Emergency Preparations & Response Plans
In the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the College instituted a standing committee on emergency preparedness that has been meeting monthly ever since.
The committee is chaired by the vice president for administration and finance and includes the vice president for student affairs/ dean of students; the vice president of academic affairs/ dean of the college; the vice president of information resources; associate vice president for finance and controller; associate vice president hospitality services; associate vice president facilities management; faculty council president; chief technology officer; assistant dean of housing and residential services; assistant dean of student development and student life; the directors of campus safety; communications; health and counseling center; human resources; networking, operations and systems; risk management; the College's environmental health and safety manager and three students.
One of the more important conclusions coming out of the Virginia Tech tragedy was the need for timely mass communication to the campus community and constituencies outside of campus in the event of an emergency. The committee identified both an audible siren type system and a rapid multi-faceted email and voice mail messaging system for use on campus and for notifying constituencies off campus. Text messaging capability has recently been added.
Only the Chief of Campus Safety or designees are authorized to activate the emergency notification system. The emergency notification system, OxyAlert, is tested twice a year - once in the fall semester in conjunction with the Great California Shakeout drill and once in the spring semester.
After the Northridge earthquake in 1994, the need was recognized for an out-of-state telephone message to keep family and friends of Occidental apprised of the status of the College after a natural disaster or other emergency. The message is updated as the situation demands. It plays twice for the caller, then automatically disconnects. The number is 1-866-961-3300. Share it with your family and friends. Information will also be posted on the College website as necessary.
- Service Line:
- Emergency Line:
(323) 259-2511 or dial 5 from any campus phone
Facilities Management Building, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041