Emergency Alert System
The university's new Emergency
Alert System, a telephone network for disseminating urgent information on the main
campus, will be tested in several buildings each fall. A test message will be
sent to telephones in the academic and other buildings. Departments
are evaluated on timeliness and order in exiting the building. Occupants are
interviewed to obtain satisfaction with the process.
The new EAS system is capable of
sending emergency messages to all telephones on the main campus or to specific buildings
or groups, depending on the circumstances. The system is being operated and
maintained jointly by the
campus Police Department, Fire Department, Information and Communication
Technologies, and Environmental Health and Safety. When the EAS is activated by the police
dispatch center, a message specific to the incident will be delivered by the phone network
to affected or targeted groups
The message typically will include
a brief description of the emergency, provide direction for any immediate action and tell
where to go for more information. Additional information is provided on the
web and via the University announcement line by University Communications.
The University will use the building lists and campus maps within the system
to ensure all appropriate campus areas: academic, agricultural, athletic
building and campus housing areas are informed, as pertinent, in emergency notifications.
Building selection example
(for buildings around the Horseshoe)
It is often best to
notify the people closest to the incident first. This feature can save lives
effectively by getting instructions to those closest to the incident first. The
system can create different zones in the notification area and first notify those closest
to the incident.
The system can send out
notification to fixed lists of phones. These lists include student
residences, all official university offices in the area, emergency response
groups (Police, fire, EH&S, Facilities Services, Health Care) and the
Central Administration Response Team (CART). It is
important to notify the affected emergency staff and or emergency response teams, so
these teams can be called to action. This system allows fixed lists of people that can be
notified. This gets the fastest response time and gets them on the way to the incident or
their assigned duties. The system can call one or many lists instantly as well as
the campus area notification.