U-M DPSS Shares Resources with Community

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Reflecting on the information surrounding the tragic incidents at the University of Virginia and the University of Idaho, our thoughts are with the victims and their families.  

“Acts of violence, however they occur, instill an anxiety that can be difficult to overcome. The University has resources available for students, faculty, and staff; please do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance”, said DPSS Executive Director Eddie L. Washington, Jr. 

The Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) prepares for such situations, including collaboration with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to evaluate risk and prevent harm. DPSS ensures that its officers are trained in emergency protocols and are ready to act at a moment’s notice. Additionally, we have worked with experts across the country to develop training and education curricula for our community in awareness, preparedness, and prevention, stressing a shared philosophy of “safety is everyone’s responsibility.” Students, faculty, and staff can request training for our Active Attacker – Run, Hide or Fight course. Remember — run if you can, hide if you can’t, and fight as a last resort.

More information is available on our Active Attacker webpage, including our Run, Hide, Fight video.

When an emergency on our campus requires community members to take action for their safety, DPSS issues a U-M Emergency Alert. Students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled to receive Emergency Alerts via email and text message/SMS. Please visit alerts.umich.edu to verify or update the mobile number currently registered in the system. Emergency alerts also will appear on our U-M and DPSS websites, Twitter, Facebook, and digital signage. Learn more about U-M Emergency Alerts here.

See something? Say something! Anyone who observes suspicious behavior is always urged to call 911 immediately. If you cannot talk on the phone, there are several ways to reach us.