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Emergency Preparedness Events Promote Safety
Safety FirstIn honor of National Preparedness Month and to make sure the campus community is prepared for emergency situations, the University of St. Thomas will host a series of events on Sept. 22-24, organized by the Office of Student Affairs. Students, faculty and staff can learn more about staying safe during a natural disaster, man-made incident or other potentially hazardous situations.

UST Squad Car Makes First Appearance
Students returning to campus this fall will be greeted with the first hints of the forthcoming University of St. Thomas Police Department; a police-packaged Dodge Charger. 

UST Student is 20,000th Harris County CERT Member
UST CERT Team memberThe Harris County Citizen Corps Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, program has reached a milestone of 20,000 trained members on March 7 with the graduation of its latest students from the University of St. Thomas.

New Chief to Lead University Police
The University of St. Thomas named James Tate as chief of University Police on Feb. 24. Tate replaces Daryl Bissett who held the position of chief of Security for six years.

False Threat at Texas Colleges Now State Felony
UST logoMaking a false threat at any Texas higher education institution is now considered a state jail felony, not a Class A misdemeanor, according to a new law passed this summer by the Texas Legislature.  

Practice Personal Safety on Campus
I love safetyAccidents and petty crimes happen all across the country on college campuses. Stay safe on campus and prevent an incident happening to you with these 10 tips from the Office of Emergency and Safety Services.

Safety Week Promotes Awareness
Dane G Ross for Safety WeekThe Office of Emergency & Safety Services, in collaboration with the Student Affairs Division, will host UST Safety Week on Sept. 23-25 for students, faculty and staff to learn tips for safety awareness and preparedness.

UST Launches Mobile Safety App
UST Safety AppThe University of St. Thomas launched the free UST Safety App with emergency preparedness resources for the University community. The app is available in the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad and Google Play for Android phones.

Be Safe: Identify Suspicious Packages
Photo: Suspicious packageThe UST safety captains were called into action on April 11 after the campus was evacuated following bomb threats. They were asked to search their areas for suspicious backpacks, brief cases and computer bags. Thankfully, nothing was found.

UST Forms Department for Emergency Preparedness
Image: CautionAs a result of the successful completion of the two-year Emergency Management for Higher Education grant last fall, UST established a new operating department: Emergency & Safety Services. The department’s strategic plan and program goals are below:

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The University of St. Thomas is committed to the safety and security of all community members and visitors. The University received a $245,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create a comprehensive plan to develop, review, improve and fully integrate campus-based all-hazards emergency management and business continuity plans. The campus community should “Be Aware, Be Prepared and Take Action!”

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