To help Penn State community members prepare for a fire or other potential emergency situation, mandatory evacuation exercises will take place in approximately 85 buildings at University Park and 90 buildings across Penn State’s campuses beginning this year.
Penn State IST undergraduate researchers are testing high tech tools during training sessions at University Park events. These tools may one day be used to help rescue workers and security teams respond to emergencies and disasters.
No one plans to be put in an emergency situation, but having a plan in place and knowing what to do ahead of time can make all the difference when confronted with a real-life crisis. That’s the message from Penn State emergency officials, who are reminding faculty, staff and students of the key steps to take during an emergency building evacuation.
September is National Preparedness Month, and in the spirit of being prepared, Penn State emergency officials are reminding faculty, staff and students of the steps to take to safely evacuate a building when necessary.
With temperatures dropping and the chances for snow rising, students can get official word of Penn State New Kensington's closing or class delays via text messages, and the information is also posted on the campus' website. In the event of snow, severe storms or other emergencies, cellphone users who subscribe to PSUAlert, Penn State's text message alert system, will receive a text message when incidents occur that may impact the campus community.
Temperatures in the region and in some parts across the state are expected to dip below zero degrees Fahrenheit tonight and during the early hours of Tuesday (Jan. 22). Penn State faculty, staff and students are urged to be prepared for this extreme cold and to dress appropriately if you must go outdoors. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling.
Penn State Beaver will be closed for the holidays beginning Saturday, Dec. 22, and will reopen for business at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2. Fall commencement will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 21, in the auditorium of the student Union Building.
The campus office of University Police Services is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the event of an emergency, contact the police at 724-773-3888 or call 911.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A small commercial airplane traveling from Buffalo, N.Y., to Philadelphia made a safe emergency landing at the University Park Airport today (Oct. 1) after an indicator light on the control panel in the cockpit came on and smoke was seen outside the plane. There were no injuries, according to emergency personnel who responded to the landing call, as the plane touched down safely. The airplane is currently being assessed for any malfunctions. There were only six people on board the plane, most of them crew members, according to police.
In the event of snow, severe storms or other emergencies, official word of Penn State New Kensington's closing or class delays can be received via text message and on the campus' website.
Cell phone users who subscribe to PSUTXT, Penn State's text message alert system, will receive a text message when incidents occur that may impact the campus community. Subscription to PSUTXT is free, although individual cell phone carriers may charge for text messaging.
To subscribe to PSUTXT, visit http://live.psu.edu/psutxt online and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page under the PSUTXT heading.
Weather and emergency information also is available under the "News and Events" section on the campus homepage. When there is breaking news, an alert icon will appear in the headlines box along with general information about the nature of the emergency. Clicking on the icon provides detailed information.
An earthquake centered in Virginia shakes the mid-Atlantic region. Hurricane Irene causes severe flooding and widespread power outages up and down the Eastern Seaboard. If these recent natural disasters aren't enough to convince people that emergency preparedness is important, then perhaps nothing will. And being ready for disasters means special planning for agricultural producers, suggests a specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "If anything positive came out of the Virginia earthquake and Hurricane Irene, it's that those events provided a 'teachable moment' that we hope can raise awareness about the need for readiness," said David Filson, Penn State Extension state program leader for emergency readiness and rural health and safety.
Many areas of Penn State experienced shaking that was the apparent effects of a 5.9 magnitude earthquake reported to be centered in Virginia this afternoon. No immediate reports of damage or injuries were reported during the brief wave Tuesday just before 2 p.m. but in some cities, people have left their office buildings, AP reported.
With an earthquake in Philadelphia, tornadoes in Massachusetts and elsewhere, wildfires in Arizona and massive flooding in the Midwest, spring 2011 has been marked by rare disasters and extreme weather. As June ushers in the hurricane season, an extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences said people should prepare themselves for the next outbreak of the unexpected. From Mississippi to North Dakota, recent natural disasters have struck at unusual times, in unusual locations or with unusual severity, said David Filson, Penn State Extension state program leader for emergency readiness.
Inclement weather is likely any time now through March. When it does strike, the Penn State community should check WPSU-FM and Penn State Live -- the official sources for weather-related delay or cancellation advisories at Penn State's University Park campus. In addition, advisories will be sent directly to cell phones via PSUTXT. To subscribe, visit http://live.psu.edu/psutxt online. Once there, faculty, staff and students should click on the link to login via WebAccess. Existing users then can link their PSUTXT accounts to their Penn State access account ID, and new users in the can use the form to create a new account.
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