Public Safety Alert Updates

8/21/2016 at 3:19AM

E K U Alert: Four suspects detained and are being investigated by Madison Co Sheriff's Dept. Event happened off campus. No injuries reported due to this event.

8/21/2016 at 3:15 AM

E K U Alert: All Clear: The emergency condition has ended. It is safe to resume normal activities.

8/21/2016 at 2:47AM

The Police have detained four individuals involved in a report of shots fired off campus wherein the vehicle was stopped on campus at University Drive in front of the Moore Building.  Please stay away from this area.

8/21/2016 at 2:32AM

EKU Alert: Dangerous Situation reported on or near Richmond Campus involving possibly armed individual with intent to do harm. Police are responding. We will provide updates when more information is available.

You should be safer if you Secure In Place.

Secure In Place - Hide Out:

Secure your hiding place by locking or barricading doors and windows.

Conceal yourself and take cover.

Silence electronic devices.

In a dangerous, or potentially dangerous, situation, you must quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. You should seek a safe environment, without endangering others, through evacuation or sheltering.

The concept of seeking shelter is to provide protection from an outside atmosphere or condition that may be immediately dangerous to life, health, or safety.

If a person enters your building with a weapon, immediately evacuate the building.

If a person is seen outdoors with a weapon, seek shelter in the nearest unsecured building or leave the area.

Warn other people in the area, provide assistance as you are able, and try to remain calm.

Protect yourself. Hide out, by seeking shelter, and taking cover, in a secure place within a building.

Generally speaking, and outside of the Pre-K or K-12 environment, unless you can do so quickly and easily, without exposing yourself to the danger, do not worry about locking the perimeter doors of your building. Consider that other innocents might try to seek refuge inside of your building as well.

You should look for small, interior, securable, spaces to hide out in.

If you are away from the area involved, stay away.

Good practices for coping with a potentially dangerous intruder:

Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.

Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit.

If you are in an office, stay there, and secure the door.

If you are in a hallway, get into a room, and secure the door.

If you cannot get into an office or a room, you should try to evacuate or improvise another hiding place.

Remember that others are likely to follow your lead during a hostile intruder situation.

If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the intruder is less likely to find you.

Your hiding place should:

Be out of the intruders view.

Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.

Not trap you or restrict your options for movement.

To prevent an intruder from entering your hiding place:

Lock the door.

Blockade the door with heavy furniture.

If the intruder is nearby:

Lock the door.

Silence your cell phone and/or pager.

Turn off any sources of noise.

Hide behind large objects.

Remain quiet.

More information is available at:

http://www.emergency.eku.edu/hostile-intruder-active-violence-active-shooter

At this time, please do not call EKU Public Safety at 911 or 859-622-1111, unless you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, or unless you have information you believe is relevant to this situation.

4/21/2016 at 7:38PM

Kentucky State Police canine units swept the building and no indications were observed. Combs Building remains closed for the rest of Thursday 4/21/2016 and will reopen tomorrow morning at the normally scheduled time. Classes and activities in the Combs Building remain cancelled for tonight. If you need to retrieve personal items from the Combs Building, please contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.

University administration and law enforcement continue to investigate this incident. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  An anonymous online tip form is available to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual. This online form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting. Tips can also be made through the LiveSafe Campus Safety App http://publicsafety.eku.edu/livesafe-mobile-safety-app.

For more information on campus safety precautions and the emergency notification system please visit EKU Emergency Management at http://emergency.eku.edu/.

Register and receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

Members of the EKU Campus Community:

If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:                                                

Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

For future reference, if at any time, you observe a suspicious object which you suspect might be a bomb:

Call University Police at 911. Do NOT use cell phone, as the radio frequency could possibly trigger the explosive device.

Do not handle the object. Also, do not open drawers, cabinets or turn lights on or off as such actions may trigger a bomb.

Follow Police directions regarding evacuation.

4/21/2016 at 5:54PM

Combs Classroom Building will remain closed for the remainder of Thursday 4/21/2016 and will reopen tomorrow morning at the normally scheduled time. Classes and activities in the Combs Building are cancelled for tonight.

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff.  The EKU Police Department is investigating a bomb threat reported at approximately 3:35 pm in the Combs Building on Thursday, April 21, 2016.  The Combs Building has been evacuated and law enforcement officers are searching the building.

University administration and law enforcement are still gathering information and will continue to provide updates to the campus community.  Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  An anonymous online tip form is available to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual.  This online form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting. Tips can also be made through the LiveSafe Campus Safety App http://publicsafety.eku.edu/livesafe-mobile-safety-app.

For more information on campus safety precautions and the emergency notification system please visit EKU Emergency Management at http://emergency.eku.edu/.

Register and receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

Members of the EKU Campus Community:

If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:                                                

Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

If, at any time, you observe a suspicious object which you suspect might be a bomb:

Call University Police at 911. Do NOT use cell phone, as the radio frequency could possibly trigger the explosive device.

Do not handle the object. Also, do not open drawers, cabinets or turn lights on or off as such actions may trigger a bomb.

Follow Police directions regarding evacuation.

4/21/2016 at 4:24PM

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff.  The EKU Police Department is investigating a bomb threat reported at approximately 3:35 pm in the Combs Building on Thursday, April 21, 2016.  The Combs Building has been evacuated and law enforcement officers are searching the building.

University administration and law enforcement are still gathering information and will continue to provide updates to the campus community.  Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  An anonymous online tip form is available to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual.  This online form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting.

For more information on campus safety precautions and the emergency notification system please visit EKU Emergency Management at http://emergency.eku.edu/.

Register and receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

Members of the EKU Campus Community:

If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:                                                

Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

4/20/2016 at 12:20PM

EKU Test:  Eastern Kentucky University is conducting a scheduled test of the Emergency Notification System.  If this had been an actual emergency, a brief description of the event and other pertinent information would have been included in this message.

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Today, Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 12:20PM, in conjunction with the test of the Outdoor Warning Siren System and our Rave Mobile Safety Alert Methods, two of our HLS classes from the College of Justice and Safety, are participating in a practical exercise of our Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures, as they relate to a simulated hazardous materials release affecting the Richmond Campus. Their exercise play will involve a small group of students moving to the Enhanced Shelter In Place Buildings, activating the Collective Protection Systems, simulating locking the doors at a prescribed time, and posting mock “Stop – Sheltered In Place” signs at some of the entrances. This exercise is being prompted by the test alerts and will not disrupt the normal operations of the University.

If you are interested in voluntarily participating in this exercise, feel free to join us, by moving to one of the Enhanced Shelter In Place Buildings, simulating the activation of the Collective Protection Systems, and remaining sheltered for a few minutes. You may stop your exercise play at any time. Participation in this exercise is completely voluntary, and is meant to inform all of our community members about actions you should take in the event of a community-wide chemical release. If you have questions, comments, or feedback, please contact Gary Folckemer at gary.folckemer@eku.edu or 859-622-8987. Thank you.

More information, about what you should do during a hazardous materials release, can be found at:

http://emergency.eku.edu/hazardous-materials-csepp-chemical-stockpile-emergency-preparedness-program

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/chemical_release_response_manual_03042016.pdf

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Do you know what to do in a chemical emergency? Now is a great time to learn more about the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

Please visit our resources at:

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/chemical_release_response_manual_03042016.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/4_eku_cont_of_ops_csepp_ig_02012016.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_bldgs_map.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/hazmat_release_and_enhanced_shelter_in_place_building_systems_operations.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_buildings_and_cps_control_panels_06172015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/panel_operation_checklist.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/shelter_in_place_protected_sign.pdf

For more information, or to schedule training, please contact EKU Emergency Management at 859-622-8987, 859-622-1111, or email gary.folckemer@eku.edu.

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

Madison County is divided into zones, so that protective action recommendations and decisions can be made in the specific areas affected by a chemical incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Eastern Kentucky University is primarily located within two zones. Richmond Campus north of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2E and Richmond Campus south of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2D. Other EKU facilities in Madison County include Meadowbrook Farms located in Zone 1C and Central Kentucky Regional Airport located in Zone 3D. In the event of a chemical release, modeling software is used to determine the path of the release. Any zones that are affected in the model are recommended to shelter-in-place until the chemical agents have dissipated. The affected areas might then be relocated according to set protocols by Madison County EMA/CSEPP.

The CSEPP program has modified certain Richmond Campus buildings to be used as Enhanced Shelter-in-Place (ESIP) buildings. These buildings have had sensors placed on the doors as well as an automated system that shuts down the HVAC system and closes all the dampers in the building.

The ESIP/CPS Control Panels can be found in the following locations:

•             Alumni Coliseum - 2nd Floor Rm 208

•             Combs Building - 1st Floor North East Closet

•             Model Gymnasium - Lower Level Room 151

•             Perkins Building - First Level Main Lobby

•             Thompson Hall - 1st Floor Laundry Room 107

•             University Building - 3rd Floor by 323A

•             Whitlock Building - 1st Floor Room 151

Instructions for operating the Collective Protection Systems (CPS) in these buildings include:

•             Move everyone into the protected area when notified that a hazardous event has occurred.

•             Please assist individuals with functional and access needs to the shelter areas.

•             Manually close and latch all perimeter doors and windows.

•             Start the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button on the face of the control panel. Any individual may activate the system when needed. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Keep all doors and windows closed.

•             Remain in the protected area until notified that the hazard has been cleared.

•             After being notified that the hazard has cleared, stop the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button again. Any individual may deactivate the system when the all clear order is given. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Perimeter doors may now be opened. Exit outside.

•             Individuals may be directed to relocate out of the affected area.

In order to maintain EKU continuity of operations, and to make a safe community response as fast as possible, we have extended the concept of an automatic, default, Protective Action Decision (PAD), used at Model Laboratory School and Burrier Child Development Center, of Sheltering In Place (SIP), to all EKU facilities in Madison County. On Richmond Campus (Zones 2E and 2D), individuals would go to an Enhanced Shelter In Place (ESIP) Building, without delay, and activate their Collective Protection Systems (CPS). At other locations, like Meadowbrook Farm (Zone 1C) and Central Kentucky Regional Airport (Zone 3D), individuals would Shelter In Place using SIP Kits. The prompt to Shelter In Place would be any mass notification made, about a community-wide hazardous materials incident, through the Advisor Alert Radios (Voice Message), the Outdoor Siren System (Alternating High/Low Wail), and/or the EKU Emergency Notification System Alert Methods. Updated information, such as exactly where a chemical plume is anticipated to go, what zones are truly affected, and when the plume is projected to arrive, would be disseminated when that information becomes available.  

If you cannot go to an ESIP building you should follow these general guidelines:

•             Take family, friends, and/or visitors immediately indoors.

•             Close and lock all windows and doors. Locking creates a better seal.

•             Shut off heating/air-conditioning systems (if possible) and fans that draw air from the outside.

•             Close vents.

•             If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.

•             Go to the room you have chosen as your shelter. Bring your personal shelter kit, enough food and water for a few hours, your Advisor Alert Radio, a portable AM/FM radio, and a flashlight into this room. We recommend that you keep both your Advisor Alert Radio and Shelter In Place kit in your selected shelter.

•             Shut and seal the door to the rest of the building with plastic and duct tape. Put duct tape on electrical outlets and vents. Use duct tape and plastic to cover any windows.

•             Note: You will not run out of air in a shelter room. Sealing the room just slows the flow of air from the outside, protecting you longer from possible exposure.

•             Listen to one of the Local Emergency Alert System radio stations for further instructions.

•             Local Emergency Alert System Radio Stations: WCBR 1110 AM, WEKY 1340 AM, WKXO 1500 AM, WIRV 1550 AM, WEKU 88.9 FM (EKU Campus Radio), WCYO 100.7 FM, WLFX 106.7 FM

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/sip_instructions.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/sip_illustration.png

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Emergency Management would like to remind the community that we are all empowered and responsible for our own safety. When emergencies occur, first responders will be summoned and will respond to the scene of the incident. Responder priorities will be to stabilize the event, protect human life and health, protect the environment, and protect property. Help will come, but it will take some time to get to all affected individuals. The EKU Emergency Action Plans were written to provide everyone with practical information, which can be used to make good decisions, and help individuals to be safe in times of crisis. The Emergency Action Plans inform you of what you can do, and the Emergency Notification System informs you that there is an emergency. With Rave Mobile Safety, you can manage your own contact information.

We encourage you to review your information on a regular basis, and make changes to it as your circumstances change. It is easy to maintain your information. You can use this link and follow the instructions to manage your contacts.

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/emergency_notification_system_-_contact_information_management.pdf

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This concludes the test of the EKU Emergency Notification System.

3/16/2016 at 12:20PM

EKU Test:  Eastern Kentucky University is conducting a scheduled test of the Emergency Notification System.  If this had been an actual emergency, a brief description of the event and other pertinent information would have been included in this message.

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Do you know what to do in a chemical emergency? Now is a great time to learn more about the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

Please visit our resources at:

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/4_eku_cont_of_ops_csepp_ig_02012016.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_bldgs_map.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/hazmat_release_and_enhanced_shelter_in_place_building_systems_operations.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_buildings_and_cps_control_panels_06172015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/panel_operation_checklist.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/shelter_in_place_protected_sign.pdf

For more information, or to schedule training, please contact EKU Emergency Management at 859-622-8987, 859-622-1111, or email gary.folckemer@eku.edu.

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

Madison County is divided into zones, so that protective action recommendations and decisions can be made in the specific areas affected by a chemical incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Eastern Kentucky University is primarily located within two zones. Richmond Campus north of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2E and Richmond Campus south of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2D. Other EKU facilities in Madison County include Meadowbrook Farms located in Zone 1C and Central Kentucky Regional Airport located in Zone 3D. In the event of a chemical release, modeling software is used to determine the path of the release. Any zones that are affected in the model are recommended to shelter-in-place until the chemical agents have dissipated. The affected areas might then be relocated according to set protocols by Madison County EMA/CSEPP.

The CSEPP program has modified certain Richmond Campus buildings to be used as Enhanced Shelter-in-Place (ESIP) buildings. These buildings have had sensors placed on the doors as well as an automated system that shuts down the HVAC system and closes all the dampers in the building.

The ESIP/CPS Control Panels can be found in the following locations:

•Alumni Coliseum - 2nd Floor Rm 208

•Combs Building - 1st Floor North East Closet

•Model Gymnasium - Lower Level Room 151

•Perkins Building - First Level Main Lobby

•Thompson Hall - 1st Floor Laundry Room 107

•University Building - 3rd Floor by 323A

•Whitlock Building - 1st Floor Room 151

Instructions for operating the Collective Protection Systems (CPS) in these buildings include:

•Move everyone into the protected area when notified that a hazardous event has occurred.

•Please assist individuals with functional and access needs to the shelter areas.

•Manually close and latch all perimeter doors and windows.

•Start the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button on the face of the control panel. Any individual may activate the system when needed. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•Keep all doors and windows closed.

•Remain in the protected area until notified that the hazard has been cleared.

•After being notified that the hazard has cleared, stop the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button again. Any individual may deactivate the system when the all clear order is given. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•Perimeter doors may now be opened. Exit outside.

•Individuals may be directed to relocate out of the affected area.

In order to maintain EKU continuity of operations, and to make a safe community response as fast as possible, we have extended the concept of an automatic, default, Protective Action Decision (PAD), used at Model Laboratory School and Burrier Child Development Center, of Sheltering In Place (SIP), to all EKU facilities in Madison County. On Richmond Campus (Zones 2E and 2D), individuals would go to an Enhanced Shelter In Place (ESIP) Building, without delay, and activate their Collective Protection Systems (CPS). At other locations, like Meadowbrook Farm (Zone 1C) and Central Kentucky Regional Airport (Zone 3D), individuals would Shelter In Place using SIP Kits. The prompt to Shelter In Place would be any mass notification made, about a community-wide hazardous materials incident, through the Advisor Alert Radios (Voice Message), the Outdoor Siren System (Alternating High/Low Wail), and/or the EKU Emergency Notification System Alert Methods. Updated information, such as exactly where a chemical plume is anticipated to go, what zones are truly affected, and when the plume is projected to arrive, would be disseminated when that information becomes available.  

If you cannot go to an ESIP building you should follow these general guidelines:

•Take family, friends, and/or visitors immediately indoors.

•Close and lock all windows and doors. Locking creates a better seal.

•Shut off heating/air-conditioning systems (if possible) and fans that draw air from the outside.

•Close vents.

•If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.

•Go to the room you have chosen as your shelter. Bring your personal shelter kit, enough food and water for a few hours, your Advisor Alert Radio, a portable AM/FM radio, and a flashlight into this room. We recommend that you keep both your Advisor Alert Radio and Shelter In Place kit in your selected shelter.

•Shut and seal the door to the rest of the building with plastic and duct tape. Put duct tape on electrical outlets and vents. Use duct tape and plastic to cover any windows.

•Note: You will not run out of air in a shelter room. Sealing the room just slows the flow of air from the outside, protecting you longer from possible exposure.

•Listen to one of the Local Emergency Alert System radio stations for further instructions.

•Local Emergency Alert System Radio Stations: WCBR 1110 AM, WEKY 1340 AM, WKXO 1500 AM, WIRV 1550 AM, WEKU 88.9 FM (EKU Campus Radio), WCYO 100.7 FM, WLFX 106.7 FM

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/sip_instructions.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/sip_illustration.png

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Emergency Management would like to remind the community that we are all empowered and responsible for our own safety. When emergencies occur, first responders will be summoned and will respond to the scene of the incident. Responder priorities will be to stabilize the event, protect human life and health, protect the environment, and protect property. Help will come, but it will take some time to get to all affected individuals. The EKU Emergency Action Plans were written to provide everyone with practical information, which can be used to make good decisions, and help individuals to be safe in times of crisis. The Emergency Action Plans inform you of what you can do, and the Emergency Notification System informs you that there is an emergency. With Rave Mobile Safety, you can manage your own contact information.

We encourage you to review your information on a regular basis, and make changes to it as your circumstances change. It is easy to maintain your information. You can use this link and follow the instructions to manage your contacts.

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/emergency_notification_system_-_contact_information_management.pdf

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This concludes the test of the EKU Emergency Notification System.

2/17/2016 at 12:20PM

EKU Test:  Eastern Kentucky University is conducting a scheduled test of the Emergency Notification System.  If this had been an actual emergency, a brief description of the event and other pertinent information would have been included in this message.

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Do you know what to do in a chemical emergency? Now is a great time to learn more about the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

Please visit our resources at:

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/4_eku_cont_of_ops_csepp_ig_02012016.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_bldgs_map.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/hazmat_release_and_enhanced_shelter_in_place_building_systems_operations.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_buildings_and_cps_control_panels_06172015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/panel_operation_checklist.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/shelter_in_place_protected_sign.pdf

For more information, or to schedule training, please contact EKU Emergency Management at 859-622-8987, 859-622-1111, or email gary.folckemer@eku.edu.

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

Madison County is divided into zones, so that protective action recommendations and decisions can be made in the specific areas affected by a chemical incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Eastern Kentucky University is primarily located within two zones. Richmond Campus north of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2E and Richmond Campus south of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2D. Other EKU facilities in Madison County include Meadowbrook Farms located in Zone 1C and Central Kentucky Regional Airport located in Zone 3D. In the event of a chemical release, modeling software is used to determine the path of the release. Any zones that are affected in the model are recommended to shelter-in-place until the chemical agents have dissipated. The affected areas might then be relocated according to set protocols by Madison County EMA/CSEPP.

The CSEPP program has modified certain Richmond Campus buildings to be used as Enhanced Shelter-in-Place (ESIP) buildings. These buildings have had sensors placed on the doors as well as an automated system that shuts down the HVAC system and closes all the dampers in the building.

The ESIP/CPS Control Panels can be found in the following locations:

•             Alumni Coliseum - 2nd Floor Rm 208

•             Combs Building - 1st Floor North East Closet

•             Model Gymnasium - Lower Level Room 151

•             Perkins Building - First Level Main Lobby

•             Thompson Hall - 1st Floor Laundry Room 107

•             University Building - 3rd Floor by 323A

•             Whitlock Building - 1st Floor Room 151

Instructions for operating the Collective Protection Systems (CPS) in these buildings include:

•             Move everyone into the protected area when notified that a hazardous event has occurred.

•             Please assist individuals with functional and access needs to the shelter areas.

•             Manually close and latch all perimeter doors and windows.

•             Start the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button on the face of the control panel. Any individual may activate the system when needed. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Keep all doors and windows closed.

•             Remain in the protected area until notified that the hazard has been cleared.

•             After being notified that the hazard has cleared, stop the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button again. Any individual may deactivate the system when the all clear order is given. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Perimeter doors may now be opened. Exit outside.

•             Individuals may be directed to relocate out of the affected area.

In order to maintain EKU continuity of operations, and to make a safe community response as fast as possible, we have extended the concept of an automatic, default, Protective Action Decision (PAD), used at Model Laboratory School and Burrier Child Development Center, of Sheltering In Place (SIP), to all EKU facilities in Madison County. On Richmond Campus (Zones 2E and 2D), individuals would go to an Enhanced Shelter In Place (ESIP) Building, without delay, and activate their Collective Protection Systems (CPS). At other locations, like Meadowbrook Farm (Zone 1C) and Central Kentucky Regional Airport (Zone 3D), individuals would Shelter In Place using SIP Kits. The prompt to Shelter In Place would be any mass notification made, about a community-wide hazardous materials incident, through the Advisor Alert Radios (Voice Message), the Outdoor Siren System (Alternating High/Low Wail), and/or the EKU Emergency Notification System Alert Methods. Updated information, such as exactly where a chemical plume is anticipated to go, what zones are truly affected, and when the plume is projected to arrive, would be disseminated when that information becomes available.  

If you cannot go to an ESIP building you should follow these general guidelines:

•             Take family, friends, and/or visitors immediately indoors.

•             Close and lock all windows and doors. Locking creates a better seal.

•             Shut off heating/air-conditioning systems (if possible) and fans that draw air from the outside.

•             Close vents.

•             If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.

•             Go to the room you have chosen as your shelter. Bring your personal shelter kit, enough food and water for a few hours, your Advisor Alert Radio, a portable AM/FM radio, and a flashlight into this room. We recommend that you keep both your Advisor Alert Radio and Shelter In Place kit in your selected shelter.

•             Shut and seal the door to the rest of the building with plastic and duct tape. Put duct tape on electrical outlets and vents. Use duct tape and plastic to cover any windows.

•             Note: You will not run out of air in a shelter room. Sealing the room just slows the flow of air from the outside, protecting you longer from possible exposure.

•             Listen to one of the Local Emergency Alert System radio stations for further instructions.

•             Local Emergency Alert System Radio Stations: WCBR 1110 AM, WEKY 1340 AM, WKXO 1500 AM, WIRV 1550 AM, WEKU 88.9 FM (EKU Campus Radio), WCYO 100.7 FM, WLFX 106.7 FM

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/sip_instructions.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/sip_illustration.png

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Emergency Management would like to remind the community that we are all empowered and responsible for our own safety. When emergencies occur, first responders will be summoned and will respond to the scene of the incident. Responder priorities will be to stabilize the event, protect human life and health, protect the environment, and protect property. Help will come, but it will take some time to get to all affected individuals. The EKU Emergency Action Plans were written to provide everyone with practical information, which can be used to make good decisions, and help individuals to be safe in times of crisis. The Emergency Action Plans inform you of what you can do, and the Emergency Notification System informs you that there is an emergency. With Rave Mobile Safety, you can manage your own contact information.

We encourage you to review your information on a regular basis, and make changes to it as your circumstances change. It is easy to maintain your information. You can use this link and follow the instructions to manage your contacts.

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/emergency_notification_system_-_contact_information_management.pdf

*************************************************************************************

This concludes the test of the EKU Emergency Notification System.

1/20/2016 at 12:20PM

EKU Test:  Eastern Kentucky University is conducting a scheduled test of the Emergency Notification System.  If this had been an actual emergency, a brief description of the event and other pertinent information would have been included in this message.

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Do you know what to do in a chemical emergency? Now is a great time to learn more about the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

Please visit our resources at:

http://emergency.eku.edu/hazardous-materials-csepp-chemical-stockpile-emergency-preparedness-program

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/hazardous_materials_release_and_enhanced_shelter_in_place_building_systems_operation.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_bldgs_map.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_buildings_and_cps_control_panels_06172015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/eku_cont_of_ops_csepp_ig_09012015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/panel_operation_checklist.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/shelter_in_place_protected_sign.pdf

For more information, or to schedule training, please contact EKU Emergency Management at 859-622-8987, 859-622-1111, or email gary.folckemer@eku.edu.

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

Madison County is divided into zones, so that protective action recommendations and decisions can be made in the specific areas affected by a chemical incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Eastern Kentucky University is primarily located within two zones. Richmond Campus north of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2E and Richmond Campus south of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2D. Other EKU facilities in Madison County include Meadowbrook Farms located in Zone 1C and Central Kentucky Regional Airport located in Zone 3D. In the event of a chemical release, modeling software is used to determine the path of the release. Any zones that are affected in the model are recommended to shelter-in-place until the chemical agents have dissipated. The affected areas are then relocated (evacuated) according to set protocols by Madison County EMA/CSEPP.

The CSEPP program has modified certain Richmond Campus buildings to be used as Enhanced Shelter-in-Place (ESIP) buildings. These buildings have had sensors placed on the doors as well as an automated system that shuts down the HVAC system and closes all the dampers in the building.

The ESIP/CPS Control Panels can be found in the following locations:

•             Alumni Coliseum - 2nd Floor Rm 208

•             Combs Building - 1st Floor North East Closet

•             Model Gymnasium - Lower Level Room 151

•             Perkins Building - First Level Main Lobby

•             Thompson Hall - 1st Floor Laundry Room 107

•             University Building - 3rd Floor by 323A

•             Whitlock Building - 1st Floor Room 151

Instructions for operating the Collective Protection Systems (CPS) in these buildings include:

•             Move everyone into the protected area when notified that a hazardous event has occurred.

•             Please assist individuals with functional and access needs to the shelter areas.

•             Manually close and latch all perimeter doors and windows.

•             Start the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button on the face of the control panel. Any individual may activate the system when needed. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Keep all doors and windows closed.

•             Remain in the protected area until notified that the hazard has been cleared.

•             After being notified that the hazard has cleared, stop the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button again. Any individual may deactivate the system when the all clear order is given. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Perimeter doors may now be opened. Exit outside.

•             Individuals may be directed to relocate out of the affected area.

In the event that one of the Richmond Campus Zones, 2E or 2D, is affected by a chemical incident, the protective action decision will be applied to both Richmond Campus Zones 2E and 2D.

If you cannot go to an ESIP building you should follow these general guidelines:

•             Take family, friends, and/or visitors immediately indoors.

•             Close and lock all windows and doors. Locking creates a better seal.

•             Shut off heating/air-conditioning systems (if possible) and fans that draw air from the outside.

•             Close vents.

•             If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.

•             Go to the room you have chosen as your shelter. Bring your personal shelter kit, enough food and water for a few hours, your Advisor Alert Radio, a portable AM/FM radio, and a flashlight into this room. We recommend that you keep both your Advisor Alert Radio and Shelter In Place kit in your selected shelter.

•             Shut and seal the door to the rest of the building with plastic and duct tape. Put duct tape on electrical outlets and vents. Use duct tape and plastic to cover any windows.

•             Note: You will not run out of air in a shelter room. Sealing the room just slows the flow of air from the outside, protecting you longer from possible exposure.

•             Listen to one of the Local Emergency Alert System radio stations for further instructions.

•             Local Emergency Alert System Radio Stations: WCBR 1110 AM, WEKY 1340 AM, WKXO 1500 AM, WIRV 1550 AM, WEKU 88.9 FM (EKU Campus Radio), WCYO 100.7 FM, WLFX 106.7 FM

*************************************************************************************

Emergency Management would like to remind the community that we are all empowered and responsible for our own safety. When emergencies occur, first responders will be summoned and will respond to the scene of the incident. Responder priorities will be to stabilize the event, protect human life and health, protect the environment, and protect property. Help will come, but it will take some time to get to all affected individuals. The EKU Emergency Action Plans were written to provide everyone with practical information, which can be used to make good decisions, and help individuals to be safe in times of crisis. The Emergency Action Plans inform you of what you can do, and the Emergency Notification System informs you that there is an emergency. With Rave Mobile Safety, you can manage your own contact information.

We encourage you to review your information on a regular basis, and make changes to it as your circumstances change. It is easy to maintain your information. You can use this link and follow the instructions to manage your contacts.

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/emergency_notification_system_-_contact_information_management.pdf

*************************************************************************************

This concludes the test of the EKU Emergency Notification System.

12/16/2015 at 12:20PM

EKU Test:  Eastern Kentucky University is conducting a scheduled test of the Emergency Notification System.  If this had been an actual emergency, a brief description of the event and other pertinent information would have been included in this message.

*************************************************************************************

Do you know what to do in a chemical emergency? Now is a great time to learn more about the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

Please visit our resources at:

http://emergency.eku.edu/hazardous-materials-csepp-chemical-stockpile-emergency-preparedness-program

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/hazardous_materials_release_and_enhanced_shelter_in_place_building_systems_operation.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_bldgs_map.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_buildings_and_cps_control_panels_06172015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/eku_cont_of_ops_csepp_ig_09012015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/panel_operation_checklist.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/shelter_in_place_protected_sign.pdf

For more information, or to schedule training, please contact EKU Emergency Management at 859-622-8987, 859-622-1111, or email gary.folckemer@eku.edu.

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

Madison County is divided into zones, so that protective action recommendations and decisions can be made in the specific areas affected by a chemical incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Eastern Kentucky University is primarily located within two zones. Richmond Campus north of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2E and Richmond Campus south of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2D. Other EKU facilities in Madison County include Meadowbrook Farms located in Zone 1C and Central Kentucky Regional Airport located in Zone 3D. In the event of a chemical release, modeling software is used to determine the path of the release. Any zones that are affected in the model are recommended to shelter-in-place until the chemical agents have dissipated. The affected areas are then relocated (evacuated) according to set protocols by Madison County EMA/CSEPP.

The CSEPP program has modified certain Richmond Campus buildings to be used as Enhanced Shelter-in-Place (ESIP) buildings. These buildings have had sensors placed on the doors as well as an automated system that shuts down the HVAC system and closes all the dampers in the building.

The ESIP/CPS Control Panels can be found in the following locations:

•             Alumni Coliseum - 2nd Floor Rm 208

•             Combs Building - 1st Floor North East Closet

•             Model Gymnasium - Lower Level Room 151

•             Perkins Building - First Level Main Lobby

•             Thompson Hall - 1st Floor Laundry Room 107

•             University Building - 3rd Floor by 323A

•             Whitlock Building - 1st Floor Room 151

Instructions for operating the Collective Protection Systems (CPS) in these buildings include:

•             Move everyone into the protected area when notified that a hazardous event has occurred.

•             Please assist individuals with functional and access needs to the shelter areas.

•             Manually close and latch all perimeter doors and windows.

•             Start the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button on the face of the control panel. Any individual may activate the system when needed. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Keep all doors and windows closed.

•             Remain in the protected area until notified that the hazard has been cleared.

•             After being notified that the hazard has cleared, stop the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button again. Any individual may deactivate the system when the all clear order is given. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Perimeter doors may now be opened. Exit outside.

•             Individuals may be directed to relocate out of the affected area.

In the event that one of the Richmond Campus Zones, 2E or 2D, is affected by a chemical incident, the protective action decision will be applied to both Richmond Campus Zones 2E and 2D.

If you cannot go to an ESIP building you should follow these general guidelines:

•             Take family, friends, and/or visitors immediately indoors.

•             Close and lock all windows and doors. Locking creates a better seal.

•             Shut off heating/air-conditioning systems (if possible) and fans that draw air from the outside.

•             Close vents.

•             If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.

•             Go to the room you have chosen as your shelter. Bring your personal shelter kit, enough food and water for a few hours, your Advisor Alert Radio, a portable AM/FM radio, and a flashlight into this room. We recommend that you keep both your Advisor Alert Radio and Shelter In Place kit in your selected shelter.

•             Shut and seal the door to the rest of the building with plastic and duct tape. Put duct tape on electrical outlets and vents. Use duct tape and plastic to cover any windows.

•             Note: You will not run out of air in a shelter room. Sealing the room just slows the flow of air from the outside, protecting you longer from possible exposure.

•             Listen to one of the Local Emergency Alert System radio stations for further instructions.

•             Local Emergency Alert System Radio Stations: WCBR 1110 AM, WEKY 1340 AM, WKXO 1500 AM, WIRV 1550 AM, WEKU 88.9 FM (EKU Campus Radio), WCYO 100.7 FM, WLFX 106.7 FM

*************************************************************************************

Emergency Management would like to remind the community that we are all empowered and responsible for our own safety. When emergencies occur, first responders will be summoned and will respond to the scene of the incident. Responder priorities will be to stabilize the event, protect human life and health, protect the environment, and protect property. Help will come, but it will take some time to get to all affected individuals. The EKU Emergency Action Plans were written to provide everyone with practical information, which can be used to make good decisions, and help individuals to be safe in times of crisis. The Emergency Action Plans inform you of what you can do, and the Emergency Notification System informs you that there is an emergency. With Rave Mobile Safety, you can manage your own contact information.

We encourage you to review your information on a regular basis, and make changes to it as your circumstances change. It is easy to maintain your information. You can use this link and follow the instructions to manage your contacts.

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/emergency_notification_system_-_contact_information_management.pdf

*************************************************************************************

This concludes the test of the EKU Emergency Notification System.

11/18/2015 at 12:20PM

EKU Test:  Eastern Kentucky University is conducting a scheduled test of the Emergency Notification System.  If this had been an actual emergency, a brief description of the event and other pertinent information would have been included in this message.

*************************************************************************************

Do you know what to do in a chemical emergency? Now is a great time to learn more about the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

Please visit our resources at:

http://emergency.eku.edu/hazardous-materials-csepp-chemical-stockpile-emergency-preparedness-program

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/hazardous_materials_release_and_enhanced_shelter_in_place_building_systems_operation.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_bldgs_map.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_buildings_and_cps_control_panels_06172015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/eku_cont_of_ops_csepp_ig_09012015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/panel_operation_checklist.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/shelter_in_place_protected_sign.pdf

For more information, or to schedule training, please contact EKU Emergency Management at 859-622-8987, 859-622-1111, or email gary.folckemer@eku.edu.

*************************************************************************************

Eastern Kentucky University and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

Madison County is divided into zones, so that protective action recommendations and decisions can be made in the specific areas affected by a chemical incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Eastern Kentucky University is primarily located within two zones. Richmond Campus north of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2E and Richmond Campus south of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2D. Other EKU facilities in Madison County include Meadowbrook Farms located in Zone 1C and Central Kentucky Regional Airport located in Zone 3D. In the event of a chemical release, modeling software is used to determine the path of the release. Any zones that are affected in the model are recommended to shelter-in-place until the chemical agents have dissipated. The affected areas are then relocated (evacuated) according to set protocols by Madison County EMA/CSEPP.

The CSEPP program has modified certain Richmond Campus buildings to be used as Enhanced Shelter-in-Place (ESIP) buildings. These buildings have had sensors placed on the doors as well as an automated system that shuts down the HVAC system and closes all the dampers in the building.

The ESIP/CPS Control Panels can be found in the following locations:

•             Alumni Coliseum - 2nd Floor Rm 208

•             Combs Building - 1st Floor North East Closet

•             Model Gymnasium - Lower Level Room 151

•             Perkins Building - First Level Main Lobby

•             Thompson Hall - 1st Floor Laundry Room 107

•             University Building - 3rd Floor by 323A

•             Whitlock Building - 1st Floor Room 151

Instructions for operating the Collective Protection Systems (CPS) in these buildings include:

•             Move everyone into the protected area when notified that a hazardous event has occurred.

•             Please assist individuals with functional and access needs to the shelter areas.

•             Manually close and latch all perimeter doors and windows.

•             Start the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button on the face of the control panel. Any individual may activate the system when needed. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Keep all doors and windows closed.

•             Remain in the protected area until notified that the hazard has been cleared.

•             After being notified that the hazard has cleared, stop the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button again. Any individual may deactivate the system when the all clear order is given. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Perimeter doors may now be opened. Exit outside.

•             Individuals may be directed to relocate out of the affected area.

In the event that one of the Richmond Campus Zones, 2E or 2D, is affected by a chemical incident, the protective action decision will be applied to both Richmond Campus Zones 2E and 2D.

If you cannot go to an ESIP building you should follow these general guidelines:

•             Take family, friends, and/or visitors immediately indoors.

•             Close and lock all windows and doors. Locking creates a better seal.

•             Shut off heating/air-conditioning systems (if possible) and fans that draw air from the outside.

•             Close vents.

•             If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.

•             Go to the room you have chosen as your shelter. Bring your personal shelter kit, enough food and water for a few hours, your Advisor Alert Radio, a portable AM/FM radio, and a flashlight into this room. We recommend that you keep both your Advisor Alert Radio and Shelter In Place kit in your selected shelter.

•             Shut and seal the door to the rest of the building with plastic and duct tape. Put duct tape on electrical outlets and vents. Use duct tape and plastic to cover any windows.

•             Note: You will not run out of air in a shelter room. Sealing the room just slows the flow of air from the outside, protecting you longer from possible exposure.

•             Listen to one of the Local Emergency Alert System radio stations for further instructions.

•             Local Emergency Alert System Radio Stations: WCBR 1110 AM, WEKY 1340 AM, WKXO 1500 AM, WIRV 1550 AM, WEKU 88.9 FM (EKU Campus Radio), WCYO 100.7 FM, WLFX 106.7 FM

*************************************************************************************

Emergency Management would like to remind the community that we are all empowered and responsible for our own safety. When emergencies occur, first responders will be summoned and will respond to the scene of the incident. Responder priorities will be to stabilize the event, protect human life and health, protect the environment, and protect property. Help will come, but it will take some time to get to all affected individuals. The EKU Emergency Action Plans were written to provide everyone with practical information, which can be used to make good decisions, and help individuals to be safe in times of crisis. The Emergency Action Plans inform you of what you can do, and the Emergency Notification System informs you that there is an emergency. With Rave Mobile Safety, you can manage your own contact information.

We encourage you to review your information on a regular basis, and make changes to it as your circumstances change. It is easy to maintain your information. You can use this link and follow the instructions to manage your contacts.

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/emergency_notification_system_-_contact_information_management.pdf

*************************************************************************************

This concludes the test of the EKU Emergency Notification System.

10/25/2015 at 12:31AM

E K U Alert: All Clear. No other reports of associated criminal activity. Suspect not identified. If you feel safe, resume normal activities. Richmond Police Department is working the case.

10/25/2015 at 12:03AM

E K U Alert: The incident happened off campus at corner of Eastern Bypass and Lancaster Ave in University Shopping Center. Richmond Police are investigating.

10/25/2015 at 12:00AM

E K U Alert: Robbery suspect is black male wearing a black hooded shirt and glasses. Armed with handgun. Fled area by unknown means. Unknown direction of travel.

10/24/2015 at 11:54PM

E K U Alert: Armed Robbery reported at University Shell involving black male suspect with handgun. Richmond Police are responding.  Updates to follow.

Secure In Place:

Secure your hiding place by locking or barricading doors and windows.

Conceal yourself and take cover.

If a person enters your building with a weapon, immediately evacuate the building.

If a person is seen outdoors with a weapon, seek shelter in the nearest unsecured building or leave the area.

Warn other people in the area, provide assistance as you are able, and try to remain calm.

Protect yourself. Avoid the area or hide out, by seeking shelter, and taking cover, in a secure place within a building.

You should look for small, interior, securable, spaces to hide out in.

October 21, 2015 at 12:20PM

EKU Test:  Eastern Kentucky University is conducting a scheduled test of the Emergency Notification System.  If this had been an actual emergency, a brief description of the event and other pertinent information would have been included in this message.

*************************************************************************************

Do you know what to do in a chemical emergency? Now is a great time to learn more about the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

Please visit our resources at:

http://emergency.eku.edu/hazardous-materials-csepp-chemical-stockpile-emergency-preparedness-program

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/hazardous_materials_release_and_enhanced_shelter_in_place_building_systems_operation.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_bldgs_map.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_buildings_and_cps_control_panels_06172015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/eku_cont_of_ops_csepp_ig_09012015.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/panel_operation_checklist.pdf

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/shelter_in_place_protected_sign.pdf

For more information, or to schedule training, please contact EKU Emergency Management at 859-622-8987, 859-622-1111, or email gary.folckemer@eku.edu.

*************************************************************************************

Eastern Kentucky University and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

Madison County is divided into zones, so that protective action recommendations and decisions can be made in the specific areas affected by a chemical incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Eastern Kentucky University is primarily located within two zones. Richmond Campus north of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2E and Richmond Campus south of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2D. Other EKU facilities in Madison County include Meadowbrook Farms located in Zone 1C and Central Kentucky Regional Airport located in Zone 3D. In the event of a chemical release, modeling software is used to determine the path of the release. Any zones that are affected in the model are recommended to shelter-in-place until the chemical agents have dissipated. The affected areas are then relocated (evacuated) according to set protocols by Madison County EMA/CSEPP.

The CSEPP program has modified certain Richmond Campus buildings to be used as Enhanced Shelter-in-Place (ESIP) buildings. These buildings have had sensors placed on the doors as well as an automated system that shuts down the HVAC system and closes all the dampers in the building.

The ESIP/CPS Control Panels can be found in the following locations:

•             Alumni Coliseum - 2nd Floor Rm 208

•             Combs Building - 1st Floor North East Closet

•             Model Gymnasium - Lower Level Room 151

•             Perkins Building - First Level Main Lobby

•             Thompson Hall - 1st Floor Laundry Room 107

•             University Building - 3rd Floor by 323A

•             Whitlock Building - 1st Floor Room 151

Instructions for operating the Collective Protection Systems (CPS) in these buildings include:

•             Move everyone into the protected area when notified that a hazardous event has occurred.

•             Please assist individuals with functional and access needs to the shelter areas.

•             Manually close and latch all perimeter doors and windows.

•             Start the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button on the face of the control panel. Any individual may activate the system when needed. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Keep all doors and windows closed.

•             Remain in the protected area until notified that the hazard has been cleared.

•             After being notified that the hazard has cleared, stop the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button again. Any individual may deactivate the system when the all clear order is given. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.

•             Perimeter doors may now be opened. Exit outside.

•             Individuals may be directed to relocate out of the affected area.

In the event that one of the Richmond Campus Zones, 2E or 2D, is affected by a chemical incident, the protective action decision will be applied to both Richmond Campus Zones 2E and 2D.

If you cannot go to an ESIP building you should follow these general guidelines:

•             Take family, friends, and/or visitors immediately indoors.

•             Close and lock all windows and doors. Locking creates a better seal.

•             Shut off heating/air-conditioning systems (if possible) and fans that draw air from the outside.

•             Close vents.

•             If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.

•             Go to the room you have chosen as your shelter. Bring your personal shelter kit, enough food and water for a few hours, your Advisor Alert Radio, a portable AM/FM radio, and a flashlight into this room. We recommend that you keep both your Advisor Alert Radio and Shelter In Place kit in your selected shelter.

•             Shut and seal the door to the rest of the building with plastic and duct tape. Put duct tape on electrical outlets and vents. Use duct tape and plastic to cover any windows.

•             Note: You will not run out of air in a shelter room. Sealing the room just slows the flow of air from the outside, protecting you longer from possible exposure.

•             Listen to one of the Local Emergency Alert System radio stations for further instructions.

•             Local Emergency Alert System Radio Stations: WCBR 1110 AM, WEKY 1340 AM, WKXO 1500 AM, WIRV 1550 AM, WEKU 88.9 FM (EKU Campus Radio), WCYO 100.7 FM, WLFX 106.7 FM

*************************************************************************************

Emergency Management would like to remind the community that we are all empowered and responsible for our own safety. When emergencies occur, first responders will be summoned and will respond to the scene of the incident. Responder priorities will be to stabilize the event, protect human life and health, protect the environment, and protect property. Help will come, but it will take some time to get to all affected individuals. The EKU Emergency Action Plans were written to provide everyone with practical information, which can be used to make good decisions, and help individuals to be safe in times of crisis. The Emergency Action Plans inform you of what you can do, and the Emergency Notification System informs you that there is an emergency. With Rave Mobile Safety, you can manage your own contact information.

We encourage you to review your information on a regular basis, and make changes to it as your circumstances change. It is easy to maintain your information. You can use this link and follow the instructions to manage your contacts.

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/emergency_notification_system_-_contact_information_management.pdf

*************************************************************************************

This concludes the test of the EKU Emergency Notification System.

October 14th, 2015 at 4:05PM

This email is being sent on behalf of President Michael Benson.

Dear Campus Community:

Welcome back! I hope all of you had a refreshing Fall Break and are eager to resume our work together. In spite of recent events, I remain confident this will be a memorable fall semester and academic year for all the right reasons.

As we return now to a sense of normalcy on our campus, I assure you that EKU Police and others are still hard at work providing for our safety and continuing the investigation into last week’s threats. You may notice a somewhat heightened security presence for the immediate future, and you will see and hear more in the weeks to come about our efforts to further enhance campus safety.

I have seen in recent years, especially among students, the enormous good that can come from social media, especially given its ability to galvanize public opinion and quickly mobilize positive action. Last week, we saw the downside as social media was used by threatening parties as a destructive force and by others, despite the best of intentions, to spread unfounded rumors. I challenge you to once again use social media as a force for good but, when our safety and well-being are threatened, to rely on official messages from EKU Police and this office.

As we return to regular class and work schedule, we hope to utilize the power of social media and focus our messaging toward what makes EKU a great place to learn, live and work. Through the challenges of last week one thing was clear, together we are #EKUnited and #EKUStrong! We are united and we are enduring because of our #EKUPeople, #EKUPlaces and #EKUPrograms. I invite you to share what you love about EKU. What do #EKUnited and #EKUStrong mean to you?  What are your favorite #EKUPeople, #EKUPlaces and #EKUPrograms? Share your answers with words, photos or short video clips. Post on any and all of your favorite social channels for EKU and/or your own social media accounts. Just remember to use #EKUnited and #EKUStrong to be part of the conversation and show the world what it means to be part of the #EKUFamily!

Next week, EKU will celebrate Homecoming 2015, a festive time when our extended Colonel family comes together to celebrate all that makes this campus and this learning community special – our rich traditions and all the wonderful people who call EKU home. Let’s take this as another opportunity to show and share our Colonel Pride, and make this our best Homecoming ever.

Thank you, and Go Colonels!

Yours sincerely,

Michael T. Benson

President

October 9th, 2015 at 3:58PM

This email is being sent on behalf of President Michael Benson.

Dear Campus Community:

At the beginning of this week, many of us thought that Thursday, October 8, would be a day filled with anxiety and trepidation. Instead, it became a time when I personally witnessed the best of the Colonel family.

Thursday morning, I appreciated that many expressed heartfelt thoughts of care and concern with me on WEKU’s Eastern Standard program. Then, on a lunchtime visit to Upstairs Powell, I was encouraged to see faculty, staff and students. Lastly, we ended the day filling Georgetown College’s Toyota Stadium with Colonel Nation as we cheered our team on to a convincing victory over Tennessee Tech.

Given the nature of the threat and the heightened level of anxiety earlier this week, I am confident we made the best decision at the time when we canceled classes Wednesday morning and closed for the remainder of the week. Nothing – absolutely nothing – is more important than the safety and well-being of all members of our campus community, and we will always act and plan accordingly.

That said, as we begin to regain a sense of normalcy in the coming days, we will also be looking at ways to further reduce the likelihood of such threats in the future in order to avoid such major disruptions to our routine. Even one such event in a calendar year is one too many. We will take any threat seriously and, just as we did last February, we will learn from this experience and be a stronger and more unified university for it.

To be sure, we cannot divine the future nor predict the actions of a lone agent or small group intent on causing disruption or harm. But, as I’ve always said, life is 90 percent of how we react to the 10 percent that happens to us.

And we can all be very proud of our Division of Public Safety, which has worked tirelessly this week in partnership with local, state and federal agencies, including a Kentucky State Police cybercrimes unit, to keep our campus safe and launch a full-scale investigation to find the person(s) responsible. Though no arrest has yet been made, I am encouraged that your 75-plus tips have led us to numerous persons of interest. Obviously, the $10,000 reward has helped generate these leads. We encourage the University community to continue submitting tips directly to the EKU Police Department. I will repeat the mantra from Public Safety: if you see something, say something. Report any firsthand knowledge you have about threatening behavior or suspicious activity to the EKU Police Department at (859) 622-1111.

We do need to remain vigilant, but we need not, and we will not, be gripped by fear. Continue to take basic safety precautions (outlined in recent messages from Public Safety) and watch out for one another. We can all take comfort, too, in the fact that the police presence will remain somewhat heightened for the near future. We ask our community to embrace the responsible use of social media and rely on known facts. We have created a consolidated website to host known, factual, verified information for universal access. Please visit http://emergency.eku.edu/public-safety-alerts-updates-0 for the latest updates.

Beginning today, the daily update messaging through Rave Mobile Safety, our mass notification system, will stop and will return to its normal usage for emergency purposes.

In conclusion, remember how we collectively rose with tremendous pride when our Colonels came literally within an inch of shocking the football world with an upset of the University of Kentucky? I know it must seem like an eternity now, but that was just six days ago. We’ll get that feeling back, and we’ll get it back soon.

I look forward to welcoming all of you back to campus next Wednesday, and I’ll have more to say at that time, if not sooner. Until then, have a restful Fall Break and get ready to return back to campus to learn, teach, and work as we enter the homestretch of what I know will turn out to be a great fall semester. 

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

Go Colonels!
Yours sincerely,
Michael T. Benson
President


October 8th, 2015 at 10:46PM

From the Division of Public Safety

Due to the threat made on EKU's Richmond Campus, and in order to alleviate concerns, we want to inform you that a shooting was reported to the Richmond City Police Department.

The incident occurred away from campus, in the city of Richmond, and there is no indication that this incident is connected in any way to the campus threat.

Richmond City Police are responding to and investigating this incident.

They have not requested any assistance from the EKU Police Department.

We do not expect to provide any further information or updates to this report as this incident does not fall under the jurisdiction or control of EKU. This is a Richmond Police Department case.

Again, this incident was reported as occurring away from the campus, and there is no indication of any danger to the campus community.


October 8th, 2015 at 4:39PM

FROM THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY

While the threat investigation continues, to ensure the safety of our campus community, all Eastern Kentucky University campuses remain closed Thursday, October 8th and Friday October 9th, 2015. Classes are cancelled, including all EKU weekend classes. Essential services will remain open, and police presence around the campus will continue to be increased. Updated information will continue to be available at http://emergency.eku.edu/public-safety-alerts-updates-0

President Benson, Executive Director Makinen, and Emergency Manager Folckemer were interviewed by John Hingsbergen about the threat.

The EKU Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, continues to actively investigate this incident and provide increased patrols. They are interviewing persons of interest who have been identified through community-issued tips.  The University is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the responsible person or persons.

Background

On the morning of October 5, 2015, the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department issued a Public Safety Alert after receiving a report about graffiti with threatening language. The graffiti, found in a bathroom in the Powell Building, states, "KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP."

Public Safety Update for the Afternoon of October 8th, 2015

As always, we ask that you allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of everyone. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead.  We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels.

  •  If you see something, say something. Report any firsthand knowledge you have about threatening behavior, or suspicious activity immediately, to the EKU Police Department at (859) 622-1111.

We encourage all members of the campus community to follow these basic safety precautions:

  • Immediately report suspicious persons loitering around University facilities.
  • If you become the victim of a crime, do not try to physically detain or apprehend the criminal. Report the incident immediately to the EKU Police Department at 911 or (859) 622-1111.
  • On or off campus, walk, jog, or bike in groups of three or more in well-lit and well-traveled areas.
  • After dark, on campus, ride the campus shuttle http://parking.eku.edu/evening-shuttle-serviceor call (859) 622-1111 for a walking escort, when the shuttle is not running.
  • Scan the area before you exit or approach your vehicle or building and while you proceed between sites.
  • Have your key ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle or building.
  • If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant. If they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number, if possible.
  • Lock doors and windows of your room or building. Do not prop open doors or let strangers in.

The EKU Police Department, through its investigative processes, has been unable to substantiate a specific threat against a specific building. Anyone having firsthand information relative to a specific threat or message should contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111 or via the online form at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting.

  • Please be aware that knowingly making a false police report is a criminal offense.                                              

Please rely on official communications from the President’s Office and the Division of Public Safety, as opposed to unsubstantiated social media posts.  We will continue to communicate in as timely and transparent a fashion as possible, within the context and constraints of an ongoing investigation. The latest information is posted at http://police.eku.edu/public-safety-alert-updates.

Stay Informed - Register to receive mass notifications through RAVE Mobile Safety 

To Register:

Current Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Log on to EKU Direct (https://web4s.eku.edu/pls/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin) with your EKU ID and PIN. In the main menu, click the Rave Mobile Safety - Emergency Notifications link.

Register to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging. Note: Email messages are automatically sent to all current EKU email addresses and you cannot opt-out of receiving messages on your EKU email account.

To receive text and voice messages you must opt-in by entering your telephone number(s).

Other Community Members:                                                 

Go to the Rave Site Look-up and search for Eastern Kentucky University (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register Button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

Personal Safety - What you can do right now

Take the time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on or off campus.

Visit the EKU Emergency Management webpage at http://emergency.eku.edu/, and our Emergency Action Quick Reference and Sheltering In Place page with Sub Links to various Emergencies at http://emergency.eku.edu/emergency-action-quick-reference-and-sheltering-place.

You can further prepare by reviewing The General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_general_emergency_action_plan_-_template_-_09022015.pdfand the EKU Emergency Guide Poster at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/eku_emergency_guide_-_version_7.pdf
 


October 8th, 2015 at 11:00AM to 12:00Noon

WEKU’s Eastern Standard program, on 88.9FM, is available for you to listen to at

http://weku.fm/post/eku-president-benson-eastern-standard-1#stream/0.

President Benson, Executive Director Makinen, and Emergency Manager Folckemer were interviewed by John Hingsbergen about the threat.


October 8th, 2015 at 10:09AM

FROM THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY

While the investigation of the threat continues, to ensure the safety of our campus community, all Eastern Kentucky University campuses remain closed Thursday, October 8th and Friday October 9th, 2015. Classes are cancelled, including all EKU weekend classes. Essential services will remain open, and police presence around the campus will continue to be increased. Updated information will continue to be available at http://emergency.eku.edu/public-safety-alerts-updates-0

(859) 622-INFO (4636), an information hotline, has been established for individuals to call and be directed to the most current information. 

The EKU Police Department continues to follow up on tips issued from the community and is actively investigating the threat in conjunction with other Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies. 

Background

On the morning of October 5, 2015, the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department issued a Public Safety Alert after receiving a report about graffiti with threatening language. The graffiti, found in a bathroom in the Powell Building, states, "KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP."

Public Safety Update for the Morning of October 8th, 2015

As always, we ask that you allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of everyone. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead.  We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels.

  • If you see something, say something. Report any firsthand knowledge you have about threatening behavior, or suspicious activity immediately, to the EKU Police Department at (859) 622-1111.
  • Please tune in to WEKU’s Eastern Standard program, 88.9FM, this morning at 11:00AM. President Benson, Executive Director Makinen, and Emergency Manager Folckemer will be speaking about the threat.

The EKU Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, continues to actively investigate this incident and provide increased patrols. They are interviewing persons of interest who have been identified through community-issued tips.  The University is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the responsible person or persons.

We encourage all members of the campus community to follow these basic safety precautions:

  • Immediately report suspicious persons loitering around University facilities.
  • If you become the victim of a crime, do not try to physically detain or apprehend the criminal. Report the incident immediately to the EKU Police Department at 911 or (859) 622-1111.
  • On or off campus, walk/jog/bike in groups of three or more in well-lit and well-traveled areas.
  • After dark, on campus, ride the campus shuttle http://parking.eku.edu/evening-shuttle-serviceor call (859) 622-1111 for a walking escort, when the shuttle is not running.
  • Scan the area before you exit or approach your vehicle/building and while you proceed between sites.
  • Have your key ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle/building.
  • If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant. If they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number, if possible.
  • Lock doors and windows of your room/building. Do not prop open doors or let strangers in.

The EKU Police Department, through its investigative processes, has been unable to substantiate a specific threat against a specific building. Anyone having firsthand information relative to a specific threat or message should contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111 or via the online form at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting. Please be aware that knowingly making a false police report is a criminal offense.                                                 

Please rely on official communications from the President’s Office and the Division of Public Safety, as opposed to unsubstantiated social media posts.  We will continue to communicate in as timely and transparent a fashion as possible, within the context and constraints of an ongoing investigation. The latest information is posted at http://police.eku.edu/public-safety-alert-updates.

Personal Safety - What you can do right now

Take the time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on or off campus.

Visit the EKU Emergency Management webpage at http://emergency.eku.edu/, and our Emergency Action Quick Reference and Sheltering In Place page with Sub Links to various Emergencies at http://emergency.eku.edu/emergency-action-quick-reference-and-sheltering-place.

You can further prepare by reviewing The General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_general_emergency_action_plan_-_template_-_09022015.pdfand specific Building Emergency Action Plans at http://emergency.eku.edu/building-emergency-action-plans.

Stay Informed - Register to receive mass notifications through RAVE Mobile Safety 

To Register:

Current Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Log on to EKU Direct (https://web4s.eku.edu/pls/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin) with your EKU ID and PIN. In the main menu, click the Rave Mobile Safety - Emergency Notifications link.

Register to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging. Note: Email messages are automatically sent to all current EKU email addresses and you cannot opt-out of receiving messages on your EKU email account.

To receive text and voice messages you must opt-in by entering your telephone number(s).

Other Community Members:                                                 

Go to the Rave Site Look-up and search for Eastern Kentucky University (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register Button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

This series of daily updates will continue until further notice.


October 7th, 2015 at 7:31PM

This email is being sent on behalf of President Michael Benson.

Dear Campus Community:

In the interest of the safety and well-being of all members of our campus community, the decision was made this morning to cancel classes at mid-morning and close the University Thursday and Friday. Understandably, many questions have arisen throughout the day about the status of various offices, services and events, especially for Thursday and Friday.

So I want to take this opportunity to bring you up to date.

  • All academic offices will be closed until Wednesday, Oct. 14, as well as the Bookstore, Student Accounting Services, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Card Services, Printing Services, Mail Services and both campus pools.
  • All EKU weekend classes are canceled.
  • Shuttle services will operate on a normal schedule Thursday and Friday and then resume Tuesday evening.
  • The Fresh Food Company (Upstairs Powell) will open at 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and resume normal hours Saturday through Tuesday to serve those students remaining on campus.
  • For the hours at John Grant Crabbe Library, which are subject to change, follow www.library.eku.edu.
  • The Fitness and Wellness Center will be closed Thursday and Friday and then be open the following hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; Monday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.  Hours are subject to change: please call 859-622-6751.
  • The EKU-Tennessee Tech football game has been moved to Georgetown College and will be played Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at Toyota Stadium. All previously issued tickets will be honored at the game.  Thursday is also Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night; EKU faculty and staff can receive two free tickets to the game. All seating will be general admission; there will not be any reserved seats. Additional tickets can be purchased for $8 by calling the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122 or by visiting EKUSports.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase (cash only) at Toyota Stadium while supplies last, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for all EKU students, with a valid student ID. Parking at Toyota Stadium will be $5 per vehicle. Thursday’s game is still a “Blackout.” Colonel fans are encouraged to wear black. Free black t-shirts will be available for students while supplies last. Additional security will be present for the game.

Questions have also been raised about non-exempt employees. Information is posted on the Human Resources web site at hr.eku.edu.

Again, thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we strive to create and maintain the safest possible campus environment for all of our students, faculty and staff.

Be watching for further updates from this office and from the Division of Public Safety.

Yours sincerely,
Michael Benson
President


October 7th, 2015 at 6:00PM

This Message is sent on behalf of University Housing

The University is committed to the safety and security of our students.

In order to accommodate students remaining on campus over the break, halls with low numbers of students are being consolidated with other halls through fall break. This will allow us to implement important safety measures to keep everyone safe and secure. With the closing of the University, Housing will provide round the clock security staff members at all halls open during the break.

As of 6:00pm Wednesday, October 7, your hall has been closed and student FOB access has been suspended. Students will not be permitted to remain in the hall during the closing period. Your hall will reopen at noon on Tuesday, October 13th and FOB access will be restored at that time. Impacted students wishing to stay on campus while their hall is closed will need to relocate to a hall that is remaining open during break. To inquire about relocation information or other assistance please call 859.622.2063 or 859.622.1701.

Thank you for your understanding as we seek appropriate measures to maintain the safety and security of our campus community.

October 7th, 2015 at 5:22PM

FROM THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY

To allow law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation of the continuing threat and ensure the safety of our campus community, all Eastern Kentucky University campuses have cancelled classes beginning today, October 7th, 2015, at 10:00 AM and will close Thursday, October 8th and Friday October 9th, 2015. Essential services will remain open, and police presence around the campus will continue to be increased. Some special events may continue as planned with increased security presence. Updated information will continue to be available at http://emergency.eku.edu/public-safety-alerts-updates-0

The EKU Police Department continues to follow up on tips issued from the community and is actively investigating the threat in conjunction with other Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies.

Background

On the morning of October 5, 2015, the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department issued a Public Safety Alert after receiving a report about graffiti with threatening language. The graffiti, found in a bathroom in the Powell Building, states, "KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP."

Public Safety Update for the Afternoon of October 7th, 2015

The EKU Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, continues to actively investigate this incident and provide increased patrols. They are interviewing individuals who have been identified through community-issued tips.  The University is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the responsible person or persons.

We encourage all members of the campus community to follow these basic safety precautions:

  • Immediately report suspicious persons loitering around University facilities.
  • If you become the victim of a crime, do not try to physically detain or apprehend the criminal. Report the incident immediately to the EKU Police Department at 911 or (859) 622-1111.
  • On or off campus, walk/jog/bike in groups of three or more in well-lit and well-traveled areas.
  • After dark, on campus, ride the campus shuttle http://parking.eku.edu/evening-shuttle-serviceor call (859) 622-1111 for a walking escort, when the shuttle is not running.
  •  Scan the area before you exit or approach your vehicle/building and while you proceed between sites.
  •  Have your key ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle/building.
  •  If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant. If they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number, if possible.
  • Lock doors and windows of your room/building. Do not prop open doors or let strangers in.

The EKU Police Department, through its investigative processes, has been unable to substantiate a specific threat against a specific building. Anyone having firsthand information relative to a specific threat or message should contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111 or via the online form at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting. Please be aware that knowingly making a false police report is a criminal offense.                                               

Please rely on official communications from the President’s Office and the Division of Public Safety, as opposed to unsubstantiated social media posts.  We will continue to communicate in as timely and transparent a fashion as possible, within the context and constraints of an ongoing investigation. The latest information is posted at http://emergency.eku.edu/public-safety-alerts-updates-0.

Stay Informed - Register to receive mass notifications through RAVE Mobile Safety 

To Register:

Current Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Log on to EKU Direct (https://web4s.eku.edu/pls/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin) with your EKU ID and PIN. In the main menu, click the Rave Mobile Safety - Emergency Notifications link.

Register to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging. Note: Email messages are automatically sent to all current EKU email addresses and you cannot opt-out of receiving messages on your EKU email account.

To receive text and voice messages you must opt-in by entering your telephone number(s).

Other Community Members:                                                 

Go to the Rave Site Look-up and search for Eastern Kentucky University (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register Button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

Personal Safety - What you can do right now

Take the time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on or off campus.

Visit the EKU Emergency Management webpage at http://emergency.eku.edu/, and our Emergency Action Quick Reference and Sheltering In Place page with Sub Links to various Emergencies at http://emergency.eku.edu/emergency-action-quick-reference-and-sheltering-place.

You can further prepare by reviewing The General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_general_emergency_action_plan_-_template_-_09022015.pdfand specific Building Emergency Action Plans at http://emergency.eku.edu/building-emergency-action-plans.

Care for your mental health. EKU Counseling Services stands available for any student who would like to speak with a counselor.  Call (859) 622-1303 or drop by the Counseling Center in Whitlock 571 if you have a need. 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by ENI at no cost to you, is available to assist Faculty and Staff 24/7.  You can access this resource by calling 1-800-EAP-CALL (800-327-2255) to speak directly with a professional counselor or by visiting them online at www.mybalanceworks.com. When contacting EAP, please have our group number (8892) and member ID (59190757) ready. Human Resources is also available to assist you, and can be reached at (859) 622-5094 or human.resources@eku.edu.

As always, we ask that you allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of everyone. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead.  We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels. If you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity immediately to the EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.

This series of daily updates will continue until further notice.


October 7th, 2015 at 3:30PM

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

TONIGHT'S PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

SPECIAL NOTICE: Thank you for purchasing tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the EKU Center for the Arts. The performance scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 7 has been canceled due to security reasons. We apologize for the inconvenience.


October 7th, 2015 at 2:37PM

EKU FOOTBALL GAME MOVED TO GEORGETOWN COLLEGE

Eastern Kentucky University's football game against Tennessee Tech University, scheduled for Thursday at Roy Kidd Stadium, is being moved to Toyota Stadium at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced today.

The Colonels and Golden Eagles will kick off their game at 7 p.m. at Toyota Stadium.  This facility was once the home to the Cincinnati Bengals' Summer Training Camp.  It now serves as the home to Georgetown College football, Georgetown College men's and women's soccer, Scott County High School football and Scott County High School boys' and girls' soccer.

All previously issued tickets will be honored at the game.  All seating will be general admission, there will not be any reserved seats. Additional tickets can be purchased for $8 by calling the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122 or by visiting EKUSports.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase, cash accepted only, at Toyota Stadium, while supplies last, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Admission is free for all EKU students, with a valid student ID.

Parking at Toyota Stadium will be $5 per vehicle.

For more information, visit www.EKUSports.com 


October 7th, 2015 at 1:06PM

Additional Information on Employee Responsibilities and Assignments

Today through Friday, area supervisors and senior University leadership will determine essential employees. This is a fluid situation and we rely upon the expertise of supervisors and senior University leadership in all University areas of work to determine the need for particular positions to be present, on call, working from home or other mutually agreed-upon arrangements.


October 7th, 2015 at 10:49AM

This email is being sent on behalf of President Michael Benson.

Dear Campus Community:

When you choose to learn or work at this university, you become part of the EKU family.  This week I have asked each of you to look out for each other and work together following a disturbing threat of violence on our campus.  My sincere thanks for the solidarity you have demonstrated, and the genuine care and concern many of you have expressed for your fellow Colonels.

To allow law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation of the continuing threat and ensure the safety of our campus community, classes at all EKU campuses were canceled today beginning at 10:00 am; and the University will be closed Thursday, October 8 – Friday, October 9.  We will resume full campus operations following Fall Break on Wednesday, October 14. 

As we make this adjustment to our operations, I ask for your continued patience and cooperation.  I ask employees to complete the workday today to prepare for providing essential campus services the remainder of the week. More information will be forthcoming on employee responsibilities and assignments.

Our primary goals in assessing this situation are limiting any safety risks and avoiding disruption to learning and teaching. While we are confident the responding team of law enforcement agencies has kept a watchful eye over our community and is diligently investigating the threat, it has become clear this incident continues to be unsettling to a number of our students, faculty and staff.

Understandably, this modification to our academic schedule will raise many questions.  In addition to our regular communications, we will continue to post updates on campus services and events at http://police.eku.edu/public-safety-alert-updates.

We must continue to look out for each other and strive to create and maintain a safe environment where faculty can teach, staff can serve, and students can learn.  

Thank you for your continued diligence.  As with challenges in the past, this one will be met and we will move forward – together – in the coming weeks and months.

Yours sincerely,
Michael Benson
President


October 7th, 2015 at 9:42AM

FROM THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY

To allow law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation of the continuing threat and ensure the safety of our campus community, all Eastern Kentucky University campuses will cancel classes beginning today, October 7th, 2015, at 10:00 AM and will close Thursday, October 8th and Friday October 9th, 2015. Essential services will remain open, and police presence around the campus will continue to be increased. Some special events may continue as planned with increased security presence. A message will be coming from the Office of the President providing more details. 

The EKU Police Department continues to follow up on tips issued from the community and is actively investigating the threat in conjunction with other Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies.

Background

On the morning of October 5, 2015, the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department issued a Public Safety Alert after receiving a report about graffiti with threatening language. The graffiti, found in a bathroom in the Powell Building, states, "KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP."

Public Safety Update for the Morning of October 7th, 2015

The EKU Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, continues to actively investigate this incident and provide increased patrols. They are interviewing individuals that have been identified through community issued tips.  The University is offering a $10,000 reward for the identification leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person or persons.

The EKU Police Department, through its investigative processes, has been unable to substantiate a specific threat against a specific building. Anyone having firsthand information relative to a specific threat or message should contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111 or via the online form at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting. Please be aware that knowingly making a false police report is a criminal offense.

Please rely on official communications from the President’s Office and the Division of Public Safety, as opposed to unsubstantiated social media posts.  We will continue to communicate in as timely and transparent a fashion as possible, within the context and constraints of an ongoing investigation. The latest information is also posted at http://emergency.eku.edu/public-safety-alerts-updates-0.

Stay Informed - Register to receive mass notifications through RAVE Mobile Safety 

To Register:

Current Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Log on to EKU Direct (https://web4s.eku.edu/pls/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin) with your EKU ID and PIN. In the main menu, click the Rave Mobile Safety - Emergency Notifications link.

Register to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging. Note: Email messages are automatically sent to all current EKU email addresses and you cannot opt-out of receiving messages on your EKU email account.

To receive text and voice messages you must opt-in by entering your telephone number(s).

Other Community Members:                                                 

Go to the Rave Site Look-up and search for Eastern Kentucky University (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register Button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

Personal Safety - What you can do right now

Take the time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on or off campus.

Visit the EKU Emergency Management webpage at http://emergency.eku.edu/, and our EKU Emergency Guide Poster at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/eku_emergency_guide_-_version_7.pdf

You can further prepare by reviewing The General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_general_emergency_action_plan_-_template_-_09022015.pdfand specific Building Emergency Action Plans at http://emergency.eku.edu/building-emergency-action-plans.

Care for your mental health. EKU Counseling Services stands available for any student who would like to speak with a counselor.  Call (859) 622-1303 or drop by the Counseling Center in Whitlock 571 if you have a need. 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by ENI at no cost to you, is available to assist Faculty and Staff 24/7.  You can access this resource by calling 1-800-EAP-CALL (800-327-2255) to speak directly with a professional counselor or by visiting them online at www.mybalanceworks.com. When contacting EAP, please have our group number (8892) and member ID (59190757) ready. Human Resources is also available to assist you, and can be reached at (859) 622-5094 or human.resources@eku.edu.

As always, we ask that you allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of everyone. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead.  We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels. If you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity immediately to the EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.


October 6th, 2015 at 4:54PM

FROM THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY

The EKU Police Department continues to follow up on tips issued from the community and is actively investigating this incident in conjunction with other Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies. No new information is available at this time but we want you to take this opportunity to review information relative to this issue.

Background

On the morning of October 5, 2015, the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department issued a Public Safety Alert after receiving a report about graffiti with threatening language. The graffiti, found in a bathroom in the Powell Building, states, "KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP."

Public Safety Update for the Afternoon of October 6, 2015

As noted earlier, concerns have been expressed via social media about threats made in or about particular campus buildings. The EKU Police Department, through its investigative processes, has been unable to substantiate a specific threat against any specific building. Anyone having firsthand information relative to a specific threat or message should contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111 or via the online form at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting. Please be aware that knowingly making a false police report is a criminal offense.                                               

Please rely on official communications from the President’s Office and the Division of Public Safety, as opposed to unsubstantiated and sometimes irresponsible social media posts.  We will continue to communicate in as timely and transparent a fashion as possible, within the context and constraints of an ongoing investigation. The latest information is also posted at http://emergency.eku.edu/public-safety-alerts-updates-0.

The EKU Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, continues to actively investigate this incident and provide increased patrols. The University is offering a $10,000 reward for the identification leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person or persons.

Stay Informed - Register to receive mass notifications through RAVE Mobile Safety 

To Register:

Current Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Log on to EKU Direct (https://web4s.eku.edu/pls/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin) with your EKU ID and PIN. In the main menu, click the Rave Mobile Safety - Emergency Notifications link.

Register to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging. Note: Email messages are automatically sent to all current EKU email addresses and you cannot opt-out of receiving messages on your EKU email account.

To receive text and voice messages you must opt-in by entering your telephone number(s).

Other Community Members:                                                 

Go to the Rave Site Look-up and search for Eastern Kentucky University (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register Button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

Personal Safety - What you can do right now

Take the time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on or off campus.

Visit the EKU Emergency Management webpage at http://emergency.eku.edu/, and our EKU Emergency Guide Poster at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/eku_emergency_guide_-_version_7.pdf

You can further prepare by reviewing The General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_general_emergency_action_plan_-_template_-_09022015.pdf.

Care for your mental health. EKU Counseling Services stands available for any student who would like to speak with a counselor.  Call (859) 622-1303 or drop by the Counseling Center in Whitlock 571 if you have a need. 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by ENI at no cost to you, is available to assist Faculty and Staff 24/7.  You can access this resource by calling 1-800-EAP-CALL (800-327-2255) to speak directly with a professional counselor or by visiting them online at www.mybalanceworks.com. When contacting EAP, please have our group number (8892) and member ID (59190757) ready. Human Resources is also available to assist you, and can be reached at (859) 622-5094 or human.resources@eku.edu.

As always, we ask that you allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of everyone. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead.  We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels. If you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity immediately to the EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.

This series of daily updates will continue until further notice.


October 6th, 2015 at 1:31PM

This email is being sent on behalf of President Michael Benson.

Dear Campus Community:

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation as we continue to deal with the campus threat that came to our attention early Monday morning.  Just as we did with a similar threat last February, we will get through this difficult time by working together, looking out for each other and remaining vigilant.

I cannot emphasize enough that the University remains open and committed to its mission.  Classes are being held as usual. Some extracurricular activities this week have been postponed or cancelled in order that all resources can be focused on essential functions of the University.

Faculty members are encouraged to remain sensitive to their students’ concerns and anxieties.  In response to questions we have received, I wish to reiterate that students who do not attend class must make up all missed work and will be permitted to do so without penalty. This includes excusing their absences. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the faculty member and make arrangements to complete any missed work. 

As a parent myself, I understand the concerns that some parents of our students have expressed. Rest assured that the University takes any threats to campus and personal safety very seriously.  Additional resources have been secured to bolster security throughout our buildings and grounds and to assist in the investigation.

Model Laboratory School made its own decision Monday to close today, Wednesday and Thursday (Friday is a scheduled professional development day).  Many factors went into the school’s decision, which the University supports.  Unlike EKU, Model can easily make up the missed days.  Also, the school serves a different population, with students ranging from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.  In the same vein, we ask that you refrain from bringing minors (children, grandchildren, etc.) onto campus the next two days. 

As was noted in an earlier e-mail, concerns have been expressed via social media about threats made in or about particular campus buildings. The EKU Police Department, through its investigative processes, has been unable to substantiate a specific threat against any specific building. Anyone having firsthand information relative to a specific threat or message should contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111 or via the online form at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting.   As I said Monday, the University will not tolerate threats to the safety of our campus or well-being of the members of our community. The person or persons responsible will be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I ask everyone to continue to rely on official communications from my office and the Division of Public Safety, as opposed to unsubstantiated and sometimes irresponsible social media posts.  We will continue to communicate in as timely and transparent a fashion as possible, within the context and constraints of an ongoing investigation. The latest information is also posted at http://police.eku.edu/public-safety-alert-updates.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we face this challenge with unity and resolve.

Yours sincerely,
Michael T. Benson
President


October 6th, 2015 at 11:48AM

FROM THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Background

On the morning of October 5, 2015, the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department issued a Public Safety Alert after receiving a report about graffiti with threatening language. The graffiti, found in a bathroom in the Powell Building, states, "KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP."

Public Safety Update for the Morning of October 6, 2015

It has come to our attention that concerns have been expressed on some social media sites, about threats made in and about particular buildings. The EKU Police Department, through its investigative processes, has been unable to substantiate a specific threat against a specific building.

If you have firsthand information relative to a specific threat or message, you are asked to contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111. 

The EKU Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, continues to actively investigate this incident and provide increased patrols. The University is offering a $10,000 reward for the identification leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person or persons.

Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111. 

An online tip form is available to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual(s).  This online form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting

Personal Safety - What you can do right now

Take the time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on or off campus.

Visit the EKU Emergency Management webpage at http://emergency.eku.edu/, and our Emergency Action Quick Reference and Sheltering In Place page with Sub Links to various Emergencies at http://emergency.eku.edu/emergency-action-quick-reference-and-sheltering-place.

You can further prepare by reviewing The General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_general_emergency_action_plan_-_template_-_09022015.pdf.

As the EKU Police Department continues to investigate, we ask that all members of the campus community allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of all of us. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead.  We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels.

Additionally, we recommend that you avoid bringing your minor children on campus, during this time of heightened awareness.   

We encourage all members of the campus community to follow these basic safety precautions:

• Immediately report suspicious persons loitering around University facilities.

• If you become the victim of a crime, do not try to physically detain or apprehend the criminal. Report the incident immediately to the EKU Police Department at 911 or (859) 622-1111.

• On or off campus, walk/jog/bike in groups of three or more in well-lit and well-traveled areas.

• Scan the area before you exit or approach your vehicle/building and while you proceed between sites.

• Have your key ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle/building.

• If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant. If they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number, if possible.

• Lock doors and windows of your room/building. Do not prop open doors or let strangers in.

Register to receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

Members of the EKU Campus Community:

If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLoginto register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:                             

Search for Eastern Kentucky University on the RAVE site look up web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

This series of daily updates will continue until further notice.


October 5th, 2015 at 3:37PM

FROM THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Background

On the morning of October 5, 2015, the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department issued a Public Safety Alert after receiving a report about graffiti with threatening language. The graffiti, found in a bathroom in the Powell Building, states, "KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP."

Public Safety Update for the Afternoon of October 5, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff.  To that end, the EKU Police Chief contacted the Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI), Kentucky State Police, Richmond Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office, and Berea Police Department, to inform them of the threat and ask for their assistance by increasing patrols through campus and having a presence on campus through Thursday, Oct 8.

The EKU Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, is actively investigating this incident. The University is offering a $10,000 reward for the identification, arrest and conviction of the responsible person or persons.

Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  An online tip form is available to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual.  This online form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting

As the EKU Police Department continues to investigate, we ask that all members of the campus community allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of all of us. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead.  We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels. Additionally, we recommend that you avoid bringing your minor children on campus, during this time of heightened awareness.   

What you can do right now

Take the time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on or off campus. Visit the EKU Emergency Management webpage at http://emergency.eku.edu/.

Share any information you might have about this case with EKU Police at (859) 622-1111 or through the online tip reporting form.

Prepare by reviewing The General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_general_emergency_action_plan_-_template_-_09022015.pdfand specific Building Emergency Action Plans located at http://emergency.eku.edu/building-emergency-action-plans

Care for your mental health. EKU Counseling Services stands available for any student who would like to speak with a counselor.  Call (859) 622-1303 or drop by the Counseling Center in Whitlock 571 if you have a need. 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by ENI at no cost to you, is available to assist Faculty and Staff 24/7.  You can access this resource by calling 1-800-EAP-CALL (800-327-2255) to speak directly with a professional counselor or by visiting them online at www.mybalanceworks.com. When contacting EAP, please have our group number (8892) and member ID (59190757) ready. Human Resources is also available to assist you, and can be reached at (859) 622-5094 or human.resources@eku.edu.

Register to receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

Members of the EKU Campus Community:

If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLoginto register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:                                           

Search for Eastern Kentucky University on the RAVE site look up web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku). Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner. Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

This series of daily updates will continue until further notice.


October 5th, 2015 at 2:20PM

IMPORTANT MODEL UPDATE
This morning, a threatening message was found in a bathroom in Eastern Kentucky University’s Powell Building. The threat is detailed at http://police.eku.edu/public-safety-alert-updates.
After a meeting of Model Laboratory School, College of Education and EKU administrators along with Public Safety officials, a decision has been made to close Model Laboratory School for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (October 6-8). October 9 is a professional development day for faculty and staff only at Model Laboratory School. October 12-13 continue to be Fall Break days when EKU and Model are closed. The next date Model students will be in school will be Wednesday, October 14.
All Model Lab extracurricular activities scheduled on the Model or EKU main campus will be cancelled through October 8. Coaches and sponsors may arrange practices with approval from the director or athletic director at off-campus locations.
This plan will require many adjustments from everyone, but the top concern is the safety of our Model Pre-K through 12th grade students. Many factors were considered in making this decision. The Model Site Based Council will work on an amended school year schedule. We appreciate the cooperation and support of parents, faculty, staff, EKU Public Safety, and the community.


October 5th, 2015 at 1:25PM

From the Office of the President:

In light of the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, I am acutely aware that this morning’s announcement concerning a threat of violence posted in one of our campus buildings is disturbing and unsettling for all of us.

Let me be absolutely clear: threats such as this will not be tolerated and the person or persons responsible will be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  To make such a threat is a felony and we will make every attempt to find those at fault and ensure that this does not happen again.

At the same time, I want to assure you that the University is taking this threat very seriously, and is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment where faculty can teach, staff can serve, and students can achieve their educational, personal, and professional goals.  This will be increasingly evident as we bolster security throughout our buildings and grounds and involve local, state and federal agencies in that work.

As we continue to assess and respond to the threat, the University will remain open and committed to our mission.  Students who choose not to attend class will be required to make up any missed work and should coordinate assignments with their respective faculty members.  We will continue to reassess campus operations and make adjustments as warranted in the coming hours and days.

Already, a number of campus activities are being rescheduled to allow law enforcement to dedicate its resources to provide an increased police presence at primary university activities, including classes and large events.  Announcements on rescheduling of individual events will be made through the event organizer and posted on the University’s home page.  I want to encourage all members of the campus community to join in what needs to be a campus-wide effort to face this challenge with unity and resolve.

To reiterate an earlier announcement, the University is offering a $10,000 reward for the identification, arrest and conviction of the responsible person or persons.  Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  Also, an online tip form is available to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual.  This online form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting

All of us join our Police Department in encouraging members of our campus community to remain vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels.

I like to think of EKU as a family and our campus as our home.  Family members look out for each other.  We do not and will not allow anyone to intimidate us or to create an environment where any of us does not feel welcomed or safe.  But we will also leave to each of our family members the right to decide what they choose to do in the days ahead.  Work with your faculty, staff and student colleagues to adjust schedules in the coming days as you think appropriate.

If you are a member of the EKU campus community, and you haven’t already done so, I urge you to register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system.  This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts.  Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

Others interested in receiving EKU emergency messages should:

Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

Thank you for your continued service to EKU.

Yours sincerely,
Michael T. Benson
President


October 5th, 2015 at 9:41AM

Public Safety Alerts - $10,000.00 Reward

From: Brian Mullins, Chief of Police

Date: October 5, 2015

Dear University Community:

The EKU Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, is actively investigating the bathroom graffiti incident that was reported this morning.  The University is offering a $10,000.00 Reward for the identification, arrest and conviction of the responsible person or persons.

Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  An online tip form is available to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual.  This online form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting

As the EKU Police Department continues to investigate, we ask that all members of the campus community allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of all of us. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead.  We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels.


October 5th, 2015 at 6:27AM

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff.  The Eastern Kentucky University Police Department is investigating a report of bathroom graffiti with threatening language found in the Powell Building Sunday, October 4 (reported in the early hours of October 5th).  The message states "KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP."

University administration and law enforcement are gathering information and will continue to provide updates to the campus community.  Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  An anonymous online tip form is available to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual.  This on-line form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting

We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels by following these basic safety precautions:

• Immediately report suspicious persons loitering around University facilities.

• If you become the victim of a crime, do not try to physically detain or apprehend the criminal. Report the incident immediately to the EKU Police Department at 911 or (859) 622-1111.

• On or off campus, walk/jog/bike in groups of three or more in well-lit and well-traveled areas.

• Scan the area before you exit or approach your vehicle/building and while you proceed between sites.

• Have your key ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle/building.

• If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant. If they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number, if possible.

• Lock doors and windows of your room/building. Do not prop open doors or let strangers in.

For more information on campus safety precautions and the emergency notification system please visit EKU Emergency Management at http://emergency.eku.edu/.

Register and receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

Members of the EKU Campus Community:

If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:                                                 

Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.

Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.


October 2nd, 2015 at 11:15 AM

EKU's Statement on the Shooting at Umpqua Community College

From the Vice President for Finance and Administration

This message is being sent on behalf of the Division of Public Safety

In the wake of yesterday’s attack at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, we would like to express our deepest sympathies for the victims, the families, and the community members affected by this tragic shooting.

This tragedy reminds us of the importance of being prepared to take safety precautions during a violent incident.

We would like to share a video on active shooter preparedness presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, available at:
http://www.dhs.gov/video/options-consideration-active-shooter-preparedne...

Please take some time to review this video. Four minutes could save your life.

For more information and resources, about what you can do to protect yourself during a Hostile Intruder | Active Violence | Active Shooter event, please visit our EKU Emergency Management webpages:
http://emergency.eku.edu/
http://emergency.eku.edu/hostile-intruder-active-violence-active-shooter

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? The Office of Emergency Management within the Division of Public Safety is available to conduct Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures Test Exercises for any group or member of the EKU community upon request. For more information, or to schedule a test exercise, please contact EKU Emergency Management at 859-622-8987, 859-622-1111, or email gary.folckemer@eku.edu.

Thank you.


September 16th, 2015 at 9:17AM

EKU EXERCISE ALL CLEAR: The simulated emergency has passed. Please resume your normal activities. Thank you for your cooperation. THIS WAS ONLY A TEST.


September 16th, 2015 at 8:34AM

TEST EXERCISE MESSAGE:

The Madison County Emergency Management Agency / Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (EMA/CSEPP) is conducting its annual disaster exercise today.  This exercise is based on a mock incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot and members of FEMA are in the county to evaluate community readiness.

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Campus, is participating, in a limited capacity, in this exercise.

If this were an actual emergency, you would be asked to go to one of our Enhanced Shelter In Place (ESIP) Buildings.

You would go to either the:

Alumni Coliseum

Combs Building

Model Gymnasium

Perkins Building

Thompson Hall

University Building

or Whitlock Building

Click Below for a Map showing the ESIP Buildings:

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_bldgs_map.pdf

If this were an actual emergency, you would first be alerted to the danger through the outdoor warning siren system. An alternating, high and low, wailing siren sound indicates a chemical emergency. This should not be confused with the severe weather siren, which is a steady wailing sound. Your automatic, default, protective action would be to go to one of our Enhanced Shelter In Place (ESIP) Buildings without delay.

Once you arrive, you would move inside the protected area of the building, close and latch all perimeter windows and doors, and activate the Collective Protection System (CPS), by pressing the red button on the face of the system control panel.

The System Control Panels are located at:

Alumni Coliseum - 2nd Floor Rm 208

Combs Building - 1st Floor North East Closet

Model Gymnasium - Lower Level Room 151

Perkins Building - First Level Main Lobby

Thompson Hall - 1st Floor Laundry Room 107

University Building - 3rd Floor by 323A

Whitlock Building - 1st Floor Room 151

Click Below for Floor Plans and Instructions for Operating the Collective Protection Systems:

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_buildings_and_cps_control_panels_06172015.pdf

Additionally, you may click below for a Control Panel Operations Checklist:

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/panel_operation_checklist.pdf

If this were an actual emergency, the chemical plume would be modeled, and a projection would be made about when the plume is anticipated to arrive in our zones (Zones 2E and/or 2D, 1C, and 3D). That would be the time you would be asked to lock your perimeter doors and not allow anyone else to enter your building. Anyone arriving at your building after that time should be directed to Shelter In Place somewhere else. For the purposes of this exercise, Model and Burrier Schools, will be demonstrating their actual Shelter In Place procedures. If you are in one of our Enhanced Shelter In Place Buildings, and are participating in this exercise, please assume a 20 minute time, for the Simulated Plume to arrive, and then simulate locking windows and doors and posting signs, 20 minutes after you receive this message.

Click Below for a Sheltered In Place Protected Sign which you would post on your doors, when you lock them, during an actual event:

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/shelter_in_place_protected_sign.pdf

If you are participating in today’s exercise, thank you.

You will only be asked to Shelter In Place for a brief period of time. An Exercise All Clear message will be sent when the simulated emergency has passed, and at that time, you should deactivate your Collective Protection System, by pressing the red button on the face of the system control panel again. Then you may exit your building, to the outside, and resume your normal activities. If this were an actual emergency, for your continued safety, you might be asked to relocate outside of Madison County. Once the EMA determines the best available location for you to go to, a message would be sent to inform you.

Again, thank you for participating, and thank you for all you do, to help keep our students, faculty, and staff, safe and healthy.

More Information about Hazardous Materials and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program is available at:

http://emergency.eku.edu/hazardous-materials-csepp-chemical-stockpile-emergency-preparedness-program

THIS IS ONLY A TEST.


August 19th, 2015 at 12:20PM

EKU Monthly Test - Focus on CSEPP

EKU Test: Eastern Kentucky University is conducting a scheduled test of the Emergency Notification System. If this had been an actual emergency, a brief description of the event and other pertinent information would have been included in this message.

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Do you know what to do in a chemical emergency? Summer is a great time to learn more about the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

Please visit our resources at:
http://emergency.eku.edu/hazardous-materials-csepp-chemical-stockpile-em...
http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/hazmat_hazardous_...
http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/enhanced_shelter_...
http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/esip_buildings_an...
http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/eku_cont_of_ops_c...

For more information, or to schedule training, please contact EKU Emergency Management at 859-622-8987, 859-622-1111, or email gary.folckemer@eku.edu.

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

Madison County is divided into zones, so that protective action recommendations and decisions can be made in the specific areas affected by a chemical incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Eastern Kentucky University is primarily located within two zones. Richmond Campus north of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2E and Richmond Campus south of the EKU By-Pass is located in Zone 2D. Other EKU facilities in Madison County include Meadowbrook Farms located in Zone 1C and Madison Airport located in Zone 3D. In the event of a chemical release, modeling software is used to determine the path of the release. Any zones that are affected in the model are recommended to shelter-in-place until the chemical agents have dissipated. The affected areas are then relocated (evacuated) according to set protocols by Madison County EMA/CSEPP.

The CSEPP program has modified certain Richmond Campus buildings to be used as Enhanced Shelter-in-Place (ESIP) buildings. These buildings have had sensors placed on the doors as well as an automated system that shuts down the HVAC system and closes all the dampers in the building.

The ESIP/CPS Control Panels can be found in the following locations:

Alumni Coliseum - 2nd Floor Rm 208
Combs Building - 1st Floor NE Closet
Model Gymnasium - Lower Level Room 151
Perkins Building - First Level Main Lobby
Thompson Hall - 1st Floor Laundry Room 107
University Building - 3rd Floor by 323A
Whitlock Building - 1st Floor Room 151

Instructions for operating the Collective Protection Systems (CPS) in these buildings include:

Move everyone into the protected area when notified that a hazardous event has occurred.
Please assist individuals with functional and access needs to the shelter areas.
Manually close and latch all perimeter doors and windows.
Start the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button on the face of the control panel. Any individual may activate the system when needed. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.
Keep all doors and windows closed.
Remain in the protected area until notified that the hazard has been cleared.
After being notified that the hazard has cleared, stop the ESIP/CPS system by pushing the red start button again. Any individual may deactivate the system when the all clear order is given. EKU Public Safety officials may not be in your ESIP building.
Perimeter doors may now be opened. Exit outside.
Individuals may be directed to relocate out of the affected area.

In the event that one of the Richmond Campus Zones, 2E or 2D, is affected by a chemical incident, the protective action decision will be applied to both Richmond Campus Zones 2E and 2D.

If you cannot go to an ESIP building you should follow these general guidelines:

Take family, friends, and/or visitors immediately indoors.
Close and lock all windows and doors. Locking creates a better seal.
Shut off heating/air-conditioning systems (if possible) and fans that draw air from the outside.
Close vents.
If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.
Go to the room you have chosen as your shelter. Bring your personal shelter kit, enough food and water for a few hours, your Advisor Alert Radio, a portable AM/FM radio, and a flashlight into this room. We recommend that you keep both your Advisor Alert Radio and Shelter In Place kit in your selected shelter.
Shut and seal the door to the rest of the building with plastic and duct tape. Put duct tape on electrical outlets and vents. Use duct tape and plastic to cover any windows.
Note: You will not run out of air in a shelter room. Sealing the room just slows the flow of air from the outside, protecting you longer from possible exposure.
Listen to one of the Local Emergency Alert System radio stations for further instructions.
Local Emergency Alert System Radio Stations: WCBR 1110 AM, WEKY 1340 AM, WKXO 1500 AM, WIRV 1550 AM, WEKU 88.9 FM (EKU Campus Radio), WCYO 100.7 FM, WLFX 106.7 FM

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Emergency Management would like to remind the community that we are all empowered and responsible for our own safety. When emergencies occur, first responders will be summoned and will respond to the scene of the incident. Responder priorities will be to stabilize the event, protect human life and health, protect the environment, and protect property. Help will come, but it will take some time to get to all affected individuals. The EKU Emergency Action Plans were written to provide everyone with practical information, which can be used to make good decisions, and help individuals to be safe in times of crisis. The Emergency Action Plans inform you of what you can do, and the Emergency Notification System informs you that there is an emergency. With Rave Mobile Safety, you can manage your own contact information.

We encourage you to review your information on a regular basis, and make changes to it as your circumstances change. It is easy to maintain your information. You can use this link and follow the instructions to manage your contacts.

http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/emergency_notific...

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This concludes the test of the EKU Emergency Notification System.

 


February 11th, 2015

Although there has been no threat-related incident as of this writing, all faculty, students and staff should respect the threat and remain vigilant.  EKU Police, with the assistance of several partner agencies, continues to investigate numerous leads in this case, and the University is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of the campus community.

The heightened police presence continues tonight, involving EKU Police, Kentucky State Police, Richmond Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Berea Police, in addition to various emergency medical service providers.

An increased police presence is also planned for two major campus events tonight: the home basketball game with Morehead State and the Alton Brown program at the Center for the Arts. As an added measure of security, there will be bag checks at the basketball game.

We continue to ask that you allow these trained professionals to provide for the safety of all of us.  Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will only impede our efforts to provide comprehensive security and protection.

If you see any suspicious behavior or activity, you are urged to report it immediately to EKU Police at (859) 622-1111. An anonymous on-line tip form is also available at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting.

You can learn more about your possible response options to an active shooter at: http://www.dhs.gov/video/options-consideration-active-shooter-preparedness-video.

More than 600 additional individuals have signed up for the RAVE emergency messaging system in the last two days alone. If you have not yet registered, we strongly encourage you to do so.  Remember: these messages are also helpful during severe storm season and on many other occasions. You can register your personal communication devices with RAVE at any time from your EKU Direct account: click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin. Look for Rave Mobile Safety – Emergency Notifications under the Main Menu. Others interested in receiving EKU emergency messages may go to the EKU account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku), click on the Register button in the upper right hand corner, submit information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

You are also encouraged to review the General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_emergency_action_plan_-_revised_2013.pdf and specific Building Emergency Action Plans at http://emergency.eku.edu/building-emergency-action-plans.  (These Emergency Action Plans are posted as a general reference.  They may not include the most recent personnel and position changes; however the information related to emergency response and evacuation procedures remains valid.)

The EKU Counseling Services office remains available for any student who would like to speak with a counselor.  Anyone with that need is asked to call (859) 622-1303 or drop by the Counseling Center in Whitlock 571.  Students are also encouraged to visit the EKU Counseling Center at http://www.counseling.eku.edu and click on “Mental Health Care during Times of Stress” for helpful strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety, including some smart-phone apps.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by ENI at no cost to employees, is available to assist faculty and staff 24/7.  Employees can access this resource by calling 1-800-EAP-CALL (800-327-2255) to speak directly with a professional counselor or by visiting them online at http://www.mybalanceworks.com.  When contacting EAP, please have the University’s group number (8892) and member ID (59190757) ready.  Human Resources is also available for assistance, and may be reached at (859) 622-5094 or human.resources@eku.edu.

You may continue to notice a somewhat heightened police presence in the immediate future – the EKU Police Department maintains a very close, and mutually beneficial, working relationship with our area law enforcement agencies and other providers.  As the campus gradually returns to a sense of normalcy in the days and weeks ahead, thank you for your patience and understanding and for all the measures you have taken and will continue to take to enhance your personal safety and that of your students, classmates and colleagues.

Any future updates will be issued on an as-needed basis.
 


February 10th, 2015

As EKU Police, with the assistance of our partner agencies, continues to investigate numerous leads in this case, the University is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of the campus community.

EKU Police met on Monday, Feb. 9, with representatives of numerous law enforcement agencies, including the Kentucky State Police, Richmond Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Berea Police, in addition to various emergency medical service providers and Baptist Health, among others. All these law enforcement agencies will join EKU Police on Wednesday, Feb. 11, and form a strong and highly visible presence on and around our campus.

An increased police presence is also planned for two major campus events on Wednesday night: the home basketball game with Morehead State and the Alton Brown program at the Center for the Arts. As an added measure of security, there will be bag checks at the basketball game.

We continue to ask that you allow these trained professionals to provide for the safety of all of us. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will only impede our efforts to provide comprehensive security and protection in the days ahead. To see the EKU weapons policy, visit http://policies.eku.edu/sites/policies.eku.edu/files/policies/111612_interim_weapons_on_campus_policy_use.pdf.

There are no plans to close campus or cancel EKU classes; however, faculty, staff and students may take steps to adjust class times or meeting spaces as they feel appropriate. (Model Laboratory School is closed Wednesday, Feb. 11.) As President Benson mentioned in his recent campus communication, the decision to come to work on Wednesday, Feb. 11, will be left to each individual employee. The campus will remain open, and there will be increased security throughout our buildings and grounds.  Staff can choose to come to work as normal, or make arrangements to work from home if possible.  Time reporting information for Wednesday is available at http://www.hr.eku.edu/insidelook/wednesday-february-11-staff-reporting-procedures.  If staff choose NOT to come to campus, no vacation or sick leave will be assessed, but each employee must let his/her supervisor know of their decision prior to the start of their scheduled shift on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to respect the threat, be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels, but remain engaged in the essential business of learning, living and working on our campus. If you see any suspicious behavior or activity, you are urged to report it immediately to EKU Police at (859) 622-1111. An anonymous on-line tip form is also available at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting.

You can learn more about your possible response options to an active shooter at: http://www.dhs.gov/video/options-consideration-active-shooter-preparedness-video.

If you have not yet signed up for the RAVE emergency messaging system, we strongly encourage you to do so. The University is providing a free “EKU Strong” t-shirt, as a symbol of our unity and resolve, to all those who sign up at one of several campus locations this evening or Wednesday, Feb. 11. You can register today from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Fitness and Wellness Center lobby. Then, on Wednesday, signups will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Powell Student Center and Business and Technology Center lobby, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stratton Cafeteria. (Those who have already registered for RAVE will be able to show the person at the registration booth that their phone number is in the system and also receive a free shirt.)

You don’t have to visit a booth tonight or tomorrow. You may also register your personal communication devices with RAVE at any time from your EKU Direct account: click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin. Look for Rave Mobile Safety – Emergency Notifications under the Main Menu. Others interested in receiving EKU emergency messages may go to the EKU account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku), click on the Register button in the upper right hand corner, submit information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

You are also encouraged to prepare by reviewing the General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_emergency_action_plan_-_revised_2013.pdf and specific Building Emergency Action Plans at http://emergency.eku.edu/building-emergency-action-plans.  These Emergency Action Plans are posted as a general reference. They may not include the most recent personnel and position changes. However, the information related to emergency response and evacuation procedures remains valid.

The EKU Counseling Services office is available for any student who would like to speak with a counselor.  Anyone with that need is asked to call (859) 622-1303 or drop by the Counseling Center in Whitlock 571. Students are also encouraged to visit the EKU Counseling Center at http://www.counseling.eku.edu and click on “Mental Health Care during Times of Stress” for helpful strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety, including some smart-phone apps.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by ENI at no cost to employees, is available to assist faculty and staff 24/7.  Employees can access this resource by calling 1-800-EAP-CALL (800-327-2255) to speak directly with a professional counselor or by visiting them online at www.mybalanceworks.com . When contacting EAP, please have the University’s group number (8892) and member ID (59190757) ready.  Human Resources is also available for assistance, and may be reached at (859) 622-5094 or human.resources@eku.edu.
 


February 9th, 2015

While the University continues to treat this threat very seriously, there are no plans to close the campus or cancel classes. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to respect the threat, be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels, but remain engaged in the essential business of learning, living and working on our campus.

As law enforcement officials continue to investigate the case, our best approach as a campus community is simply to prepare ourselves and remain EKU Strong. As a means of preparation and as a show of unity, if you have not yet signed up for the RAVE emergency messaging system, you have a chance to do just that Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 10, and Wednesday, Feb. 11, and receive a free “EKU Strong” t-shirt. Signups will take place Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Stratton Cafeteria, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Powell Student Center and the Business and Technology Center (BTC) lobby, and from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Fitness and Wellness Center lobby. Then, on Wednesday, signups will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Powell and BTC and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stratton. (Those who have already registered for RAVE will be able to show the person at the registration booth that their phone number is in the system and also receive a free shirt.)

You may also register your personal communication devices with RAVE at any time from your EKU Direct account: Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin. Others interested in receiving EKU emergency messages may go to the EKU account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku), click on the Register button in the upper right hand corner, submit information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

Meanwhile, if you have any information that might lead to identifying the individual responsible for this threat, you are encouraged to use the anonymous on-line tip form at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting or contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.

As you arrive on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 11, you will notice an increased law enforcement presence. We continue to ask that you allow these trained professionals to provide for the safety of all of us. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will only impede our efforts to provide comprehensive security and protection in the days ahead. To see the EKU weapons policy, visit http://policies.eku.edu/sites/policies.eku.edu/files/policies/111612_interim_weapons_on_campus_policy_use.pdf.

You are also encouraged to prepare by reviewing the General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_emergency_action_plan_-_revised_2013.pdf and specific Building Emergency Action Plans at http://emergency.eku.edu/building-emergency-action-plans.  These Emergency Action Plans are posted as a general reference. They may not include the most recent personnel and position changes. However, the information related to emergency response and evacuation procedures remains valid.

EKU Counseling Services is available for any student who would like to speak with a counselor.  Anyone with that need is asked to call (859) 622-1303 or drop by the Counseling Center in Whitlock 571.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by ENI at no cost to employees, is available to assist faculty and staff 24/7.  Employees can access this resource by calling 1-800-EAP-CALL (800-327-2255) to speak directly with a professional counselor or by visiting them online at www.mybalanceworks.com . When contacting EAP, please have the University’s group number (8892) and member ID (59190757) ready.  Human Resources is also available for assistance, and may be reached at (859) 622-5094 or human.resources@eku.edu.

 


February 8th, 2015

An anonymous on-line tip form has been created as a means for individuals to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual.  This on-line form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting.  EKU Police can also be contacted at (859) 622-1111.

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels.

The EKU Police Department continues to investigate and asks that all members of the campus community allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of all of us. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  

If you have not already read the statement from President Benson, you can find it at http://president.eku.edu/sites/president.eku.edu/files/files/message.pdf.

What you can do right now:

We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels. Take the extra time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on campus and off. Here are a few Actions you can take today:

  • Work with your faculty, staff and student colleagues to adjust schedules in the coming days as you think appropriate.
  • Share any information you might have about this case with EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.
  • Prepare by reviewing The General EKU Emergency Action Plan (pdf format) at http://emergency.eku.edu/sites/emergency.eku.edu/files/1_eku_emergency_action_plan_-_revised_2013.pdf and specific Building Emergency Action Plans located at http://emergency.eku.edu/building-emergency-action-plans
  • Care for your mental health. EKU Counseling Services stands available for any student who would like to speak with a counselor.  Call (859) 622-1303 or drop by the Counseling Center in Whitlock 571 if you have a need.  
  • The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by ENI at no cost to you, is available to assist Faculty and Staff 24/7.  You can access this resource by calling 1-800-EAP-CALL (800-327-2255) to speak directly with a professional counselor or by visiting them online at www.mybalanceworks.com . When contacting EAP, please have our group number (8892) and member ID (59190757) ready.    Human Resources is also available to assist you, and can be reached at (859) 622-5094 or human.resources@eku.edu .
  • Register and receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

Members of the EKU Campus Community:

  • If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:

  • Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).
  • Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.
  • Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.
     

February 7th, 2015

An anonymous on-line tip form has been created as a means for individuals to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual.  This on-line form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting.  EKU Police can also be contacted at (859) 622-1111.

The threat contained is this graffiti poses a great challenge for all of us at EKU. Across campus and in EKU family homes here and abroad, important discussions are taking place right now about how best to respond to this threat. While we have no plans at this time to close campus or cancel classes, this does not mean our faculty, staff and students are limited in the steps they can take in adjusting class times or meeting spaces as they feel appropriate. We encourage all members of the campus community to join in a campus-wide effort to face this challenge with unity, resolve and ingenuity.  Now is the time for creative solutions that respect what is a very real threat but still allow the EKU living and learning experience to continue.

The EKU Police Department asks that all members of the campus community allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of all of us. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  

What you can do right now:

We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels. Take the extra time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on campus and off. Here are a few Actions you can take today:

  • Work with your faculty, staff and student colleagues to adjust schedules in the coming days as you think appropriate.
  • Share any information you might have about this case with EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.
  • Register and receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

Members of the EKU Campus Community:

  • If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:

  • Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).
  • Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.
  • Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.
     

February 6th, 2015

From the Office of the President:

In the courses I have taught on international relations, some of my lectures have focused on the primary function and fundamental responsibility that falls to each state throughout the history of the world.  Unless a nation-state can secure its borders and ensure protection of its citizens, everything else is secondary and, in effect, rendered much less consequential.  That is to say, if a citizen cannot rely on the state to protect his or her life, what good is infrastructure, or schools, or due process, or health care, or civil liberties, or anything else?

The same could be said for colleges and universities.  Our primary role is to create a safe learning environment where faculty can teach, staff can serve, and students can achieve their educational, personal, and professional goals.

Earlier this week, we discovered some lettering on the back of a bathroom stall in the Combs Building.  The words written were threatening and have put all of us in a heightened state of alert and concern.  To my knowledge, this is the first time such an episode has occurred at Eastern Kentucky University. We are treating this threat very seriously. Across campus, and in EKU family homes everywhere, including my own, important discussions are taking place right now about how best to respond to this threat. While we have no plans at this time to close campus or cancel classes, this does not mean our faculty, staff and students are limited in the steps they can take in adjusting class times or meeting spaces as they feel appropriate. I want to encourage all members of the campus community to join in what needs to be a campus-wide effort to face this challenge with unity and resolve.

As such, we are taking the following steps:

It will be left entirely to each individual faculty member whether or how he/she holds class on Wednesday.  No student or faculty member will be punished or sanctioned if they choose to not adhere to their normal class schedule. I ask that faculty alert their students as to their course of action in a timely manner. I also ask students to communicate with their professors regarding their intentions in a timely manner.

This same flexibility will apply to staff.  If people choose NOT to come to campus, that is their right.  No vacation or sick leave will be assessed, but each employee must let his/her supervisor know of that decision.

Campus will remain open and there will be increased security throughout our buildings and grounds.  

Let me be absolutely clear on this last point: threats of this nature WILL NOT be tolerated.  Those who have done this, when they are caught and found responsible, will be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  To make such a threat is a felony and we will make every attempt to find those at fault and ensure that this does not happen again.

I like to think of EKU as a family and our campus as our home.  Family members look out for each other.  We do not and will not allow anyone to cow or intimidate us or to create an environment where any of us does not feel welcomed or safe.  But we will also leave to each of our family members the right to decide what they choose to do on Wednesday.

In the days ahead, I ask that all of us remain vigilant in ensuring the safety of our fellow Colonels. Take the extra time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on campus and off. Here are a few actions you can take today:

Work with your faculty, staff and student colleagues to adjust schedules in the coming days as you think appropriate.

Share any information you might have about this case with EKU Police at (859) 622-1111 or via our new anonymous tip form now available on the police.eku.edu web site.

Register and receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

Members of the EKU Campus Community:

  • If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:                                    

  • Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).
  • Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.
  • Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

Thank you for your continued service to EKU.
Yours sincerely,
Michael T. Benson, President
 


February 5th, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels.

The EKU Police Department continues to investigate this incident, and Division of Public Safety personnel continue to work closely with law enforcement and other emergency response officials. Eastern Kentucky University is committed to your safety, and our planning efforts will continue as we move forward with this investigation. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  

Here are two things you can do today to be more safety and security conscious:

  1. Review EKU’s Emergency Action Plans

The University has created EKU Emergency Action Plans to provide everyone with practical information, which can be used to make good decisions and help individuals to be safe in times of crisis. We encourage everyone to review these plans, which can be found at the following links.

Note: These Emergency Action Plans are posted as a general reference. They may not include the most recent personnel and position changes. However, the information related to emergency response and evacuation procedures remains accurate.

   2. Register to receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

Members of the EKU Campus Community:

  • If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:

  • Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).
  •  Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.
  • Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.
     

February 4th, 2015

On February 3, 2015, The Eastern Kentucky University Police Department issued a public safety alert after receiving information about a terroristic threat in the form of bathroom stall graffiti, which implied that harm may come to members of the University community on February 11, 2015.  

This will be the first in a series of daily public safety updates from the University regarding this case. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  

The EKU Police Department continues to gather information and work with University stakeholders pertinent to this case. Since Tuesday afternoon, we have been begun coordinating our investigative efforts with local police and emergency response personnel.  Specifically, we have communicated the details of this case that we have gathered with the following law enforcement agencies:

  • Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI)
  • Kentucky State Police
  • Richmond Police Department
  • Madison County Sheriff's Office
  • Berea Police Department
  • We have also reached out to:
  • Madison County Emergency Management Agency
  • Madison County Emergency Medical Services
  • Richmond Fire and Rescue Department

We are committed to sharing as much information with the campus community as possible without compromising our ongoing investigative efforts.  We recognize the fact that if this threat is authentic, it may not be limited to the date indicated in the threat. Today, we began increasing police patrols and extending the time our officers spend both inside and outside campus buildings.  We are aware that several events are planned on the EKU campus on February 11, so we are developing plans now in order to ensure our reach across campus expands.

For Members of the EKU Campus Community:

  • If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct

For Others Interested in Receiving Information Regarding This Case:

  • Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).
  • Click on the Register button in the upper right hand corner.
  • Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.
     

February 3rd, 2015

The Eastern Kentucky University Police Department has received information about a terroristic threat in the form of bathroom stall graffiti, which implies that harm may come to members of the University community on February 11, 2015.  

The Eastern Kentucky University Police Department is currently investigating this incident and will be working with local, state and federal agencies regarding the specifics of this case. EKU Police is also working with the EKU Student Assistance and Intervention Team and University Administration to investigate any possible connections to this incident. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.  

Eastern Kentucky University is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels by following these basic safety precautions:

  • Immediately report suspicious persons loitering around University facilities.
  • If you become the victim of a crime, do not try to physically detain or apprehend the criminal. Report the incident immediately to the EKU Police Department at 911 or (859) 622-1111.
  • On or off campus, walk/jog/bike in groups of three or more in well-lit and well-traveled areas. After dark on campus, call the campus shuttle or for a walking escort. You can contact the campus shuttle at (859) 622-8726.
  • Scan the area before you exit or approach your vehicle/building and while you proceed between sites.
  • Have your key ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle/building.
  • If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant. If they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number, if possible.
  • Lock doors and windows of your room/building. Do not prop open doors or let strangers in.

For more information regarding important safety precautions as they relate to actual or potential violence, please visit EKU Emergency Management at http://emergency.eku.edu/.