• <div style="background-image:url(/live/image/gid/7/width/1600/height/300/crop/1/36620_img_0889.rev.1490624267.jpg)"/>

All Access

Emergency Information

Please utilize information on this page in case of an emergency on campus.

Emergency Contacts

Lake Forest Police / Fire / Rescue: 911 (from campus phone: 9-911)

Lake Forest College Public Safety: 847-735-5555 (from campus phone: 5555)

Health and Wellness Center: 847-735-5240                                                                                                             * After Hours Mental Health Crisis Line: 224-501-1621

Lake Forest Hospital - Emergency Room: 847-535-6150

Highland Park Hospital - Emergency Room: 847-480-3751

United Healthcare Employee Assistance Program (For Insured Employees): 888-887-4114

Medical Emergency


  • Call 911 - Then call Public Safety at 847-735-5555
  • Do not attempt to move the person unless they are in danger of further injury
  • Provide first aid or CPR if you know how

If the person is CONSCIOUS and has no difficulty breathing, no chest pain, and no significant blood loss

  • Call Public Safety at 847-735-5555
  • Provide first aid if possible
  • If alcohol poisoning is suspected, keep the person awake and do not give any food or beverage

Mental Health Emergency

In the event of overtly threatening behavior constituting an immediate threat to you or others, notify Public Safety at 847-735-5555.

In non-emergency situations, refer students to the Health and Wellness Center at 847-735-5240.  If after hours, students should call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 224-501-1621

Insured faculty and staff should be referred to the Employee Assistance Program at 888-887-4114.

Active Shooter

Quickly determine your best option to protect your own life

RUN - If there is an escape path

  • Leave the building immediately
  • Leave your belongings
  • Help others escape if possible
  • Call 911 when you are safe

HIDE - If you cannot run

  • Lock and/or barricade the door
  • Silence your cell phone; be quiet
  • Hide behind large object

FIGHT - As a last resort

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Improvise weapons

When law enforcement arrives on the scene

  • Keep your hands visible
  • Avoid pointing/yelling
  • Know that help is on the way


  • Alert people in the immediate area of the fire, and evacuate
  • Close doors as you leave
  • Activate a fire alarm
  • Call 911
  • Notify Public Safety at 847-735-5555 immediately
  • If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed
  • Signal for help using a brightly colored cloth at the window

Make sure you know how to operate the fire extinguisher in your residence or work area.

Hazardous Materials

Placards are posted outside all rooms containing hazardous materials or equipment.

Detailed safety procedures are in place in all campus laboratories where dangerous materials are used and stored. If you encounter a hazardous material and no trained individuals are in the area:

  • Notify Public Safety at 847-735-5555
  • Leave the building immediately
  • Warn others, if possible, as you leave

Utility Failure

In the event of a major utility failure during regular business hours, go to a safe location and notify Facilities Management at 847-735-5040 or Public Safety at 847-735-5555.

Gas Leak/Unusual Odors

  • Cease all operations immediately
  • Do not use cell phones or other electronic equipment
  • Evacuate immediately
  • Do not use the elevator

Flooding or Major Plumbing Failure

  • Cease using all electrical equipment
  • Avoid contact with the water
  • Evacuate immediately
  • Do not use the elevator

Weather Emergencies

The Department of Public Safety is equipped with weather radios that broadcast news of severe weather watches and warnings. If imminent severe weather threatens the College, the Department of Public Safety will initiate an emergency broadcast message.


  • Seek shelter inside a building
  • Go to the basement or a small room or hallway on the lowest level 
  • Stay away from windows and pull shades down
  • Remain sheltered until you receive an “all clear” message


  • Stay away from windows
  • Draw shades or blinds to reduce injury from flying glass
  • Minimize use of electrical appliances

Emergency Communications

In the event of an emergency, Lake Forest College has a variety of resources to notify emergency responders and campus community members. They include:

Broadcast voice and text messages
Voicemail and text messaging are available for cell phones, offices, and residences. To update your information, contact the Department of Communications and Marketing at 847-735-6011.

Broadcast e-mail
All students, faculty and staff are subscribed through their lakeforest.edu email.

The College will use the website to share emergency-related information.

City of Lake Forest Emergency Sirens
Weather: tone followed by voice message
Civil Defense: tone followed by voice message
Other Emergencies: tone followed by voice message

National Emergency Alert System
This national system broadcasts emergency alerts via radio and television. It is jointly administered by the FCC, FEMA, and the National Weather Service.

Emergency Planning and Training Resources

Department of Public Safety: 847-735-5555

Health and Wellness Center: 847-735-5240

Human Resources: 847-735-5036
United Healthcare Employee Assistance Program: 888-887-4114

Communications and Marketing: 847-735-6011