During an emergency, announcements will appear on the Loyola home page in two formats. The first format will be an announcement in red that will be placed above the home page content. In the second format the entire home page will be replaced with a full page emergency announcement.
In order to quickly communicate emergency information to the campus community, Loyola has implemented an Emergency Messaging System that allows anyone in the Loyola community to receive alerts or other emergency information via a text and voicemail message on their mobile phones. Students are now required to participate in this system. Participation in the Emergency Messaging System is not mandatory for faculty and staff, but is encouraged. Faculty and staff can signup by logging into the employee web services and providing their mobile phone number.
Loyola has an emergency e-mail system to facilitate communication during a crisis. In the event of an emergency, a campus-wide e-mail will be sent out alerting the Loyola community of the situation. During times of long-term power outages, a backup e-mail system will be activated. It will be available to faculty and staff at the following URL: http://loynodr.com/webmail
The emergency phone at Loyola will also be used and updated during emergency situations to provide an outgoing message on the status of the situation.
Crises can happen anywhere, at any time, and often occur when they are least expected. When a crisis does occur, events usually unfold rapidly, leaving little time for planning. That is why advance preparation is essential.
Some crises can be predicted and prevented, and those that cannot be avoided can be minimized if handled properly. Aside from tangible damage, a crisis can also destroy an institution's reputation. The longer a crisis goes on, the more damage it can do to public support, employee and student morale, enrollment and fundraising. Therefore, it is necessary to handle crises in a swift and organized manner.
This plan deals specifically with crisis communication and coincides with the university's various safety and emergency plans. The Emergency Manager and/or the Director of Public Affairs and External Relations will activate this plan, if necessary, but the entire university community should be aware of the plan and of the roles they play in executing it.
If any member of the Loyola community believes a crisis is pending or is under way, he/she should report it immediately to Loyola police, the President or Public Affairs.