Emergency Siren Warning System

Siren Activation:

Franklin & Marshall's siren system is designed to warn the College community about an emergency that is happening on campus. The warning siren is strategically located to cover the main campus and adjacent campus facilities.  Procedures and criteria for issuing a campus timely warning notice or emergency notification are provided in the college policies.

When you hear the siren, please check your email or mobile device for instructions. The siren may sound for any number of imminent threats, including a weather emergency or report of campus violence that could pose a threat to personal safety. The siren will sound for a period of 5 seconds on, and 5 seconds off for 3 minutes.

Depending on the type of emergency, be prepared to take cover or evacuate your location. The College has specific protocols that individuals on campus should follow when the siren sounds to alert the campus to a range of emergencies.

Upon hearing a siren, or in any campus-wide emergency, access available information resources to obtain information related to the situation.

Information Resources:

  • Your Cell Phone (receives text messages from the automated College system, Franklin & Marshall's Emergency Alert)
  • Your Franklin & Marshall E-Mail
  • Franklin & Marshall College Home Page
  • Franklin & Marshall Emergency Line: 717-358-4003

If you hear the emergency siren warning system, DO NOT CALL Public Safety, as it may flood phone lines and delay emegency response.

Franklin & Marshall has response guidelines for these emergencies:

  • Active Shooter
  • Bomb Threat or Suspicious Object
  • Campus Violence
  • Demonstration or Disturbance
  • Hostage Situation
  • Power Outage
  • Suspicious Mail or Package
  • Weather Emergency

For all emergencies, ensure you are in a safe location.

  • Do not use elevators
  • Stay low in the room
  • Remain in your location until advised otherwise, or unless you are alerted to an active shooter scenario.
  • Take all necessary steps to protect yourself
  • Follow instructions of the Department of Public Safety or law enforcement personnel.