On Tuesday morning, United States Attorney General John Ashcroft briefed the nation on raising the Homeland Security Advisory Status from Level Yellow (Significant Risk of Terrorist Attack) to Level Orange (High Risk of Terrorist Attack). This was done in conjunction with a variety of justice department organizations as well as international sources.
This marks the first time that the nation has been taken to this level since the attacks of September 11, 2001. While the Attorney General noted that we are not in imminent danger, it is important to identify and review the plans and protocol we have for Cal Poly Pomona.
Let me reassure everyone that our university has made every effort to be well prepared for any level of emergency. We have always made the safety of our faculty, staff and students a very high priority. Therefore, I believe Cal Poly Pomona is one of the safest places to live, study and work.
We have a great deal of emergency information available to everyone online. Procedures for any number of events can be reviewed at the emergency Web page. Campus officials are monitoring all national sources to provide university leadership with the best possible information, should the need arise.
The purpose of this message is to inform you that we will move forward with business as usual at Cal Poly Pomona. All departments and offices will remain open. Governor Davis has asked all Californians to ?Go on about your lives, but remain vigilant and contact police if you see something unusual.? He also asked residents to be especially tolerant of all religions and nationalities.
If anyone has any questions about our emergency plans or would like assistance reviewing existing department plans, please contact Debbi McFall at x6981. Thank you for your continued commitment to Cal Poly Pomona.
Bob H. Suzuki