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National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

University of Maryland Preparedness Initiatives

National Preparedness Month

Initiatives

September is National Preparedness Month. Preparedness is a shared responsibility, it takes a whole community. Leading into the month and during the month of September, UMD Emergency Management will be engaging the UMD community on emergency preparedness. Below is a list of ways that UMD Emergency Management will participate during National Preparedness Month:

Promote UMD Alerts, UMD SOS app, M-Urgency, and the UMD Emergency Preparedness website

  • Promote these communications via FYI, DOTS advertising, the UMD Emergency Preparedness website
  • Promote at the Protect Your Shell Fair

2013 Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

  • There will be flyers posted throughout campus and online to promote and encourage participation in the 2013 Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill that will occur on October 17, 2013 at 10:17a.m. “Drop, Cover, Hold On!”
  • Post flyers via FYI, DOTS advertising, The Diamondback, and the UMD Emergency Preparedness Facebook Page, UMPD Facebook Page

National Preparedness Month Ad

  • Run an ad for National Preparedness Month on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

Flashlight Keychains

  • Provide free LED flashlight keychains give-a-ways at the First Look Fair and Benefits Fair. The purpose of providing free LED flashlight keychains is to help the UMD community build an emergency kit, which is part of the National Preparedness Month campaign.

UMD Alerts Emergency Preparedness Handouts

  • Provide UMD Alerts Emergency Preparedness Handouts at the Protect Your Shell Fair, First Look Fair, and Benefits Fair.

 

 

For more information on National Preparedness Month, you can visit ready.gov preparedness@umd.edu

For any questions on emergency preparedness at UMD, please e-mail preparedness@umd.edu

 

A joint project between the University Police and Resident Life, Stop. Observe. Seek Information. (SOS) is a safety awareness campaign to promote situational awareness, crime prevention, and emergency preparedness for our University of Maryland community.

We launched the UMD SOS app to provide community members with on-the-go reference for various emergency situations. The UMD SOS app will also provide up-to-date information distributed by the campus alert.umd.edu system.

The app is currently available for iOS mobile devices via the app store. An Android version is currently being worked on and will be available soon.

 

  UMD students, faculty, and staff can use M-Urgency to contact the University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) for emergency services. M-Urgency sends live audio and video from your smartphone directly to UMPD, enabling fast and appropriate dispatch for emergency assistance. The M-Urgency app is available for iOS and Android devices at http://m-urgency.umd.edu/.

 

College Park, MD: For additional information, please contact Sgt. Aaron Davis at 301-405-9960.

 

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Tips for Terps

Welcome Back!  As you're preparing to get started with the fall semester, please familiarize yourself with these safety tips to help ensure your success. 

Make the call. Program the number for the University of Maryland Police into your cell phone so you have it at your fingertips in the event of an emergency on campus. If you see a crime in progress or even something suspicious, don’t hesitate, make the call.

  • Emergencies, dial 301-405-3333 or 911
  • Non-emergencies or if calling for a police walking escort, dial 301-405-3555

Call for help in alcohol/drug-related medical emergencies. The University's "Promoting Responsible Action in Medical Emergency" Policy (aka Good Samaritan Policy) provides disciplinary relief for individuals who call for emergency medical assistance in the event of excessive alcohol consumption. Both the caller and the individual in need of medical assistance are covered by the policy. The policy is intended to promote responsible behavior while decreasing any potential disciplinary punishments that may be a deterrent to calling for emergency medical assistance. For more information, read the policy here: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/docs/V-100J.pdf

Don’t walk alone. Take advantage of the UMPD safety escort services or walk with friends or classmates.

  • To call for an escort, dial 301-405-3555

Protect your property. Never leave items like your backpack, laptop or cell phone unattended-even if it’s just for a minute. Make it a habit to take these valuables with you.

Download and Install UMD's Very Own Safety Apps.

  • M-Urgency Safety App
    • M-Urgency sends live audio and video from your smartphone directly to the University of Maryland Police Department, enabling fast and appropriate dispatch of emergency assistance. Available for Android 2.2 or higher phones and iPhone 4/4S/5 (iOS 6.x).
    • To download and for more info visit: m-urgency.umd.edu
  • UMD SOS App
    • This a joint project between the University Police and Resident Life, Stop. Observe. Seek Information. (SOS) is a safety awareness campaign to promote situational awareness, crime prevention, and emergency preparedness for our University of Maryland community. It is currently available in the App Store. (The Android version is currently under production.)

On the bus. Stay awake and keep your personal belongings close to you. Sit near the door or the driver and stay awake. If someone’s harassing you, ask the driver to let you off at a populated bus stop or a well-lit area like a gas station.

Grab it. Close it. Lock it. College and university parking lots and structures are common targets for thieves. Never leave valuables in your car or items in plain view. Take items like GPS devices, removable stereo faceplates, and electronics with you. Make sure your windows are up and the doors are locked. Apply a security device or set the alarm.

Report solicitors. Magazine subscriptions, donation requests, spa packages and "earn money now" schemes are some of the common methods criminals use to take your money. Avoid solicitors’ scams by politely saying no and immediately notifying university police. Never provide a solicitor with your personal information.

Keep personal information private. Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft by carrying only the necessary items in your wallet or purse. 

Keep your Residence Hall room locked. Even if you’re going next door to a friend’s room, always grab your keys and lock the door. A propped open door is a perfect target for would-be thieves and allows them quick and easy access to your belongings. If your room has additional doors and windows, always be sure they are closed and locked as well.

Protect your wheels. If you ride a bike, register your bike with the Department of Transportation Services.  Registering your bike helps improve the likelihood of recovery if stolen. Invest in a high-quality, hardened steel "U" lock. For optimum security, lock both the front and frame to the bike rack.

Your Student ID Card Phone Numbers Explained

 

Campus Police Non-Emergency Number: Call for questions, lost & found items, and suspicious people or packages. In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 or 301-405-3333.

NITE Ride: This curb-to-curb shuttle service operates seven nights a week from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. and services the areas of campus that are not included on the evening service routes or when the evening service routes are not in operation.

CARE: The CARE Office provides free and confidential resources, support, and assistance to any member of the UMD community impacted directly or indirectly by rape, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. You can choose to remain anonymous for some services or share as much or as little as is comfortable of your story. You will not be forced into any actions or disclosures with which you are not comfortable.

Fall 2013 Move-In Safety Tips

Move-In Safety Tips

As you prepare to move back to campus for the Fall semester, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind you of a few important safety measures you can take to protect your property.  Moving in presents an opportunity for theft to occur.  Please take a moment to review the following:

  • Never leave property unattended.
  • Keep your residence hall or apartment room locked between trips to the car.
  • After unloading to the curb at your residence hall, have someone stay with your belongings
  • Avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle.  If you must leave expensive items inside your vehicle, ensure they are out of plain sight.
  • Find a way to secure your computer, laptop, tablet inside your residence hall.  The Technology Store on campus carries security cables, which are an excellent deterrent to theft.  The UMDPS Crime Prevention Unit also provides S.T.O.P. Tags which can be affixed to your devices to help deter theft.  For more information on S.T.O.P. Tags, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 301-405-7032. 
  • Lock the door to your room: always, every time. Even when you’re just down the hall.

There will be a lot of activity at the entrances to the buildings, in the elevators, and in the halls.  The increased foot traffic makes apartment buildings and residence halls more susceptible to unwanted visitors.  Keep an eye on your belongings.  Have someone watch your things while you move in.

Follow us on Twitter @UMPD and register your mobile device to receive UMD Alerts at www.alert.umd.edu.

Please see the DRL website for additional safety and security tips.

UMPD Officers Make Quick Arrest for Two Motor Scooter Thefts

At around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22nd, a UMPD officer observed three males operating three motor scooters on Route 1 without proper safety equipment.  The males noticed the officer and fled south on Route 1.  Officers pursued the subjects to East-West Highway where one subject dismounted and fled on foot.  The second subject crashed the scooter and was taken into custody. The first subject was soon located at the College Park Metro Station by an off-duty US Secret Service police officer and was apprehended.    The third subject was not located.  

William Thomas Cato, 18, of SE, DC was arrested and charged with motor vehicle theft and violations of the traffic law. 

Julian Emmanuell Ruffin, 22, of Glenarden, MD was arrested and charged with motor vehicle theft and violations of the traffic law.  He was also served with an open warrant for assault.

Both motor scooters were stolen from the rear of the Varsity apartment complex at 8150 Baltimore Avenue.  They were returned to their owners. Cato and Ruffin are not affiliated with UMD.

 

Welcome to UMPD News

The UMPD News site has been created to provide you with timely information about incidents and events on the UMD campus, and also contains information about UMPD's community policing and crime prevention efforts.  In the event of a serious situation on campus requiring the issuance of a UMD Emergency Alert (what's this?), a UMPD Media Relations officer will post a description of what is happening and provide regular updates as the situation unfolds. 

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Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser 08/28/13

Doing Good Never Tasted This Great!

On August 28th, you're invited to The Original Ledo Restaurant in College Park (4509 Knox Road) for a special fundraiser to support the Community-Police Dream Team, a popular crime prevention partnership initiative of local police who coach College Park youth, encouraging them to make positive life decisions by building bonds of mentorship with them on the basketball court.  (See http://vpaf.umd.edu/community/dreamteam.html for more info. about this outstanding program!) 

 

ü When you present the attached flyer any time during that day, Ledo's Restaurant will donate 15% of proceeds from your order (all dine-in and carry-out orders count toward our fundraiser) to the Dream Team.

 

ü Bring your co-workers, family and friends to the restaurant for a slice of great pizza, and have your order taken by a local celebrity waiter for lunch (10am -2 pm) or dinner (5pm -7pm). 

 

ü Make your office meeting memorable!  Fuel up for move-in!  Get your seat at the restaurant by 10:45 am and snap a picture with Terrapins Men's Basketball Head Coach Mark Turgeon, Terps Field Hockey Head Coach Missy Meharg, and many more local celebs! (Photo ops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)  You never know who will be your waiter!

National Night Out

Community Members:

Please join us in celebrating our “Annual National Night Out”  Reminder we will join forces with the “Lakeland Community” this year along with several local agencies PGPD, M-NCPPC, Metro Transit, and many more. Please come out to help celebrate making our communities safer!

Cinema Under the Stars: 42

Watch 42, the Jackie Robinson Story, under the stars this Saturday, July 27, 2013 on
Chapel Field, starting at sundown, approximately 8:30pm.

Prior to the movie, the City of College Park will host their last summer concert in
South Gate Park (between Potbelly’s and Chapel Field), starting at 6:30pm. For more info, visit http://shopcollegepark.org/events/outdoor-movie-at-chapel-field/.

https://www.facebook.com/events/195792537247167/

Please feel free to share this with others you think might be interested!


 

Are You an Aggressive Driver?

Aggressive driving has become a serious problem on our roadways, but what exactly is aggressive driving?  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after consulting with law enforcement and the judiciary, defines aggressive driving as "an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property." NHTSA has released the following information on aggressive driving and ways to combat it.  Please keep this information in mind as you travel and stay safe.

Are You an Aggressive Driver?

Do You:

Express Frustration. Taking out your frustrations on your fellow motorists can lead to violence or a crash.
Fail to Pay Attention when Driving. Reading, eating, drinking or talking on the phone, can be a major cause of roadway crashes.
Tailgate. This is a major cause of crashes that can result in serious deaths or injuries.
Make Frequent Lane Changes. If you whip in and out of lanes to advance ahead, you can be a danger to other motorists.
Run Red Lights. Do not enter an intersection on a yellow light. Remember flashing red lights should be treated as a stop sign.
Speed. Going faster than the posted speed limit, being a “road racer” and going too fast for conditions are some examples of speeding.

Life in the Fast Lane

Plan Ahead, Allow Yourself Extra Time

Concentrate. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by talking on your cellular phone, eating, drinking or putting on makeup.
Relax. Tune the radio to your favorite relaxing music. Music can calm your nerves and help you to enjoy your time in the car.
Drive the Posted Speed Limit. Fewer crashes occur when vehicles are travelling at or about the same speed.
Identify Alternate Routes. Try mapping out an alternate route. Even if it looks longer on paper, you may find it is less congested.
Use Public Transportation. Public transportation can give you some much-needed relief from life behind the wheel.
Just be Late. If all else fails, just be late.

When Confronted with Aggressive Drivers

Get Out of the Way. First and foremost make every attempt to get out of their way.
Put Your Pride Aside. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
Avoid Eye Contact. Eye contact can sometimes enrage an aggressive driver.
Gestures. Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
Report Serious Aggressive Driving. You or a pasenger may call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location 

 

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