- People in some buildings on campus can not hear the Sirens when they are sounded. What is being done to ensure that everyone is receiving emergency messages in a timely fashion?
SSS, in conjunction with ITS, is developing a "PopUp" screen shot for all desktops on the network, to include both PC and Mac. This will ensure that while logged on, a message can be received with instructions during the emergency.
- Regarding IP Pop-up Alerts, what type of message will it contain?
Once the IP Pop-up alert system is fully functional it will provide information on the type of emergency, locations affected, and a short description of the situation.
- What does shelter in place mean?
Sheltering in place is one of several response options available to emergency management coordinators to provide an additional level of protection to faculty, staff and students in the event of an emergency. Sheltering in place means persons will remain in a building until emergency management officials issue additional instructions or declare that the emergency condition has ended.
- How long might I be required to remain in a building?
Sheltering in place is a short-term option for prohibiting potential external hazards from entering indoors. It will most likely be a matter of hours, not days.
- If I have to leave a building, what precautions should I take?
If authorities have not placed a prohibition on persons being on public streets, and you wish to leave a building during a shelter in place or lockdown advisory, you will be doing so at your own risk and against the advice of university emergency management Authorities.
The university can not advise you in this regard and will accept no responsibility for any adverse consequences.
- How do I know when it is safe to leave the building?
Kennesaw State Planning Alert and Response System (KSPARs) is designed to alert all members of the campus community of imminent or dangerous situations. When you are placed under safety precaution measures (i.e., shelter-in, lockdown or evacuation) you will be notified via emergency text messaging systems, computer notifications, public announcement systems, as well as other notification methods.
In addition, Crisis Managers/ Emergency Response coordinators will be available to assist, to take certain actions, and to maintain communications with emergency personnel for the duration of the crisis situation.
Remain alert for instructions and updates as they become available from the emergency response personnel, crisis managers, and university administrators.
- What should I tell my family members?
Telephone communications during an emergency condition should be kept to an absolute minimum so that emergency use of those communication channels will not be compromised. You can advise your family members that in the event of a campus Emergency, you will contact them as soon as it is prudent to do so.
- Where should I stay inside the building?
Under certain threat conditions, the Emergency Management Team may advise building occupants to move to certain areas of a building. However, in the absence of specific instructions, building occupants should remain in the areas that they normally occupy, stay away from windows, and lock doors.
When outside danger is imminent, Remain INSIDE for your own safety Take immediate shelter inside away from obvious danger into an area of refuge. Lock all exterior doors, turn off lights, and cover all windows if possible. DO not huddle together spread out hide and behind desk or any large object. Remain quiet and wait for emergency personnel to assist you.
- What is the University doing to protect students, faculty and staff?
University officials have completed a number of initiatives:
- Emergency response protocols have been established.
- Emergency Response Plans have been revised, with detailed instructions for many types of emergencies.
- Effective relationships are well established with many local, state and federal agencies to assist our administration in continuing to analyze any potential threats or actual emergencies.
- Campus Police and Patrollers walk throughout campus buildings, and patrol all campus property routinely.
- Crisis Managers have been trained to assist community members with emergency needs.
- Where should students or faculty/staff go in an emergency?
Kennesaw State Planning Alert and Response System (KSPARs), established in order to alert all members of the campus community of imminent or dangerous situations.
Communications will be distributed to the Campus community and any decision to evacuate, shelter in or lockdown will be communicated through any or all of these Emergency Warning Systems, and/or by members of the KSU Police, Campus Administrators, or by members of the Crisis Management teams.
Follow instructions from emergency personnel, and building Crisis Managers who will have access to unit specific Emergency Action Plans.
- What can I do to prepare for an emergency or disaster?
University officials have completed a number of initiatives:
- Be aware of your surroundings. Identify exits, life safety equipment, building shelter areas, and emergency telephones.
- Learn your building's evacuation or shelter plan and become familiar with building exits near you.
- Call the Department of Public Safety at Ext. 6666 or 770-423-6666:
- Report suspicious and/or unauthorized persons
- Keep offices and residence rooms locked when unattended.
- Immediately report suspicious or unattended packages, containers or vehicles; signs of break-ins or attempted unauthorized entries; or unusual odors or substances.
- Use the buddy system. Never go somewhere alone, especially at night.
- Be informed.
- Know the location of fire extinguishers.
- Talk with your family about how you'll communicate with one another in an emergency.
- Use care, caution, common sense and control.
- What else should I know?
If an emergency occurs, stay away from the area. By going to the incident, you'll only add to the problem and could become another victim.
Evacuate your building whenever an alarm is sounded or when directed by emergency personnel.
Hazardous material hoaxes, harassing emails, graffiti and rumor spreading could be criminal actions. They are not helpful to our campus community and they distract our emergency responders from their work.
Obey all instructions from emergency personnel.
- How are emergencies defined?
A University-wide emergency is defined as an unplanned event that (a) poses a serious threat to persons or property, and significantly disrupts normal operations, (b) cannot be managed by routine response and (c) requires a quick and coordinated response across multiple departments or divisions.