Infectious Disease Preparedness: Ebola
Preparedness begins with every one of us. If you are travelling to/from an Ebola-affected country (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, or Guinea), we ask that you do the following:
Before you go:
1. Call Student Health Services* (215-204-7500) and report your intention to travel.
2. Visit www.cdc.org/ebola for up-to-date information about the epidemic and how to employ effective prevention strategies.
3. Call Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) Division of Disease Control (215-685-6740) to report plans and seek protocol clarification for return to the U.S.
When you arrive/return to the U.S:
1. Upon returning to the U.S. (and before returning to campus), call PDPH ’s Division of Disease Control (215-685-6740) to ascertain assigned risk status.
2.. Call Student Health Services* (215-204-7500) for a brief telephone screening.
3. Heath Services will inform you of what you need to do to monitor your health for the 21 day period following your return, based on your assigned risk status.
*faculty and staff should call Employee Health Services at 215-204-2679
If you have recently travelled to West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, or Guinea, and become ill, please immediately call 911, Health Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). Additional travel to Ebola-affected regions is strongly discouraged at this time, and the university will not fund travel to countries currently under a CDC travel advisory.
Fall 2014 Testing of emergency evacuation
As part of Temple’s ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness and becomingTUready, a mandatory annual evacuation drill will be conducted for all buildings that are occupied by students and/or employees. Emergency response and evacuation procedures will be tested and evaluated during these drills. During each exercise students and employees will: (1) practice evacuation procedures and efficient building clearance; (2) familiarize themselves with the location of exits and rallying points; (3) recognize the needs of students and colleagues who may require special assistance; and (4) spread the word to the university community about what it means to beTUready. For questions about building evacuation procedures or to schedule fire safety training and drills contact the Office of the Fire Marshal: (215) 204-8687
TUalert Testing on September 18, 2014
TUsiren & Shelter-in-place instruction
IN THE NEWS:
CBS Philly: Temple University acting proactively to fend off an Ebola event, posted October 22, 2014
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Cautious colleges prepare for the possibility of Ebola, posted October 21, 2014
Temple University announces extension of police patrol borders, posted Sept. 3, 2014