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.
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.
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 2011 Security Report and Fire Safety Report for the Knoxville campus is now available online. The booklet meets the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
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.