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University-wide Emergency Plan

Dear Members of the Penn community:

The Department of Homeland Security has raised the terrorist threat level from "elevated" to "high." This action, and the extensive media coverage of it, has left us understandably concerned about what might happen should an act of terrorism affect us here at Penn. Although we have no information that would lead us to believe that our region might be the target of such an attack, please be assured that the University has taken every step possible to ensure your well being on campus in case of an emergency.

We have in place a comprehensive university-wide emergency plan that is closely coordinated with those of city, state and federal agencies. Our public safety personnel, and our University of Pennsylvania Health System doctors, have received thorough training in how to respond to incidents involving chemical or biological agents, and they work closely with city and state emergency management agencies to stay abreast of information and to coordinate responses in the event of an attack.

The nature of terrorism is such that we cannot say for certain when, where, or even if, an attack might occur. The best we can do is remain vigilant for suspicious activity and prepare to keep functioning should an attack take place. The University's emergency information web site at provides phone numbers, web links and other details that may be of use should a real emergency occur. It will be updated continuously as new information becomes available. In the meantime, rest assured that we are taking every step necessary to protect your health and well being as a member of the Penn community.

 Judith Rodin, President Robert Barchi, Provost Clifford L. Stanley, Executive Vice President


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 22, February 18, 2003