The Statewide Severe Weather Drill and a campus-wide UGAAlert test will occur on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM. Also, as a part of the drill/test, the outdoor warning sirens will be activated. Please remember that the outdoor warning sirens are only intended to be heard by individuals who are located outside when the sirens are activated.
Prior to the Drill/UGAAlert test:
- Check your contact information in the UGAAlert system at www.ugaalert.uga.edu to make sure that you will receive alerts via your preferred methods (text, email, phone, etc.)
- Download the free UGAAlert Desktop software at http://eits.uga.edu/hardware_and_software/software/. This will allow you to receive a scrolling alert via your laptop or desktop computer. In previous tests of the UGAAlert system, text messages, desktop alerts and social media notifications appear to be the fastest methods to receive a UGAAlert message.
- Be familiar with the severe weather sheltering location(s) in any building that you frequent. You may review these locations and see who your Building Safety and Security Representatives (BSSR) are at https://emer.prepare.uga.edu/osepforms/building_list.html
- Program 706.542.0111 into your phone as the “UGAAlert” contact
Options during the Drill/UGAAlert test:
- Go to the designated severe weather sheltering area in your building in order to be familiar with the location(s). Remember, an “all clear” emergency alert will not be issued, so you should determine how long you remain in the severe weather sheltering area.
- Discuss with your students and/or co-workers the areas where building occupants should take shelter during a tornado warning during the drill. You may not wish to physically go to your severe weather shelter location; however, a brief discussion on the exact procedures and location of the severe weather sheltering areas in your building will be helpful.
After the Drill/UGAAlert test:
- Participate in a survey at www.prepare.uga.edu to provide feedback regarding the drill and to help the Office of Emergency Preparedness improve emergency preparedness planning on campus.
The University of Georgia WeatherSTEM unit is an integration of weather sensors, the data gathered and stored by the sensors, and a dynamic display of the data in a website that showcases the current weather, weather forecasts, data mining tools, lessons & activities, weather notifications, and more!
As a part of a national initiative, the University of Georgia Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) is coordinating campus efforts to help “Stop the Bleed.” “Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.
OEP is in the process of adding bleeding control kits to each Automated External Defibrillator (AED) cabinet on campus. AED cabinets that contain a bleeding control kit will be marked on the outside of the cabinet with a sticker indicating that a “Stop the Bleed” kit is located inside the cabinet. Each kit contains non-expiring items including a CAT tourniquet, an emergency trauma dressing, compressed gauze, 2 pairs of gloves, trauma shears, a marker and an instruction card.
Additionally, OEP is coordinating two-hour bleeding control classes (B-Con) for interested campus volunteers. For more information on upcoming B-Con classes and/or the “Stop the Bleed” campus program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706.542.5845. Also, more information on the national “Stop the Bleed” initiative can be found at www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed.com or http://www.stopthebleedingcoalition.org/.