University to test emergency preparedness November 16
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As part of its overall campaign to be prepared for the unexpected, California State University, Stanislaus will join with other regional agencies to host a large-scale emergency exercise on Friday, November 16. The University's plan for continuation of business after an emergency and to quickly and directly communicate with students and employees during an emergency will be tested during the exercise.

The simulated incident to be centered at the Student Housing Complex will include student volunteers who will portray injured victims. University department phone trees and emergency communication plans will be exercised.

Making its debut during the exercise will be "Get Connect Ed," the University's new direct emergency notification system. Through this system, University employees and students will receive direct and immediate notification about emergencies affecting the campus. Timely warnings and emergency details will be sent to employees and students on their personal hand-held devices, typically in the form of a text message on a cell phone or BlackBerry. As the system is implemented, students and employees will be directed to a website where they can specify the phone number and/or e-mail address where they want notices sent.

The University also has a website devoted to emergency readiness and response information for the campus community at: www.csustan.edu/emergency. The link appears at the bottom of the homepage under the heading "Emergency Information." Urgent alerts will be posted to the site to provide current information on emergencies in progress.

When an emergency or campus crisis occurs, the campus community can also call a special emergency alert number: 877-STAN411 (877-782-6411). Recorded messages will update callers on campus conditions and emergency procedures.

Employees recently received an updated version of the University's "Emergency Procedures" flipchart. They are urged to review it and become familiar with the emergency response plans, maps, and contact numbers. Supervisors are asked to provide a copy to new employees.

The Annual Campus Security Report, which includes University crime statistics for the past three years as well as institutional policies concerning campus security, is posted on the Public Safety website at: www.csustan.edu/UPD.
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