January 2015

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Safety Issue

Jay AkridgeAs we begin the 2014-2015 Spring semester, this special safety issue of Purdue Agriculture InFocus is being published to help all Purdue Agriculture faculty, staff and students be aware, informed and prepared for emergency situations on campus. Please take a few minutes to read these items and click on the links for more information.

The complete College of Agriculture Emergency Preparedness Plan is available to read on the Purdue Agriculture Information for Faculty site under Emergency Preparedness and will soon be available from the Faculty & Staff drop-down menu on the Purdue Agriculture home page.

We publish the special safety issue of Purdue Agriculture InFocus at the beginning of each semester to help ensure that all our faculty, staff and students are informed. Thanks for your efforts to be informed and prepared, and your commitment to remaining vigilant and observant. Have a safe semester.

All the best,




Sign up for Emergency Text Alerts

Text alertFaculty, staff and students are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency text alerts via the quick links section of the Campus Emergency Preparedness Web Site. On that site, you will also find instructions on how to sign up to receive Twitter alerts, even without a Twitter account. Take time to review other useful information on the Emergency Preparedness site regarding emergency preparedness on campus.


Read your Building Emergency Plan


Building emergency planFaculty, staff and students should read and follow the emergency preparedness guidelines in their Building Emergency Plan (BEP).  The BEPs are posted on the Emergency Preparedness Web Site and/or are available from the building deputy.




Know about Sirens and Alarms

Siren alarmKnow what to do when you hear a siren or an alarm. When an alarm sounds inside (e.g., fire alarm), go outside. When an alarm sounds outside, go into the closest facility/building immediately and seek shelter in a safe location (Shelter-In-Place).

It is important to know that different emergencies require different actions within a building during a Shelter-In-Place alarm. You can obtain information regarding the type of emergency by Purdue text alert, on the Purdue home page, from the Twitter account (@purdueemergency), Purdue email alert, television, etc.

Some points to remember:

Tornado: Go to the lowest floor of the building, away from windows and doors.

Release of hazardous materials: Go to higher floors of the building with few or no windows or vents. Close all windows and doors. Do not use elevators.

Active Shooter in the Building: Escape the building if this can be done safely. If escape is not possible, seek a secure place in which to hide, preferably behind a locked door. Note that this location may not necessarily be your office. Try not to restrict your options for movement. If a class is underway when news is received of a shooter nearby and escape is not possible, faculty should lock or barricade classroom doors. Situational awareness is important when considering what action to take. The Get Ready, Get Set, Go poster linked to the Emergency Preparedness Web Site emphasizes that faculty, staff and students should adjust their actions based on the situation.

Think about where you generally spend your time on campus and develop individual emergency plans for these locations so you know where to go in the event of an emergency.

While we cannot force students to shelter in place, we should strongly encourage them to do so.

Because people are to go inside buildings during a Shelter-In-Place emergency, outside doors of buildings should NOT be locked.


Know the Policies and Plans

call 911Purdue policy requires immediate evacuation when a fire alarm sounds inside a building. Follow your Building Emergency Plan (BEP). The university requires that each department/unit have an evacuation plan that identifies their Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). In the event of a building evacuation, individual faculty and staff are accounted for in their EAA.

For questions regarding campus emergency preparedness, visit the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office Web Site.