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OIT Employees Take Part in Campus’s First Tornado Drill

OIT employees shelter in place during a tornado drill at the Kingston Pike Building.

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.

2012 Campus Security Booklet Available Online

The campus’ 2012 Security Booklet is now available online. The booklet meets the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Campus Crime Statistics Act, regarding the reporting of crime statistics and policies by the university. Printed copies may be obtained on campus at the Office of the Dean of Students or at the UT Police Department.

What if There is a Shooting on Our Campus?

Do you know what to do if the unthinkable becomes a tragic reality? Individual response is critical to thwarting the goals of an active shooter. Do you know when it is best to run or seek cover? Answers to these questions can be found on the emergency preparedness website.

What to Do in Case of Fire

Is it okay to use the elevator when a fire alarm has gone off in your building? Should you try to extinguish a fire on your own? Answers to these questions and more can be found on safety.utk.edu. As part of Emergency Preparedness Month, UT encourages members of the campus community to learn more about potential emergencies.

New National Weather Service Text Messages Differ from UT Alert System

The National Weather Service is now automatically warning people of dangerous weather and other emergencies via a special type of text messaging to cellphones. The messages are location-based and sent to people with smartphones capable of receiving the wireless emergency alerts through their carrier. It’s important to note that the NWS messages are different from UT Alert text messages.

Sign Up for UT Alert Text and E-mail Messages

The university will be testing its UT Alert text messaging on Friday. There is still time to sign up to participate in the test. UT Alert allows students, faculty, and staff to be notified via text message or e-mail in the event of an emergency or campus closure. As part of Emergency Preparedness Month, the university encourages members of the campus community to learn more about potential emergencies and to take advantage of all safety resources.

UT Police Department Overview

The UT Police Department welcomes you to campus and would like to inform you about our department and the services that we provide. Our primary mission is the safety of students, staff, faculty, and visitors to the university campus. UT operates a fully functional police department on our campus twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

UTPD Introduces New Crime Prevention Tool

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UTPD has partnered with BAIR Analytics Inc. to provide RAIDS Online, an online, public crime mapping system. The partnership will help keep members of the university community informed about crime that occurs on campus and in the area. RAIDS Online provides a map and crime analysis data. UT community members can use the map, data grid, and analytics to learn more about specific incidents and reports.

Troy Lane Named UT Chief of Police

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Troy Lane, chief of police at the University of Wyoming, has been named the chief of police for the UT Police Department. Lane, who has more than sixteen years of campus law enforcement experience, will begin June 25. Lane replaces former chief Gloria Graham, who left in January 2012 to become assistant chief of police at the University of Chicago.

Be Prepared for Spring Storm Warnings

Do you know what to do when a tornado warning is issued for areas that include our campus? The university will send a UT Alert text message and e-mail to the campus community when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for areas that include our campus. If the message directs you to shelter in place, please take the steps listed at safety.utk.edu.