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Emergency Notifications. Upon confirmation of a significant campus emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety to the campus community, the Department of Public
Safety, depending on corroborating information and investigation by the appropriate response agencies, UCCS will notify the campus. 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. Methods of notification and subsequent updates may include but not limited to: text messages (for those that have opted into this feature), email (active UCCS e-mail accounts), web site banner updates, news media releases, recorded phone messages, automated phone calls to classrooms and laboratories, social media sites, police officer communication, etc. These notifications may also include dissemination to the larger Colorado Springs area community.
Confirmation of a significant incident will involve the receipt of information from numerous sources to include the campus community, first responders, outside agencies, etc. This information will be gathered and analyzed by a combination of UCCS Dept. of Public Safety Chief of Police or his/her designee, Public Safety Command Staff, Emergency Preparedness personnel, and Chancellor's Leadership Team. When it is determined that the situation is confirmed to be real and dangerous, a decision will also be made regarding what segment or segments of the campus should be notified. The content of such a message may include evacuation or sheltering instructions, timing and location and brief description of incident. Depending on the situation itself and segments of the campus it affects this message may differ.
Emergency Notification System, e2Campus
The University has a policy regarding the use of this text messaging service for life-threatening emergencies as well as weather-related campus closures or delays, such as snow closure. Routine, non-emergency or non-urgent events will not be text messaged.
e2Campus allows designated administrators to send time-sensitive messages to the cell phones, email, and/or pagers of subscribers (students, faculty, staff). In the event of an emergency, subscribers can get notified immediately of the situation, wherever they are geographically. Learn more at https://e2campus.uccs.edu/
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. UCCS routinely test our emergency response and evacuation procedures. These scheduled tests are both announced and unannounced.
Fire alarm inspections and building evacuation drills are conducted twice 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 twice annually to perform emergency tabletop exercises. Emergency e-mail messages and our Emergency Notification System mass messaging system are tested several times each year. 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.