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Emergency Procedures


Emergencies may be weather related such as a severe snow or rain storm, tornado, hurricane or flood. It may be non-weather related such as assaults including hostage-taking or barricade, a violent or peaceful civil disturbance including a demonstration against a visiting dignitary, chemical or biological attacks, bomb threat or other homeland security threat. These incidents may be either on or near the campus.

The president has appointed the vice president of administration and finance as the executive staff member who is responsible for implementing the emergency operations plan. This individual shall coordinate University and community resources to save lives, protect property and provide for the continuity of University operations.

The line of succession for emergency operations shall be established by the president and may vary dependent upon the type of emergency and the availability of executive staff members.


Salisbury University’s Public Relations Office will serve as the conduit for information on and off campus during a designated campus emergency. In the event of an emergency situation, the campus will be notified by using the following:

First Alert Wave using pre-recorded messages

  • Siren alert with voice capability to facilitate outdoor communication across the campus. Click the play button or download the .mp3 file to listen:

    Transcript: High low tone. (Continuous tone that alternates between two high and low frequency tones for 22 seconds.)
  • Emergency SMS/Text Message Alerts
  • E-mail
  • Campus cable television emergency alert system
  • Campus desktop computer emergency alert system

The second wave of information will be used to provide additional sources and/or updated information.

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

  • SU home page
  • Emergency Preparedness web page
  • Emergency SMS/Text Message Alerts
  • E-mail
  • SU Facebook page
  • Twitter page
  • Signs posted at building entrances

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.

Emergency Levels

These emergency levels are guidelines only and are intended to assist in classifying the situation and providing for an appropriate administrative response. The designated level may change as emergency conditions intensify or ease.