The plan is online at http://www.seattleu.edu/safety/.
Any threat or risk that puts lives in immediate danger should be reported to Campus Public Safety at 206-296-5911. If you are off-campus, call 911.
Campus Public Safety will be able to dispatch a security officer to your location immediately. Since every building on the campus has its own address, the Campus Public Safety dispatcher will contact Seattle Fire or Police departments and direct them to the exact location.
In addition to obvious criminal activity or emergencies such as an explosion, examples of suspicious activity can include:
Remain indoors, close windows and doors (blocking space under the door with towels, blankets, or spare clothes), and turn off ventilation systems (heat, bathroom fans).
We will follow a shelter in place process, indicating that persons should remain inside and keep doors and windows closed. Ventilation systems will be shut down as needed.
Shelter in place is not a new concept. It means using existing buildings as shelter during an emergency. In case of a chemical, biological, or radiological attack, there may not be time to evacuate an area before the wind carries particles away from the point of origin. To prevent exposure to these agents, buildings can provide a barrier against airborne chemical or biological agents and clean air can be trapped inside of buildings providing hours of breathable air. With time, prevailing winds can carry the hazard away, making it safe to leave again. Shelter in place instructions can be found online at Seattle Emergency Management: www.seattle.gov/emergency/ Facilities Operations has installed equipment to assist in the campus sheltering in place plan by shutting down air handling systems.
Although it’s hard to determine, in most CBR attacks, clouds of particles will usually pass over an area within a few hours.
Campus dining services is prepared to respond by providing food, water, etc. Some supplies will be stored in campus housing locations.
Unless specifically advised by city authorities, it is generally believed that use of restroom facilities and plumbing will be safe.
A Building Marshal will communicate with the University Emergency Crisis Response Team and notify you of status updates. A list of Building Marshals can be found in the SU Emergency Plan: http://www.seattleu.edu/safety/
The University has precautionary plans in place to protect students as much as possible. Campus Emergency Contact numbers are:
Several excellent publications are available on the Seattle Emergency Management website: www.seattle.gov/emergency/
The current threat level may be found at www.fema.gov or www.dhs.gov
The advisory system lists a variety of precautions specific to different segments of the population. The Department of Homeland Security had detailed information available at www.dhs.gov
The following websites have excellent information on preparing for emergencies: