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Statewide Severe Weather Drill

In conjunction with the Statewide Severe Weather Drill, a full test of UGAAlert, the university’s emergency notification system, is scheduled for 9 a.m., February 7, 2018. Campus outdoor warning sirens will sound, and the UGA community should either pause to reflect upon where they would shelter in the event of an actual tornado warning or proceed to their building severe weather shelter locations to ensure that these locations are known by building occupants. 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 shelter 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.

Suggestions for a Basic Bleeding Control Kit for Personal Use

Sample of bleeding control kitAre you ready as a bystander to provide assistance for someone with a life-threatening bleeding emergency? Remember, the victim can be a family member, a friend, a co-worker, a stranger or you. Although there are many different opinions on what should be included in a basic bleeding control kit, the suggestions listed below are intended to provide an individual with a good start.

Bleeding control kits can be useful when carried in your vehicle, taken on outdoor excursions, in your desk at work or on your person as a kit that you carry each day. Bleeding control kits are not necessarily intended to be first aid kits for minor medical emergencies; however, you may customize your kit based on your activity or environment.

Basic bleeding control kit contents for personal use – Please consider taking a bleeding control (B-Con) class in order to know how to utilize the kit contents. These kit suggestions are intended to be a basic kit for individuals who have basic first aid and/or bleeding control training.

  1. Trauma shears (EMT scissors), to expose areas of injury quickly
  2. Tourniquet to control life-threatening bleeding (SOF-T, CAT, RATS or SWAT-T)
  3. Small black marker (to indicate tourniquet application time)
  4. Hemostatic gauze, pad or clotting sponge (QuickClot, Celox or ChitoSAM)
  5. 6 inch Emergency Trauma Dressing (also known as an Israeli bandage), to provide compression
  6. Gauze pad dressing
  7. Triangle bandage (can be used as an arm splint, tourniquet or bandage)
  8. Roller gauze 6 inch sterile dressings
  9. ABD pad 5 x 9 inch sterile dressings
  10. Emergency Mylar blanket 84 x 54 inches, for shock
  11. Cloth medical tape roll or small roll/flat pack of duct tape – to fasten dressings in place
  12. 2 pair of Nitrile gloves (non-latex)
  13. Alcohol wipes
  14. Small flashlight
  15. Emergency whistle
  16. CPR mask

***All items are available for purchase on Amazon or other preferred online stores

Stay Connected with New Safety App, LiveSafe

The University of Georgia Office of Emergency Preparedness in collaboration with the University of Georgia Police are providing all students, faculty, and staff with the LiveSafe app.

Steps to Download LiveSafe

  1. Download “LiveSafe” from the App Store or Google Play (Enable location services and push notifications when prompted).
  2. Sign up using your mobile phone number, email or Facebook account.
  3. Create a password and fill in your name.
  4. Search for “University of Georgia” to connect with the organization.
  5. Add your email to your profile (Left Menu > Settings > Profile).

What is LiveSafe?

LiveSafe is a personal safety mobile app that provides a quick, convenient, and discreet way to communicate directly with University of Georgia safety officials, enhancing your overall safety and allowing University of Georgia Police to better protect you.

LiveSafe Goals: A Mobile Solution to Increase Overall Safety

  • Communication: To increase communication between the University of Georgia community and safety officials in order to increase safety and awareness.
  • Prevention: To be a preventative measure in stopping crimes and incidents before they occur.
  • Collaboration: To leverage the community’s eyes and ears in helping keep campus safe.

 Explaining the Main Features of the LiveSafe App:

  • Report Tips: The “Report Tips” feature allows you to send text, picture, video, and audio directly to University of Georgia Police in real-time, and anonymously if you prefer. You can share information about any safety incidents or concerns, such as suspicious activity, theft, harassment, and more. You can also engage in a live chat with a safety official.
  • Emergency Options: By calling 911, calling University of Georgia Police, or Messaging University of Georgia Police from the “Emergency Options” screen, you will initiate location tracking, allowing safety officials to see where you are and respond to you more quickly in an emergency situation. You can easily stop location tracking at any time after the call is placed.
  • SafeWalk: Get from place to place safely by using SafeWalk to invite your contacts to “virtually escort” you, allowing them to follow your location on a map as they chat with you. You can request to virtually escort others as well.
  • Resources: Access important safety information such as emergency procedures, health & wellness resources, sexual assault assistance resources, and more.

Best Practices to Download and Start Using the LiveSafe App

  • Complete your profile: To gain the maximum benefit of the LiveSafe app, make sure to complete your user profile with your mobile phone number. This University of Georgia better respond to reports you send in.
  • Enable Push Notifications: Allow “Push Notifications” to be enabled in your Settings. University of Georgia Police Department will respond to messages sent through the app.  You will not be spammed.
  • Enable Location Services: Be sure to enable location services. Safety officials rely on GPS data to better serve and protect you. When you report an incident or make an emergency call through the app, University of Georgia will see your location so they can respond quickly. Don’t worry! You are not being actively tracked, and can stop location tracking (when used during emergencies) any time you want.

Local Weather – WeatherSTEM

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!

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