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Emergency Response, Evacuation and Notification

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In the event of a serious incident which poses an immediate threat to members of the Murray State University community, the University has various systems in place for communicating information quickly to those individuals. Some or all of these methods of communication may be activated in the event of an immediate threat to the Murray State University community. These methods of communication include emails, mobile alerts, outdoor warning speakers, indoor phone speakers, indoor phone displays, and a link to emergency information on MSU’s homepage. 

All members of the Murray State University community are notified on an annual basis that they are required to notify the Murray State Police Department of any situation or incident on campus that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate or on-going threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus. Murray State Police Department has the responsibility of responding to, and summons the necessary resources, to mitigate, investigate, and document any situation that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation. In addition, the Murray State Police Department has a responsibility to respond to such incidents and determine if the situation does in fact, pose a threat to the community. If that is the case, Federal Law requires that the institution immediately notify the campus community or the appropriate segments of the community that may be affected by the situation. 

If the Murray State Police Department confirms that there is an emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all members of the Murray State University community, it will collaborate with the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services (VPFAS) to determine the content of the message and will use some or all of the systems described above to communicate the threat to the Murray State University community or to the appropriate segment of the community, if the threat is limited to a particular building or segment of population. The Murray State Police Department and the Office of the VPFAS will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the judgment of the first responders (including, but not limited to: Murray State Police Department, Murray Police Department, Murray Fire Department, and Murray-Calloway County Ambulance Service), compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. Follow up information will also be disseminated as needed by all or some of these systems. 

Murray State University tests its emergency response and evacuation procedures on an annual basis. This test is documented at the Murray State Police Department with details including the date, time and whether it was announced or unannounced. Murray State University will utilize on campus media outlets, such as email, newspaper, and distribution of flyers to publicize emergency response and evacuation procedures in conjunction with the annual test.

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