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Procedures in place for emergency notification

APSU has communication procedures in place, in the event campus tragedy

In light of the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech, we want our students'
parents and families to know that Austin Peay State University has an Emergency Preparedness Committee, which has been preparing for any natural or manmade disaster, such as that at Virginia Tech, for many months. Members of the committee have had special training/workshops on how to prevent or cope with such a horrific situation.
APSU has communication procedures in place, in the event campus tragedy

In light of the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech, we want our students'
parents and families to know that Austin Peay State University has an Emergency Preparedness Committee, which has been preparing for any natural or manmade disaster, such as that at Virginia Tech, for many months. Members of the committee have had special training/workshops on how to prevent or cope with such a horrific situation.

To notify students, parents, etc., of what's happening on campus, we have several ³layers² of notification in place.

We have a weather-warning system, which University officials can override with voice warnings. We also have cameras situated around campus‹-both inside and outside buildings. Also, there are emergency telephones/call boxes outside many buildings. Any call made from one of them goes directly and immediately to campus police.

Our campus police work closely with Clarksville Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff¹s Department, so we have immediate backup and strong support.

In the event a manmade or natural disaster occurred, such as that at Virginia Tech, we would use the following methods to get news/notifications out to students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, etc.:

1. Postings on APSU Web site (www.apsu.edu) with constant updates
2. Regular media conferences with updates by University president, police chief, director of physical plant or other relevant personnel.
3. Blast e-mail to all students, faculty, staff, alumni.
4. Dedicated phone lines to provide updated information
5. Phone-tree system in place to notify all local and area media‹print and broadcast‹via telephone, e-mail, Web, fax.
6. Resident assistants are trained to handle emergency situations, as they did during the 1999 tornado when, thanks to them, no one was injured.
7. Post emergency notices on College Street and in front of the Dunn Center on two moving message boards. By summer, we will have another moving message board next to the Morgan University Center in the heart of campus.

With the horrific events at Virginia Tech, Austin Peay officials understand the concerns of students, faculty, staff, parents and families.Our students'
safety is paramount to Austin Peay administration, faculty and staff.
Although the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says APSU is consistently among the safest universities in the state, we continue to investigate new means and procedures to ensure the safety of students.