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.
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, 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.
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.
The UT Police Department has received two grants from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to support its “Safe–T Begins with Me” campaign. The program aims to reduce alcohol-related driving incidents and speeding on campus. The Alcohol Countermeasures grant focuses on educating the campus community on the dangers associated with drinking and how it can impact highway safety.
The UT Police Department is preparing for its first reaccreditation review and is asking the campus and surrounding community for input. Representatives from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, who are evaluating the department, will hold a public forum from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on April 4, in the Shiloh Room of the Carolyn P. Brown University Center.
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.