New emergency management Web site promotes preparedness, communication

You just called 9-1-1. What do you do next?

According to the Penn State Emergency Management Office there is actually quite a bit more you should do, and now it's all on the Web.

This week the office unveiled a new Web site, at online, which provides a wealth of safety and security information for the Penn State community. It also includes materials and links from the University, local and federal governments that will help individuals learn to be prepared.

"Keeping the community informed and prepared is our number one priority," emergency manager Cliff Lutz said. "This is a one-stop shop for safety information, as well as instruction on how to respond during an emergency."

The Emergency Management Office collaborates with University Police, Environmental Health and Safety, and other offices to maintain a safe and secure environment at all Penn State locations. The new site brings these offices together and provides visitors with weather and traffic alerts, and links to resources that are helpful in the creation of continuity and family disaster plans.

"In the end, communication is our biggest ally during an emergency, but it can also be our biggest challenge," Lutz said. "We wanted to create one location where everyone -- from faculty and staff to parents and students -- can go to find out more about how to prepare and where to find up-to-date information."

The site is also an information source for ongoing issues like the H1N1 flu, the national and campus threat levels and campus safety. Members of the Penn State community are encouraged to visit the site and see how they can best prepare themselves.

"It is our goal to ensure that everyone at Penn State can walk through campus, go to class, and/or attend an event and feel comfortable," senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer Al Horvath said. "This site will take us one more step closer to being prepared for the unpredictable."


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Last Updated December 01, 2009