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At UCCS, planning for emergencies is part of normal business planning and campus life, and all members of the campus community share a responsibility for preparedness. An emergency can strike anytime or anywhere and a disaster will affect everyone. Therefore:
Emergency Notifications. Upon confirmation of a significant campus emergency by the Department of Public Safety, depending on corroborating information and investigation by the appropriate response agencies, UCCS will notify the campus community of the emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, staff and faculty. Notification will be made immediately, within reason, unless issuing a notification will in the professional judgment of responsible authorities compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. Notification may be made to all of the campus or only specific affected groups, depending on the nature of the incident.
Emergency Response & Evacuation. The university has a policy in place regarding immediate emergency response and evacuation procedures, including the use of electronic and cellular communication. In the event of an emergency, alerts and emergency response and evacuation instructions may be broadcast using any or all of the following methods: email, web updates, news media releases, recorded phone messages, automated phone calls to classrooms and laboratories, cell phone text messages (for those that have opted into this feature), or any other method deemed appropriate to the given situation. Persons signing up for cell phone text messages may receive alerts by that means; all other notification means do not require any action on the part of the person to receive them. Please visit https://e2campus.uccs.edu/ for more information on how to sign up for text messaging.
Emergency Training. Emergency preparedness training sessions held throughout the year involve all of the campus community. Training includes web-based training videos; building emergency coordinator training; tabletop exercises and functional drills; cross training with the City of Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments; planned building evacuation drills; and numerous meetings with other first responder and emergency management agencies. The Department of Public Safety also offers emergency planning and personal emergency preparedness sessions that can be tailored for a specific campus group.
Testing Emergency Resources. Fire alarm inspections and building evacuation drills are conducted annually by the Environmental Health & Safety unit in conjunction with University Police officers. These drills and exercises are specifically designed by Public Safety to assess and evaluate campus emergency plans and capabilities. Building emergency floor coordinators train annually on evacuation drills along with other initial response scenarios. The campus Leadership Team also meets at least annually to perform emergency tabletop exercises. Emergency e-mail messages and Emergency Notification System mass messaging system are tested each time a police dispatcher goes through emergency training. Cross training with the City of Colorado Springs occurs once to twice annually. Each test on campus will be documented by Public Safety, which will include the date, time, and whether the test was announced or unannounced. Public Safety will publicize emergency response and evacuation procedures in conjunction with at least one test per calendar year.
For more information on campus emergency preparedness and quick reference information, visit the website at http://www.uccs.edu/~pusafety/emerplan/