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Personal Safety

A Few Simple Strategies to Follow

Your personal safety is a general recognition and avoidance of possible harmful situations or persons in your surroundings. You can increase your personal safety by following a few simple strategies.

  • Develop a plan of action to use if you are confronted or assaulted.
  • Always lock the doors of your residence and vehicle.
  • Avoid walking alone, especially at night.
  • Know the location of blue light phones on campus

If you are notified of or involved in an emergency or crisis, stay calm, assess the situation, and be prepared to take safety precautions based on your personal situation.

  • Stay away from the area of the emergency or crisis.
  • Find a safe place and stay there until you are notified that the emergency is over.
  • If you are directly affected by the emergency, (call 911 if you are not on Campus) or UTHSC Police at (901) 448-4444 as soon as it is safe to do so. Provide as much information as you can and stay on the phone until told to hang up.
  • Alert others if you can without endangering yourself.
  • Evacuate the area by a safe route if possible.
  • If the emergency is an active threat and you are unable to evacuate the area, attempt to seek an area of safe refuge.
  • If you must seek refuge, secure doors and windows as quickly as possible and barricade as many items between you and the threat.
  • Do not attempt to make contact with the individual(s) responsible for the threat unless no other option is available.
  • Once in a secure location, do not open the door for anyone but the police.

Get more information from the UTHSC Campus Police.

Last Published: Dec 13, 2017