Overview: Emergency Communications

University policy is to notify the campus community in a timely and accurate manner of any significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees.

The university uses a number of communication platforms, including:

  • Eagle Alert, a comprehensive e-mail, text message and voicemail system for emergency notifications.
  • Web sites, including the university's home page, News section, Safety section and SouthernMiss.info.
  • Local news media
  • Social media, including Facebook

Campus police or first responders can identify certain threats that allow for the immediate activation of the notification system. However, other threats that would allow for the activation need to be assessed, and consultation with other experts may be required.

The timely warning of an emergency event will be issued without delay utilizing Eagle Alert, and take into account the safety of the campus community. The only exception is if doing so would compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

When an emergency situation arises, the emergency operations director or his designee will determine the nature and severity of the situation, and if appropriate, will declare an immediate campus threat and authorize activation of the emergency notification system.

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