4th of July Safety

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The 4th of July is just around the corner and with this celebration of America’s independence comes many great opportunities such as BBQ’s, parades, fireworks and outdoor water recreation activities. All of these can be very enjoyable events; however, this day is notorious for being the busiest day of the year for emergency rooms nationwide. A few of the significant contributing factors to this include the irresponsible use of fireworks, excessive heat and outdoor exposure, and the large consumption of alcohol by the general population. While it may not be possible to escape all of these potential risks, there are several great links below that can mitigate these risks and help ensure that you, your family and friends safely enjoy this holiday.

Fireworks Safety: National Council on Fireworks Safety http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips

Heat Safety: CDC http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp

Water Safety: American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety

 

Get Ready; Stay Ready Campaign 2015

June – Keys, Cash & Documents

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The “Get Ready; Stay Ready” campaign focus for the month of June is on duplicating keys, storing cash and securing personal documents/records. These three items are oftentimes overlooked in disaster preparedness and are rarely a priority. However, all of these areas can contribute significantly to one’s ability to respond to and recover efficiently from disasters and should be given serious consideration.

Regardless of the nature of the disaster, you may find yourself without keys to your home, vehicle or anything else to which you require access. They may be lost, destroyed or in a location that you cannot access in the aftermath of an event. Therefore, it’s important to duplicate important sets of keys and carefully select where or with whom additional copies will be kept. Some keys, such as those requiring batteries or with built in alarms, keyless entry and other features can get pricy so be sure to budget accordingly.

Unexpected events scaling from brown/black outs to large scale natural disasters can render access to ATMs and the ability to use credit cards useless. This can, in turn, result in being unable to purchase something you need in a time that you need it. This risk can be mitigated by storing cashing in small bills and change in your emergency supply kit or “go bag.” Ensuring that the cash is in small increments is critical as the vendor from whom you are purchasing may not be able to provide you with change. How much is enough? That is entirely up to you and the amount that is affordable in your budget. If you can afford $50.00, great! If you can do more, even better!

Making copies of your personal documents/records and ensuring that you have access to these copies is an essential “best practice” in personal preparedness. If you can obtain duplicate official copies of some of these such as your birth certificate, social security card, etc. even better. The best location for which to store these documents is still up for debate. Some encourage these items to be placed in a disaster kit or “go bag.” Others favor keeping them with a trusted family member or friend. A safety deposit box and electronic downloading has also been recommended. All of these locations have their pros and cons but you should select the one that makes the most sense to you. If you can acquire multiple copies and use a combination of these locations options this may perhaps be your best bet. The following items are some examples of documents/records you may choose to secure, however, this list is not comprehensive and each individual must examine what’s important to them:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Driver’s license/Govt. ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Passports
  • Wills/Deeds
  • Pink slips to vehicles
  • Right to work documents
  • Immigration paperwork
  • Military discharge paperwork
  • Inventory of household goods
  • Family photos/sentimental pictures
  • Insurance paperwork
  • Medical & Immunization records
  • Prescription medication for people & pets
  • Bank and credit card account information
  • Stocks & Bonds
  • Emergency contact list and phone numbers
  • Map of area
  • Proof of address (copy of utility bill)
  • Legal custody, visitation, guardianship or adoption paperwork

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UC Irvine Receives Risk Services 2015 “Spotlight On Collaboration” Award

Spotlight AwardLast week UC Irvine received the “Spotlight On Collaboration” Award at the annual Risk Summit conference in Oakland, CA. This award highlighted the multi-department, collaborative effort to develop the campus Rapid Building Assessment Team (RBAT) and post-earthquake damage assessment process. While not all the partners could attend this event, the recipient list included Anne Widney & Bobby Simmons from Police Department, Joe Rizkallah and Terri Warren from EH&S, Jim Henderson from Design & Construction Services, Melissa Falkenstein & Ben Delo from Housing Administration Services and Allen Shiroma from Facilities Management.

The leadership committee (comprised of representatives from each of the aforementioned departments) met on a monthly basis throughout 2014 to develop a process to systematically evaluate the 567 buildings on campus after an earthquake. Buildings were evaluated and ranked based on a set of criteria: fire risk, lab risk, research replacement risk, response needs, and housing population/density. UCI coordinated with the California Office of Emergency Services to host the ATC-20/Structural Assessment Program course on campus and trained 30 staff members as building evaluators. Additionally, UCI developed a team training and functional exercise with structural engineers from Miyamoto International, to further prepare the RBAT team members to conduct post-earthquake building assessments.

The RBAT team is one of many examples of the emergency management collaborative efforts taking place here on campus. As we take a moment to congratulate this team for its outstanding work on the RBAT program, we also want to acknowledge the entire UCI emergency management community for its commendable spirit of resiliency.

 

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Hurricane Preparedness Week 2015

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Orange County is susceptible to many natural disasters; thankfully hurricanes are not one of them. However, we are frequently impacted by characteristics that make up a hurricane including storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heaving rains, destructive winds, high surf and rip currents. All of these events have been “repeat offenders” here southern California and many of the preparedness actions recommended for hurricanes are applicable to these hazards as well. Although we may not fear a hurricane making landfall at UCI this summer, thousands of us within the community will travel to hurricane-prone areas this summer. Likewise, some of our students will be returning home after finals to parts of the U.S. and abroad that are considered “hurricane country.” Therefore, we must know how to prepare for and respond to these types of events or the characteristics thereof, whether they occur locally or elsewhere we may be.

June 1st is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season which makes this week (May 24th – 30th) National Hurricane Preparedness Week. There are a number of resources and a plethora of hurricane preparedness information on NOAA National Hurricane Center website @ http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ To assist with navigating some key messaging related to this topic please see information and links provided below:

Storm Surge: Historically, storm surge is the leading cause of deaths in the United States from hurricanes. The destructive power of storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and destruction along the coast. Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries. Watch this video to learn about storm surge and how to stay safe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBa9bVYKLP0

Evacuating Yourself & Your Family: If you reside in an area where a hurricane evacuation order is issued, it is critical that you develop an evacuation plan which identifies where you will go and how you will get there. Visit the following link to learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1oOcwB0

Emergency Supplies: Get ready for hurricanes and severe weather with an emergency supply kit that includes three days of food and water. Having your supplies stored in one place will give you peace of mind if you need to take shelter or evacuate. Learn more about recommended supplies @ http://www.ready.gov/kit

Communications Plan: Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Create a family communications plan using the guidance @ http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Pet Preparedness: During a hurricane, you may have to evacuate to a shelter. If you are going to a public shelter it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. Learn more @ http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals

Hurricane Activities: The two links below will take you to a couple online hurricane games. The first is “Create-a-Cane” whereby the objective is to create the ideal conditions for a hurricane and the second is “Aim a Hurricane” which is exactly as it sounds; directing the path of a tropical storm. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/games/canelab.htm http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/games/movncane.htm

Lastly, the NOAA National Hurricane Center has created seven streamlined hurricane preparedness video clips, each running about 90 seconds, that do a great job of putting hurricane preparedness in to perspective. They play consecutively one after another by simply accessing the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq_1PwKuRPg&cc_load_policy=1&list=PL63A9138A2047B1A4

 

CSAR Members Staff Booth at Wellness & Safety Fair

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Earlier today, UCI hosted its annual Wellness and Safety Fair in Aldrich Park. The UCIPD and UCIPD Emergency Services Unit hosted joint booths handing out information and materials to faculty and staff. Campus Search & Rescue (CSAR) members staffed the Emergency Services booth and quizzed event attendees on topics related to emergency supply kits and general preparedness activities in return for emergency glow sticks to add to or begin their kits. These members also shared information about the CSAR program including the purpose, training requirements and time commitments. We hope to see some of you that stopped by the booth enrolled in the next CSAR training series in the fall.

The CSAR program continues to expand here on campus with a training series (#19) currently being offered to campus housing staff on three consecutive Fridays in May. Although part of the larger CSAR members on campus, this group will be specialized to respond to housing-specific incidents.

If you are interested in learning more about the CSAR program please email Anne Widney, Emergency Services Manager, @ awidney@uci.edu

We encourage the community to partner with the UC Irvine Police Department to prevent or report crime by calling (949) 824-5223. If you wish to remain Anonymous, call “OC Crime Stoppers” by dialing 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227), text “OCCS” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website http://occrimestoppers.org/

Receive updates directly via email by registering at Nixle.com and search for “UC Irvine Police” or text “UCIrvinePD” to 888777 to receive text message alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.

UC Irvine Police Department (949) 824-5223 http://police.uci.edu/ http://facebook.com/UCIrvinePD http://twitter.com/UCIrvinePD http://youtube.com/UCIrvinePD http://nixle.com/University-of-California-Irvine-Police-Department

 

National Police Week: May 10 – 16

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Were you aware that May 10 – 16, 2015 is National Police Week? In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. During this week, we salute those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and honor all of those that have chosen this field of selfless service to their community. We are very fortunate here at UC Irvine to have a cadre of dedicated police officers committed to a community-oriented style of policing that not only responds quickly to the needs of our campus but utilizes and partners with the community in a proactive manner to keep all of us safe.

This week, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world will converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor our fallen heroes. Visit the National Police Week website at http://www.policeweek.org/ for more information. In addition to these events, communities and law enforcement agencies across the country will sponsor their own activities to recognize their fallen officers and their families.

In Orange County, Project 999 Riders just completed the annual memorial ride fundraiser (on bicycle) which begins in Sacramento and concludes at the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy in Tustin honoring two local hero’s whose lives were lost this past year. You can read more about this event at http://behindthebadgeoc.com/ under the “more news” section or on Project 999 Riders Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Project999.

Several other law enforcement agencies in Orange County will hold candlelight vigils and various types of ceremonies to recognize these brave men and women this week. May we all recognize and be grateful for the sacrifices of these individuals as well.

We encourage the community to partner with the UC Irvine Police Department to prevent or report crime by calling (949) 824-5223. If you wish to remain Anonymous, call “OC Crime Stoppers” by dialing 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227), text “OCCS” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website http://occrimestoppers.org/

Receive updates directly via email by registering at Nixle.com and search for “UC Irvine Police” or text “UCIrvinePD” to 888777 to receive text message alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.

UC Irvine Police Department (949) 824-5223 http://police.uci.edu/ http://facebook.com/UCIrvinePD http://twitter.com/UCIrvinePD http://youtube.com/UCIrvinePD http://nixle.com/University-of-California-Irvine-Police-Department

 

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

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Last Saturday May 2nd was National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day where residents in communities nationwide embraced and took action on wildfire preparedness. Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), this event initiated hundreds of activities that brought neighbors together and encouraged collaborative efforts to protect and increase the resiliency of communities; particularly those in fire prone regions. Activities included preparedness measures from future wildfire risk as well as recovery efforts from current post-fire impacts. More information can be found on this nationwide effort at http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/wildland-fires/national-wildfire-community-preparedness-day

Additionally, President Obama released a statement supporting these community efforts and recognizing the need for preventative/protective measures against this threat that annually plagues so many during the summer months. See more at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/nwcpd_message.html

To stay informed on wildfire prevention, protection and mitigation efforts here in Orange County follow the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyFire

We encourage the community to partner with the UC Irvine Police Department to prevent or report crime by calling (949) 824-5223. If you wish to remain Anonymous, call “OC Crime Stoppers” by dialing 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227), text “OCCS” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website http://occrimestoppers.org/

Receive updates directly via email by registering at Nixle.com and search for “UC Irvine Police” or text “UCIrvinePD” to 888777 to receive text message alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.

UC Irvine Police Department (949) 824-5223 http://police.uci.edu/ http://facebook.com/UCIrvinePD http://twitter.com/UCIrvinePD http://youtube.com/UCIrvinePD http://nixle.com/University-of-California-Irvine-Police-Department

 

Get Ready; Stay Ready Campaign 2015

May – First Aid Kit

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The “Get Ready; Stay Ready” campaign focus for the month of May is on developing/replenishing first aid kits. Having a sufficient first aid kit is similar to stockpiling food and water in that it is an all-hazards preparedness practice. All emergencies pose a potential risk of injury or illness and, therefore, it is critical that we have a kit with the necessary supplies to respond.

If you don’t already have a first aid kit there are several options you may consider. The first is to shop for an all-inclusive kit that is ready for use upon purchase. There are pros and cons to this option. On the one hand, it will probably save you time and energy but can be a little more expensive if you are working within a budget. If you do purchase one of these kits be sure to spend some time going through it to identify anything else that can be added in order to meet your personal needs. Nexus, our online UC Disaster Supply Store, is an excellent resource if you are considering this option. You can shop their online store at: http://www.nexisprep.com/universityofcalifornia

Another option is to build the kit yourself and shop for contents individually. This option presents the potential for cost savings as many of these items you can buy in the form of a generic brand and can be found at the 99 Cents Store or something comparable. You will also probably gain more familiarity with your first aid supplies by building it item-by-item and have a better understanding of its capabilities.

Whether you purchase an all-inclusive kit or build it from scratch we encourage you to reference the list of recommended first aid supplies below and align your kit accordingly. Remember, there may be some personal unique additions to these general supplies that you may have to augment in order to ensure that the needs of all family members are met.  Visit Ready OC for more information on disaster preparedness at http://www.readyoc.org/

Adhesive bandages (various sizes), 5” x 9” sterile dressing, conforming roller gauze bandage, triangular bandages (sling), 2” sterile gauze pads, 4” sterile gauze pads, Roll 3” cohesive bandage, germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer or moist diaper wipes, antiseptic wipes, pairs large-medical grade-non-latex gloves, tongue depressor blades, adhesive tape, 2” width, antibacterial ointment, cold pack, scissors (small, personal), tweezers, assorted sizes of safety pins, cotton balls, thermometer, tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant, sunscreen, CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield, antibiotic creams and ointments, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and first aid manual.

We encourage the community to partner with the UC Irvine Police Department to prevent or report crime by calling (949) 824-5223. If you wish to remain Anonymous, call “OC Crime Stoppers” by dialing 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227), text “OCCS” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website http://occrimestoppers.org/

Receive updates directly via email by registering at Nixle.com and search for “UC Irvine Police” or text “UCIrvinePD” to 888777 to receive text message alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.

UC Irvine Police Department (949) 824-5223 http://police.uci.edu/ http://facebook.com/UCIrvinePD http://twitter.com/UCIrvinePD http://youtube.com/UCIrvinePD http://nixle.com/University-of-California-Irvine-Police-Department

 

Earthquake Preparedness Month

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The seismic risks that haunt us here in southern California are enough to dictate that every month be dedicated to earthquake preparedness our personal calendars. However, on a national calendar, the month of April has been assigned to this risk with, of course, the annual earthquake shakeout taking place six months later in October. It’s important to remember that earthquake preparedness is not merely just about stockpiling water and granola bars. That’s absolutely part of it, however, it is also about understanding risks, knowing how to react, having a plan for communicating with your loved ones and much more.

Earlier this week, KUCI’s “Ask A Leader” talk show featured a segment with UCI’s Emergency Services Manager, Anne Widney, to discuss Earthquake Preparedness Month. Some of the relevant subtopics included what to do/not to do during an earthquake, how people can prepare their homes, cars and workplace for disasters, the structural integrity of buildings on campus pertaining to seismic activity, programs/teams established to respond to campus emergencies and other special considerations. To listen to this podcast interview please visit: http://askaleader.com/?p=464

For more information on earthquake safety and preparedness tips please visit the following link which can also be found on the UCI Police Department website: http://www.police.uci.edu/em/EarthquakeSafetyTop10.pdf April is a great month to Have A Kit, Make A Plan, Be Informed & Get Involved.

 

April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, there are a number of Orange County jurisdictions that will be joining over 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol to increase education and enforcement efforts. Some of these jurisdictions include Anaheim, Santa Ana, Los Alamitos and Newport Beach.

“Driving takes one’s full attention and any distraction can have deadly, dangerous consequences,” said Chief Jay R. Johnson. “Imagine driving for four or five seconds while blindfolded… that can be the effect of looking down to send a text message.  In the average time it takes to check a text message – less than 5 seconds – a car travelling at 60 mph will travel more than the length of a football field.”

Throughout the month of April, law enforcement will focus on educating the public about the dangers of distracted driving.  April 1 and April 15 have also been earmarked for special statewide high-visibility enforcement days for all law enforcement agencies that are participating in the national traffic safety campaign.

When you hear the notification alert on your cell phone, the urge to read and answer an incoming message can be almost overwhelming. The Office of Traffic Safety is using a message of “Silence the Distraction” in new public service announcements aimed at getting drivers to turn off their phones while driving so they will not be tempted.

“No text, call, or social media update is worth a crash,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “With an average of less than a second to react to an urgent situation, drivers need to have all their attention on the roadway.”

“Each of us must drive responsibly, keeping full attention to the task at hand: DRIVING,” Chief Johnson added.  “The collective goal with this month-long campaign is to change the behavior of all drivers.  That change begins with education.”

The increased enforcement and education aims to persuade drivers to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this perilous behavior.  The “It’s Not Worth It!” theme emphasizes that a phone call or text is not worth a hefty fine or a collision. The current minimum ticket cost in California is $161, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.

To avoid a distracted driving ticket or crash, the Newport Beach Police Department offers drivers the following tips:

  • Turn off your phone and/or put it out of reach while driving.
  • In your outgoing message, note that you cannot answer the phone while you are driving.
  • Do not call or text anyone at a time when you think they may be driving.

The UCI Police Department supports this campaign and would like to remind our community that distracted driving while on campus presents even some elevated risks than perhaps other places. We have a significantly large number of pedestrians, skateboarders and bicyclists on campus and, therefore, drivers should pay extra close attention while commuting around the university. Likewise, if you are on foot, skateboard, bicycle or another transportation device you should remain aware of your surroundings; particularly while crossing streets, waiting at intersections or walking through parking lots/parking garages. Silencing the distractions will help keep the entire community a safer place.

We encourage the community to partner with the UC Irvine Police Department to prevent or report crime by calling (949) 824-5223. If you wish to remain Anonymous, call “OC Crime Stoppers” by dialing 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227), text “OCCS” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website http://occrimestoppers.org/

Receive updates directly via email by registering at Nixle.com and search for “UC Irvine Police” or text “UCIrvinePD” to 888777 to receive text message alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.

UC Irvine Police Department (949) 824-5223 http://police.uci.edu/ http://facebook.com/UCIrvinePD http://twitter.com/UCIrvinePD http://youtube.com/UCIrvinePD http://nixle.com/University-of-California-Irvine-Police-Department