Security and Fire Prevention news
If you've installed Alertus software on your laptop or computer, new versions are now available for Windows and Mac. Among other improvements, now you can see all recent alerts by right-clicking on the yellow Alertus icon in your System Tray/Menu Bar. From there, you can click to view the details of an Active Alert or any other recent alerts/messages (shown in red).
McGill University has built up a wide range of communications tools to help keep you safe in an emergency. On Oct. 24, we’ll be testing McGill’s emergency notification tools. Read the information below to find out how these tests may affect you.
In line with the recommendations of the Jutras Report, we’re working hard to improve every our emergency communications planning. To help, on Jan. 31 we’ll launch new software called Alertus that allows us to send pop-up announcements to your computer if an urgent situation arises. People using laptops, Macs or non-ICS-supported desktops will need to install this software manually.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, there will be a university-wide test of our automated notification service, McGill | Attention! The test will occur at approximately 10:40 a.m.
McGill University Safety staff will be working with SOS Richelieu to volunteer with the cleanup efforts and provide much-needed relief to thousands of victims. If you'd like to help too, we urge you to visit SOS Richelieu's website and sign up to take part. Whether you're hauling sandbags or working the phones, we need your help!
On Thursday, Oct. 14, there will be a university-wide test of our automated notification service, "McGill | Attention!" Phase 1 of the test will occur at approximately 10:40am. Phases 2 and 3 will disrupt all traffic to the www.mcgill.ca website from approximately 9:00pm to 9:30pm.
As you might have read or heard, Bureau canadien d'investigations et d'ajustements (or CBIA), the company that is contracted to provide uniformed security personnel to McGill, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Please be assured that McGill is taking all steps that are required to maintain continuity in security services on campus at all times to safeguard our community and property.
Late yesterday afternoon, McGill Security Services and Montreal police were called to the basement of Burnside Hall to investigate reports of a robbery in progress by two masked individuals. As a precautionary measure, Security evacuated the building. The individuals fled the scene with some property, including personal laptop computers.
The water distributed on Macdonald Campus is now safe to drink. The boil water advisory was lifted on Friday, August 14 at 5 p.m. after two consecutive days of testing revealed no presence of contaminants in the water.
Around noon on Tuesday, August 11, a gas main was inadvertently ruptured in the course of construction work near the corner of University and Sherbrooke Streets. The pipe was sealed within an hour and people were shortly thereafter allowed to proceed back into the affected buildings. The emergency situation is over.
Security Services is pleased to announce that security agents will now patrol the campus on bicycle as part of our effort to increase the service and visibility we render to the University community.
As schools re-open, the officers at your neighbourhood police station welcome you and wish you a successful semester. We also would like you to take to heart the following safety tips:
Security & Fire Prevention Services wishes to alert the McGill community regarding an individual who has been responding to the McGill classified ads offering to buy items for sale.