PSU Emergency Procedures Update

In light of the events last week on the Northern Illinois University campus we would like to take this opportunity to remind and assure you that PSU has a comprehensive emergency plan in place.

PSU’s top priority is the safety and well being of University students, faculty, and staff as well as the residents of the surrounding communities. This is the basis from which decisions are made and actions are determined in a crisis situation. The PSU emergency plan provides information and instructions in the event of most any emergency situation. Communication, information, and preparation are at the heart of PSU’s emergency plan.


  • In the event of an emergency the University will work to communicate notifications, instructions, and timely information to the campus.
  • The PSU emergency communication plan is one of redundancies. We use PSU Alert (text message and e-mail alerts), Need2Know e-mail, the PSU Web site (, and the myPlymouth Web portal to get the initial warning with instructions out. This initial wave is designed to reach the vast majority of students, faculty, and staff.
  • From there emergency responders and word of mouth will capture the balance.
  • Once we have identified the scope of the emergency we will continue to update information on the University Web site, myPlymouth, and via e-mail. We can also establish a telephone information line to field calls from outside the University.
  • Information will also be distributed to the media for the benefit of the community at large.


  • PSU has made it a priority to familiarize the campus with the University's emergency procedures. The PSU emergency plan is available online at (the link is also located at the bottom of most every PSU Web page).
  • An abridged version is also included in the University’s campus directory.
  • Information posters have been distributed across campus including residence halls and off campus apartments.


  • University Police officers, in conjunction with local law enforcement—Plymouth and Holderness—and public safety agencies like the Central N.H. Special Operations Team, sheriff departments and state police, have extensive training in high-risk emergency and crisis response. This includes being trained and equipped to respond to active shooter situations.
  • Fire and Emergency medical response—PSU is part of a 26-town fire and medical-aid compact.
  • Last April PSU received high marks for its participation in a bioterrorism drill that is an excellent example of a cooperative effort among local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Speare Hospital is less than a mile from campus. Speare has relationships with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center—including the Dart Emergency helicopter—and other regional trauma care facilities.
  • Campus counselors are available to students, faculty, and staff.
  • The University emergency communication committee meets biweekly to review processes and when appropriate incorporate new communication methods into the system.
  • It is important that University students, faculty, and staff familiarize themselves with the procedures for various emergencies.
  • Students, faculty and staff should consider signing-up for PSU Alert at:
    Currently when you register for the PSU Alert emergency system you can elect to receive text message and/or e-mail alerts from any, or all, of the following categories:
  • PSU campus emergency alerts—this is the category used in an extreme emergency (fire, natural disaster, violent act, etc…)
  • Class Cancellations/Curtailed Operations
  • Flood alerts
  • Graduate Studies Class Cancellations
  • Network or Systems Down Alert

We regularly work on the PSU emergency plan and with constant planning, practice, and assessment we will work together to keep PSU safe.

Please contact me with any questions.

Chris Williams
Director of Public Relations