Stay Alert! Safety tips for the winter season

By , November 4, 2013 4:31 pm

SafetyTime change brings colder weather and shorter days–you may start the day driving to school in the dark and then end up driving home in the dark.  With only weeks left of the semester and holidays coming up, you will likely be distracted and stressed trying to get everything done.  Please don’t get so distracted by texting or scrolling through your phone that you forget to watch for cars when crossing the street or you may not be paying attention to your surrounding while walking back to your car or to the bus stop.

When walking across campus, try not to walk alone.  However, if you find you must do so, be aware of your surroundings and stay on lighted sidewalks.  Know what is going on around you at all times, the location of emergency call boxes, and the number for the UMKC police department (235-1515).  Also, keep in mind the UMKC police department offers a personal escort service.  If you feel the need to be escorted to your car or your residence hall, call the police department at 235-1515. For more information on campus safety, visit the campus safety website.

Colder weather also seems to bring on car troubles.  Take your vehicle for a regular service now before the weather really turns–there’s nothing worse than having a breakdown when it’s snowing!  With colder weather, it’s always a good idea to keep your gas tank above half-full.  Keep emergency numbers in your car as well as an emergency kit, including blankets, snacks, flashlight, jumper cables, de-icer, scraper, and a phone charger.

UMKC’s crime statistics are very low with most crimes reported being burglaries.  Prevention is key — so remember to keep track of your belongings and don’t leave them unattended or in plain view in your vehicle (put bags and packages in your trunk or under a blanket out of sight).

Finally, if it does snow enough that classes are cancelled, this information will be posted by 6am with the local media channels and posted on the UMKC homepage.  Emergency notifications will also be sent out via UMKC Alert to the phone number and email address you specified when you opted in before registering for classes.

Will a little planning now, this winter season can be fun AND safe!



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