Emergency preparedness FAQs:
- If our area goes to "severe" threat condition
(red), what should I do?
- If I am out and about on campus and do not
have ready access to information, how will I know if there
is an emergency?
- If I am out and about and hear there is an
emergency, should I return to my office or residence, go
some place else or stay in place?
- If an emergency is announced, how do I decide
whether to evacuate or shelter in place?
- How can I prepare?
If our area goes to "severe" threat
condition (red), what should I do?
condition for the area would be declared by federal, state
or local authorities and would include more than just the
University. Community members are expected to follow the instructions
issued by the authorities. Should this occur, the best advice
is to monitor local radio or television and check the University
home page for new information.
If I am out and about on campus and do not have ready
access to information, how will I know if there is an emergency?
The University has a variety of methods of communicating
with the campus community, including the ability to deploy
of Public Safety vehicles, which are equipped with sirens
and public address systems that can broadcast instructions.
Other means of communication include: the University home
page, mass e-mail, the Public Safety recorded alert line (609-258-2255,
then press keypad ALERT or enter 25378, then press 1) and
the University response hotline (609-258-7700). Messages can
be posted throughout campus including: on directory cases,
in dining halls, at Frist
Campus Center and at Firestone
If I am out and about and hear there is an emergency,
should I return to my office or residence, go some place else
or stay in place?
Unless an emergency clearly is in the immediate vicinity
(in which case, follow the instructions of safety officials
or evacuate the area), the best approach would be to seek
information/instructions from the nearest source -- generally
the nearest University building.
If an emergency is announced, how do I decide whether
to evacuate or shelter in place?
Making a decision about whether to evacuate
in place depends entirely on the emergency at hand. It
is important for everyone to be prepared in advance by reviewing
the information on the Emergency
Preparedness Web site, including the links to federal
agencies such as Homeland Security
and Federal Emergency Management
or other building emergencies are far more likely than
terrorism. In the event of a fire, unless you are advised
otherwise, you should evacuate the building, go to the designated
assembly point and await instructions from Public Safety
or the local first responders.
As with all emergencies, listen carefully to all public announcements.
How can I prepare?
Review the Emergency
Preparedness guidelines, check the University home
page frequently for updates, and consider keeping comfort
items readily available -- in the unlikely event that roads
are impassable or that sheltering in place becomes necessary.
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