Are you Mean Green Ready? Emergency situations can pose a great risk to an individual's personal safety. Individuals should always remain prepared to deal with the possible hazards associated with the occurrence of an emergency or disaster. This page will provide resources and information about how you can be prepared for combating the effects of an emergency or disaster.
One of the most important things you can do to be prepared for an emergency is to create an emergency plan for yourself and your loved ones. Making a plan ensures you know how you will communicate with friends and family during a disaster and gives you an opportunity to think through where you would go or do in the event of an emergency. There are countless tools available that can help you create one.
My UNT Emergency Plan
The My UNT Emergency Plan is a template emergency plan created for UNT students. The plan, available as a fillable and/or printable PDF online, provides a place for students to record their personal information and critical information for each building they have a class in, such as:
- The locations of the nearest Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
- The locations of the nearest shelter areas
- The buildings’ evacuation assembly areas
This information can be located on the Emergency Management & Safety Services website (emergency.unt.edu/emergency-floor-plans) or on the Mean Green Ready app! The Mean Green Ready app is a mobile application developed and maintained by Emergency Management & Safety Services and is available for free on the App Store and Google Play Store.
Download the plan, fill it out, and print it off to keep with you; make a second copy to share with a loved one. You may also print a blank version that can be filled out by hand. It will serve as an excellent quick reference for when the unthinkable arises.
The KnoWhat2Do Program is an educational program that works to educate North Central Texas residents on what to do to prepare their homes and communities for all hazards. This website is full of information and resources to help you be prepared for disaster! One of the tools on this site is the “Make a Plan” resource, which guides you through the process of creating your own emergency plan. At the end of the process, you will be provided with a completed emergency plan that you can either print or have emailed to yourself. Learn more: www.knowhat2do.com.
Ready is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Ready.gov has a page dedicated to providing resources for you to create your own emergency plan. Find more information here: www.ready.gov/plan.
Emergency Management & Safety Services offers a wide range of training opportunities to the UNT community. Some of the training opportunities available include, but are not limited to:
Emergency Readiness Training (1.5 hours)
Delivery Methods: LIVE VIRTUAL TRAINING | IN-PERSON | ONLINE
Emergency Readiness Training (a collaborative effort between the UNT Police and Emergency Management & Safety Services) is our signature preparedness training for the UNT campus community. The training covers basic response actions for emergencies of all kinds. The information contained in this training is applicable no matter where an emergency takes place.
Emergency Preparedness Excellence Series
Delivery Methods: ONLINE
Emergency Management & Safety Services has created the Emergency Preparedness Excellence Series that allows learners the ability to earn an Emergency Preparedness Excellence certificate for successful completion of several emergency preparedness primer courses.
STOP THE BLEED (1.5 hours)
Delivery Methods: IN-PERSON
STOP THE BLEED training is to prepare individuals to recognize life-threatening injuries and equip them to know how to assist injured persons. Massive bleeding from any cause can result in death. STOP THE BLEED teaches individuals proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets to help keep someone alive.
Until Help Arrives (3 hours)
Delivery Methods: LIVE VIRTUAL TRAINING | IN-PERSON | *ONLINE – FEMA*
Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives. Attend this training to learn the steps needed to keep someone who has experienced a traumatic injury alive until first responders arrive.
Hands-Only CPR and AED Use (1 hour)
Delivery Methods: IN-PERSON
When a person experiences Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) they must be swiftly provided aid. This course will provide learners basic knowledge about how to perform hands-only CPR and utilize AEDs that are available across the UNT campus.
Fire Extinguisher Training (30 minutes)
Delivery Methods: IN-PERSON
Fire Extinguisher Training is a fire and life safety program presented in collaboration with UNT Facilities’ Fire Systems staff. This training will teach participants general fire safety and equip learners to confidently know when and how to use a fire extinguisher.
CUSTOM Training (Depends on topic and scope of training requested)
Delivery Methods: LIVE VIRTUAL TRAINING | IN-PERSON
If an individual or department has enough persons with an interest or need to learn more about a particular topic, Emergency Management & Safety Services may develop custom training to fit the needs of the office. Interested departments should contact Emergency.Management@unt.edu to learn more about customized learning opportunities.
Check out these websites to learn more about training opportunities available to the UNT Community: Emergency Management & Safety Services training page (riskmanagement.unt.edu/rm-training) and UNT Police training page (police.unt.edu/safety). Click here to view the Emergency Management & Safety Services' Emergency Preparedness Training Catalog.
One of the most important ways to be prepared for an emergency is to have multiple means of receiving emergency information. We recommend that all UNT students, faculty, and staff have at least three means of receiving emergency information.
Eagle Alert is UNT's official, campus-wide emergency notification system for emergency events, inclement winter weather closures, or tornado warnings. Eagle Alert allows UNT administrators to quickly contact campus community members by phone, text, and email. Eagle Alert will also post to the Eagle Alert Twitter. In addition to receiving direct messages by phone and email, the system includes a feature called desktop override that takes control over most UNT-owned computers in offices, classrooms, and public spaces on campus. During the test or in the event of an emergency, computer screens, presentation screens, and digital signs will display a full-screen alert. UNT faculty, staff, and students are automatically enrolled in Eagle Alert. Individuals should remember, however, that if their personal contact information changes, they should go to my.unt.edu (students/faculty) or my.untsystem.edu (staff) to update their information. Instructions for updating your information can be found here.
The City of Denton uses the CodeRED System, a high-speed telephone communications service, for emergency notifications. The system telephones all or targeted areas of Denton in the case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action. Individuals can also opt-in to receive weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service, including severe thunderstorm warnings and flash flood warnings.
Outdoor Warning Sirens
The City of Denton has several outdoor warning sirens (multiple on the UNT campus). The sirens are used to alert the public of impending emergencies, including severe weather. The sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of each month at noon, with each test lasting approximately three minutes. In the event of inclement weather, siren tests will be postponed until the second Wednesday of the month. When you hear the outdoor warning sirens, go indoors and to the nearest shelter location; turn your radio to KNTU 88.1 FM or watch a local television channel for severe weather information.
Below are just a few social media accounts you can follow to help be prepared for emergencies on (and off) campus!
- Follow UNT Emergency Management & Safety Services (@MeanGreenReady) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for information about the weather on campus and other important safety tips.
- Follow UNT Police (@UNTPolice) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for important personal safety information and other campus-relevant safety information.
- Follow UNT Facilities on Twitter (@UNTFacilities) and Facebook (@UNTFacilitiesDept) for updates related to construction on campus, traffic detours, and more.
- Follow UNT Transportation Services on Twitter (@UNTTransit) and Facebook (@UNTTransit) for traffic, transportation, and parking updates.
- Follow Denton Police Department on Twitter (@DENTONPD) and Facebook (@CityofDentonPoliceDepartment) for information about local incidents, personal safety, and traffic alerts within the City of Denton.
- Follow the City of Denton on Twitter (@cityofdentontx) and Facebook (@CityofDenton) for the latest Denton news and events within the city.
- Follow the National Weather Service Ft. Worth - Dallas on Twitter (@NWSFortWorth) and Facebook (NWSDallasFortWorth) for the most up-to-date information about the weather in the North Texas region.
Emergency Management & Safety Services maintains an app called the Mean Green Ready app. This app contains a wealth of useful information, such as emergency floor plans for every campus building, the location of AEDs on campus, and much more. The app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play, just search “UNT Emergency” to get started.
The American Red Cross has developed a free and easy-to-use first aid reference guide, available for download from the Google Play Store and the App Store. Learn more on the Red Cross Mobile Apps page.