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NIU website provides safety tips, resources

September 5, 2012

Screen capture of Campus Safety web pageNorthern Illinois University reminds students, faculty and staff of the safety resources available to them on the NIU website.

“The NIU safety 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 resources contained within are important in maintaining a safe and secure campus environment.”

The website contains content that allows the community to stay informed and stay safe regardless of an individual’s location in its campus safety tips section. Emergency and non-emergency telephone numbers are contained within the safety services area. These listings include phone numbers for the Late-Night Ride Service and the Huskie Student Patrol.

The [email protected] portion of the site contains information about how members of the university community may suggest safety enhancements or report campus safety concerns such as lights that are not working, bushes that are overgrown and blocking sight lines to walking paths or darkened areas of the campus that need additional lighting. Suggestions may also be submitted at the [email protected] email address.

Safety information is also integrated into the Emergency module of the NIU Mobile App for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry and Android devices. 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.

Anyone connected to NIU should also bookmark the emergency information page and register for emergency notification options, which include email advisories and text alerts.

“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,” Buettner said.

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.

“NIU is in the process of upgrading its emergency notification system,” Buettner said. “Registering and/or updating your information for email advisories and text alerts now will make sure you receive timely notice of any emergency information that may be disseminated. The campus community will receive information later this fall regarding how to verify and update their contact information once the new system is online.”

A presentation regarding the new emergency notification protocols and system was made to the university’s board of trustees during the Aug. 30 meeting of the Legislation, Audit, External Affairs and Compliance Committee.