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.
September is National Preparedness Month, and federal, state, and university officials are highlighting the importance of being prepared to handle a disaster. A new customized training program for the UT Knoxville campus is now available to inform faculty, staff, and students about responding to an emergency.
UTPD has expanded its patrol fleet—and the two new units are wheels of a much different kind. UTPD launched this week a new motorcycle unit focused on pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle traffic safety concerns. Sgt. Donnie Ross supervises the unit, which has two motorcycle officers: corporals Matt Kinder and Ron Humble.
UTPD have asked for faculty, staff, and students’ help in alleviating the heavy pedestrian backup at the corner of Phillip Fulmer Way and Andy Holt Avenue, just below the Hill. Now that fall semester has begun, the safety of all pedestrians and motorists—especially during the busiest times between classes—is a foremost concern.
This week the University of Tennessee Police Department took to the streets to talk safety with students living in the Fort Sanders neighborhood. Several local media outlets were on hand to catch the interaction. Find links to the coverage here.
WBIR-TV spoke with UT Police Department Chief Gloria Graham about the decreasing crime rates in Fort Sanders, the neighborhood adjacent to the UT Knoxville campus. Last year the neighborhood saw a 22 percent reduction in overall crime compared to the year before. The already decreasing crime rates bode well for a new door-to-door safety program UTPD will kick off next week.