ALMANAC BETWEEN ISSUES September 11, 2001
John Fry, Executive Vice President
University's Emergency Response
In response to the tragic episodes in New York and Washington, the University's emergency response group has taken several steps to assist our students, faculty, and staff. We are setting up a web site www.upenn.edu/about/emergency_preparedness.php, and we will shortly be posting updates on this site. We have activated our emergency operations center, called in extra police officers and security, and our Public Safety office is in regular contact with local, state and federal agencies to stay abreast of new developments.
All day and evening classes have been canceled. In addition, all non-essential staff may leave work at any time. We encourage faculty and staff, who are in a position to assist students, to remain at work to provide support and guidance to them during this time.
We are setting up
an information and counseling center in Houston Hall, in which we will
provide phone banks, email terminals, and counseling. All members of Penn's
community are welcome to make use of these resources.
Calls from concerned parents should be directed to the Public Safety Office at (215) 573-3333. The MELT line (215-898-MELT) will also be updated throughout the day.
We urge all members of our community to remain calm, and to avoid immediate travel. We believe that traveling at this time would be more dangerous than helpful.
Penn is an international
community, with friends and family throughout the world. This is a time
for all of us to be supportive and caring of
The emergency response group will continue to meet, and we will send periodic updates by email.