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Department of Public Safety

Public Safety Advisory UPDATE – October 18, 2014

Tampering with Fire Alarm Devices-Elmwood Hall-Case Number 14-866-OF

The Department of Public Safety is providing an update to the Timely Warning sent yesterday

All missing fire detection devices at Elmwood Hall have been replaced and the system is in full operational readiness. 

It is important to note that some of the missing devices have been located in an unoccupied rooms on the third floor of Elmwood. Fire safety requires the vigilance and active engagement by the entire community. Community members are asked to immediately report any problems with any exit sign, fire panel or device to DPS.

A criminal investigation is being conducted by DPS.  Anyone with information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should immediately contact DPS a 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form at http://www.umassd.edu/publicsafety/silentwitnesstipline/



              DPS workshops being offered throughout October

Workplace Safety On The Job

Let's talk about workplace health and safety because-regardless of your position, you have a responsibility to create a safe environment.  Learn why it is important and what you can do about it.  You will also learn the types of safety issues that exist at the University.
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Facilitator: Bob Casparius, Director of Environmental Health & Safety
Location: Foster Administration- BOT Foster Room # 333
When:  Wednesday, October 22
Time:  Noon to 1:00pm

Questions? Contact Sheila Whitaker, 508.999.8045

Active Shooter

A short history of active shooting incidents both nationally and globally with particular focus upon schools and other areas of mass assembly of people. While these incidents are thankfully few, the frequency of such tragedies is increasing. The presentation will examine basic elements of run, hide, fight that may increase chances of survival and are endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security, followed by a period of Q&A.

Facilitator: Emil Fioravanti, Chief of Police
Location: Foster Administration - BOT Foster Room # 333
When:  Wednesday, October 29
Time:  Noon to 1:00pm

Questions? Contact Sheila Whitaker, 508.999.8045


The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act (SaVE), is a 2013 amendment to the federal Jeanne Clery Act. SaVE was designed by advocates along with victims/survivors and championed by a bi-partisan coalition in Congress as a companion to Title IX that will help bolster the response to and prevention of sexual violence in higher education. President Obama signed the measure into law as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 on March 7, 2013.  Read more....

Firescience.org recently launched a college student's guide to fire safety and education.  This guidebook was expert-driven and includes contribution from the NFPA, the CEO of Campus Fire Safety, and public safety directors from two 4 year campus colleges.  The guide provides safety tips for college students living in dorms and off campus housing, including Fraternity & Sorority houses.  Additionally, the guide provides fire safety information for students with disabilities and a comprehensive list of fire safety resources.  See the guide below:

Fire Science Online:  Fire Safety & Education for College Students

Fire safety is important, regardless of whether students live on-campus or off-campus. This guide outlines risk factors, and examines school and student responsibilities for fire safety.   


                                                                Surviving an active shooter event

Run Hide Fight

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Massachusetts See Something Say Something Campaign

See Something, Say Something

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The Department of Homeland Security offers
some tips that might help you survive a shooting rampage.


IS-907 provides a guide for civilians on what to expect from law enforcement during an Active Shooter situation.

Click on image below to take the IS-907 training

Active Shooter    


"If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign

The nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign - is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. The campaign was originally used by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which has licensed the use of the slogan to DHS for anti-terrorism and anti-terrorism crime related efforts

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 See Something Say Something