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During an emergency evacuation, the Office of Public Safety must have the ability to identify individuals who need evacuation assistance, including the type of assistance required. All students and staff, as well as visitors, with disabilities and special requirements, including those with mobility, visual, auditory or cognitive impairments, who need assistance in an emergency evacuation are encouraged to self-identify and register with the
Office of Public Safety at the beginning of each academic quarter. To self-identify, please contact the emergency management department at (312) 362-7078 with on-campus residence, schedule, and classroom information.
The following information may help keep residents safe in severe weather conditions. Use the radio to monitor live weather reports (for example, WGN or WBBM radio), or use a trusted website or weather app of choice for continuous live radar reports.TORNADOESThe majority of Illinois tornadoes have occurred between April 1 and June 30; however, tornadoes have occurred every month of the year at all hours of the day. Be alert for these danger signs: severe thunderstorms with frequent lightning, heavy rain, hail, roaring noise, funnel clouds, strong winds and power failure. The local branch of the National Weather Service will issue severe weather bulletins to the local authorities and local TV and radio stations. Chicago is located in Cook County.
Tornado Watch: A “watch” indicates that conditions are conducive to the development of a tornado.Tornado Warning: A “warning” indicates that a tornado has been detected and may be approaching. If a tornado warning is issued, or the city warning sirens have been activated, take the following precautions:
THUNDERSTORMSIf thunder is heard, immediately proceed to the closest indoor location, because no place outside is safe when lightning is in the area. Everyone should stay indoors until the storm has safely passed.
DPU Alert is an emergency communication system that immediately attracts the attention of students, faculty and staff where they are most reachable. In an emergency situation that affects the university, DPU Alert will contact cellphones through text messaging, voicemail, and email. It is strongly recommended that all DePaul students, faculty and staff sign up for DPU Alert. To sign up to receive DPU Alert, access Campus Connect, click on “Self Service,” then look for “DPU/Academic Alert.” The webpage will ask for the following information: