While the threat of a terrorist attack on the IU Northwest campus remains low, the level of alertness and preparedness for possible danger should remain high. The newly launched IU Northwest Emergency Preparedness Web site answers these concerns and provides information about what should be done in case of an emergency.
In the event of a natural disaster or emergency on campus, this Web site will provide up-to-date news, specific instructions, valuable resources and information. On the front page of the preparedness site is a bar indicting the campus status, homeland security levels and a link to current weather conditions and emergency closing information. Here, you can also access online and print-friendly versions of the IU Northwest Emergency Procedures Handbook and find links related to specific emergencies and who to contact. The website also also serves as a source for emergency closing information related to inclement weather.
Visitors can also access local, state and federal resources from the preparedness site. These resources include local hospitals, the Indiana Counter-Terrorism and Security Council, Indiana Safety Net: Indiana’s public safety information network, American Red Cross and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since none of us can predict everything that might happen during a crisis, a frequently asked question section was designed to address the questions that may arise about how to be better prepared and how IU Northwest has prepared.
As part of a university-wide initiative IU Northwest has created this Web site to continue the university’s ongoing emergency preparedness efforts. Although there is no information indicating that IU Northwest or our region is a target of terrorism or disruption, this campus has taken every step possible to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and the entire campus community, according to Michelle Searer, director of marketing and communications. In the event of an emergency the "What’s New" box on the first page will provide timely and updated news and information that would relate to such an emergency.
Whether an emergency stems from a natural disaster, terrorist threat or other type of threat, response and contingency plans are in place to address any situation IU Northwest may encounter.
"We want the residents of northwest Indiana to feel comfortable and secure knowing that the university takes this role very seriously to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff," said Searer.