Belmont University Emergency Resources
Reporting an Emergency
The fastest way to report an emergency is to call Campus Security at 615-460-6911 or extension 6911 from a campus phone. Campus Security can then notify the proper Nashville authorities, if necessary, and direct them to the specific location on campus as needed.
Belmont University possesses access to a variety of tools to communicate emergency information to campus and will implement different options depending on the circumstances. These options can include:
Urgent Communication Tools
• Social Media: Social media is often the quickest way to communicate important information in a time of crisis or campus closure. Follow @BelmontUniv on Twitter or become a fan of Belmont University on Facebook to receive official communications in an emergency and to stay current on Belmont news and information.
• Text Alerts: For the most significant and urgent threats, Belmont also uses an emergency text alert system to quickly notify a mass audience. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up in order to get important news quickly in the event of an emergency. Belmont Text Alerts are only used for emergency communications. Belmont is currently in the process of moving to a new provider for its text messaging service. For now, to sign up for the service, text the following to the number 57595: "Belmont FirstName LastName BUID” Information on the new service will be made available soon.
• Email: The Office of Communications has the capacity to email all students, faculty and staff in the event of a campus emergency. This system is used in conjunction with Text Alerts to expand on details and to deliver further timely information as circumstances develop over the course of any emergency situation.
Additional venues for emergency information
• Messages/announcements on MyBelmont
• The www.BELMONT.edu home page
• 615-460-5000 Newsline
• Campus-wide Voicemail
• Loudspeakers may be used by security vehicles to target specific areas of campus
• Door-to-door verbal communication from Residence Life, Campus Security staff
• Local Media Outlets
Inclement Weather Information
Unfavorable weather conditions, particularly snow and ice in the winter, can occur from time to time in Middle Tennessee. Belmont employees and students are encouraged to check all communication outlets (listed above) for the most up-to-date information regarding the impact on campus operations. Because weather conditions can vary greatly within our region, students, faculty and staff are urged to use individual discretion when making the decision to travel to campus in snow or icy weather.
Tornado Watch/Warning Information
A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. A Tornado Warning is an alert issued by weather services to warn that a tornado may be imminent. It can be issued after a tornado or funnel cloud has been spotted or if there are radar indications of tornado formation.
In the event a Tornado Warning is issued in Davidson County, Belmont will issue a Text Alert. Upon receiving notification of a tornado warning, go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center or lowest floor of the building away from glass. Belmont University has placed blue “Storm Shelter” signs throughout campus to assist you in determining a safe location. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.