Mar 6, 2013

University Waiting to Tell Campus About Shelter-In-Place Protocols

While the Army Corps of Engineers has already informed residents on Glenbrook Road of emergency shelter procedures, AU will not brief the community on an emergency plan until April, according to Assistant Vice President for Communication and Media Camille Lepre.  Starting in May, the Corps expects to find more debris from the former WWI-era munitions site at 4825 Glenbrook Road.  The Corps will enclose the area and use an air monitoring system ... Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Andrea Takash said the Corps has briefed AU’s administration on the public protection plan, but when to communicate the plan to the AU community is the University’s decision ...

Public address speakers and strobe lights will be used to alert the community in the event of an emergency during high-probability work, according to the Corps.  Sirens and speaker systems will also be placed at the Watkins and Kreeger buildings, Takash said.  A map indicating the residences within the “shelter-in-place” zone during “high-probability” work includes Watkins and AU President Neil Kerwin’s home.  Shelter-in-place procedures instruct residents to take cover wherever they are in the case of an emergency at the site ... The Army Corps has conducted other “low-probability” investigations in recent years at the AU Experiment Station (AUES) site that have revealed debris and munitions.  During an operation next to the Public Safety building in 2010, Army Corps workers unearthed a 75 mm artillery piece buried under the building’s lower entrance
Leigh Giangreco
March 6, 2013 (pg. 6)

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