Small fires occur on the Knoxville campus every year. Thankfully most are generally small and quickly controlled. However, all fires have the potential to cause extensive damage and injuries. Environmental Health and Safety is available to assist departments with all aspects of fire planning and response.
Emergency Management News
As National Emergency Preparedness Week continues, today is a good day to sign up for the UT Alert text messaging system if you have not yet done so. UT Alert allows students, faculty, and staff to be notified via text message to their mobile phone in the event of an emergency or campus closure.
Today kicks off National Emergency Preparedness Week. Every day this week, “Tennessee Today” will feature ways for UT faculty, staff, and students to learn how to protect themselves and others in an emergency. One key way to prepare for an emergency is to receive training. The university offers online training to all students, faculty, and staff.
The university is taking part in a Knoxville Utilities Board test of its Neyland Drive wastewater treatment plant facility alarm systems. The test will involve three audible alarm activations around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, and will last approximately ten minutes.
Is it okay to use your cell phone during a campus emergency? Should you put a fire out with an extinguisher or just pull the alarm? When should you evacuate your building? When is “sheltering in place” the safest option? UT’s new emergency management training will answer these and many other important questions you may have about how to react in certain serious situations and full-scale emergencies.
September is National Preparedness Month, and federal, state, and university officials are highlighting the importance of being prepared to handle a disaster. A new customized training program for the UT Knoxville campus is now available to inform faculty, staff, and students about responding to an emergency.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has named Brian Gard the director of emergency management for the campus. Gard began his new position Monday, Aug. 23. Gard was formerly director of special events for the UT system. His appointment follows a nationwide search.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will conduct a test of its UT Alert system May 26, 2009.