Penn State has historically been one of the safest universities in the country, but one person can change that in a matter of seconds. In addition to governmental and institutional emergency planning, personal and family emergency planning is critical.
At Penn State, planning for the unforeseen is part of our normal routine and has been for decades. The safety of students, faculty, and staff has been, and continues to be, a top priority. Penn State has an established emergency management team to oversee crises. It includes senior members of the university administration, who can be mobilized on short notice. Emergency planning is an ongoing and continuous process.
At all Penn State campuses, extensive efforts are taken to promote a safe and secure place for living and learning. Recognizing that each campus' needs are unique, campus leadership works closely with local government and service providers to ensure catastrophes, unforeseen events, and emergencies can be addressed in an appropriate fashion. Again, this is an ongoing and continuous process.
Rapid response and effective communications are absolutely necessary in the event of an emergency. Penn State has developed University-wide communications, as well as at the individual campus level. Penn State has one of the most sophisticated systems for communicating with students, employees and the general public in American higher education.
The Penn State Newswire delivers email based news stories and announcements to more than 600,000 subscribers worldwide. That system is tied into the Penn State News website which can deliver stories, videos, photos and podcasts to people around the world.
In addition, Penn State was one of the first universities in the nation to launch a text message news service, PSUTXT, in 2006 and that service has expanded to tens of thousands of cell phone subscribers. This system allows campus officials to immediately notify subscribers of important information via cellular text messaging or email. To sign up for this free service, go to: http://psutxt.psu.edu.
At Penn State Brandywine, up-do-date information can also be found on our website.
Individuals are encouraged to develop their own personal and family emergency plan. Useful information is available at the following sites:
Penn State's Emergency Management website
Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA