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Emergency Preparedness

The Otterbein University Police Department stays up-to-date with the most current research on the best available responses to critical incidents in a college setting. The most important thing any student, faculty, or staff member can remember is that pre-planning is essential. While no two situations are the same, the appropriate response to these situations may be very similar and easy to implement.

What can you do to be prepared?

  • Familiarize yourself with each critical incident presented on this page, including important telephone numbers, general guidelines, and other support information.
  • Speak to your fellow students or colleagues about critical incidents before they occur.
  • Ask yourself, "What would I do if...?"
  • Prepare and practice a game plan should you ever need to use it during a critical incident.
  • Visit the websites for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Red Cross and Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA).
  • Become familiar with Otterbein's emergency notification system, Cardinal Red Alert. Click on Cardinal Red Alert to learn more about the system.
  • Franklin and Delaware Counties maintain free emergency notification systems available to the public that you can request to have emergency and severe weather messages forwarded to your cell, home or office phones.  For more information about these systems and how to sign-up for free, click on the following links of your choice: Franklin County  /  Delaware County

Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this information, or if you would like specialized critical incident training, please contact the Otterbein University Police Department at (614) 823-1222.

Familiarize yourself with the locations of Emergency Telephones on campus. They are identified with blue lights.

Critical Incidents

/ Otterbein Police

In Case of Emergency
Dial 9-1-1

Call (24 hours) 
p/ (614) 823-1222
e/ Police@Otterbein.edu
f/ (614) 823-1999

194 West Main St.
Westerville, OH 43081

Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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