41 posts categorized "Community Service"


9/24/2010: USciences Emergency Notification System Test

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.


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. 


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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 .


6/21/2010: Amtrak Air Horn Testing

Air Horn testing (Amtrak) will be taking place on June 21 through the week on approximately 40 train sets. This is an FRA requirement, and each blast will be 10 seconds and will probably be heard over quite a distance.  Please do not be alarmed.  The horns will be tested during business hours while the trains are stationary in the yard.


5/29/2010: Recent Robberies

The Department of Public Safety is issuing an alert to inform the University community of recent robberies occurring north of Baltimore Avenue. Two robberies have been reported in the last week in the area of 45th Street, between Larchwood & Pine Streets.


The Philadelphia police are currently investigating the robberies.

The Department of Public Safety offers the following awareness tips:

·      Be aware of your surroundings

·      Travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark

·      Use well-lit walkways

·      Report all incidents to the police by dialing 911

·      Program the Public Safety emergency number 215-895-7000, on the speed-dial in your cell phone


40th Street Corridor Update

As of 4:30 p.m., the Department of Public Safety has not received any new information pertaining to incidents involving a large gathering of juveniles along the 40th Street Corridor (40th Street between Market and Baltimore/Woodland).

The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety and the Philadelphia Police Department have a strong presence in the area to deter any potential problems.

Penn Alert - 40th Street Corridor

The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety has been made aware through various sources that a large gathering of juveniles will be convening on the 40th Street corridor (between Market and Baltimore/Woodland) later this afternoon.

DPS is working closely with the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA Police to ensure there will be an enhanced police presence in the area.

Please plan your routes away from 40th Street this afternoon.


3/5/2010: Unattended Theft Awareness Tip

During the month of February, the Department of Public Safety reported a slight increase in the number of reportable crimes. The increase was directly contributed to an increase in unattended property theft. The Department is asking for everyone’s assistance in helping to reduce campus thefts by protecting your University and personal property.


You can make a significant contribution by adhering to a few simple security tips:


  • Never leave personal property unattended
  • Never place items in an unsecured locker
  • Report suspicious activity by calling 215.596.7000
  • When in a public place, keep valuable possessions out of sight
  • Keep book bags and other personal bags zipped at all times
  • Never leave valuable items in your vehicle
  • Keep residence rooms, labs, and office doors locked
  • Never prop open doors


If you do become a victim of crime, you should report it immediately to the local police authorities and the Department of Public Safety at 215.596.7000. The information you provide will assist us in providing a safe environment for the University community.


A Public Safety Tips category has been added to Emergency Information Website, please visit:




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.