Emergency Preparedness

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All campus community members are encouraged to create their free, online alert notification account to receive urgent news directly to your cell phone or e-mail account.

Regional & National Emergencies

In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will provide a coordinated, comprehensive federal response and mount a swift and effective recovery effort.

  • Keep your keys with you at all times; report lost keys to building manager/department head.
  • Protect access codes, combinations, and cards, change codes regularly; report compromised codes to the person in charge.
  • Familiarize yourself with building exits and emergency exit routes.
  • Report suspicious tampering with physical security (doors, locks, etc.).
  • Talk with co-workers; know what is out-of-place (unclaimed or unfamiliar items, etc.).
  • Account for and secure all sensitive material/information when you are not able to attend to it.
  • Account for and secure sensitive deliveries in a timely manner.

During a heightened state of security alert, report any of the following to Campus Safety:

  • People in buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
  • People monitoring areas, buildings, or entrances.
  • Unauthorized people in restricted, sensitive, or private areas.
  • People requesting information with no apparent need for that information.
  • People wearing clothing not consistent with the weather conditions at mass population events (bulky coat in warm weather etc.).
  • Abandoned parcels or other items in unusual locations or high traffic areas.
  • Individuals attempting to access utility locations (water, electrical, petroleum, telecommunications, information systems).
  • Multiple persons who appear to be working in unison, committing the above.
  • Propped open building/residence hall entrance doors/windows.

Also Be Aware Of: 

  • Abandoned vehicles.

  • Vehicles parked near buildings or public and common areas for an extended period of time.

  • Unexpected/unfamiliar delivery trucks.

  • Unfamiliar vehicles parked for long periods of time.

  • Vehicles containing unusual/suspicious parcels or material.

  • Vehicles arriving and being left behind at unusual hours.

  • Homeland Security
    PA 717-651-2715
    DE 302-744-4101
    DE 302-659-3362 DEMA
  • State Police
    PA 484-840-1000 Chester
    PA 717-671-7500 Harrisburg
    DE 302-761-6677
  • Water Company
    PA 610-876-8181 Chester
    PA 717-238-8725 Harrisburg
    DE 302-366-7055
  • Electric/Gas Company
    PA 800-841-4141 Chester
    PA 800-841-4141 Harrisburg
    DE 302-366-7050
  • Mayor's Office
    PA 610-477-7723 Chester
    PA 717-255-3040 Harrisburg
    DE 302-571-4100 Wilmington

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