Southeastern urges registration for Emergency Alert System
Monday, February 8, 2021
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – For those who haven’t yet registered for the Southeastern Emergency
Alert System, a new semester is the perfect opportunity to sign up to receive notices
via phone, text or email addresses in addition to Southeastern email accounts, which
are automatically registered.
Registration is free and only takes a minute or two to complete. Students, faculty and staff can register for the system by visiting southeastern.edu/about/safe_campus/alert/.
The system is tested periodically to ensure successful message delivery, but otherwise is used exclusively for emergency notices, including weather-related campus closures.
Southeastern emphasizes a comprehensive approach to campus safety and emergency preparedness with the Southeastern Emergency Alert System as one of its facets. Information on all the various offerings and endeavors can be found at southeastern.edu/safecampus.
Included in the overall plan are sirens located strategically across campus that will sound in the event of an emergency.
“If you hear the sirens, check your device for information on the current situation,” said Vice President of Administration and Finance Sam Domiano. “Communications will come via email and also via text and phone for those who have registered for those additional delivery methods.”
The southeastern.edu homepage is also a source of information for situations developing on campus or weather-related warnings and updates.
To help the campus community be prepared for various emergency scenarios that may occur, an app is available to provide students, faculty and staff with simple instructions and recommendations for actions to take in the event of an on-campus emergency.
Go to southeastern.edu/safecampusapp on any smart phone or device to download the free app. You will be prompted how to save the app to your device’s home screen.
The app can direct dial the University Police Department from its home screen and from links embedded throughout its sections. Among the areas addressed on the app are suggested steps to take in the case of an active shooter or stabbing on campus, bomb threat, fire or explosion or intruder/mental health emergency. It also addresses procedures to be taken for a lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation, physical injury, sexual assault, weapons on campus and weather emergencies.
“We certainly hope such responses never have to be employed,” Domiano said. “But we also want our campus community to be prepared.”
An emergency response quick guide is available online at http://www.southeastern.edu/resources/policies/policy_detail/emergency_procedures.html.