Emergency Notification System
The University maintains several methods to communicate immediate emergency information throughout the campus. These systems may be used when campus authorities and/or local emergency responders confirm a significant emergency exists and determine that emergency notification is warranted.
These systems include the following:
- RAVE is an emergency mass communication system that allows subscribers to receive emergency information and instructions via text and voice messages to their phone. To participate, students and employees must opt-in to the system by clicking on the RAVE icon on the ERNIE homepage and provide their phone number.
- Campus sirens are externally mounted speakers with voice capability that can broadcast immediate exterior alerts and instructions to the campus. Such alerts may include severe weather, serious criminal threats, or the need to shelter within a building due to a dangerous chemical release.
- Alertus is a communication tool that transmits the RAVE message to all PCs on the campus network. It will also interrupt PowerPoint presentations in classrooms to advise students and faculty of an emergency.
- Email: All students and employees are issued email addresses. The campus may utilize email to send follow-up emergency information.
It is the policy of this department to protect life by any legal means possible. Officers responding to an active shooter incident shall accomplish this goal by immediately using any legal means at their disposal to make contact with the active shooter and stop him. This may include containment, or use of deadly force.
The philosophy driving this policy recognizes that the active shooter must be stopped before he can destroy any more innocent lives. This shall be the duty and responsibility of the initial responding officer(s), and they shall use all legal means to accomplish it.
If there is an active shooter on campus you should:
- Run: If safe to do so, get away from the threat. Move quickly and get as far away as you can.
- Hide: If you cannot run from the threat, barricade yourself, preferably in a locked space. Silence phones and turn off lights. Prepare to fight.
- Fight: If you are being attacked, or are about to be attacked, fight back with all of your energy. Attack with improvised weapons or throw objects. Keep moving.
- Call: 911 or Campus Security at 928-777-3333 if safe to do so.
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus features 28 Blue Light Phones at locations around campus to allow students and visitors to quickly summon assistance. A general information button rings directly to the Campus Safety and Security non-emergency number, while a red button rings directly to the emergency line. Pressing the red emergency button sets off a blue light strobe that alerts bystanders that someone has called for emergency assistance while helping officers quickly locate the person needing assistance.
Avoiding Housing Rental Scams
The rental market in the Prescott area is tight and highly competitive; scammers leverage renters' fear of losing nice rental to rush their victims into making costly mistakes. Here are some tools you can use to stay safe and find a real rental.
Be suspicious that the property or transaction could be a scam if:
- The advertised price is much lower than that of similar properties
- Ads for the property have grammatical and spelling errors, or overuse capital letters
- The ad uses uncommon spellings of words, like "favour" instead of "favor"
- You can only work with an agent. The agent says that the owner is too busy, out of the country, and/or otherwise unavailable to handle the rental.
- The owner or agent requires you to sign the lease before you see the rental property
- The owner or agent isn't able to let you enter the home or apartment, or charges you a fee to view it
- The owner or agent uses high-pressure sales tactics. They may urge you to rent quickly before someone else gets the property
- Learn the basics of how rental listing scams work
- Get the terms of your rental, including fees, rent, and maintenance in writing
- Get a copy of the lease, signed by both you and the property owner/manager
- Do a search on the owner, real estate management company, and listing. If you find the same ad listed under a different name, that's a clue it may be a scam
- Visit real estate websites. Check out if the home you want to rent is also listed in another city. A scammer could have copied the photo or description of another rental to use in their ad
- Learn how military families can avoid rental scams
- Don't wire money as a deposit or payment of first and last month's rent. Wiring money is the same as giving cash; you can't get a refund, even if you find out the offer was a fraud
- Don't give in to high-pressure sales tactics
- Don't pay a security deposit, fee, or first month's rent before you've signed a lease
- Don't rent a property that you are unable to see before signing the agreement
- Don't send money for a rental overseas
- Don't give your personal information or Social Security number to a property owner without verifying their identity
Report Rental Scams:
Report a rental scam to your state consumer protection or local law enforcement. If you found the rental ad online, report the scam to the website where it was posted. Also, file a report with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center: https://www.usa.gov/housing-scams
Another powerful tool is knowledge of Arizona laws which regulate landlord and tenant relations: https://housing.az.gov/general-public/landlord-and-tenant-act