The Emergency Campus Notification System and DePaul University (DPU) Alert are two independent notification systems utilized to alert and notify stu- dents, faculty and staff of an emergency situation on campus.
EMERGENCY CAMPUS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
– The Emergency Campus Notification System alerts students, faculty, staff and visitors through a system of message boards and indoor and outdoor speakers. The message boards and speakers are strategically positioned throughout the university on the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses. When activated for emergencies, the message boards will display an event message, describing what is taking place. The speakers will sound an audio message of the event and the next steps to evacuate to a safe location.
DPU ALERT – The DPU Alert is an emergency com- munication system that immediately attracts the attention of students, faculty and staff where they are most reach- able. In an emergency situation that affects the university, DPU Alert will contact cellphones through text messaging, voicemail and email. It is strongly recommended that all DePaul students, faculty and staff sign up for DPU Alert.
To sign up to receive DPU Alert, access Campus Connection, click on the link to Demographic Portfolio and look for “DPU Alert.” The Web page will ask for the following information:
• Your email • Your phone number • Your SMS text messaging number (optional)
FIRE SAFETY & EVACUATION
CREATE AN ESCAPE PLAN: · Know the fire safety rules & guidelines for your place of residence (on or off campus)
· Participate in fire drills · Know where your exits are located – identify an alternate exit should your main exit be blocked
· Understand your escape route – could you find your way in the dark?
· Locate the closest fire alarm pull station
WHEN THE ALARM SOUNDS: · Leave right away · Treat every alarm as real · Do not stop for anything you do not need to get out (books, computer, etc.)
· Remember that timing is everything and the sooner you can reach the safest and closest exit, the better
· Feel doors before opening to see if they are hot · If the door is hot, know your 2nd way out · If door is not hot, open slowly · If you do not feel heat or see smoke, exit quickly · As you leave, close the door to your room / apartment to help contain any fire
· Never try to stay and fight a fire and NEVER try to return after you’ve escaped
IF YOU CANNOT GET OUT: · Keep the door closed, put a towel or t-shirt at the bottom to keep smoke from entering the room · If you do NOT see smoke outside of your window, then open it slightly to let fresh air in
· Signal for help – yell or scream to attract attention or hang an object from the window that can easily be seen
· If you have a phone, call the fire department or 911 to report that you are trapped (include location and room number)
27 YOUR SAFETY
SHELTER IN PLACE – Shelter in place may be imple- mented when a situation occurs that may be hazardous to health or life threatening. It is used to keep students, faculty, staff and visitors inside a building rather than expose them to possible harm by allowing them to leave a building. For example, severe weather can trigger a shelter in place, securing the building population while keeping the building open for entry.
LOCKDOWN – Lockdown may be implemented when a situation occurs that may be hazardous to health or life threatening. It is intended to limit access and hazards or threats by controlling and managing staff and stu- dents in order to increase safety and reduce possible victimization. A lockdown can be called of
for a variety reasons. A building that is locked down will have
restricted access until an “all clear” is given or directed by emergency personnel or staff. During a lockdown:
• Do not hang out in the lobby area. • Go to your room. • All doors, windows and classrooms will be locked. No one will be allowed to enter or leave the building.
• Stay away from windows/glass. • Stay calm.
FIRE DRILLS – Student Housing conducts drills and mon- itors all fire alarm evacuations throughout the year. DePaul’s alarms are connected to the Public Safety department. Under normal drill and alarm conditions, all residents must evacuate from the residence halls in less than three minutes. Residents who fail to leave their rooms or apartments during a fire drill MAY FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTION.
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