The purpose of the Communications Annex is to manage, direct and control the dissemination of timely and accurate information regarding a campus emergency.
Timely and accurate communication with the campus population during a campus emergency is critical. The Public Information Officer is responsible for coordinating all emergency communications.
Depending upon the nature and time of the emergency, the University community will be alerted as soon as possible through a combination of electronic message boards, interior and exterior emergency speaker announcements, and intercom announcements, as well as the DPU Alert system, which has the capability of broadcasting thousands of voicemails, e-mails, and text messages to registered users within a matter of minutes.
The Public Information Officer will then, as necessary, report to local TV news and radio stations, including CBS-TV (Channel 2), NBC-TV (Channel 5), ABC-TV (Channel 7), WGN-TV (Channel 9), WFLD-TV (Fox Channel 32), WGN radio (720 AM), WBBM radio (780 AM) and all appropriate media outlets to ensure timely, accurate and useful information and instructions are transmitted to the public.
Should both the phone and data networks be unavailable, staff will be dispatched from the EOCs to alert key leaders in each building, who will be expected to alert others in their buildings. When appropriate, the local media will also be advised.
Emergency/update information will be recorded on the main
University number (312-362-8000). When
the nature of the emergency suggests there will be an influx of telephone
inquiries concerning the well-being of students, faculty and staff, phone services will be augmented to
handle the volume of incoming calls and ensure that callers can hear a recorded
message with updates on the situation.