Situation Threat Levels
Normal/Level 1 – Business as Usual
Minor, localized department, or building incidents occur during normal conditions. These incidents are quickly resolved with existing University resources or limited outside resources.
A Level 1 incident generally has little or no impact on normal operations and generally affects a small number of people. This type of emergency does not require activation of the University’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC). Examples may include odor complaints, chemical spill, power failure, water leak, small fire, and EMS and police calls.
Elevated/Level 2 – Major Incident
Level 2 is a major incident or potential threat that disrupts a sizable portion of the Penn State campus. The incident may require assistance from outside resources. The incident may escalate quickly and have serious consequences. Portions of the University may be inaccessible to students, faculty, and staff.
Level 2 incidents generally affect a moderate number of people and may require partial or full activation of the University’s Emergency Operation Center. Examples may include severe flooding, extensive power outage, structure fire, civil disorder, or multi-fatality incident.
Severe/Level 3 – Campus-Wide Emergency
A Level 3 incident is an event that interrupts the daily operations that take place on or around the Penn State campus. A large portion of the University may not be accessible to students, faculty, and staff.
Incidents generally affect a large percentage of the campus community and Penn State must activate the full EOC in order to address immediate emergency response. Coordination with local government emergency management agencies will be established in accordance with our mutual aid agreements. Employees should check Penn State Live for updates and/or contact their supervisor before reporting to work.