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Elevated Threat - Message to Campus

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the nation's threat level has been elevated to Orange. Please disseminate the following recommendations and information to fellow members of the campus community through any means available. Some specific suggestions for citizens from Virginia's Homeland Security Terrorist Threat Warning System are found below for reference to help in determining appropriate actions to be taken.

Take note that much or most of this information applies to areas off campus and your travels beyond the Shenandoah Valley rather than here at JMU. Please note that this announcement was issued nationwide and is not unique to the Shenandoah Valley or the campus of James Madison University.

Some of the points found below only apply to faculty and staff but we have sent this advisory to better inform all members of the university community as directed by the Virginia Department of Homeland Security.

-- Closely monitor news reports and Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio/TV stations.

-- Report suspicious activities, call 568-6911 for immediate response on campus, 9-1-1 off campus. Examples are persons taking photographs of critical facilities, asking detailed questions about physical security or dressed inappropriately for weather conditions (suicide bomber). Report these incidents immediately to law enforcement.

-- Expect delays, searches of purses and bags, and restricted access to public buildings.

-- Expect traffic delays and restrictions.

-- Take personal security precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime or terrorist attack.

-- Avoid crowded public areas and gatherings.

-- Do not travel into areas affected by the attack or is an expected terrorist target.

-- Keep emergency supplies accessible and automobile fuel tank full.

-- Be prepared to evacuate your home or shelter in place on order of local authorities.

-- Develop and review family emergency plans.

-- Be prepared for disasters and family emergencies.

-- Increase family emergency preparedness by purchasing supplies, food, and storing water.

-- Assist neighbors who may need help.

-- Avoid passing unsubstantiated information and rumors.

-- Continue normal activities but be watchful for suspicious activities. Report criminal and suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Continue to enjoy individual freedom. Participate freely in travel, work, and recreational activities.

-- Take a first aid or CERT class.

-- Become active in your local Neighborhood Crime Watch program.

-- Network with your family, neighbors, and community for mutual support during a disaster or terrorist attack.

-- Learn what critical facilities are located in your community and report suspicious activities at or near these sites.

-- Contact local officials to learn about specific hazards in your community.

-- Increase individual or family emergency preparedness through training, maintaining good physical fitness and health, and storing food, water, and emergency supplies.

-- Be familiar with local natural and technological (man made) hazards in your community and what measures you can take to protect your family.

-- Keep recommended immunizations up-to-date.

-- Know how to turn off your power, gas, and water service to your house.

-- Know what hazardous materials are stored in your home and how to properly dispose of unneeded chemicals.

-- Support the efforts of your local emergency responders (fire fighters, law enforcement and emergency medical service).

-- Volunteer to assist and support the community emergency response agencies.

February 7, 2003



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