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Be Prepared

Knowing how to respond during an emergency is crucial to your personal safety and the well-being of those around you. Explore the information for specific hazards.

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Your Role in Staying Safe

While UHPD does everything we can to ensure that the campus is safe and secure, it is you who plays the most important role in your own safety. Below are a few tips that will help you to take ownership of your personal safety. If you have any questions on topics that you do not see covered here, or you would like to schedule a crime prevention presentation for your office or group, please contact our 361-570-4357 (HELP) for information.

Personal Safety — Be Prepared

By taking a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk to yourself and also discourage those who commit crimes.

Street Precautions

Car Safety

Office Security

UHPD recommends that all students, faculty, and staff members take a moment and enter emergency contact information in their cell phone address book/contacts under the acronym ICE (In Case of Emergency). This would assist public safety officials in contacting the person to be called in the event of an emergency if you are ever discovered unconscious or incapacitated and unable to communicate.

You should enter at least two ICE contacts with first name and relationship in your address book/contacts list. For example, your ICE entries could be: ICE - Sondra (mom) and ICE - John (brother). These entries could also be used to assist in returning your cell phone in the event that it is lost or stolen.

Entering these contacts into your cell phone should not replace the carrying of other photo identification (UH ID or license) at all times. You should also affix emergency contact information to these forms of identification.

Time Change- Spring Forward and Fall Back

When do we change our clocks?

Daylight Savings Time begins, in the United States, at 2a.m. on the second Sunday of March.

Standard Time returns, in the United States, at 2 a.m., on the first Sunday in November.

To remember what to do when you change times:

In March-Spring Forward, to daylight savings time.

In November- Fall Back, back to standard time.

Safety at Home:

  1. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors at your house.
  2. If the smoke detector is over 10 years old, replace it.
  3. Carbon Monoxide Detectors are replaced every 5 years.
  4. Spring and Fall are great times to clear the house, garage, and storage buildings.
    1. Remove old chemicals and check with your city to find out how to remove the hazards from your home. (Be sure you check with the city to ensure you are following adopted guidelines.)
    2. Clear debris, storage, and clutter out of your garage and storage areas to reduce the amount of material that could burn if a fire started.
  5. Fall- have your heater checked and serviced to ensure it is working properly and dust collection is removed.
  6. Spring- have your AC checked and serviced to ensure debris is removed from the outside unit, hoses are intact, and electrical connections are not in need of repair.
  7. Spring or Fall- prepare you vehicle. Since the weather changes, you need to be ready.
    1. Have a safety kit prepared with first aid supplies, non-perishable foods, blankets, and flashlights.
    2. Be prepared for the worst-case scenario and be prepared to help your family.
  8. Expired Medications:
    1. Be sure to follow the proper steps to remove expired or unused medications from your home.
    2. Medications change and collect in the medicine cabinet but need to be removed from the home to reduce confusion and intaking the wrong medication.
    3. Check with your local pharmacy and find out what steps may be taken to remove the medications and reduce the risks of overdose or physical affects from medications stored in your cabinets.
    4. Elderly family members may have extra medications that need to be removed in order to keep them medicated properly and reduce the risk of confusion and taking the wrong medication.

The Safety & Risk Advisory Committee

The Safety & Risk Advisory Committee is a standing advisory committee to the university President. The Committee includes individuals representing a cross section of management, as well as the various facilities including departments and schools at UHV and UHV-Katy. The Committee charge is to identify and evaluate existing or potential safety or risk related issues within the institution, including drug, alcohol, substance abuse and awareness as well as any other recommendations that further the primary goal of a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students, and the general public. The Committee meets on a quarterly basis and is generally reappointed annually by the university President.

Contact: Emergency Management at 361-570-4245

Safety concerns should be directed to the Safety and Risk Committee to assist in maintaining a safe campus environment.