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The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is tasked with creating a culture of emergency preparedness and response across the University. OEM is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive, all-hazards approach through all cycles of an emergency —preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

In addition to University-wide efforts, OEM is available to provide guidance for departments and colleges developing and improving their emergency plans.

  • Contact Us: 817-272-0117
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Be Ready

MAKE A PLAN

Planning for natural, technological or man-made disasters is not just for institutions and businesses; it’s just as important for families and households, in order to ensure everyone is prepared when an emergency occurs. Use this template to prepare your household and its members. Once completed, discuss the plan, and practice the plan. Elements to consider when creating your Family/Household Disaster Plan:

  • Out-of-state contact
  • Reunification area(s)
  • Alternate routes to and from work/home
  • Pet preparedness

BUILD A KIT

It is recommended that everyone acquire 3 emergency kits: one for home, one for the car, and one for work. Kits containing all the essential emergency supplies can be bought online or in stores. However, it is important to customize each kit according to you and your household’s needs. Click here for a suggested list of items for your Emergency Preparedness Kit.

GET INVOLVED

TRAINING

UTA voluntarily complies with federal standards of responder training. The Office of Emergency Management provides essential personnel with specialized training that encompasses their emergency response roles and responsibilities.

National Incident Command System

Incident Command System training is required for University personnel with emergency response duties per the National Incident Management System. Training requirements vary based on an individual’s role, but in general, IS-100 and IS-700 are required for all emergency response personnel. Those who report to the Emergency Operations Center are required to complete IS-100.HE, IS-200.b, IS-700.a and IS-800.b. For more specific guidance, please contact Office of Emergency Management at 817.272.0117 or by email morales@uta.edu.

IS-100.HE: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Higher Education introduces the Incident Command System and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of ICS. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System. This course uses the same objectives and content as other ICS courses with higher education examples and exercises.

IS-200.b: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System. ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the structure.

IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System. The course provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

IS-800.b: National Response Framework, an Introduction provides an introduction to the National Response Framework.

EXERCISING

Office of Emergency Management tests the Emergency Management Basic Plan and Annex’s in three ways:

  • Drills: Fire drills are on a rotating schedule and each building will be tested at least once a year.
  • Exercises: Exercises test the plans with internal and external stakeholders and identifies gaps and lessons learned. Once the exercise is over, the plan is reviewed and edited to reflect any issues or resolutions that may have occurred in the specific exercise.
  • Actual Events: When an unplanned incident such as severe weather or power outages occur, the plan is activated and essential personnel are tested by the way they respond to the incident.

KNOW WHO TO CONTACT

EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS

UTA Police Emergency 817.272.3003

UTA Police Report a Crime or Non-Emergency 817.272.3381

Office of Emergency Management 817.272.0117

Environmental Health & Safety 817.272.2185

Facilities Management 817.272.2000

Health Services 817.272.2771

Housing 817.272.2791 or 817.272.2926

OUR OFFICE INFORMATION

Office of Emergency Management

Office 817.272.0117

Office Location
University Police Bldg.
700 S. Davis Dr.
Arlington, TX  76013

Mailing Address
Box 19229
Arlington, TX  76019

Peggy Morales

Emergency Management Coordinator | 817.272.0198 | morales@uta.edu

Cindy Mohat

Business Continuity Planner | 817.272.0119 | mohat@uta.edu

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

UTA Emergency Procedures Quick Reference Guide

UTA Classroom and Office Emergency Actions for Faculty and Staff

MavAlert

UTA employs a multi-tiered emergency communication system to keep our community informed about emergency situations and rapidly changing conditions, from hazardous weather and campus closures to building emergencies and life-threatening criminal activity.

MavAlert iconWe use the MavAlert Emergency Notification System which sends out early warning text and voice messages to phones, email accounts, and other registered communication devices.

  • Students, faculty, and staff should update their phone numbers through MyMav at uta.edu/mymav.
  • UTA guests, visitors and others who plan to be on campus may sign up to receive MavAlerts on the guest registration page.

Instructions for students, faculty, and staff

YOU MUST ENTER A MOBILE PHONE NUMBER in your online MyMav record and label it "Mobile" to enable MavAlert emergency notifications via text message.

  1. Log in to uta.edu/mymav with your regular network ID and password.
  2. Click on "Sign up for MavAlerts" in the far right column.
  3. Click on the green “Add a phone number” button.
  4. Pull the drop down menu under Phone Type to label the number "Mobile."
  5. Click "Save" to save your mobile phone and enable it for text messaging.

Please note: Students, faculty, and staff may opt out of receiving MavAlert emergency text messages by logging into MyMav at uta.edu/mymav and following the "MavAlert Opt-Out" link in the right column of the page. MavAlert emergency notifications are sent to all uta.edu email addresses.

Outdoor Warning System

This campus-wide loudspeaker system is activated by campus police dispatchers in the event of a life-threatening emergency. The University’s outdoor warning system consists of a combination of chimes and prerecorded announcements.

The Outdoor Warning System (sirens) is used to warn the campus of an approaching hazard such as severe thunderstorms or tornadoes.

The Outdoor Warning System is tested the first Wednesday of each month at 12:30 P.M. Tests may be canceled due to inclement weather or other events.  It will be activated when:

  • The National Weather Service issues an area Tornado Warning
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning with destructive winds at or above 70 mph
  • Trained storm spotters have reported a tornado with the potential to affect the City of Arlington
  • Deemed necessary by campus officials (i.e.: in the event of any emergency when officials need to get the campus to move indoors for their safety)

External Media Advisories

To quickly spread essential information, campus closings and emergency notifications are provided to external media including television and radio stations and online news sites.

Emergency Information Hotline

Important information about campus closings and other critical situations is available at 866-258-4913.

Other Emergency Communications

  • Building announcement system
  • Public address via police vehicles
  • UTA website www.uta.edu
  • University email
  • Official University Facebook and Twitter feeds

References

ACTIVE AGGRESSOR

An Active Aggressor is a situation where one or more suspects participate in a random or systematic shooting spree and demonstrate intent to continuously harm others. The overriding objective appears to be that of inflicting serious bodily injury/death rather than other criminal conduct. These situations are dynamic and evolve rapidly, demanding immediate deployment of law enforcement resources to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to innocent victims.

Run, Hide, Fight Video

What to Expect from Responding Police Officers

  • Police officers responding to an active aggressor are trained to proceed immediately to the area where the shots were last heard; their purpose is to stop the shooting as quickly as possible. The first responding officers may possibly be from different police agencies and dressed in different uniforms. They may even be in civilian clothes and wearing an external bulletproof vest.
  • Regardless of how officers appear, remain calm. Do as the officers tell you, and do not be afraid of them. Put down any bags or packages that you are carrying and keep your hands visible at all times.
  • If you know where the shooter is, or know the shooters description, tell the officers.
  • The first officers to arrive will not stop to aid injured victims. Rescue teams will follow shortly after the first responding officers enter the area. They will attend to the injured and remove everyone safely from the area.
  • Keep in mind that once you have escaped to a safer location, the entire area is still a crime scene. Police will usually not let anyone leave until the situation is under control and witnesses have been identified. Until you have been released, remain at whatever assembly point authorities designate.

What Else Can You Do?

Prepare a plan of action for an active shooter in advance. Determine possible escape routes and know where the nearest building exits are located.  For additional information: Your Response to an Active Shooter Brochure and Pamphlet.

What to Do Based on Location

Classroom or Office:

  • If you are in a classroom, room or office, STAY THERE, secure the door and turn off the lights. Remain silent.
  • If the door has no lock and the door opens in, a heavy door wedge can be kept on hand and used, otherwise look for heavy furniture to barricade the door. If the door has a window, cover it.
  • Depending on the gunmen’s location, you may also exit through windows. Have someone watch as you get as many students out through windows as calmly and as quietly as possible.
  • If the windows don’t open, or you cannot break them, or you are not on a ground floor, get out of sight from the door and stay low and quiet.
  • If no police units are on scene, move well away from the incident and find safe cover positions (not the parking lots) and wait for the police to arrive.
  • When police officers arrive, keep your hands on top of your head and do exactly what the Police tell you to do.

In a hallway:

  • If in a hallway, get in a room that is not already secured and secure it.
  • Unless you are very close to an exit, don’t run through a long hall to get to one, as you may encounter the gunmen or hostage taker.

In a gym or theater:

  • If in a gym or theater area and the gunmen are not present, move to and out the external exits and move toward any police unit. Drop all bags and keep your hands on your head. Do what the police tell you to do.

In an open space:

  • If in an open space, stay alert and look for appropriate cover locations. Hard cover, such as brick walls, large trees, retaining walls, parked vehicles, and any other object that may stop bullets, may be utilized as cover.

Trapped with the aggressor:

  • If you are trapped with the aggressor, don’t do anything to provoke them. If they are not shooting, do what they say and don’t move suddenly.
  • There is no set procedure in this situation. If possible call 817.272.3003 or 911 and talk with a police dispatcher. If you cannot speak, leave the phone line open so the police can hear what is going on.
  • If they do start shooting people, you need to make a choice: stay still and hope they don’t shoot you, run for an exit while zigzaging, or attack the shooter. If you chose to run, a zigzagging moving target is much harder to hit than a straight runner. Playing dead may also be a consideration.
  • It is not a recommendation to attack the shooter, but remember that you have a choice to fight when there are no other options. The last thing that the shooter will expect is to be attacked by you.

BOMB THREAT

Stay calm and keep your voice calm.

Pay close attention to details.

Talk to the caller to obtain as much information as possible.

Take notes.

Ask questions:

  • When will it explode?
  • Where is it right now?
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • Where did you leave it?
  • Did you place the bomb?
  • Who is the target?
  • Why did you plant it?
  • What is your address?
  • What is your name?

Observe the caller’s:

  • Speech patterns (accent, tone)
  • Emotional state (angry, agitated, calm, etc.)
  • Background noise (traffic, people talking and accents, music and type, etc.)
  • Age and gender

Write down other data:

  • Date and time of call
  • How threat was received (letter, note, telephone)

Follow police instructions

Call UTAPD 817.272.3381 to provide your notes or checklist from the telephone call or the bomb threat. Additional information see Bomb Threat Guidance.

EARTHQUAKE

If you are indoors:

  • "DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON." If you are not near a strong table or desk, drop to the floor against an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Avoid windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture (filing cabinets and bookshelves), large appliances and cabinets filled with heavy objects.
  • Do not try to run out of your building during strong shaking—you can be killed or injured by falling debris (glass, roof tiles, concrete, etc.).
  • If you are on campus, it is safer to remain inside a building after an earthquake unless there is a fire or gas leak. There are few open spaces far enough from glass or other falling debris to be considered safe refuge sites. Glass from high-rise buildings does not always fall straight down; it can catch a wind current and travel great distances.
  • If you are in bed, stay there and cover your head with a pillow.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If you use a wheelchair, lock the wheels and cover your head.

If you are outdoors:

  • Move to a clear area if you can safely walk. You should avoid buildings and trees.
  • If you're driving, pull to the side of the road and stop.
  • Avoid stopping under overhead hazards or near buildings.

Once the shaking stops:

  • Be prepared for aftershocks—they may be frequent and could exceed the first quake.
  • Check the people around you for injuries; provide first aid.
  • Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of a gas leak, hazardous material spill, fire or falling debris.
  • Check around you for dangerous conditions such as fires, downed power lines, and structure damage.
  • If you have fire extinguishers and are trained to use them, put out small fires immediately.
  • Check your phones to be sure they have not shaken off the hook and are tying up a line.
  • Inspect your residence and work areas for damage.

If you are trapped in debris:

  • Move as little as possible so that you don't kick up dust.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where you are. Use a whistle if one is available (keep one in your emergency kit). Shout only as a last resort.

SEVERE WEATHER

Extreme Heat

Conditions of extreme heat are defined as summertime temperatures that are substantially hotter and/or more humid than average for location at that time of year. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.  Summers are often long and hot in Texas.  Take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Here are some tips:

  • Keep a supply of water handy. 
  • Drink plenty of water even if you do not fell thirsty.
  • Limit intake of alcohol.
  • Stay inside during the warmest hours and limit sun exposure.
  • Protect face and skin by wearing a hat and light clothing.
  • Muscle pains and spasms are the first indictor of heat exhaustion.

Flash Flooding

Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live or work, but especially if you are in low-lying areas, near water, behind a levee, or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood. Major storms or water main breaks can cause flooding.

Here are some tips:

  • Listen for information from media, public safety, or Facilities Management.
  • Move vital records, equipment, and hazardous materials to higher ground.
  • Move personnel to a safe area and assist those with disabilities.
  • Do not walk through moving water.
    • Six inches of fast moving water can knock over an adult.
    • Two feet of water can carry most vehicles away.

Hail

Hail are hard, frozen nuggets formed when raindrops pass through a belt of cold air on their way to earth. The cold air causes the raindrops to freeze into small blocks of ice. Hail most commonly causes damage to property and vehicles. Considering the fact that large stones can fall at speeds faster than 100 mph. Stay away from windows and glass doors. Turn on a radio, weather alert radio, or television for current information about the weather.

Power Outage

Campus-wide power outages are extremely rare, but possible when there is damage from fires, winter weather, downed trees, lightning, and floods.  During a blackout these systems may experience a brief interruption as power is switched to an emergency generator or when power to the building is restored. Elevators do not work during power outages. Contact Facilities Management when a power outage occurs at 817.272.2000.

Straight Line Winds

Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph.

Inside of a building:

  • Move to the lowest floor and stay away from windows.
  • Taking shelter in a basement is strongly encouraged, especially if you are surrounded by trees that could fall onto the building.

In a mobile home or manufactured home:

  • Move to a stronger building if one is nearby
  • Mobile and manufactured homes can usually withstand low-end straight-line wind storms, but as winds reach or exceed 70 mph, the risk of these homes being blown apart or struck by falling trees increases greatly.

Driving:

  • Keep both hands on the wheel and slow down.
  • Pull over to the shoulder and stop, making sure you are away from trees or other tall objects that could fall onto your vehicle. DO NOT stop in the middle of a lane under an overpass. This could lead to an accident.
  • Take extra care in a high-profile vehicle such as a truck, van, SUV, or when towing a trailer.
    • These are more prone to being pushed or even flipped by straight-line winds.
    • If possible, orient your vehicle so that it points into the wind.
  • Stay in the car and turn on the hazard lights until the wind subsides.

Caught outside:

  • Take cover in a well-built building, or use this building to block the wind if you cannot get inside.
  • If no building is nearby, find the lowest spot and crouch low to the ground.
  • Stay away from trees or power lines, since these are easily felled by straight-line winds.
  • Stay clear of roadways or train tracks, as the winds may blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle
  • Watch for flying debris. Tree limbs, street signs, and other objects may break and become flying projectiles in the wind.

If you venture outside after the storm has passed, be alert for downed power lines. Do not touch any downed wires or anything in contact with the wires.

Thunderstorms and Lightning

All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. Lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. On average, lightning kills 51 people per year in the US, and injures hundreds more. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

If thunderstorms and lightning are occurring in your area, you should:

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones and devices including those plugged into electric for recharging. Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are OK to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal –motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

Tornado

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a community in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm cloud to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still. A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

If you are in a structure:

  • Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or lowest building level. In most buildings on campus, there are Shelter Area signs on the restrooms and pre-designated shelter areas.
  • If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level away from corners, windows, doors and exterior walls.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  • Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Do not open windows.

If you are outside with no shelter:

  • There is no single research based recommendation for what last-resort action to take because many factors can affect your decision. Possible actions include:
    • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
    • Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
    • Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
  • In all situations:
    • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
    • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
    • Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes the most fatalities.

Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain

One of the primary concerns is the winter weather’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.

The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack —a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
  • Keep dry, change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Frostbite and Hypothermia :
    • Signs of Frostbite: Occurs when the skin and body tissue just beneath it freezes. Loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, earlobes, face, and the tip of the nose.
      • What to Do: Cover exposed skin, but do not rub the affected area in an attempt to warm it up. Seek medical help immediately.
    • Signs of Hypothermia: Dangerously low body temperature. Uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
      • What to Do: If symptoms of hypothermia are detected take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately. Get the victim to a warm location. Remove wet clothing. Warm the center of the body first by wrapping the person in blankets or putting on dry clothing. Give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Seek medical help immediately.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, if you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance.

  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts. Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

What to look for when receiving a suspicious letter:

  • No return address
  • Restrictive markings
  • Misspelled words
  • Unknown powder or suspicious substance
  • Possibly mailed from a foreign country
  • Excessive postage

What to look for when receiving a suspicious package:

  • Excessive tape
  • Oily stains and/or discoloration on wrapping
  • Strange odor
  • Addressed incorrectly
  • Rigid or bulky
  • Lopsided or uneven
  • Protruding wires

If you receive a suspicious letter or package:

  • Stop! Don’t handle it
  • Isolate it immediately
  • Do not open, smell or taste it
  • Immediately call UTAPD by dialing 817.272.3003 from a campus phone or 911.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

Communicable Disease is an illness caused by an infectious agent or its toxins that occurs through the direct or indirect transmission of the infectious agent or its products from an infected individual or via an animal, vector or the inanimate environment to a susceptible animal or human host.

Here are a few tips:

  • Wash hands often
  • Clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces
    • Germs can live on surfaces. Cleaning with soap and water is usually enough. However, you should disinfect bathroom and kitchen regularly. Disinfect other areas if someone is ill. You can use an EPA certified disinfectant (look for the EPA registration number on the label), bleach solution, or rubbing alcohol.
    • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
    • Don’t Share Personal Items
      • Avoid sharing personal items that can’t be disinfected, like toothbrushes, razors, or towels. Needles should never be shared, should only be used once, and then thrown away properly.
      • Get vaccinated
        • Vaccines can prevent many infectious diseases. You should get some vaccinations in childhood, some as an adult, and some for special situations like pregnancy and travel. Make sure you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccinations. Students should visit the Student Health Center for vaccinations and faculty and staff should visit their primary health physicians.
        • Your pets can carry germs that cause infectious diseases. If you are bitten, talk to your doctor. Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date.
        • Stay home when sick

WEST NILE VIRUS

WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) is now in most of the United States. Most people become infected through the bite of an infected mosquito. You can reduce your chance of getting infected by avoiding mosquito bites.

What can I do to prevent WNV?

  • When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient.
  • Many mosquitoes are the most active from dusk to dawn. Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks sprayed with repellent if you plan to be outdoors when mosquitoes are most active. You may consider staying indoors when the mosquitoes are biting.
  • Make sure the screens on your windows and doors are in good shape.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flowerpots, buckets and other things that hold water.

What is the risk of getting sick from WNV?

  • People over 50 at higher risk to get severe illness and are more likely to develop serious symptoms of WNV if they do get sick and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Being outside means you're at risk. The more time you're outdoors, the more time you could be bitten by an infected mosquito. Pay attention to avoiding mosquito bites if you spend a lot of time outside, either working or playing.
  • Risk through medical procedures is very low. Donated blood is checked for WNV before being used. The risk of getting WNV through blood transfusions and organ transplants is very small, and should not prevent people who need surgery from having it. If you have concerns, talk to your doctor.
  • Pregnancy and nursing do not increase the risk of becoming infected with WNV. The risk that WNV may present to a fetus or an infant infected through breast milk is still being evaluated. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns.

What happens if l get infected?

  • Most people who get infected with WNV do not have any symptoms. Some
    people develop a mild illness called West Nile Fever. This mild illness gets better on its own. No treatment is needed. A small number of people (about 1 in 150) who get
    infected with WNV develop severe disease, called West Nile encephalitis or
    West Nile meningitis (inflammation of the brain or the area around the brain). This
    severe disease usually requires hospitalization.
  • Symptoms of severe illness include headache, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, tremors (shaking), convulsions, coma, and paralysis. See your doctor if you develop these symptoms.
  • There is no specific treatment for the WNV infection and there is no vaccine available for people.

Please contact UTA Health Services should you have any additional questions at 817.272.2771.

Business Continuity

Definition

Past unexpected events on the campus such as floods, fires, and damaged server rooms, resulted in departments relocating operations, halting services, or suffering permanent data loss.

Business continuity is our preparation for these and other unexpected disruptions to continue to provide our essential services with as little disruption as possible.

The mission of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Business Continuity Program is to establish and support an on-going contingency planning program to evaluate the impact of significant events that may adversely affect students, faculty, staff, and assets. The goals for successful business continuity planning are that each Vice President/Provost, Dean, Director, Department Chair, or Supervisor assumes responsibility for the operational continuity in their respective units.

Tools

What is UT Arlington Ready? 

An online tool that has been implemented to store and create plans via its Business Impact Analysis (BIA) tools. Access the UT Arlington Ready Guidebook, Interview Form, Review Sheet, Step by Step Process, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Access your plan by clicking here UT Arlington Ready.

How does business continuity planning fit in with other plans? 

Business continuity is different from Emergency Management.

Emergency Management secures life and safety in response to a disaster or emergency.  A Business Continuity Plan is used once life and safety are secure and is used to help you to continue your operations.

Why is business continuity important? 

We face many risks to our work and these risks affect our opportunities and our abilities. Our community and our coworkers depend on us to take steps to protect UTA. What we do today will determine what our lives are like tomorrow.

What is my role regarding a plan? 

As a leader for your department, determine who will coordinate the planning process for your department and contact Cindy Mohat, Business Continuity Planner, to set up an introductory meeting. As a staff member, you have valuable insight into the operations of your department and in the future might serve on a planning team to assist with creating plans.

How do I get my plan started? 

  • Identify a Planning Coordinator.
  • Contact the Business Continuity Planner, Cindy Mohat at mohat@uta.edu, to arrange an introductory meeting. After the meeting, you will be given access to the UT Arlington Ready Tool.

Once you have been given access, you can login to begin your plan.

Videos

Emergency Management Video

A short video was created to explain to faculty, staff, and students what to do if there is an active aggressor is on campus, where to go in an evacuation, or what to do when you shelter-in-place. Emphasizing the diversity of the whole community, this preparedness video strives to make UTA a safer, stronger community during a disaster.

North Central Texas Preparedness Program

This program promotes Think, Prepare, and Act strategies to enable you to become prepared for any incident.

  • Think - know the types of hazards that can affect your community
  • Prepare - tips to make sure you are ready for those emergencies
  • Act - getting involved

There are many hazards that face the university. It is important to be able to identify them and know what to do if they were to occur. The Office of Emergency Management encourages students, facility, and staff to learn more about the hazards that we could face every day and to be able to respond effectively. 

Disaster Hero Video Game

Do you have the skills needed to prepare, survive and recover from a natural disaster? Join Dante Shields, the internationally famous disaster specialist, and his genius prodigy, Mika, in the high-tech holographic simulation games-Disaster Hero. Compete against the members of Dante's elite disaster specialist team in four different disaster scenarios; earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. If you can prove victorious then you could become the next Disaster Hero!

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