Protect IU offering updated tips on safety, emergency notifications

December 13, 2016

Recent events at colleges and universities throughout the country, including the incident at The Ohio State University, remind us all that it is important to be aware of the safety precautions that Indiana University is taking to protect its students, faculty and staff.

The most prominent aspect is the Protect IU website, which provides access to safety information and resources designed to help people prepare for, prevent or cope with emergencies.

Protect IU oversees IU-Notify, the university's emergency notification system. IU-Notify helps protect campuses during emergencies such as an active shooter or active aggressor. But the system is also a vital link in an information chain that keeps the people updated on winter storms or other weather conditions such as tornadoes, on events such as earthquakes, and on travel advisories that affect safe comings and goings between campus and home.

Everyone who is enrolled or works at an IU campus is signed up for IU-Notify alerts and notifications. Here are steps to ensure that you are set up to receive alerts in a timely fashion:

  • Go to One.iu.edu and search for IU-Notify.
  • Determine how you want to receive the emergency alerts, including, text, phone and email.

Text is the quickest form of alert, but Public Safety and Institutional Assurance recommends that people receive the notices via several modes.

Safety information is also available via Protect IU channels on Facebook and Twitter, and alerts will appear on digital signs around IU campuses and on many campus websites.

Protect IU has tips on how faculty, staff and students can protect themselves.

Desktop computers can also convey safety information through Alertus, a recent addition to Protect IU's information system. Students and staff may need to install software to receive tips via Alertus. To learn more about Alertus notifications, visit the IU Knowledge Base.

Protect IU has established an Emergency Procedures website to deal with manmade and natural disasters, including:

  • Active shooter, including instructions to "run hide fight," which includes a video link.
  • Bomb threats.
  • Fire and building evacuation.
  • Earthquakes.
  • Shelter-in-place.
  • Medical emergencies.
  • Spills, leaks and odors.
  • Infectious disease.
  • Tornadoes and severe weather.
  • Utility failure.

That page offers links to specific instructions that students, faculty and staff can follow to maximize safety.

To properly prepare for an active shooter emergency, Protect IU has published an article providing directions, tips and contacts to help employees and students.

With winter officially starting later this month, IUPUI and other IU campuses know that the notification system will be invaluable in communicating weather advisories and tips to faculty, staff and students.

The information that the university conveys about travel conditions, status of the campus (open or closed) and travel advisories helps people make informed decisions, said Carlos Garcia, IUPUI's director of emergency management and continuity, part of Protect IU: "People are always better off when they are aware and use common sense when they have to travel on snowy or icy roads."


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