Last week's suspicious person incident emphasized the importance of receiving urgent messages from the university in the event of an emergency or possible crisis.
In order to receive Cal Poly Pomona Safety Alert messages, all faculty, staff and students should provide their full contact information in BroncoDirect. Used for urgent notifications, such as last week's suspicious person incident, the Safety Alert system can simultaneously send voice, text/SMS and e-mail messages to up to four phone numbers, two e-mail address and a TDD/TTY device.
To make sure you receive the Safety Alerts, keep your contact information updated on Bronco Direct, including a cell phone, office phone, home phone and e-mail address. If you provide a home phone number, inform others in your household that the university may send out urgent messages, as well as test messages each quarter.
Adding Cal Poly Pomona's Safety Alert to the contact list on your e-mail and cell phone will ensure that messages are not flagged as spam and that you will recognize the caller ID. Messages from the Safety Alert System will have the ID 23177 on text messages, (866) 869-7659 on phone messages and Cal Poly Pomona Safety Alert at email@example.com on e-mail messages.
The university sent Safety Alert messages on April 8 about a suspicious person on campus. University Police investigated a report of a person wearing all black and carrying a samurai sword near the Engineering Meadow. While officers and university staff swept the area, a Safety Alert was sent at about 12:11 p.m. Through tips from the campus community, the individual was identified and located. After an extensive interview, police determined he was carrying a novelty umbrella designed to look like a samurai sword. A second Safety Alert message gave the all-clear at 3:11 p.m.
In the event of an emergency, information will be distributed through a variety of sources: the Safety Alert System, e-mail, university home page, PolyCentric online news magazine, Emergency Hotline (866-869-POLY), electronic marquees and building marshals.
Anyone with questions about the Safety Alert System is encouraged to visit the frequently asked questions web page, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Help Desk at (909) 869-6776.