News Category: safety

FAS team members prepare campus for inclement weather with award-winning methods

Inclement Weather Terms
Sept. 16, 2021

Campus Safety and the university’s Incident Response Meteorologist Troy Kimmel work diligently year-round to plan and prepare for inclement weather while also educating the campus community about ways to be prepared on and off campus. Campus Safety’s Director of Emergency Preparedness Jonathan Robb emphasizes that because campus is most vulnerable to severe weather emergencies compared to other types of emergency events, being prepared is the best way to minimize the possible disastrous effects that can occur.

COVID-19 guidance for FAS staff

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June 11, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

En Español

Thank you for your extraordinary commitment to health and safety in the months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together you have contributed to the decline of COVID-19 cases on our campus by wearing masks, social distancing, and keeping hands and workspaces clean.

Fire Prevention Services supports wildland fire mitigation at McDonald Observatory

Cutting trees at McDonald Observatory
May 21, 2021

McDonald Observatory (MCD), a unit of the College of Natural Sciences, is home to three large, international research telescopes, provides graduate and undergraduate education, welcomes approximately 60,000 visitors annually for star parties and exhibits, and hosts continuing education programs for teachers. The observatory is located on approximately 400 acres in the Davis Mountains of Southwest Texas where significant wildland fires have taken place on adjacent lands. MCD has not yet experienced a major wildland fire on its campus, and the College of Natural Sciences, which has project authority for wildland fire mitigation, is collaborating with FAS Fire Prevention Services (FPS) and other partners to keep it that way.

FAS celebrates six staff in the prestigious 2021 President’s Outstanding Staff Awards

Outstanding Staff and Supervisor Honorees
May 14, 2021

As part of the President’s Staff Awards, on May 12, the UT Tower was lit in honor of award recipients. Every year the university president honors staff who contribute to the institution’s success by granting 30 Outstanding Staff Awards and four Outstanding Supervisor Awards. This year six FAS staff received the prestigious Outstanding Staff Award.

Double-masking recommended for reducing transmission of COVID-19

Face mask guidance image
March 22, 2021

In February 2021, the university updated its guidance for wearing protective face masks. The university now recommends double-masking, and FAS materials have been updated to reflect that guidance. Overall, both the original and updated guidance have been intended to decrease the risk of spreading the disease, both on and off campus.

Victims Advocate Network implements best practices for crisis intervention services during pandemic

Marica Kelley, VAN Program Coordinator (Left) and Danica Morgan, VAN Caseworker (Right)
Nov. 30, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) Victims Advocate Network (VAN), provides immediate crisis intervention services at the scenes of crimes or distressing events. Despite changes to operations during the pandemic, the team of VAN employees and volunteers continued providing care to UT community members and beyond, according to Noelle Newton, Director of Campus Safety Communications.

Follow guidance for meetings and events to help prevent spread of COVID-19

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Nov. 12, 2020

The COVID-19 Guide for FAS Staff, available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF), describes procedures for Financial and Administrative Services (FAS) employees to follow when meeting with others.

National Fire Prevention Month spotlights Fire Prevention Services’ year-round commitment to safety

Fire Prevention illustrated icon with smoke detector and fire pictured
Oct. 19, 2020

Although October is National Fire Prevention Month, UT’s Fire Prevention Services (FPS) works year-round to ensure fire safety is always a priority. During the pandemic, FPS continues to offer trainings and conduct inspections and fire drills, and respond to inquiries to minimize the risk of fire that could result in loss of lives and property at the university. 

UTPD launches free safety app

LiveSafe benefits graphic
Sept. 4, 2020

On Sept. 1, the University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) launched LiveSafe at UT Austin. The free mobile app gives the UT community the ability to engage with UTPD 911 dispatch more effectively and allows UTPD to serve its public care-taking role no matter where students and employees are working and attending classes this fall.

Disasters don’t wait, make your plan today

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Sept. 4, 2020

September is National Preparedness Month, an essential reminder that emergencies don’t wait. Jonathan Robb, director of Emergency Preparedness, observed that given the year we have had, preparedness should be fresh on everyone’s mind.