Local & Regional Contacts

  • Homeland Security
    PA 717-651-2715 
    DE 302-744-4101
    DE 302-659-3362 DEMA 
  • State Police
    PA 484-840-1000 Chester
    PA 717-671-7500 Harrisburg
    DE 302-761-6677
  • Water Company
    PA 610-876-8181 Chester
    PA 717-238-8725 Harrisburg
    DE 302-366-7055
  • Electric/Gas Company
    PA 800-841-4141 Chester
    PA 800-841-4141 Harrisburg
    DE 302-366-7050
  • Mayor's Office
    PA 610-477-7723 Chester
    PA 717-255-3040 Harrisburg
    DE 302-571-4100

Emergency Preparedness

The crisis management plan is the primary source for guiding university administrators in preparing for and when confronting emergency situations. Current emergency procedures shall continue to remain in place as long as they do not conflict with the basic procedures and policies contained on this site.

Emergency On A Widener Campus 

  • Main Campus: Call Campus Safety at 610-499-4200.
  • Delaware Campus: Call Campus Safety at 302-477-2200.
  • Harrisburg Campus: Call 9-911 and Campus Safety at 302-477-2202.

Regional and National Emergencies

In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will provide a coordinated, comprehensive federal response and mount a swift and effective recovery effort. 

To protect yourself and others during a large-scale emergency, you should:

  • Keep your keys with you at all times; report lost keys to building manager/department head.
  • Protect access codes, combinations and cards, change codes regularly; report compromised codes to the person in charge.
  • Familiarize yourself with building exits and emergency exit routes.
  • Report suspicious tampering with physical security (doors, locks, etc.).
  • Talk with co-workers; know what is out-of-place (unclaimed or unfamiliar items, etc.).
  • Account for and secure all sensitive material/information when you are not able to attend to it. 
  • Account for and secure sensitive deliveries in a timely manner.

During a heightened state of security alert, report any of the following to Campus Safety:

  • People in buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
  • People monitoring areas, buildings or entrances.
  • Unauthorized people in restricted, sensitive or private areas.
  • People requesting information with no apparent need for that information. 
  • People wearing clothing not consistent with the weather conditions at mass population events (bulky coat in warm weather etc.) 
  • Abandoned parcels or other items in unusual locations or high traffic areas.
  • Individuals attempting to access utility locations (water, electrical, petroleum, telecommunications, information systems). 
  • Multiple persons who appear to be working in unison, committing the above.
  • Propped open building/residence hall entrance doors/windows.

Be alert for abandoned vehicles, or vehicles parked near buildings or public and common areas for an extended period of time. Also be aware of:

    • Unexpected/unfamiliar delivery trucks.
    • Unfamiliar vehicles parked for long periods of time.
    • Vehicles containing unusual/suspicious parcels or material.
    • Vehicles arriving and being left behind at unusual hours.