President's Office

Emergency Desk Reference for Staff Members

September 3, 2013

Dear Staff Members,
Now that the Fall 2013 semester in underway, I am writing to call your attention to an important resource, the "Emergency Operations Desk Reference for Staff," posted at In addition to this guide for staff members, Desk References are provided for faculty members and students.
You may access the desk reference by clicking the link "Emergency Desk Reference for STAFF" on the information bar near the top of the page. You may also reach the page referenced above from the "Emergency Information" link at the bottom of the Cal State Northridge home page,
Safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Please read this information now before an emergency or disaster occurs. You also may want to print the Desk Reference to have it handy. The Desk Reference is a quick guide for what to do during emergency situations that might occur on a university campus - medical emergency, fire/explosion, hazardous materials, bomb threat or suspicious object, and earthquake. The Desk Reference further provides information for what to do in a shooting situation (see "Active Shooter" in the Table of Contents). Although rare, tragic shootings on college campuses have caused much concern for safety and emergency response.  Finally, the Desk Reference provides general information on emergency preparedness and staff responsibilities, as well as emergency phone numbers and where to get more information in the event of an emergency.
CSUN prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, and sexual orientation in its education programs, services and activities. This includes sexual violence and sexual harassment. Policies and resources regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment are posted on the Office of Equity and Diversity's website at Please especially see the Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination, which describes both on-campus and off-campus resources for sexual violence emergencies and university procedures for filing related complaints. Every allegation of sexual assault is taken seriously, and where there is reason to believe that a crime has been committed, the university will pursue criminal charges and strong disciplinary action.  For additional comprehensive information on sexual assault, please see the Department of Police Services' website at
It is very important that you update your contact information in the myNorthridge portal so that the University may contact you in the event of an emergency.
From the Staff page of the myNorthridge portal, go to the "Emergency Information" section and click on "Update My Personal Information." Then review and update your contact information, especially telephone and email listings. You should also review and update your emergency contacts.

Starting this semester, if you have a mobile number listed in SOLAR, you will receive text and voice messages to that number. New mobile numbers added to the system will receive an initial text message saying that you are subscribed to receive text alerts. You may opt out of these text messages, but we strongly encourage you to stay connected to this emergency alert system.

Thank you, and I hope you have a safe and successful semester.
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.