Emergency Notification System / Timely Warnings
It is the policy of the university to notify the campus community in a timely 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. 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. Once immediate notification has been made, more detailed follow up information will be released on the university website, www.usm.edu or via email.
The University of Southern Mississippi has implemented Eagle Alert, a mass notification system comprising email, voice and text-messaging that is designed to send emergency messages to the university’s employees and students in a matter of minutes. It will be used in conjunction with existing university avenues of emergency communication, including outdoor warning sirens, public address systems, news alerts and the university’s website, www.usm.edu. Southern Miss students and employees have the option to participate by providing a primary mobile phone number for text-messaging and up to three other phone numbers for voice messages.
The Eagle Alert system is provided through SchoolCast™, a product of High Ground Solutions of Birmingham, Ala. Students or employees with a valid university ID and SOAR password may sign up online at www.usm.edu/safety/eaglealert. Eagle Alert is a secure system and will not send advertising or spam to personal phones. Messages will be sent through the system only in an emergency and for periodic testing. For assistance with technical issues, contact the iTech Help Desk at 601.266.4357. For other questions related to the Eagle Alert system, contact the University Police Department at 601.266.4986.