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Emergency Alert System

The safety of the Salisbury University community during an emergency is predicated on planning as well as awareness of how plans will be implemented. Students, faculty, staff and visitors will be better prepared in an emergency if they know how the University will respond, where to find information, and what to do.

This site is an important tool in sharing plans and providing relevant information in case an emergency arises at SU or in the surrounding area.

Emergency Notification Siren Atop Devilbiss Hall

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Emergency Notification Siren Atop Devilbiss Hall
Example of Siren
(.mp3 audio file, opens in new window)

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) at Salisbury University was developed to provide emergency personnel with a means to rapidly communicate critical lifesaving information to the campus community.  The EAS utilizes various communication technologies to increase the likelihood that a majority of the campus community will be alerted since no single solution can reach all individuals.

The EAS uses a two-wave approach to alert and inform.  The first wave consists of pre-recorded messages to address a variety of emergency conditions.  The messages describe the nature of the emergency and what the campus population is asked to do. A second wave of information will follow that will provide updates to the emergency, as needed.


First Alert Wave using pre-recorded messages through:

  • Siren alert with voice capability to facilitate outdoor communication across the campus
  • Text messaging
  • E-mail
  • Campus cable television emergency alert system
  • Alertus campus desktop computer emergency alert system

Second Alert Wave (could include some or all of the following methods)

  • SU home page (
  • Emergency web page (
  • E-mail
  • SU Facebook page
  • SUPD Twitter page
  • Signs posted at building entrances
  • Building Safety Personnel

The pre-recorded messages of the First Alert Wave have been developed to address a variety of emergency conditions. It is important that individuals understand the nature of the warnings for the alert system and what to do if a pre-recorded alert is sounded.  Here are some examples:

Tornado warning – A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted or is indicated by weather radar in the area of the campus. Individuals in a building should stay inside and shelter in-place in an interior hallway or room that is away from glass doors or windows at the lowest possible level. Visit for shelter in-place detail by building. Individuals outdoors should immediately seek shelter indoors. If outdoors when a tornado approaches and a building is not accessible, lie down in a low area (ditch, etc.) and cover your head/face. The tornado warning will remain in effect until an all clear notification has been given.

Armed intruder warning – An armed intruder warning means that one or more persons are armed with weapons on or in the immediate area of the campus. If you are indoors and not in the immediate vicinity of the shooter, you should secure your office/room doors, and stay quiet. Notify University Police if you know the location of the intruder(s). If possible, monitor the second alert wave resources for updates. If you are outdoors, be alert to your surroundings and seek shelter. Remember: Avoid. Deny. Defend.  The armed intruder warning will remain in effect until an all clear notification has been given.

Campus Evacuation – If there is an event that requires the immediate evacuation of the entire campus, everyone is expected to stop what they are doing and leave the campus in an orderly manner. Vehicle traffic will be managed by University Police with possible assistance by county and city agencies, as available. Evacuation will remain in effect until an all clear notification has been given.

Seek Shelter – An event other than a tornado which requires the campus community to seek shelter immediately. Individuals should close windows, doors and take shelter in areas away from glass. Remain indoors until an all clear notification has been given.  ALSO SEE: Lockdown

Get Information – If an emerging situation occurs that is not described by the other messages, this message is intended to direct individuals to seek the second wave information sources for updates on the nature of the emergency situation. If available, e-mail will be the most likely source of update information.

Questions about how to register for emergency alerts?  Follow this link:

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