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University Police educates the campus community about crime risk awareness and crime prevention through presentations, printed materials and information posted on our web site.

The University of Louisiana recently completed a test of the emergency notification system. The test included an exercise, and an activation drill. The first component of the test was a functional exercise conducted March 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Abdalla Hall. The exercise was announced in advance via email notice. The functional exercise involved a communicable disease outbreak that directly affected campus. The exercise scenario tested various components of the Campus Emergency Operations Plan, including evacuation procedures.

The activation drill was held on March 17, 2015 and was unannounced and scheduled. The drill tested the University’s Rave Emergency Notification System. The test messages went to everyone in the community who has signed up for the system and all messages were sent to the recipients via text, phone, RSS feeds on boards, and social media.

If you have not signed up to receive emergency messages through the Emergency Notification System, you can do so by going to the following website http://louisiana.edu and log onto the u-link website. Students and employees may enter up to three phone numbers and 2 email addresses for their respective emergency notification system profile. Students are encouraged to include their parents/loved ones in their profile.

Summary of the Emergency Response Plan
The University’s Incident Manual includes information about Incident Teams; University operating status parameters; incident priorities and performance expectations; shelter-in-place and evacuation guidelines; and local contingency and continuity planning requirements. University departments are responsible for developing contingency plans and continuity of operations plans for their staff and areas of responsibility. The University conducts numerous emergency response exercises each year, such as table top exercises, field exercises, and tests of the emergency notification systems on campus. These tests are designed to assess and evaluate the emergency plans and capabilities of the institution.

UL LAFAYETTE police officers and supervisors have received training in Incident Command and Responding to Critical Incidents on Campus. When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are usually UL LAFAYETTE PD, Lafayette PD, Lafayette Fire and Lafayette HAZMAT, and they typically respond and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, other UL LAFAYETTE departments and other local, state, or federal agencies could also be involved in responding to the incident.

General information about the emergency response and evacuation procedures for UL Lafayette is publicized each year as part of the institution’s Clery Act compliance efforts, and that information is available on the UL LAFAYETTE PD website http://police.louisiana.edu/jeanne-clery-act. More information is provided at the below links:

Emergency Procedures
http://police.louisiana.edu/jeanne-clery-act/emergency-procedures

Campus-Wide Evacuation
http://police.louisiana.edu/staying-safe/campus-wide-evacuation

Shelter-in-Place
http://police.louisiana.edu/staying-safe/shelter-place

If you have questions, please contact UL LAFAYETTE PD Sergeant Billy Abrams at babrams@louisiana.edu or 337-482-6450.