UPennAlert Public Safety Notice  


Philadelphia Area

UPennAlert Public Safety Notice



Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)  notified Universities and Colleges in our region  that threats of violence have been made against “an unspecified university near Philadelphia”.

The information includes a specific date of Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, 1 p.m. central time/ 2 p.m. eastern time.

We have been advised  by ATF and the FBI that they have “no knowledge of any specific threat”.  However, in an abundance of caution we are working closely with Federal and local Law Enforcement Agencies to monitor this unspecified threat.  The Division of Public Safety has increased our police, security officer and CCTV patrols.

We ask that you remain aware of your surroundings, report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Division of Public Safety via 215-573-3333, Blue Light Emergency Phones or 511 from a University telephone.


The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking and Riding Escorts available to you free of charge. Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian System which can help Police better find your location in an emergency.

UPennAlert Registration:

Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert for information on how to register

Penn Guardian:

Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian for information on the PennGuardian system

Contact Information:

Emergencies: 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)

The HELP Line:  215-898-HELP (4357)

Special Services: 215-898-6600

Escort Services

Walking: 215-898-WALK (9255)

Penn Transit Ride Service: 215-898-RIDE (7433)

General Information: 215-898-7297

  • Philadelphia Area
  • Posted on October 4, 2015 at 1:40PM
  • Last updated

Emergency Preparedness

Be Prepared, Be PennReady!

Emergency preparedness at the University of Pennsylvania is managed under the PennReady program. PennReady began in the fall of 2007 as part of an evolution of extensive emergency preparedness activities that date back to the development of the Crisis Management Plan prior to the events of September 11, 2001.

Being PennReady means to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from any and all emergencies that could affect the Penn and University City communities. It means having a comprehensive plan extending from all levels of emergency personnel down through the individuals that make up our community to prevent situations that cause emergencies; it means preparing people on the procedures to follow should a crisis occur; it means having a well collaborated response approach from University officials and City, State and Federal agencies to effectively mitigate any crisis; and finally it means being ready and able to recover quickly from emergency events to keep the mission of Penn actively moving forward.

We at the Division of Public Safety implore all members of the Penn community to take an active role in the emergency preparedness initiative of the University. You can be a part of the PennReady program by becoming a team member; installing AEDs in your building; ensuring that your building has an emergency plan; partnering with DPS through educational presentations and drills, all to ensure your safety and the safety of your fellow community members. Please take time to review this important part of our website and familiarize yourself with the many resources available to you here at Penn.

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