UPennAlert Public Safety Notice  

Suspended Operations – Monday, June 1, 2020

Suspended Operations - Monday, June 1, 2020

Consistent with the City of Philadelphia’s announcement of emergency operations and City office closures, University operations are suspended for Monday, June 1, 2020. Only University employees considered essential for life safety activity who are notified by their supervisors should report. All Health System employees working downtown should be guided by direction of their supervisors.

Emergency215-573-3333

UPennAlert Public Safety Notice

Suspended Operations – Monday, June 1, 2020

UPennAlert: Suspended Operations – Monday, June 1, 2020

Consistent with the City of Philadelphia’s announcement of emergency operations and City office closures, University operations are suspended for Monday, June 1, 2020. Only University employees considered essential for life safety activity who are notified by their supervisors should report. All Health System employees working downtown should be guided by direction of their supervisors.

Penn Transit Services: Effective Sunday, May 31 at 6:00 PM, all services running on PennRides on Request have been suspended in compliance with the City-wide curfew.  This in effect until further notice.

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UPennAlert: Civil unrest occurring throughout the City including West Philadelphia. City-wide curfew in effect at 6:00 PM tonight.

Sunday, May 31st: UPennAlert: Civil unrest is occurring throughout the City including West Philadelphia. Additionally, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, has again issued a city-wide curfew from Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., Monday, June 1, 2020. This curfew has been implemented due to recent civil disturbance and disorder that began yesterday afternoon, and is continuing today throughout the City. Please stay alert, avoid crowds and continue to abide by the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home order.

Penn Police and our Allied Universal Security partners have increased patrols to ensure that safety of the University City area.

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.

Student Health Services will be holding remote appointments on Monday, June 1st.

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Saturday, May 30th: UPennAlert: City-Wide Curfew in Place: The City of Philadelphia has implemented a citywide curfew from 8 pm on Saturday, May 30th until 6 am on Sunday, May 31st due to civil unrest predominantly in the Center City area.

Additional Penn police officers and Allied Universal security officers will be patrolling in the Penn patrol zone, which encompasses the area between 30th and 43rd Streets, and Market to Baltimore Avenues.

Note, PENN TRANSIT SERVICES  to Center City have been suspended for the rest of the evening. Affiliates who have an urgent need for a transport to Center City please call PennComm at 215-573-3333.

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

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: https://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)

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

  • Posted on May 30, 2020 at 9:53PM
  • Last updated

Emergency Drills

FES leads the charge in designing and conducting emergency evacuation and shelter-in-place drills in all Penn residential buildings (5 times/year in 14 different residential buildings and 2 times/year in fraternities and sororities) and academic/administrative buildings (2 times/year in 180 different buildings).

Evacuation and shelter-in-place drills are scheduled throughout the year to ensure the readiness of the campus community in responding to any type of crisis that requires building occupants to evacuate a building or to seek protective shelter inside of a building. Evacuation and sheltering-in-place are the inverse of one another. You evacuate a building when the conditions inside the building present a hazard to human life, health or safety. If the conditions outside of a building presented a hazard to human life, health or safety, one would reverse the evacuation steps and shelter inside a building.

Emergency Evacuation Drills

Evacuation drills include alarm activation to ensure fire protection and reliability, along with an orderly, disciplined evacuation, followed by a thorough inspection of the building to immediately rectify any code related issues. Finally, an on-site discussion is held with students, staff and faculty to evaluate and improve, when necessary, the performance and efficacy of these drills.

Specifically, upon activation of a building fire alarm system, the evacuation drill is designed to reinforce the message of immediately moving “out and away” from a building to the predetermined Building Area of Refuge (BAR) so that an accountability process can begin for all occupants. Before and during an emergency evacuation drill, the building administrator, building emergency coordinator and alternate, emergency team leaders and emergency team members collaborate with each other as part of a building’s Penn Emergency Team (PET).

Shelter-in-Place Drills

Shelter-in-place drills are a tactical response to a possible chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or natural disaster. They are designed to provide a place of refuge for people and to give them a level of physical, emotional and mental comfort. During a shelter-in-place drill, building occupants are directed to pre-designated “shelter areas” within a building.

The building administrator, building emergency coordinator and alternate, emergency team leaders, and emergency team members, similar to emergency evacuation drills, work as a team to assess the status of all building occupants and when necessary, relay emergency communications from the Division of Public Safety to the people sheltering.

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