WVU Alert is a notification system for critical incidents that pose an imminent threat to the health or safety of the University campus community.
The Potomac State Alert system is intended to help inform the Potomac State community
about emergencies occurring on the Potomac campus. The system is activated
when there is an immediate threat on campus or when weather conditions require
a change in University scheduling.
In the event of an emergency:
- Up-to-date information will be posted on the WVU Emergency website.
- Text messages will be sent to WVU Alert subscribers.
- The University also will communicate with employees and students via messages to official Potomac State email addresses.
- Broadcast notifications and messages on the InfoStation's alert system.
- Messaging provided to print, broadcast, social media, and other web-based outlets.
TYPES OF ALERTS
Acts of criminal violence, hazardous materials incidents that broadly threaten the safety of the University community.
Weather conditions that may cause delays or will close the University campus.
Potomac State owned or leased property or within very close proximity to such properties. Close proximity areas run through or immediately adjacent to Potomac State properties.
An evacuation is the non-voluntary exit of an area which may contain an actual or potential hazard. Evacuations require carefully developed plans and procedures to remove the at risk population out of an area safely and without confusion.
The decision to evacuate is based on the reasonable assurance that the movement of people outside of an affected area, is in the best interest of their health and safety, and is of minimal risk to them. An evacuation decision may also be dependent upon the availability of transportation and shelters.
To shelter-in-place means to stay indoors—in homes, schools, businesses, or public buildings. It may include additional precautions such as turning off air conditioners and ventilation systems and closing all windows and doors. Shelter in place should be used when movement creates a greater risk.