A 2018 Gallup poll reveals that 35 percent of parents fear for their child’s safety at school. That represents a 24 percent increase over the way they felt in 2017. What’s more, a near-record-high 20 percent report that their child has expressed similar fears. I often worry about JR when he’s at Puppy Kindergarten. Since preparation is crucial for improving peace of mind for parents as well as children (and puppies), before your kids (and pups) head back to school, remind them to take the following steps so they will be safe while they are on the road, in the classroom, on a field, or traveling between classes: Continue reading “Back to School Safety 2019”
The following is provided for informational purposes only. Allied Universal is not a medical expert. Consult your healthcare provider before pursuing any vaccines or taking any medication.
It’s that time of year again. Leaves are turning, football has begun, the weather is cooling off, and it’s time to fill backpacks with school necessities—pens and pencils, notebooks, laptops and bacon. But when you check that all important “to-do list” this year for your student, make sure to include the most important item on the list—inoculations. Continue reading “Back-to-School Safety: College Vaccinations”
Earthquakes in the News
With two powerful earthquakes striking Mexico last month, now is a good time for the 46th annual International ShakeOut Day, to be held October 19, 2017. Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On this month. In California, where Allied Universal Services Corporate Headquarters is located, Great Shakeout Drills will occur on the 19th, at precisely 10:19 a.m. Continue reading “Are you ready to Shake?”
Part 3 of a 3-part Series
Out of respect for everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Harvey & Hurricane Irma, this post will dispense with my usual “fire-dogisms.”
As teachers, educators and administrators across the country welcome students to a new academic year, we want to help ensure your child starts 2017-2018 off right. School safety is of paramount importance since children spend more hours at school than anywhere besides their own homes. Facing myriad obstacles, such as transportation challenges, cyber bullying and peer pressure, and handling emergencies and disasters, students need to proactively take steps to #BeSafe. Continue reading “Back to School Safety: Prepare & Recover from Disasters”
Part 2 in a 3-Part Series
As teachers and administrators across the country are welcoming students to a new school year, we want to help make sure your child starts 2017-2018 off right. Follow these simple safety steps, adapted from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), which are important whether your student is just beginning his educational journey or is close to earning a degree. Not to brag, but our son, J.R., recently graduated from puppy kindergarten. School safety is of paramount importance since children spend more hours at school than anywhere besides their own homes. Facing myriad obstacles, such as bullying and peer pressure, and natural or manmade disasters, students now more than ever need to proactively take steps to #BeSafe. Continue reading “How to Be Safe at School: Bullying”
Part 2 in a 3-Part Series
Attending college is a grand adventure, whether students choose to live on campus or commute. It also can prove risky for anyone who fails to sufficiently prepare for potential emergencies. In our ongoing effort to save lives through training, the Allied Universal Fire Life Training System is expanding our online safety education to include residence hall fire life safety. That’s good stuff!
Using building-specific information, students living in campus housing who attend subscribing universities will be able to log in to modules designed to train them to be safe, whether they live in a residence hall, traditional or suite-style residence, on or off campus. To help college students stay safe while attending college, we are doing a three-part blog series about campus safety.
In part one, we offered helpful tips for keeping students safe relative to fire. This week’s post will focus on personal safety while in college. Check back next week to read about college safety relative to cyber security.
One of the most important ways to #BeSafe while in college is to make sure that students are aware of potential threats to their personal safety. A recent report by CBS News says that the top nine threats to today’s university students include:
- Colds and flu
- Hazardous mold
- Athlete’s foot
- Sleep deprivation
- Binge drinking
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
While we agree that the above are concerns, we suggest there are even more menacing threats to the typical college student’s safety. For example, why isn’t the Red Baron even mentioned? Whether students are walking on campus to go to a class, headed to the library, or on their way to a dorm, they should take steps to be safe:
- Lock the residence when leaving or sleeping.
- At night, walk in groups of at least two. I suggest walking your dog.
- Familiarize themselves with services provided by the office of campus safety. Potential services could include Blue Light emergency phone stations, campus escort services, safety maps with suggested secure routes and support for a safety app like Campus Safety.
- After dark, walk only on lit sidewalks.
- Know where you are going.
- When parking, remove valuables from plain view and lock vehicles.
- Record serial numbers for valuables and store them in a safe place.
- Report criminal incidents, losses and suspicious people to campus safety officers.
- Learn how to defend yourself.
- Maintain ready access to safety and security supplies.
- Dial 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
It is also imperative that students, as well as their friends, family members, and neighbors know how to properly respond and support someone who reports a crime to them in confidence. Victims and loved ones should know where to turn for resources and resolution.
Resources are available for males and females as well as non-victims:
- Campus Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO) Office
- Campus police
- The school’s Annual Security Report
- Off-campus information sources: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),org, the Clery Center with whom we have a partnership.
- For gender-related violence, contact the Victim Rights Law Center, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) as well as on-campus advocacy groups.
- Another great resource is the Stalking Resource Center (SRC).Stalking is a crime that affects men as well as women.
- A rising problem among college students is suicide. Connect with Suicide Prevention in Higher Education.
Next week, check back to read our final post in this series about college safety. Remember that safety is a priority for everyone, including dogs, all year long. A convenient and affordable way to make sure you are prepared for disasters and emergencies of virtually every kind is to subscribe to the Allied Universal Fire Life Training System, which has been designed to help improve and save lives. For more information about the best system out there, or to subscribe, click here.