Most public safety situations are managed at the scene through fire alarms, on-site safety personnel, residence hall staff, and other professionally trained personnel.
When there is an immediate and time-sensitive threat to the campus community, emergency notifications are sent simultaneously via the Ball State Web site, e-mail, campus voice mail, and mobile text messaging (to those who subscribe). The campus siren may also be used.This system is used when immediate and specific action by students, faculty, and staff could protect them from imminent danger. This system is also used when classes are canceled or the campus is closed.
Common Messages Used in Text Alerts:
- SECURE IN PLACE – This command means that if you are in class or a campus activity and the room may be secured, stay where you are. If you need to travel around campus to get to a class or activity, you should stay in your current location until the “All Clear” message is given by Public Safety.
- RETURNING TO NORMAL: ALL CLEAR - When the threat has passed and the campus community has been restored to normal safety levels, the message, "All Clear. Return to normal activities," will be issued. This is the signal that it is now safe to move about campus and return to classes, offices, and events
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Severe Weather Communications
When the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, Ball State will post pertinent information on www.bsu.edu and send a text message to subscribers of the university’s emergency text messaging system. Continue to monitor the weather via radio or television until the tornado warning has been lifted for your area. The university sends text alerts for tornado warnings only. To receive notifications about other types of weather watches, warnings, and advisories, you may want to explore free alert services such as those offered by www.weatherchannel.com and www.emergencyemail.org. You may also check the current weather in Muncie.