- Emergency Procedures
- Emergency Response Plan/Evacuation Procedures
- Notification of University Community
- Media Communications
- Annual Testing
In the event that an incident arises, either on or off campus that constitutes an
ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” shall be issued. The
warning will be issued for the campus or campuses that are directly affected by
the incident through the university e-mail system and the Knight Alert program to members
of the campus community. Campuses with outdoor notification systems may also utilize
resources to address persons outside of physical structures with pertinent information.
Depending on the particular circumstances of the emergency, the Middle Georgia State
University Communications Office may also post a notice on the MGA website at www.mga.edu
as well as MGA Facebook and Twitter accounts providing the university community with
more immediate notification. Campus community members should also stay tuned to
local radio and television stations that will be provided information as available
by the Communications Office or MGA Police Department.
Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances
to the university police department for his/her
specific campus. Notifications to the university community will be initiated as soon
as is feasible, as long as notification does not interfere with the activities of
law enforcement or emergency response personnel.
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Middle Georgia State University has developed an Emergency Response Master Plan (ERP)
that is accompanied by an abbreviated flip chart that outlines policies and procedures
for the University in emergency situations.. This multi-colored plan is posted in offices
and call stations throughout all campuses. The ERP flip chart, including evacuation
procedures may be viewed on the MGA Police section of the University website. Hard
copies can be obtained at any campus police precinct or by calling Macon Precinct
at (478) 471-2414 to request one be mailed.
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Methods of communication for the campus community have been developed to ensure
quick and accurate dissemination of important information. Email is a primary means
of emergency notification at Middle Georgia State University. In addition, the Knight
Alert is a valuable resource for publishing facts to faculty, staff, and students
quickly through a variety of social media networks. During an emergency or disaster
the email and Knight Alert systems are intended for the immediate transmission of
specific information regarding an emergency to all affected areas of a campus or
multiple campuses if applicable. Also, other electronic methods of issuing notifications
can be used including notifications made on the campus website as well as messages
posted on digital video blast boards located throughout the University. On the Macon
Campus a secondary communication method used is the campus emergency notification
system (utilizing interior and exterior speakers). This system is built for redundancy
and works with the Knight Alert system to reach the most individuals possible at
one time. Another communication method utilized by the University is a telephone tree
network that enables the call center to work in tandem with department heads and
chairs to disseminate messages to faculty and staff. In the event of a disabled
telephone system and as another means of communications, building occupants will
be notified in person by Building Coordinators in case of a day time emergency,
and at night by MGA Police Officers.
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The Director for Communications or his/her designee is responsible for any news
media contacts to include the development and distribution of press releases and
initiating news broadcasts in reference to suspension of University operations with
the approval of the President. In addition, the Director for Communications or his/her
designee will assist in the development and/or distribution of information to faculty/staff.
Faculty, staff and/or students will direct all requests for information from the
news media to the Director for Communications or his/her designee. Staff and/or
faculty are not authorized to communicate with the media without receiving prior
approval from the President, or his/her designees.
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All methods of communication will be tested each semester. A description of the
exercise, whether announced or unannounced, will be documented and a file maintained
at the MGA Police Department.
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