22 posts categorized "Business Continuity"


Normal Operating Schedule 1/25/16

Dear Campus Community,

University of the Sciences will operate on a normal schedule on Monday, January 25, 2016. Please consider taking mass transit if possible as some side roads around the campus are still snow covered.

Safe Travels,

Kim Carter

Interim Director - Public Safety



University open and classes resume on Mon, Aug.29

Dear University community:

The University sustained minimal impact from the hurricane and no injuries reported. There were no power outages, no major flooding, and minimal property damage. The University has resumed normal operations, and will be open and classes will be held on August 29th.

All area mass transportation systems are resuming normal operations and expect to be fully functional tomorrow.

If any faculty or staff experience local conditions that prevent them from coming to work, please notify your immediate supervisor if you are a staff member. If you are a faculty member, please notify students via Blackboard and/or Angel and contact your department chair, if you anticipate cancelling a class.

Students who have not yet checked in should report to the front desk in Wilson Hall, on Monday, August 29th beginning at 8:00am.


UPDATE: Hurricane Irene and Upperclass Move-in

The University are busily planning for your arrival, especially due to the impending hurricane on your move-in day, Sunday, Aug. 28.

Because of the forecasted inclement weather, we wish to accommodate any resident who wishes to move-in before the storm begins.  As such, we are offering you the opportunity to arrive on either:

  • Saturday, Aug. 27 between Noon and 5 p.m., or
  • Sunday, Aug. 28 between Noon and 5 p.m.

By moving in on Saturday, we hope to minimize any danger (and sogginess) you might experience from moving-in on Sunday’s originally scheduled move-in time.  However, we recognize that you may already have plans that require you arrive on Sunday; we’ve ensured that you can still check-in during your originally scheduled time.

On both days, all check-ins and key pick-ups will occur at the Wilson Front Desk.

Should you move-in on Saturday, please remember:

  • The Code of Conduct, which governs all students’ behaviors, will be in effect.  You will be expected to make informed decisions and accept the consequences of poor choices.
  • Meal plans will begin on Saturday for lunch (Noon-1:45 p.m.).  If you are not on a meal plan, but wish to eat in the Wilson Dining Hall, discounted rates will be available for lunch ($7) and dinner ($10).  Wilson Express will not be open during the weekend.
  • Starbucks will be open both Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • You must respect that Welcome Weekend events are designed for only first-year students to attend.  Please also remember that University offices open during the weekend will only be staffed to accommodate the needs of our first-year students.
  • The ARC will be open on both Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28 from Noon to 8 p.m. for all students.
  • You will not be permitted to host guests until Monday (per Welcome Weekend policy).

We hope that these accommodations will benefit many of you and ensure safer travels.


8/24/2011: Hurricane Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Notification

In the event that a hurricane is predicted to impact the USciences campus or surrounding community the Department of Public Safety will implement it’s Emergency Notification System, which includes, but is not limited to text messaging, email and the emergency information website in order to alert the campus community.

What to do if you are on campus?

  • Listen to the radio and TV for the latest information
  • Seek safe shelter indoors and stay indoors
  • Stay away from windows
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed
  • Move to small interior rooms, closet or hallway on the lowest level
  • In the event of an emergency, call Public Safety at 215-576-7000 and 911
  • Remain indoors until the all clear is given

Prepare an Emergency “GO BAG” and/or Disaster Supply Kit

  • Include water and non-perishable foods
  • Medication
  • Battery powered radio
  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Cell phone charger
  • Important documents
  • Emergency contact information
  • Cash
  • Any items that you may need in the event of an emergency that fit into a backpack

For more information visit: http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html

What is a hurricane?

A hurricane is a violent storm with intense winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms. The combination of the intense winds and heavy rains can cause significant property damage, storm surges, flooding and landslides.  Hurricanes are classified as a Category 1 through 5 with 5 being the worst and are tracked as either a storm watch or storm warning.

Hurricane Categories:

Category One Hurricane - Sustained winds 74-95 mph – Very Dangerous

Category Two Hurricane - Sustained winds 96-110 mph – Extremely Dangerous

Category Three Hurricane - Sustained winds 111-130 mph – Devastating Damage

Category Four Hurricane  - Sustained winds 131-155 mph – Catastrophic Damage

Category Five Hurricane - Sustained winds greater than 155 mph – Catastrophic Damage

                                    Source: National Weather Service, The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

Hurricane Storm Watch - storm conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 36 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.


Hurricane Storm Warning - storm conditions are expected in the specified area, usually within 24 hours.

                                    Source: FEMA, Hurricane: Know the Terms

Additional Hurricane Resources



8/23/2011: Philadelphia Earthquake

At approximately 1:55 p.m. a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia was felt from Washington DC to New York. No damages or injuries have been reported on campus and the Department of Public Safety continues to check campus buildings.

As a result of the earthquake individuals may feel aftershocks. The Department of Public Safety will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates if they become available.

Earthquake Safety Tips

  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Take cover by getting under a sturdy table or a strong loadbearing doorway.
  • DO NOT use the elevators.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.
  • If outside Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • If in a car stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.



9/28/2010: Emergency Notification Test and Mayes College Shelter-in-Place Drill

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, beginning at 3:20 p.m. the Department of Public Safety will conduct a test of the USciences Emergency Notification System and conduct a Shelter-in-Place awareness drill at Mayes College 4101 Woodland Avenue. The annual test is required under the federal Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. 

The test will incorporate all emergency notification delivery methods to include email, text messaging, video display boards, the emergency website and the new Wide Area Emergency Broadcast System.

At approximately 3:20 p.m., a text message will be sent stating:

“This is a TEST of the USciences Emergency Notification System”

A second text message will be sent stating:

“This is a TEST – Everyone currently in Mayes College Must Shelter in Place until the all clear is given”

A third text message will be sent stating:

“This is a TEST – ALL CLEAR – Thank you for your cooperation” 

The Wide Area Emergency Broadcast System will broadcast a warning chime followed by:

“This is a test; I repeat this is a test of the USciences Emergency Broadcast System. During an actual emergency additional information will be provided – thank you for your cooperation.”

What is Shelter-In-Place (SIP)?

A procedure that requires a building population to move to a safe location(s) within a building(s) due to a weather emergency, a dangerous situation or when an extremely hazardous substance is released into the air.

Reverse Evacuation or Shelter-in-Place (SiP) Procedure

During an emergency, one of the instructions you may be given is to

Shelter-in-Place until an incident has been declared “all clear” and it is safe to resume normal operations.

  • Seek immediate shelter indoors and remain indoors
  • Close doors and windows
  • If possible move to a small, interior room, with no or few windows, or to the core of the building away from any doors or windows
  • Follow the instructions provided through the Emergency Notification
  • System and if possible, and it is safe to do so, use a computer to find out more information or turn on a TV or radio
  • Remain calm
  • Do not leave the building until the “All Clear” signal has been given by authorized personnel

If you have not registered for the Emergency Alert System or need to update your contact information you can do so by visiting:



9/2/2010: Hurricane/Tropical Storm Awareness

The Centers for Disease Control and the National Weather Service are warning that Hurricane Earl is projected to impact residents along the East Coast of the United States.  The storm is not expected to affect our campus community, but it is advised that individuals be proactive and learn how to take the necessary steps to protect your health and safety before, during, and after a storm. 


For more information visit:







8/24/2010: Upgraded Emergency Notification System

In conjunction with IT and Facilities, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has upgraded the Emergency Notification System to include new, state-of-the-art ADA-compliant Emergency Phones and Wide-Area Emergency Broadcast System (WEBS). These systems provide highly visible towers and wall units, emergency communication, mass notification, and increased CCTV surveillance.

The WEBS component of the Emergency Notification System allows DPS to broadcast important messages and instructions in the event of an incident or emergency that adversely affects the campus community.

When activated, a siren will be followed by an announcement instructing individuals on what action(s) to take. Mass broadcast messages may include, but are not limited to the following samples.

“The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning for our immediate area. Seek safe shelter and shelter in place until the severe weather has passed.”
“A police emergency has been reported. Seek immediate indoor shelter, remain indoors and shelter in place until further notice.”

Once the incident or emergency has passed an all clear signal will be given.

To ensure the integrity of the system, a weekly test will be performed at noon on Fridays; the test is a bell that will toll 12 times. A full test of the system will be conducted monthly and will include warning chimes and the following message:
“This is a test; I repeat this is a test of the USciences Emergency Broadcast System. During an actual emergency additional information will be provided – thank you for your cooperation.”

The new WEBS is just part of the University’s Emergency Notification System designed to communicate information pertaining to an incident or emergency to all members of the USciences community. The Emergency Notification System utilizes the e2Campus Rapid Notification System (text messaging), e-mail, an internal phone system, video display systems, the Campus TV cable network, the University web site, information flyers, and local TV and radio.

Once an incident occurs or an emergency has been declared, DPS will work directly with other University departments and local agencies in determining the extent of the incident or emergency and what means of communication will be employed to alert the campus community. Depending on the emergency, DPS may elect to initiate one or all parts of the Emergency Notification System when communicating to the campus community during an incident or emergency.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to register for the free e2Campus Rapid Notification System (text messaging) by visiting: http://alert.usp.edu .


Accepted Students Day - Cancelled

Due to inclement weather, we have cancelled the Accepted Student Day on Saturday, February 27th.


2/25/2010: No Parking On Snow Emergency Routes

The City of Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management declared a Snow Emergency on February 25, 2010, through Saturday February 27, 2010, to allow for an unobstructed flow of traffic on streets designated as Emergency Routes during the snow removal process. Cars parked along Emergency Routes are subject to ticketing and towing by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.


If your car is towed, call 215-686-SNOW for its location.


Woodland Avenue, Walnut Street and Chestnut are considered Emergency Routes.