Knowing ahead of time how you will to respond to a dangerous situation is just as
important as working to avoid one. Criminals look for victims that they can catch
off guard. This gives the criminal an advantage and allows the victim little or no
time to react. Thinking about potential actions and responses to situations can allow
you to gain and maintain control in dangerous incidents. The best plan is always to
have a thought out strategy and practice how you will respond. This will help to keep
you calm and focused when you need it most.
Carry a personal safety items
- Carry a whistle or other loud noise-making device. Keep it readily available and use
it if you feel threatened. Loud noises can attract attention from bystanders nearby.
While yelling can provide the most information while attracting attention; it is often
hard to verbalize even in a whisper during crisis situations. Anyone can blow a whistle
even when they are terrified, it only takes exhaling.
- Pepper sprays or OC sprays can be effective personal protection devices if they are
used properly. However, the effects of these sprays can be short term, yet they are
devastating. For more information on pepper spray, speak with the Department of Campus
Safety. There are state laws limiting the strenght of these sprays that can be carried
by non-law enforcement persons.
Be aware of the best way to contact help
- Program the Emergency Line number for Campus Safety into your cell phone's speed dial.
- Familiarize yourself with the locations of Blue Light Phones on campus.
- Blue Light Phones provide a direct link to On Duty officers from Campus Safety, 24
hours a day, every day of the year.
- There are more than a dozen Blue Light Phones located on the west side of campus.
- The phones are easily recognized by the bright blue lights on them.