WCU emergency service, police departments sponsor public safety, preparedness sessions

Western Carolina University’s Emergency Services Department and Police Department are hosting “Whee Safe,” a series of brown bag discussions throughout the 2015 spring semester designed to provide faculty, staff and students with information on a variety of personal and community public safety topics.

“We are very excited at this opportunity for members of our public safety team to discuss some very important topics with members of the campus community,” Police Chief Ernie Hudson said. “One of the keys to ensuring that we have a safe campus environment is to provide faculty, staff and students with information on how to prepare for emergency situations and steps they can take to take to help prevent crime and accidents.”

Sessions are held at noon in the multipurpose room of A.K. Hinds University Center, and participants are encouraged to bring their lunches.

The next offering in the series is on the topic “Bystander and Primary Prevention.” In the session, WCU Clery Coordinator Bruce Barker will discuss the issue of sexual assault prevention. Baker will cover topics including safe and positive options to prevent harm, and intervention and strategies intended to stop dating violence, domestic violence and sexual assault. The session was originally scheduled for Feb. 24 but was postponed because of inclement weather and is set for Thursday, March 5.

Upcoming Whee Safe brown bag events are:

  • “Severe Weather” – Tammi Hudson, campus emergency manager, will discuss winter weather, the difference between watches and warnings, the meaning of “shelter in place,” the use of social media during weather emergencies, and campus protocol for alerts, notifications and evacuations. Tuesday, March 24.
  • “Your Police Department” – Assistant Police Chief Steve Lillard will give an introduction to the campus police department, the services it offers and how the department can be a resource to members of the campus community. Tuesday, April 7.
  • “Planning Special Events with Public Safety in Mind” – Tammi Hudson and Ernie Hudson will discuss the importance of advance planning to the success of a special event on campus. Tuesday, May 12.

The series began Feb. 2 with a session on “Personal Preparedness and Safety.”

For more information about the Whee Safe brown bag series or other emergency preparedness initiatives at WCU, visit the website police.wcu.edu or call 828-227-7301.

Ernie Hudson conducts frequent safety/preparedness training sessions on campus.

Ernie Hudson conducts frequent safety/preparedness training sessions on campus.