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Safety Reminders/Tips

Personal Safety Tips

  • Always lock your vehicle and the doors to your residence.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Stay away from bushes and shrubs in isolated areas where someone could be hiding; be aware of others around you in case you need help.
  • Call campus police to share a description of the person.
  • Carry your keys in your hand with the key you will use next held separately. It will lessen the time needed to open the door. A key also makes a good weapon in case you are attacked.
  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • If you are attacked, yell, if you can. Yelling alone could scare away your attacker. Yell “911” and people will know you are in trouble.
  • If you are attacked, you have the right to defend yourself, even if it means hurting the other person.
  • If you jog or walk for exercise, don’t take the same route everyday. An attacker may observe your pattern for several days before he/she decides to assault you. Tell a friend what route you plan to take in case there is a problem.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Let others know where you are and with whom. Call your destination before you leave and call back when you have arrived safely. In case something happens to you on your way, this information will be very valuable to the police. Look in the back seat of your car before you enter it.
  • Take a self-defense class. Trust your instincts. If you see someone suspicious, go to the nearest place of safety and call for help.
  • Walking with confidence may deter an attacker.

Tornado Safety Tips

  • The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
  • If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
    • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.
    • Do not seek shelter in a hallway or bathroom of a mobile home.
  • If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.
  • Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using your seat belt if driving.
  • Do not wait until you see the tornado.

If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:

  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
  • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:
    • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
    • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
  • Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.