Maintaining a safe and secure campus during an animal threat

If an animal appears to be a danger, is injured or may be injured, notify campus police. An animal threat while rare on most campuses still poses a threat to your campus safety and security. If an animal is posing a threat to people or animals, dial 911, use IDentifyED’s 911 call feature or report an animal threat help request.

Prevent or Respond to threats on Campus:

  • Do not feed wild animals, even if they appear harmless.
  • Dispose of garbage and food items in appropriate trash receptacles.

What to do when threat is detected on campus:

  • Seek shelters indoors whenever possible.
  • Notify campus security, or if in immediate danger, dial 911.
  • Do not approach the animal.
  • Move away from the threat while keeping aware of your surroundings.

Campus Safety and Security: Animal Threat

  • Use the IDentifyED 911 help request, sent a help request as “injured”, or dial 911
  • Apply pressure to any large wounds to stop bleeding.
  • Locate to a safe area whenever possible.
  • Remain calm. Help is on the way.

IDentifyED is our campus safety, security and communication infrastructure:

1Animal threats are fairly uncommon in most areas of the country; however, in some areas of the country, they can be a daily occurrence. Often, we think of wild animals as being a threat, but many times, it can simply be a farmer leaving a gate open and a herd of cows on campus. Do not put yourself in harm’s way for any reason.

2Typically, but not always, you will be told to find shelter, if a dangerous animal on campus.

3Animal threats come quickly it is important to find a safe place immediately, typically you will find that this will result in an SRP Lock Out, simply shutting the doors to the outside.

4If you witness or experience an animal threat, make a help request immediately if possible, add text and a picture.

5Swipe up on your IDentifyED app to find your campus’s animal threat procedures.

6Swipe left on the ID screen of IDentifyed and you will come to your campuses’ custom app, the campus may have added additional links there as well as potential systems or sources of information, especially if a specific animal treat is commonplace.

7The animal threat may affect only a small area or a large community. The IDentifyED system has integration into the I Love You Guys Foundation’s standard response procedures; these procedures will tell people how you need to respond and reduce panic during an animal threat.

8If you need help use the IDentifyED 911 and help request feature on IDentifyED, this will direct you to specific campus response personnel on IDentifyED and explain to the dispatcher the issue. Campus resources might be the best place to call for help on your campus. If for any reason you are not able to get in touch with campus resources, do not hesitate to dial 911 on your phone app.

9Emergency personnel during an animal threat with IDentifyED can also involve or escalate to additional personnel as well as any emergency responders.

10Emergency responders will also maintain and update critical event message boards about the animal threat, that will allow everyone in the campus to get the most critical and up-to-date information.

11If you need help or others need help during the animal threat, you can make additional help requests that might document additional assistance and additional people who might be injured during the animal threat.

12For IDentifyED’s school campuses; During an animal threat, it is possible that you will be in class to make certain that the teacher takes attendance as you seek shelter.

13Everyone shouldcheck into a location, class, event, group or transportation so that emergency responders know where everyone is.

14Look for updates to the locations as well; perhaps the campus will add shelter locations so that you can accurately share your location with friends, family and of course, emergency responders.

15If you check-in, and then need help — emergency responders will be able to respond to your specific location with much better detail. For example, during an animal threat, it is possible that you are on the 20th floor in room 2001 of a 20-story building. If you need assistance, your IDentifyED reported longitude and latitude will only tell the responders what building you are in, and a good check-in will help them narrow it down the floor and room so that they can find you.

16If you are handicapped and experience an animal threat, in any way and the elevators are disabled, or there is a power outage. Make a handicapped help request with your specific checked in location (many campuses have designated handicapped assistance areas for you to check into.)

17Once the Animal threat is not a threat — emergency personnel will either broadcast out an all clear or begin reunification procedures.

18If an all clear is sent during an animal threat, assume that there will be additional information that may need to be shared, stay sheltered until you can get assurance that it is safe.

19After an animal threat, please report any personal injury or other issues through IDentifyED.

20After an animal threat, please report any damage to property or safety concerns via the IDentifyED Help request.

21For IDentifyED schools; If a reunification process is called for after an animal threat, monitor the IDentifyED critical event message boards as well as all emergency broadcasts.

22Follow the instructions from emergency responders.

23For IDentifyED schools; During an animal threat reunification, you should be told where to report to. It is possible that traditional/anticipated buildings or rally points are not safe to shelter or meet at so it is important to listen to and follow the directions of emergency responders

24For IDentifyED schools; When arriving at a reunification area, make certain you check-in or are checked in to that location.

25For IDentifyED schools; Parents should follow reunification procedures during an animal threat reunification. Parents should be instructed as to what will occur by campus personnel, and please follow the directions you are being given.

26Continue to monitor IDentifyED emergency broadcasts, campus news, and alerts as well as critical event boards after the animal threat because campuses will need to update you on when campus will resume and any other additional information.

27After an animal threat, IDentifyed may also be used to update people on any group activities in terms of communications, groups and events, look for these updates on IDentifyED first to minimize and optimize communications. It is likely that many parties will update calendars, message boards, send messages, and provide additional updates via a course or group portfolio

28IDentifyED’s many communication resources like user portfolios, messaging, message boards, calendars, chat, group chat, emergency broadcast, campus-wide news, and alerts will all be used during and after an animal threat. So, monitor IDentifyED and use IDentifyED as your primary source of information.