equipment.
  • Evacuate immediately.
  • Do not use the elevator.

Flooding or Major Plumbing Failure

  • Cease using all electrical equipment.
  • Avoid contact with the water.
  • Evacuate immediately.
  • Do not use the elevator.

Weather Emergencies

The Department of Public Safety is equipped with weather radios that broadcast news of severe weather watches and warnings. If imminent severe weather threatens the College, the Department of Public Safety will initiate an emergency broadcast message.


  • Take shelter in a basement or the smallest, most-interior rooms and hallways on the lowest floor.
  • Avoid glass, enclosed places, or areas with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums and gymnasiums.
  • Crouch down and cover your head.
  • Wait for the “all clear” signal from authorized emergency personnel.


  • Stay away from windows.
  • Draw shades or blinds to reduce injury from flying glass.
  • Minimize use of electrical appliances.

Emergency Communications

During emergencies, Lake Forest College has a variety of resources to notify emergency responders and campus community members. They include:

Broadcast voice messages
Voicemail and text messaging are available for cell phones, offices, and residences. To update your information, contact the Department of Communications and Marketing, 847-735-6011.

Broadcast e-mail
All students, faculty and staff are subscribed through their lakeforest.edu email.

The College will use the website to share emergency-related information.

City of Lake Forest Emergency Sirens
Weather: tone followed by voice message
Civil Defense: tone followed by voice message
Other Emergencies: tone followed by voice message

National Emergency Alert System
This national system broadcasts emergency alerts via radio and television. It is jointly administered by the FCC, FEMA, and the National Weather Service.

Emergency Planning and Training Resources

Evacuating persons with disabilities: 847-735-5555

Counseling Office: 847-735-5240

Human Resource Services
United Healthcare Employee Assistance Program: 888-887-4114

Department of Communications and Marketing: 847-735-6011

Office of Public Safety: 847-735-5555

The Emergency Guide is administered by the Department of Communications and Marketing in conjunction with the Office of Public Safety. Both offices welcome questions and comments about the College’s emergency planning. Thanks to Northern Illinois University, whose own emergency guide served as a model for this one.