Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Public Safety

Emergency Alerts & Safety Warnings

As part of the Wheaton emergency preparedness plan, the college has implemented an electronic notification system (Connect Ed) to alert students, faculty, and staff in the event of a serious campus emergency.  This notification system sends a message via text messaging (SMS) and email, as well as calls to cell phones, home phones, and campus phones.

The emergency message may provide instructions, or specific information to use in maintaining your personal safety and the safety of the community.  The Director of Public Safety or his designee is responsible for determining if and when threats to the community exist.

The emergency notification system would be initiated when a credible, immediate threat exists and there is a need to affect community behavior.  Notification would only be delayed if the notification would compromise efforts to contain the emergency.  In that case, notification would be made as soon as the the emergency can be contained.

In order to receive such notifications, each person will need to provide the college with his or her specific contact information.  This is done through WINDOW under the Personal Information tab.  It is important to keep this information current so that, in the event of an emergency, the college will immediately be able to notify everyone with relevant, timely information concerning the incident.The college conducts a biannual test (each fall and spring) of the emergency alert system to verify that emergency messages are reaching the community.

Safety Alerts (timely warnings) would utilize campus-wide email. Emergencies include situations that require community notification, but no immediate threat exists. The notification is designed to change behaviors or allow community members to protect themselves from similar occurrences. Warnings may be issued not only for single incidents in which community notification is required, but also for lesser incidents whose frequency causes the need for a notification. Examples a series of bicycle thefts or car breaks.

Typically, warnings include the date, time, general location, and nature of the incident, as well as recommended precautionary measures that should be observed or action to be taken by members of the College community. Alerts may also be posted online or in other locations depending on the circumstances of the incident.

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