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Public Safety Update. Presentation to University Senate September 23, 2011. Updates on…. Emergency Preparedness Role of Housing Officers Passenger Van Fleet. Process for signing up has been automated. Results. Emergency Management Group Role.

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public safety update

Public Safety Update

Presentation to University Senate

September 23, 2011

updates on
Updates on…
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Role of Housing Officers
  • Passenger Van Fleet
emergency management group role
Emergency Management Group Role
  • Emergency Management Group met on August 26th to discuss possible impact and priorities.
    • Two additional conference calls leading up to the storm & one post-storm call.
    • Nova Alert used to update EMG during storm.
      • Seven alerts sent throughout storm updating EMG regarding conditions on campus.
preparedness priorities
Preparedness Priorities
  • Emergency Communications –
    • With students and emergency responders
  • Continuing to supply food and water for on-campus residents
  • Preparing the campus in advance to mitigate damage.
  • One phone line in Public Safety that is independent of the University phone system
  • Established two-way radio communications with one RA in each residence hall
  • Established radio communication with Radnor PD.
Facilities Preparation

Gutters and drains were cleaned and snaked on problem buildings.

Storm drains were checked.

Plumbers gathered pumps and hoses and put them in stores area.

Lg. pump was checked and gassed up.

Building generators were checked and fueled.

Portable generators were moved ,put in place and temporary line run to two dining halls.( Dougherty and Donahue)

Storeroom had supply of batteries on hand.

Pump house fuel tank and all generator tanks were topped off.

Outside furniture was either secured or brought indoors.

Stocked up on plywood, plastic and duct tape for windows.

Checked flat roofs for any loose debris and cleared off any that was found.

Chained and secured satellite dishes.

Checked and secured all roof hatches and doors.

Had all vehicles gassed up and gas cans filled.

Made sure vehicles were not parked under trees.

Made sure dumpsters were chained or secured.

Made sure recycle bins secured or stored.

dining preparedness
Dining Preparedness
  • Emergency Generators Pre-Positioned at Dougherty and Donahue.
  • 3-4 day supply of food prepared.
  • Extra paper products
  • Dining services committed to keeping halls open, but with limited (cold) menu offerings contingent on the availability of electricity and potable water.
collaboration with radnor
Collaboration with Radnor
  • Meeting with Radnor Township officials in collaborative effort.
  • Police
  • Radnor & Bryn Mawr Fire
  • Public Works
  • Township Administration
  • Code Enforcement
  • Cabrini, Eastern, Valley Forge.
staffing during storm
Staffing During Storm
  • 27 Public Safety Officers on campus during storm.
    • 7 additional officers in hotel rooms
  • 12 Custodians on during overnight hours
  • 12 additional on Sunday
  • 12 Facilities Tradesmen
command and control during storm
Command and Control During Storm
  • Weather conditions monitored throughout night.
  • Nova Alerts Issued
  • Conditions assessed
  • Staff Re-deployed.
alerts issued
Alerts Issued
  • Saturday, 8/27 @ 10:27 AM – VU Hurricane Irene preparation update available at
  • Saturday, 8/27 @ 8:53 PM – Flood warning has been issued. Take shelter immediately until storm all clear is issued.
  • Saturday, 8/27 @ 10:25 PM – A tornado warning has been issued for the VU area until 11:00 PM. Take shelter immediately.
alerts issued cont
Alerts Issued Cont….
  • Saturday, 8/27 @ 11:35 PM – Tornado watch remains in effect until 5AM. Wind and heavy rain will continue thru the night. Stay inside.
  • Sunday, 8/28 @ 9:36 AM – Storm Update Available at
  • Sunday, 8/28 @ 6:00 PM – Final storm update and all clear. Visit for more info.
  • Three students injured
    • Two ‘mud sliding’
      • One required 31 stitches and tore a ligament
      • One twisted her ankle
    • One fell on wet lobby floor in residence hall.
Storm Impact

North Ithan Avenue at County Line flooded intermittently.

South Ithan Avenue flooded at SEPTA overpass

Loss of power to Lancaster Avenue properties

Generator moved to power Moriarity.

Downed Tree on S. Ithan

additional storm impact
Additional Storm Impact
  • Water in Stanford and St. Mary’s

Clogged Drain at HSB

overview of changes
Overview of Changes
  • Shift in focus from desk attendant to security
  • Coverage increased from 11 to 13 buildings
  • Hours moved to 9PM to 5AM
  • Officers no longer stationed at fixed locations
  • No longer one officer per building
rationale for changes
Rationale for changes
  • Limited value of enforcing visitation rules
  • Recognition that perils to residence hall students lie outside the building’s walls.
  • Able to cover more halls, (13 vs. 11) picking up St. Mary’s and Simpson
  • Layout of lobbies not conducive to funneling people past the officer’s desk.
  • Volume of traffic made it impossible to check ID’s against building rosters.