Planning for an Emergency

Planning for an Emergency

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. PSUAlert is Penn State's emergency notification system for students, faculty, and staff. The system will be used to alert members of Penn State's campus communities of emergencies, campus closings, and other urgent information. Using this portal, students, faculty, and staff can choose to receive PSUAlert messages by text message, voice message, and email. Register for alerts at the PSUAlerts 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