Emergency NotificationBAYLOR'S EMERGENCY AND RESPONSE SYSTEM(BEARS)- CONNECT ED FAQs
EMERGENCY PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM
Baylor's existing emergency public address system was installed as a part of the fire alarm system which allows for public broadcast of emergency messages through a master panel located at the Baylor Police Department office building. At this time, not all buildings have this capability but buildings are being added continuously. Currently, the buildings that have the system in place or that will be functional soon include all of the resident halls, Moody Library, Poage Library, Jones Library, Baylor Sciences Building, Pat Neff, Bill Daniel Student Center and Hankamer School of Business. Old Main, Burelson and Draper complex are scheduled for installation soon. Again, not all of these buildings have complete installation of the system.
OUTDOOR PUBLIC ADDRESS SPEAKERS
Baylor University completed installation of loudspeakers in nine strategic outdoor locations on and off campus during the week of 06-16-08. The loudspeaker arrays, which consist of four to six speakers, are rooftop mounted systems that are not readily seen from the ground, although one array will be mounted on a fifty foot pole. The entire Baylor campus will be able to hear the sound of an emergency message from the speakers, which are capable of projecting sound of about 80 decibles at 3,000 feet away. The speaker systems are also mounted around the Floyd Casey Stadium complex.
The new loudspeaker system will augment Baylor's Connect-ED emergency notification service, which uses phone calls, e-mail and text messages to reach all students, faculty, and staff with information and updates during unforeseen events or emergencies. These multi-modal capabilities coupled with the new loudspeaker system allows Baylor to keep students, faculty, and staff informed whether they are in their resident hall, off-campus home, sitting in front of their computers or on their way to class.
The loudspeaker system will be used only when an immediate emergency message needs to be communicated to the campus community.
EMERGENCY CALL BOXES
There are many emergency call boxes located around Baylor campus, with many more to be added as recent campus expansions are completed. These phones are provided as an immediate means of communication to Baylor DPS during an emergency. There are currently two different styles of emergency call boxes on campus as the newer models are slowly integrated into the system throughout campus. Both can be recognized by the large pole (yellow) with a blue light at the top. Some call boxes are mounted directly onto a wall instead of a pole, depending on location. Both are also equipped with a (yellow) face plate which contains a large red call button and a speaker. To use the call box, simply press and release the call button and a dispatcher will answer within a few seconds. Report your location and emergency clearly to the dispatcher. There is no need to push the call button again to disconnect, the dispatcher will disconnect when appropriate. Visit the campus map to see the current locations of emergency call boxes on campus.
For those with hearing or communication impaired disabilities, be aware that a Police Officer will be instructed to go to your location immediately upon activation of the call button.
The Baylor Webpage
The Baylor Webpage will also be used to provide emergency information as soon it is available. It will provide instructions for any necessary actions being requested, contact numbers for additional assistance or information. It will also be used to inform the campus community about any changes to class activities.