UPennAlert Public Safety Notice  

Civil Unrest


UPennAlert Public Safety Notice

Civil Unrest

At approximately 8:47 pm on Monday, October 26th, a large group of approximately 150 protestors gathered at 52nd & Locust Streets, and marched through West Philadelphia. At approximately 9:15 pm, approximately 50 individuals broke off from that group and marched to 40th and Chestnut Streets, breaking windows of businesses and vehicles in the area. The group then left the area, heading west on Walnut Street, out of the Penn Patrol Zone.


Penn Police continue to monitor the activity in conjunction with Philadelphia Police. Penn Police and Allied have increased patrols in the area.

Update 9:56pm: All clear in the west side of the patrol zone. Police and security officers will continue to patrol the area.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 44th Street.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 41st Street.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street towards 40th Street.

Update: Last seen heading southbound on 39th at Walnut Street.

Civil unrest in the area of 4000 block of Sansom Street.  There are approximately 50 protestors last seen heading eastbound on Chestnut from 39th Street. Police responding, use caution, avoid area.

Additional police and security officers are in the area. For your safety, please ensure you lock your windows and doors.

The Division of Public Safety will continue to provide special checks throughout the Penn patrol zone, to register or learn more, visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/contact/propertycheck/

Please be sure to use the Walking Escorts 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: 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)

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

  • Posted on October 26, 2020 at 9:25PM
  • Last updated

Roles & Responsibilities

Join the PennReady team and help your building be prepared should an emergency ever occur. Below are the different roles and responsibilities that you can have as a PennReady Team Member.

Building Emergency Coordinator

Every building will have an assigned, responsible party designated to implement evacuation and Shelter-In-Place procedures. The Building Administrator, House Dean, Housing Manager On-Duty (HMOD), or another designated party will fill the role of Building Emergency Coordinator to ensure the safe evacuation or Shelter-In-Place of individuals with-in campus buildings.


This person will develop an evacuation plan indicating all available fire exits in his/her assigned building. In conjunction with the Division of Public Safety’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Building Emergency Coordinator will appoint Emergency Team Leaders and Emergency Team Members to direct and control the movement of evacuees and to insure accountability and relocation for all building occupants when necessary.

Emergency Team Leader

A designated party, such as a RA (Resident Advisor) or GA (Graduate Associate), who will be responsible for all occupants on a floor of a building in all matters pertaining to emergency drills, building evacuations or Shelter-In-Place. Emergency Team Leaders report to the Building Emergency Coordinator.


This person will knock on doors en-route to the exit to assist in the complete evacuation on the floor. The Emergency Team Leader will report the conditions inside of the building (i.e. fire or smoke), or persons unable to evacuate to the Building Emergency Coordinator at the designated Building Area of Refuge. The personal safety of the Emergency Team Leader takes precedence over assuring complete evacuation of the floor.

Emergency Team Member

Is a designated party assigned to a specific floor or a specific area of a floor. The Emergency Team Member shall lead people within their area of responsibility in a safe and orderly manner to the nearest available exit on a floor. Emergency Team Members report to the Emergency Team Leader.


This person shall be aware of any individuals with disabilities and provide for their evacuation to a safe area until the arrival of emergency responders. Emergency Team Members report to the Emergency Team Leader at the Building Area of Refuge to account for all persons including any persons with disabilities awaiting evacuation.

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