Section: Safety and Security
Policy Number: 7-52
Policy Name: Emergency Notification Policy
Date: April 23, 2008
Revisions: May 8, 2012; January 2013
INTRODUCTIONThe University of Delaware is responsible for providing accurate and timely information to the campus community and the public during emergencies. The University is also responsible to students, faculty, and staff when they express concerns about personal safety and security, and consistent with University policies concerning the release of personal information. This Emergency Notification Policy specifies policies and procedures for facilitating the communication of critical emergency information. The policy utilizes the best science and technology available in order to ensure that the University can notify both University and other interested parties of an emergency and provide appropriate direction on how to avoid potential harm.
PURPOSEThe University's approach to crisis incidents follows the Phases of Emergency Management as addressed in the full University Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and Critical Incident Management Plan (CIMP). These documents can be found online at www.udel.edu/safety/plans . This supplemental document builds on the principles found in these documents and is designed to achieve a comprehensive, coordinated approach to communications that will:
Disseminate clear and accurate information to interested constituencies and the public at large.
Assist in the management of crises.
Provide direction to faculty, staff, and students.
Reduce rumor and uncertainty and,
Maintain the institution's credibility and minimize damage to its reputation.
ACTIVATION DECISION TREE
The process to activate a quick acting tool employs the following work flow:
Situation is identified by a University Department/Unit.
Situation is related to Public Safety or Communications and Marketing.
A conference occurs between:
|Urgent||Send Word Now
Classroom Projection Override
Local Radio Stations
Area TV Stations
|Variable Message Boards
Safety Alert Postings
List of Available University Notification Tools
Submitted by: Executive Director of Campus and Public Safety