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Notification Types

There are five JeffALERT Emergency Notifications you may receive. It is important to know what each potential JeffALERT means and how to react. Please take time to review them so that you will know what to do if you ever receive a JeffALERT.

Emergency Closure

An "Emergency Closure" is a closure of a portion of or the entire University, in order for emergency operations to occur with the least amount of interruptions, while at the same time protecting the life and safety of the University community and visitors.

Procedure

  • Do not report to that area
  • Only essential personnel should respond if they are required
  • If you are able, access the home page of Pulse or the JeffALERT web site to obtain additional information

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Lock Down

A "Lock Down" is a procedure used when there is an immediate threat to building occupants. Students, faculty and staff would be instructed to secure themselves in the room they are in and remain there until the situation has been curtailed and an "all clear" announcement has been given by Security/JeffALERT. The Lock Down allows emergency responders to ensure the security and safety of the students and staff, address the immediate threat and remove or evacuate any innocent bystanders from immediate danger to an area of refuge. This procedure is most commonly used to secure areas not directly impacted by an incident occurring inside a building.

Procedure

  • Stay in your room or office and lock/barricade the door, if possible
  • Remain quiet
  • Do not attempt to "see what is going on"
  • Remain in the room until emergency personnel give you an "all clear"

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Evacuate

"Evacuate" means there is a potential threat to a building, area or the entire University that requires immediate evacuation.

Procedure

  • Exit the building or leave your area immediately
  • Remain quiet
  • Remain calm and only take important items with you
  • When you are able, access the home page of Pulse or the JeffALERT web site to obtain additional information

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Shelter-in-Place

A "Shelter-in-Place" is a procedure whereby the entire building population is moved to a single (or multiple) location(s) in a building. This procedure is most commonly used during weather emergencies or when an extremely hazardous substance is released into the outside atmosphere.

Procedure

  • Stay inside the building and go immediately to the designated areas for 'Shelter -in-Place'
  • Close all windows and doors
  • Await further instructions
  • If you are able, access the home page of Pulse or the JeffALERT web site to obtain additional information

Hazardous Condition

A "Hazardous Condition" means there is a condition were an immediate threat to the life, safety and health of the public exists.

Procedure

  • DO NOT report to the "hazardous" area
  • Only emergency personnel should respond
  • Close all windows and doors
  • Await further instructions
  • If you are able, access the home page of Pulse or the JeffALERT web site to obtain additional information

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