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Emergency Preparedness Alerts

What is a heightened security state of alert?
(from Princeton University Department of Public Safety)

"A mindset that leads you to notice unusual or suspicious behavior/circumstances and reporting your observations to authorities in a logical, rational and timely manner."

Heightened security is not intended to induce fear and panic. People should go about their normal business while paying particular attention to their surroundings.

Suspicious behavior/circumstances
Be aware of and report to Public Safety (911):

  • 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.
  • Individual attempting to access utility locations (water, electrical, petroleum, telecommunications, information systems).
  • Multiple persons who appear to be working in unison, committing the above.

Be alert to:

  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Vehicles parked near buildings or public and common areas
  • Unexpected/unfamiliar delivery trucks
  • Unfamiliar vehicles parked for long periods
  • Vehicles containing unusual/suspicious parcels or material
  • Vehicles arriving and being left behind at odd hours
  • Substances leaking or spilling from vehicles

Building/office security:

  • Don't prop open building/residence hall entrance doors/windows. Rectify these situations when you observe them.
  • Account for and secure keys. Don't leave them unattended or give to unauthorized persons. Report lost keys to building manager/department head.
  • Account for and secure all sensitive material/information when not able to attend to it.
  • Account for and secure sensitive deliveries in a timely manner.
  • Secure all areas when not attended.
  • Be aware of unfamiliar persons in or visitors to your office/lab etc.
  • Protect access codes, combinations and cards, change codes regularly. Report compromised codes to the person in charge of area.
  • Be Prepared: Take time out to familiarize yourself with building evacuation plans/routes.
  • Report suspicious tampering with physical security (doors, locks etc.).
  • Talk with co-workers; know what is out-of-place (unclaimed items etc.).

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