If a tornado was headed for our campus, do you know what to do? Where would you go? This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week and we’re sharing some important information about tornado safety. On Thursday, we are conducting a tornado awareness drill using the UT Alert text messaging and e-mail system.
Emergency Management News
Brad Walker has joined UT Knoxville’s Office of Emergency Management as an emergency management specialist. In his new role Walker will work closely with departments on emergency preparedness planning and training.
On Monday, May 13, the University of Tennessee Police Department hosted a multiagency active shooter training exercise held at the Stokely Athletic Center on campus. Nearly 100 people from UTPD, the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation participated. UTPD hosts exercises like these to prepare a response to a potentially violent situation on campus.
Tennessee Homeland Security District 2 will present an active shooter seminar for the campus community from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in the University Center Auditorium. There is no cost for the training and those wishing to attend must register by Thursday, May 2. UT Emergency Management Director Brian Gard said all students, faculty, and staff can benefit from the training, which has been specifically designed for college campuses.
With spring’s warm temperatures, severe weather and even tornadoes are a possibility. Should a tornado warning be issued that includes campus areas, you can protect yourself by following some basic steps. Knowing what to do when you receive an emergency notification is critical to your safety. For more information on staying safe on campus, visit the safety website.
Employees in the university’s Kingston Pike Building held the campus’s first tornado drill yesterday to prepare for the spring storm season. The building houses UT’s Office of Information Technology, a vital resource for the campus. In cases of emergencies, seconds matter so it’s important to be prepared and to know in advance how you should react. According to the campus’s Office of Emergency Management, drills provide you with the muscle memory that your brain relies on when reacting to trauma.
Did you know that East Tennessee is one of the most active seismic zones in the country?This morning more than 2.5 million people participated in The Great Central US ShakeOut to encourage earthquake preparedness. As part of the ShakeOut, The Office of Emergency Management urges you to take a moment to learn what to do should an earthquake impact campus.
The federal government is now text messaging smart phone consumers through their wireless carriers, regardless of whether they sign up for a notification system. People in other university communities have recently received these messages and confused them with their university’s emergency text message notification system. The federal messages are location-based and sent to people with smart phones that are capable of receiving the wireless emergency alerts through their carrier.
The campus’s safety webpage, safety.utk.edu, has been redesigned to focus on giving students, faculty, and staff a way to prepare for emergencies, and to deal with them once they happen.
The Office of Emergency Management wants all faculty and staff to be part of the Campus Emergency Response Team. In an effort to better connect the campus-wide effort with the people who work and live in buildings throughout campus, the university is establishing a network of Emergency Preparedness Coordinators.