As part of the university’s ongoing efforts to enhance public safety, a new active threat training video is being shared with the campus community to anticipate a potential emergency and guide individual decision-making.
An active threat refers to any incident that creates an immediate threat or presents an imminent danger, such as a shooter or a hostage situation. Taking the time now to prepare increases your ability to respond.
The video simulates the scenario of an active threat on campus and imparts the three-part protocol that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends as the safest response to an active threat: “Run, Hide, Fight.”
Building off lessons learned across the country, this video provides clear visual guidance for students, staff and faulty to prepare for and survive an active threat. The... read more
Recent upgrades in technology across Massachusetts have improved 9-1-1 Emergency Communications, allowing people to TEXT to 9-1-1 when unable to make a traditional voice call for emergency needs.
Part of the recent upgrades to the state's 9-1-1 system also routes cell phone 9-1-1 calls to the appropriate public-safety answering point (PSAP), rather than State Police Dispatch Centers. For the UMass Amherst campus, this means that Public Safety Dispatchers at the Amherst Police Department will be rotuinely answering cell phone 9-1-1 calls originating on campus. In gathering information about the caller's needs, these dispatchers will in most incidents, transfer the call to UMass Police.
These changes to the state emergency 9-1-1 system increase efficiencies and improve safety for the Commonwealth's citizens.
During the 2019 National Collegiate EMS Foundation (NCEMSF) annual convention held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Feb. 22-24, members of UMass Emergency Medical Services (UMEMS) were presented with the Foundation’s EMS Ready Campus recognition.
The NCEMSF EMS Ready Campus program recognizes excellence in emergency management and disaster preparedness of collegiate EMS organizations. Additionally, the program provides a framework for the enhancement of emergency management education, overall campus preparedness and response capabilities for the applicant organization.
The recognition, shared with only 33 other colleges and universities nationwide, comes after UMass EMS worked through a combination of self-evaluation, dynamic interaction with NCEMSF staff and by completing a group of prescribed tasks. The recognition highlights organizations that have embraced the challenges of EMS operations outside of traditional patient-care activities.
Active on campus since... read more