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Buc Alert is first line of defense in emergency situations

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Buc Alert

Buc Alert is an emergency communication system that sends notification to the entire campus community – students, faculty and staff – before, during and after an emergency. Campus alert systems became standard practice after the April 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, when a single gunman killed more than 30 people.

“Recent events on school campuses and in public places, such as shopping malls, remind us of the critically important need to utilize all existing technology to stay informed regarding emergency situations,” said Dr. Rick Brewer, vice president for student affairs and athletics. “CSU's Buc Alert system is one piece of the university's multimodal approach to keeping the campus community informed in emergency situations.”

Each person in the CSU community should sign up for Buc Alerts. To sign up or update your information, students, faculty and staff should log into My CSU on the university website and go to the Buc Alert tab to sign up for alerts. You can also receive emergency posts on your Twitter account - @BucAlert.

“Alerts will be sent concerning emergencies or other dangerous situations such as imminent severe weather, an active shooter, a fire, etc.,” said Brewer. “The university also sends a test alert monthly as a reminder to the campus community to update data and maintain a sense of vigilance and personal responsibility to report any emergency situations.”

Once the determination of an emergency on campus is made by Campus Security representatives, the appropriate message will be sent on the Buc Alert system (via sirens, phone and email). Alerts are used only in the case of a campus emergency that include, but are not limited to:

  • Bomb threats or other imminent threats of violence
  • Fires, hazardous spills or gas leaks affecting the entire campus
  • Building evacuations and lockdown affecting the entire campus
  • Biological or pandemic emergency notification
  • Natural disasters
  • Power outages or utility failures resulting in an imminent threat
  • Campus closure due to weather or declared civil emergency

The Buc Alert System is tested monthly, usually on the first Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m.

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