Moravian’s emergency notification system will be used only for situations involving an imminent, significant threat for large-scale personal injuries or property damage. It may also be used to announce weather closings and delays. The system consists of a five-tier communications sequence, activated in the following order: (1) siren/public address message, (2) text message, (3) e-mail, (4) web posting, and (5) voicemail, as deemed appropriate.
Notice will be sent without delay, unless sending such a message will, in the professional judgment of the responsible campus authorities, compromise the effort to deal with the emergency or rescue a victim.
Sirens / Public Address Message
The first notification tier, sirens on the Main Street and Hurd Campuses, allows the institution to alert the college community to an emergency. The sirens are deployed by Campus Police when a situation appears to pose an imminent, significant threat for large-scale personal injuries or property damage. The purpose of sounding the sirens is to provide immediate notification and alert people to check their cell phones for a text message.
The second notification tier, e2Campus, enables the institution to send text messages to the cell phones of registered members of the campus community with information about what is happening and/or what precautions should be taken. Students and employees may register two cell phone numbers and two e-mail addresses. Every student, faculty member, administrator, and staff member who has a cell phone should register that cell phone number in accordance with instructions posted on Moravian’s intranet. The purpose of sending a text message is to provide basic instruction (e.g., “shelter in place”) and to alert people to check their e-mail for additional information.
The third notification tier, broadcast e-mail messaging, allows the institution to provide more detailed information about a situation, using the six-point timely notification content guidelines shown above.
The fourth notification tier, web postings, allows the institution to provide more detailed information about a situation which may be viewed by those on and off campus, the latter including such constituents as parents and significant others.
The fifth notification tier, broadcast voice-mail messaging, allows the institution to provide more detailed information about a situation, when necessary, to employees on campus through the telephones on their desks (also accessible from off-campus locations).