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Pre-Event Planning Tools

Checklist for Faculty, Staff & Student Employees:

  • Know your department’s critical functions/services and who is responsible for each one
  • Know the communication plan for your department if the University declares a modification or curtailment of normal operations
  • Know how to contact your immediate supervisor or unit administrator
  • Provide your contact information to your immediate supervisor or unit administrator
  • Change your office voicemail from home and/or transfer your office phone to your cell phone, if necessary
  • Contact your supervisor/unit administrator to know when and if you are to report if you are a variable shift employee and the University re-opens in the middle of a work schedule
  • Know the contact information for individuals making deliveries or attending meetings or appointments and for others scheduled to come to campus
  • Sign-up for MSU Alert ( )
  • “Like” the MSU and HR Facebook page or Twitter

Possible Methods of Communication

  • Landline, cell phone or text message
  • Departmental intranet, Facebook page or email
  • Departmental voicemail message – have employees call in and listen to instructions

If you have additional questions regarding these Guidelines, please contact MSU Human Resources at 517-353-4434 or email