Emergency Information

At Jefferson College of Health Sciences, providing a safe and healthy environment in which to work, learn, and play is very important. We provide numerous safety measures throughout campus:

  • Restricted card and key access entry into campus buildings and residence halls
  • After hours locked-door policy
  • Surveillance monitoring
  • Emergency phones
  • Emergency plans and responses

In addition to Jefferson College of Health Sciences safety measures, Carilion Clinic Police Department provides:

  • 24-hour security safety escorts
  • Safety policies and procedures
  • Emergency response plans

Emergency Communication

In the event of an emergency, member of the Jefferson College community can get information from several sources:

  • everbridge Alert System - The everbridge system allows the college community to automatically receive e-mail notifications and opt-in to receive SMS or voice alerts
  • Email messages
  • Emergency floor monitors
  • The College website - www.jchs.edu
  • Local public radio and news stations will broadcast information regarding weather related closing and delays

During an Emergency

In the event of an emergency on campus:

  • Remain calm
  • Do not put yourself in harm's way
  • Report the event to authorities

Emergencies can happen at any time or without warning. Potential emergencies at Jefferson College of Health Sciences may require preparation to evacuate from campus. Become familiar with buildings and the following guidelines:

  • Be familiar with evacuation routes
  • Know the location of pull stations and fire extinguishers
  • Participate in all fire alarms and take them seriously
  • Begin to evacuate at the first sign of smoke, fire alarm, or an evacuation notice
  • Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to identify needs in advance to the classroom instructor, another department official, or Student Affairs in order to receive assistance in the event of an evacuation or other emergency

Building Evacuation

In the CRCH building, evacuations will occur immediately when an alarm sounds or through notification by emergency personnel or the emergency message system. Emergency Floor Monitors are utilized to assist with evacuations, as well as a means for emergency notifications. The evacuation gathering place is in the CRCH front parking lot off the 3rd floor main entrance. We are to gather completely in the front lot and not in front of the building or in the roadway.

The Patrick Henry evacuations will occur immediately when an alarm sounds and the gathering place is located on the Roanoke City Library Lawn.

Be familiar with designated exits in your areas.

Medical Emergency

In the event of a medical emergency, please call Roanoke City Police/Fire/EMS at 911. If using an in-house phone, dial 9, then 911.

For cardiac emergencies, wall-mounted Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) are available in the main 3rd floor lobby, the 4th floor cafeteria and the 1st floor by the Pharmacy. A portable AED is located on the 5th floor in the Library.

Reporting Crimes

Crimes are encouraged to be reported to Carilion Police. However, a crime can be reported to:

  • Roanoke City Police
  • CRCH/JCHS 3rd floor Main Lobby Information/Security Desk
  • Student Affairs
  • Administration
  • Faculty or Staff member
  • Campus Security Authorities

Emergency Phones

Emergency wall-mount phones are located in the CRCH/JCHS parking garage on each level by the elevators. There is also an emergency wall-mount phone located at the lower level entrance/exit of the parking garage.

There is also an emergency wall-mount phone located on the side of the 915 South Jefferson Street building, where our resident students park.

Emergency tower phones are located on the outside campus grounds at the upper level entrance/exit of the parking garage, at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Reid Drive, and at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Elm Avenue.

To operate the phones, a user pushes the red call button that sends an alert to the Carilion Police Dispatch Center. The Center is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dispatchers receive a readout showing the location of the phone where the call is originating. Users then will have a two-way communication with the dispatcher, who will respond officers to the emergency. Closed-circuit cameras are also being monitored and recorded in the dispatch center.