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.
Emergency personnel from Southeastern Conference universities are on the UT Knoxville campus today for the Police Chief and Emergency Manager Conference. The two-day conference is the first of its kind, and brings together thirty emergency management professionals from all twelve of the SEC schools.
Dr. Spencer Gregg, physician and medical director with UT’s Student Health Service, offers some quick tips on how to avoid heat injury and stay cool in the summer heat. Wearing light-weight, loose-fitting clothing; drinking plenty of fluids; and restricting outdoor activity are just a few simple ways to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from heat sickness and dehydration.
WVLT-TV spoke with Lt. Emily Simerly of the UT Police Department about security changes on campus since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. UT Knoxville hosts high-profile guests and crowds of thousands, both of which are potential terrorism targets. Simerly says UTPD is as prepared as it’s ever been, and that most people probably don’t notice the bulk of the changes that have taken place.
The National Weather Service is reporting severe thunderstorms, including tornado activity, approaching our area. Watch local media closely and take proper precautions should a tornado threaten campus.
Spring brings warmer weather, lots of blooming plants…and the possibility of severe weather. Since tornadoes or high winds can form with little or no warning, the campus community should stay vigilant and know what to do in the event of severe weather.