Members of the Pacific Lutheran University community received PLU Alert safety messages to shelter and stay-in-place shortly after 10:30 pm on July 26, 2017 and 9:00 pm on July 27, 2017. Such alerts are sent when concerning activity is occurring near campus and a potential exists for impact on PLU individuals or property. The decision to send PLU Alert safety messages is made through an abundance of caution and a willingness to err on the side of safety. For more information about PLU Alert and the difference between stay-in-place and lockdown, visit the PLU Emergency Programs website.
This follow-up communication is being sent due to the incredibly rare issuance of safety alerts on consecutive days. This has never happened before in all the years the system has been used. In fact, cause for a single safety alert, by itself, is so rare that it has not happened for a non-power outage related concern in the last eighteen months that are recorded in our system.
The two incidents were unrelated. The first safety alert was initiated when Campus Safety became aware of a high speed pursuit by Sheriff’s Deputies proceeding toward campus on Park Avenue. This stay-in-place was lifted when the pursuit cleared the area. The second safety alert was sent when Campus Safety was notified of a robbery that occurred at the T-Mobile store in Garfield Commons with the suspects fleeing in the general direction of campus. This stay-in-place was lifted when Sheriff’s Deputies confirmed the suspects had fled the area.
A timely communication is essential when rapidly developing events are occurring, which is why pre-scripted messages are utilized. Additional information can often be found on the Campus Safety Recent Alerts webpage. Campus Safety is also exploring the possible use of twitter for sharing additional information as a more timely approach.
While prioritizing community safety, response protocols are under constant review, and feedback is welcomed. For additional information regarding PLU’s safety procedures and record, reference the 2016-2017 Security Report.