16 posts categorized "Public Safety Tips"

06/02/2011

6/2/2011: FEMA - What to do during a tornado?

Outlined below is a summary of information provided by FEMA regarding tornadoes and what actions you should take during a tornado. For additional information visit http://www.fema.gov/hazard/tornado/index.shtm

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is at some risk from this hazard.

Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds obscure others. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible.

Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still. A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

What to do during a tornado?

  • If you are under a tornado WARNING, seek shelter immediately
  • If you are in a structure go to a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows.

Note: If you are in a campus building stay away from windows and seek safe shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of the building, closet or interior hallway.

  • If you are in a vehicle get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
  • If you are outside with no shelter lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

 

09/24/2010

9/24/2010: Armed Robbery Reported

The Department of Public Safety is issuing an alert to inform the University community of an armed robbery that occurred on Thursday, September 23, 2010, at approximately 10:15 p.m. on the 600 Block of 43rd Street.

 

The suspects are described as two African American males; one wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black sneakers, the second suspect was wearing all black with white sneakers.

 

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

08/24/2010

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 .

05/28/2010

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

04/01/2010

4/1/2010: Help Prevent Campus Thefts

The Department of Public Safety is asking for your help in the prevention of thefts on campus. During the month of March, the Department of Public Safety has seen an increase in reported thefts. A majority of the reported thefts can be directly contributed to unattended or unsecured property.

 

You can make a significant contribution by adhering to a few simple theft prevention 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.

03/05/2010

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:

 

www.emergency.usp.edu