Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Crisis Communication Information

Overview and Tips from Millikin’s Emergency Preparedness Plan

What Do You Mean by an Emergency?
Emergency incidents are classified according to their severity and potential impact so that emergency response operations can be calibrated for actual conditions.

Who Handles What?
The answer depends on the nature of the emergency.  An established “Emergency Response Team”, headed by Director Chris Ballard (217.362.6414), will lead the response to a campus-wide emergency, including emergencies that would involve the life, health, and/or safety of students, staff, faculty, administration and visitors.


Examples of an emergency in which the “Emergency Response Team” would be activated include:


  • A building fire
  • A major chemical spill

Less serious emergencies include:


  • Extended power outage
  • A water leak or busted pipe

What should I do if I think something might become an emergency or is an emergency?
If the emergency involves an immediate threat to people then call 7-911 from a campus phone or 911 from a cell phone.  Then notify Public Safety at ext. 8888 or 217-464-8888.  If the emergency is non-life threatening, call Public Safety at ext. 8888 or 217-464-8888 from a cell phone.  Always remember to keep yourself safe.

What do I do when media personnel show up or call about the emergency?
Any media questions should be referred to Sarah Shupenus, Director of Media & Public Relations.

What should I tell my colleagues and students?
The Media and Public Relations Department will provide accurate and timely information to be distributed to faculty, staff, administration and students.

Who can I contact for more information?

Check the Millikin website at

Is there any information that I can release to callers or to people who come into the office?
No information should be given unless authorized by the Director of Media & Public Relations.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL