911 always the winning number if your safety is in jeopardy

November 4, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — When members of the Purdue community feel that their safety is in jeopardy, there is only one number they need to remember: 911 from any phone – landline or mobile.

“We encourage our faculty, staff and students to alert us of a personal safety concern or a threat to a facility on campus,” said Carol Shelby, senior director of environmental health and public safety. “We want to make it easy for them to remember the phone number so we can respond with the appropriate resources as soon as possible.”

Shelby said that as part of Purdue’s commitment to the “See Something, Say Something” campaign, campus responders want to ensure everyone is aware that the right time to call 911 is for any emergency requiring police or fire department assistance. The Purdue University police and fire departments are available 24/7 to provide service to the Purdue campus community.

“There is no stigma for calling 911 at Purdue,” Shelby said. “The telecommunications operators on the other end of the line are trained to help reach the right people in the most efficient way, regardless of the issue.”

Shelby also reminds callers that they can always utilize any of the nearly 300 emergency telephone boxes (blue light phones) on campus. Each phone connects directly to the Purdue public safety dispatch center.

“See Something, Say Something” is a national program designed to encourage the immediate reporting of incidents. 

Source: Carol Shelby, 765-494-7504, cshelby@purdue.edu 

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