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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.