UT wants you to be informed in an emergency, but it’s up to you to use that information wisely. What would you do if campus was evacuated? Where would you go? What would you take with you? Do your friends and family know your plan? Review this checklist to learn what you can do to reduce the personal impact of a disaster.
Effective campus response to an emergency depends on being prepared. Just like playing a musical instrument or sport, prior knowledge and practice make a difference in performance. Drills are important to ensure effective response in high-stress situations.
The university plans to test the UT Alert text and e-mail messaging system at 1:10 p.m. today. To ensure that the entire campus receives notification during an emergency, the UT Alert system sends messages to every student, faculty, and staff e-mail account.
The Programs for Minors policy enhances the safe environment for minors participating in campus activities. All departments that engage in programs or activities involving minors (a person younger than eighteen) must review and comply with the policy.
Did you know that East Tennessee is one of the most active seismic zones in the country? This morning more than 2.6 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 UT Police Department will conduct multiagency active shooter training exercises at Melrose Hall during the month of April. This training will take place in sections of Melrose Hall that are currently vacant. The training will not impact other offices in the building. From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 9, 16, 23, and 30, officers and staff from UTPD will work with the Knoxville Police Department and Knoxville Fire Department to participate in the training events.
The UT Police Department has received grant funding from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to support alcohol abuse prevention education and programming to reduce-alcohol related incidents on campus. The Alcohol Education grant focuses on educating the campus community on the risks associated with drinking and how it impacts highway safety. Educational elements funded by the grant include the purchase of six pairs of Fatal Vision® Goggles. Beginning next Friday, the department also will begin supporting the Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s Seatbelts Are for Everyone (SAFE) campaign, aimed at increasing seatbelt usage across the state.
Tornado season is quickly approaching. Do you know what to do when a tornado warning is issued for areas that include our campus? The university will send UTAlert text and e-mail messages to all campus community subscribers and activate the emergency blue phones when a tornado warning has been issued for the campus area. Make sure you are signed up to receive UTAlert messages by visiting the website.
The university community will have the chance to ride along with the university police on Thursday, February 27—virtually, that is. The UT Police Department is hosting a Tweet-Along on its official Twitter account to show the campus community a day in the life of its officers. Officers from the Community Relations Unit will ride along with shift officers from 8:00 a.m. Thursday until 8:00 a.m. Friday and will share on Twitter calls for service and officer-initiated activity that occur.
The Knoxville Police Department is investigating a shooting inside an apartment at Highland Terrace Apartments, on the corner of 13th Street and Highland Avenue that occurred after 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.