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Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

All members of the SIUE community are urged to notify the SIUE Police Department (SIUE PD) of any situation or incident on campus that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate or on-going threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus. The SIUE PD has the responsibility of responding to and summoning the necessary resources to investigate, mitigate and document any situation that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation. Further, the SIUE PD has a responsibility to respond to such incidents to determine if the situation does in fact pose a threat to the campus community. If that is the case, Federal Law requires that the institution immediately notify the campus community.

In the event of a serious incident which poses an immediate threat to members of the SIUE community, the University has several systems in place for communicating information quickly to those individuals. Some or all of these methods of communication may be activated in the event of an immediate threat to the SIUE campus community. These methods of communication include network emails, sirens, fire alarms, postings on the SIUE Website (www.siue.edu) and emergency text messages (individuals can sign up for this service at http://www.siue.edu/e-lert/). The Chief of University Police and the Director of Emergency Management and Safety (EM&S), and their designees, are authorized to transmit emergency text messages. The SIUE PD will serve as the primary source for transmitting the initial emergency text message. Messages providing additional warnings and/or follow-up information regarding a significant emergency or dangerous situation will be provided by the Office of Public Affairs (PA), SIUE PD or EM&S.

Upon receiving information regarding an emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate or on-going threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus, the SIUE PD will immediately notify the Vice Chancellor for Administration, EM&S and Director of Public Affairs. If the SIUE PD or EM&S confirms that there is an emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all members of the SIUE community, the SIUE PD, EM&S and PA will determine the content of the message and use some or all of the communication systems mentioned above to communicate the threat to the SIUE community. The SIUE PD, EM&S and PA will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the judgment of the first responders (including but not limited to the SIUE PD), compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

The University publicizes response and evacuation procedures on an annual basis through e-mails, postings on the SIUE Webpage at www.siue.edu/emergencymanagement, emergency building directories, posters and signage. The response and evacuation procedures are tested annually. Warning sirens are tested regularly and drills are conducted periodically in the residence halls. The University also conducts an annual emergency exercise.

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