NIU ’emergency information’ website ensures latest campus safety updates always online

Davis Hall in autumnStudent, parents, faculty and staff can stay on top of campus safety online.

The NIU website offers important and useful information that students will need daily, in stormy weather and during occasional emergencies, said Kathy Buettner, Vice President for the Division of University Relations.

The page can be found at http://www.niu.edu/emergencyinfo/index.shtml.

Within the website is content that allows the community to stay informed and stay safe regardless of an individual’s location. Anyone connected to NIU should bookmark the public safety page and register for all of its emergency notification options.

“The NIU community has readily accessible emergency and advisory information available at their fingertips with this website,” Buettner said. “I encourage all faculty, staff and students, as well as parents of students to register for our emergency text alerts and to sign up with a preferred email address for advisory updates.”

Campus Alerts are only issued if there is an imminent threat to the lives and safety of the general campus population.

Campus Advisories are timely notifications of potential emergency (safety, electrical/power outages in academic buildings and residence halls, criminal, health, hazardous weather) activity on or near campus where the threat is NOT immediate or life-threatening.

“Advisory updates are also helpful at the onset of winter weather conditions,” Buettner said. “Students at NIU’s education centers in Rockford, Hoffman Estates and Naperville are especially encouraged to register for the advisory updates as a quick and convenient way for NIU to notify them if weather conditions result in class delays or cancellations.”

The website also provides emergency and non-emergency telephone numbers students and faculty may need. These listings include phone numbers for the Late-Night Ride Service and the Huskie Student Patrol.

Emergency and non-emergency telephone numbers and the phone number for the Late-Night Ride Service are also integrated into the new NIU Mobile App for smartphones. Downloading and using the NIU Mobile App, as well as bookmarking the emergency information page on personal computers will help the NIU community to efficiently access campus safety and security information.

“Our staff in the Division of University Relations continues to work diligently to provide the tools for our NIU community to remain informed about safety, weather-related and health information updates as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Buettner said.

by Gerard Dziuba

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