USC is an urban campus and while every precaution is made to ensure your safety, the role of the individual remains paramount. As such, please be prepared for an emergency situation and take the time to put this information in a safe and visible place while here at SCEC. For your safety on and around USC's campus, please include the University's Department of Public Safety's (DPS) emergency phone number in your cell phone.
(213) 740-4321 (Emergencies)
This is USC's Emergency hotline. If you are in a state of emergency while on campus, please dial this number before 911. List it as your In Case of Emergency contact.
For non-emergencies, please dial (213) 740-6000
For more information about DPS and their services, go to http://capsnet.usc.edu/DPS/
We encourage you to be a part of the Trojan Alert system. This emergency communication system is used by governments, emergency management agencies and first responders to send emergency alerts, notifications and updates to your cell phone, pager, BlackBerry, PDA and/or e-mail account. Alert types may include life safety, fire, weather, accidents involving utilities or roadways, team activation notifications, or disaster notification such as a terrorist attack. A few examples of the types of messages that can be sent through USC Trojans Alert are:
- Notify employees, and/or citizens of the location of the nearest emergency shelter, available bed space, hours of operation during a crisis;
- Notify employees/citizens of available evacuation routes during an emergency;
- Activate special teams within the community, based upon an event
- Severe weather warnings;
- Change in the Homeland Security Advisory System terror alert level
- Pre-cautionary evacuation order if on high alert
Blue Light Phones:
For emergency situations, more than 400 emergency “blue light” phones have been strategically located in many buildings, each parking structure (on every level) and on the campus grounds. Many of these emergency phones are easily identified by the blue emergency lights on top of the phone booth. They provide a direct line to the Public Safety office and should be used only under emergency conditions.
For the safety and security of all interns, the building SCEC is located in is installed with key-pad locks on the outside of every door. On the first day of the internship, you will receive your own personal access code which will enable you to access the USEIT intern lab and the room directly across from the lab. Please keep this code confidential as this protects not only the expensive equipment but also yourself and your fellow intern-mates.
Additionally, every room is alarmed upon entry at the beginning of the day. If you are the first to enter the room, disarm the alarm upon entering by using your access code. Failure to disarm the alarm will notify the Department of Public Safety of a break-in, and an officer will arrive shortly to investigate. At the end of the day, if you are the last intern to leave the premise, please re-alarm the room.