Pocket Guide helps make campus UT Ready for emergencies

The Emergency Preparedness pocket guide is the newest addition to the UT preparedness toolbox. The guide easily fits in a wallet, pocket, or cell phone case. It serves the campus community by providing emergency-specific information and instructions readily available in a time of crisis.  

“The pocket guides are part of the Office of Emergency Preparedness’ comprehensive effort called UT Ready which empowers all university constituents to be prepared and ready for any emergency on campus,” said Jonathan Robb, director of Emergency Preparedness. “Creating a guide that can fit into your pocket or backpack allows students, faculty and staff to quickly reference important emergency actions at any time.  We don’t just want all university constituents to be ready; we want them to be UT Ready.”

The two-inch by three-inch foldout guide includes active shooter information that correlates with the “Active Shooter Response Guide", as well as definitions of emergency notification terms and actions individuals should take when notified. The guide also describes lifesaving resources found in building safety hubs and contains information to make an emergency kit with a list of recommended supplies. This small guide even contains general safety tips and important phone numbers such as SureWalk, Behavioral Concerns Advice Line and University Health Services.

Available to all students, faculty, staff and visitors, the guide had a large presence at summer orientation, where more than 4,000 guides were handed out to students and their families who attended each orientation session. For orientation and beyond, the plan is to educate the campus community to have information available at a moment’s notice to help lessen the impact of an emergency. To obtain a guide, contact the Office of Campus Safety for details.

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Sept. 6, 2019