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Title: Public Safety Update

Public Safety Update
  • Presentation to University Senate
  • September 23, 2011

Updates on
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Role of Housing Officers
  • Passenger Van Fleet

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Incoming Class Year of Freshmen Signing Up
2008 918 (56)
2009 1,143 (69)
2010 1,213 (74)
2011 1,532 (93)
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Emergency Management Group Role
  • Emergency Management Group met on August 26th to
    discuss possible impact and priorities.
  • Two additional conference calls leading up to the
    storm one post-storm call.
  • Nova Alert used to update EMG during storm.
  • Seven alerts sent throughout storm updating EMG
    regarding conditions on campus.

Preparedness Priorities
  • Emergency Communications
  • With students and emergency responders
  • Continuing to supply food and water for on-campus
  • Preparing the campus in advance to mitigate

  • One phone line in Public Safety that is
    independent of the University phone system
  • Established two-way radio communications with one
    RA in each residence hall
  • Established radio communication with Radnor PD.

Facilities Preparation
  • Gutters and drains were cleaned and snaked on
    problem buildings.
  • Storm drains were checked.
  • Plumbers gathered pumps and hoses and put them in
    stores area.
  • Lg. pump was checked and gassed up.
  • Building generators were checked and fueled.
  • Portable generators were moved ,put in place and
    temporary line run to two dining halls.(
    Dougherty and Donahue)
  • Storeroom had supply of batteries on hand.
  • Pump house fuel tank and all generator tanks were
    topped off.
  • Outside furniture was either secured or brought
  • Stocked up on plywood, plastic and duct tape for
  • Checked flat roofs for any loose debris and
    cleared off any that was found.
  • Chained and secured satellite dishes.
  • Checked and secured all roof hatches and doors.
  • Had all vehicles gassed up and gas cans filled.
  • Made sure vehicles were not parked under trees.
  • Made sure dumpsters were chained or secured.
  • Made sure recycle bins secured or stored.

Dining Preparedness
  • Emergency Generators Pre-Positioned at Dougherty
    and Donahue.
  • 3-4 day supply of food prepared.
  • Extra paper products
  • Dining services committed to keeping halls open,
    but with limited (cold) menu offerings contingent
    on the availability of electricity and potable

Collaboration with Radnor
  • Meeting with Radnor Township officials in
    collaborative effort.
  • Police
  • Radnor Bryn Mawr Fire
  • Public Works
  • Township Administration
  • Code Enforcement
  • Cabrini, Eastern, Valley Forge.

Staffing During Storm
  • 27 Public Safety Officers on campus during storm.
  • 7 additional officers in hotel rooms
  • 12 Custodians on during overnight hours
  • 12 additional on Sunday
  • 12 Facilities Tradesmen

Command and Control During Storm
  • Weather conditions monitored throughout night.
  • Nova Alerts Issued
  • Conditions assessed
  • Staff Re-deployed.

Alerts Issued
  • Saturday, 8/27 _at_ 1027 AM VU Hurricane Irene
    preparation update available at
  • Saturday, 8/27 _at_ 853 PM Flood warning has
    been issued. Take shelter immediately until storm
    all clear is issued.
  • Saturday, 8/27 _at_ 1025 PM A tornado warning has
    been issued for the VU area until 1100 PM. Take
    shelter immediately.

Alerts Issued Cont.
  • Saturday, 8/27 _at_ 1135 PM Tornado watch remains
    in effect until 5AM. Wind and heavy rain will
    continue thru the night. Stay inside.
  • Sunday, 8/28 _at_ 936 AM Storm Update Available
  • Sunday, 8/28 _at_ 600 PM Final storm update and
    all clear. Visit for more info.

  • Three students injured
  • Two mud sliding
  • One required 31 stitches and tore a ligament
  • One twisted her ankle
  • One fell on wet lobby floor in residence hall.

  • Storm Impact
  • North Ithan Avenue at County Line flooded
  • South Ithan Avenue flooded at SEPTA overpass
  • Loss of power to Lancaster Avenue properties
  • Generator moved to power Moriarity.
  • Downed Tree on S. Ithan

Additional Storm Impact
  • Water in Stanford and St. Marys

Clogged Drain at HSB
Redefining the Role of the Housing Officer
Overview of Changes
  • Shift in focus from desk attendant to security
  • Coverage increased from 11 to 13 buildings
  • Hours moved to 9PM to 5AM
  • Officers no longer stationed at fixed locations
  • No longer one officer per building

A Housing Officer is posted at the main card reader entrance to some co-ed and all female residence halls. A Housing Officer is assigned to an area consisting of one or two residence halls on South and Main campus.
He/She is there to supplement the card reader system. Their primary duties are to ensure only Villanova University students enter the building, by verifying the students through a valid WildCard. He/She is there to monitor activity in and around their assigned residence hall(s) and to be on the lookout for safety and security hazards. Housing officers visually inspect for propped doors and windows, as well as signs that the security of the building has been breached or that unsafe conditions exist.
They also identify and register the entry of any visitors, when the visitor is accompanied by a Villanova student. Officers should be conducting foot patrols of interior common areas and the buildings exterior. At the same time, officers may ask for ID from any individual in or around a residence hall whose actions or appearance are suspicious.
Officers will position themselves in such a way as to strictly control access to the hall. Officers will continue to conduct exterior and interior building checks throughout their shift. Officers will pay particular attention to areas of high activity, areas known for breaches of security, or policy violations. Officers will respond to requests from dispatch to check on propped door alarms received in the Communications Center.
Officers will similarly position themselves at the end of visitation hours to identify exiting males. Officers will assist and support students and residence life staff in courteous and professional manner. Officers will be on the lookout for injured or ill students and will provide aid consistent with their level of training until additional help arrives.
Rationale for changes
  • Limited value of enforcing visitation rules
  • Recognition that perils to residence hall
    students lie outside the buildings walls.
  • Able to cover more halls, (13 vs. 11) picking up
    St. Marys and Simpson
  • Layout of lobbies not conducive to funneling
    people past the officers desk.
  • Volume of traffic made it impossible to check
    IDs against building rosters.

Officer Initiated Activities August 14th to
September 19th
Passenger Van Fleet
Description of How the Van Fleet Will Operate
Recent Developments