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Our goal is to help educate, interpret, and develop policies and procedures to achieve compliance with federal and state regulations. This is accomplished through efficient and effective hazardous waste management, training and technical programs, environmental audits/monitoring, and safety audits.

Campus Fire Drill Information & Schedule

To All UW-Eau Claire Faculty and Staff –

In accordance with a state directive, UW-Eau Claire must hold a fire evacuation drill in each of its buildings. The university will be conducting these drills in all academic and support services buildings on Monday, October 10, 2022, and Wednesday, October 12, 2022. Housing will hold fire drills in residence hall in the evening of September 13, 2022.  Please plan accordingly. To prepare for these drills, please read the following information carefully. NOTE: This notice applies only to the UW-Eau Claire campus. UW-Eau Claire-Barron County will be provided information later.

General

 

Do Not Call 911

 

Fire evacuation drills provide an opportunity for each student and employee to practice exiting a building in the most efficient manner in anticipation of a real emergency. During the drills, university personnel will gather data on how long it takes people to exit. For a drill to be effective, everyone must evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds and remain outside, at least 150 feet from the building, until emergency personnel indicate the building is clear for re-entry. Do not wait in streets or fire lanes. Do not re-enter when the alarm stops sounding. Wait to be notified the building is clear for re- entry. Please note that UW System policy prohibits anyone from remaining in a building while the alarm is activated, including for drills.

Special Needs

Individuals in wheelchairs or with other mobility impairments should wait in the nearest stairwell rescue assistance area. These areas are clearly marked in adjacent corridors. If you see someone in a wheelchair or with other mobility impairment, ask him or her to remain calm and wait in the nearest stairwell rescue assistance area. Assure the individual you will notify emergency personnel of their location. As you exit the building, contact emergency personnel at the main entrance and tell them the location of any people you know to be in the rescue assistance areas. Evacuation of individuals waiting there is not required during a drill. In a real emergency, members of the Eau Claire Fire Department will evacuate people in wheelchairs or requiring other assistance.

Drill

Because the drills are meant to practice evacuating buildings, the element of surprise is not essential. Therefore, drills have been scheduled to minimize inconvenience. They will occur approximately five

(5) minutes before the end of standard class periods or near the end of most classes in the building to minimize disruption. At the beginning of a class period during which a drill will take place, please notify your students, and instruct them to proceed to the nearest building exit when the alarm sounds and meet you at a designated location that you have previously identified so that you can account for your students’ departure from the building. They should take all their belongings with them when they leave and proceed to their next class if appropriate. As you leave, shut all doors, and make sure the area is cleared.

2022 Fire Drill Schedule

Monday, October 10

8:45 am     Flesch Family Welcome Center

9:45 am     Hibbard Hall

10:45 am     Haas Fine Arts

12:10 pm     Human Sciences & Services

12:45 pm     Phillips Hall

1:15 pm     Maintenance & Central Stores

1:45 pm     Hilltop Center

3:00 pm     Centennial Hall

4:00 pm      Schofield Hall

Wednesday, October 12

 8:45 am    McPhee & Ade Olson Addition

9:45 am     Brewer Hall, Zorn, & Kjer

10:55 am   Nursing Building

11:45 am   Schneider Hall

12:30 pm   Power Plant

12:45 pm   McIntyre Library & Vicki Lord Larson Hall

1:30 pm     Davies Center

2:15 pm     Crest Wellness Center

PLEASE ADHERE TO THE UNIVERSITY’S LATEST COVID PROTOCOLS.

 

If you have questions about the drill, contact Diane Hunter at 715-836-3999 or hunterd@uwec.edu.

Thank you for your cooperation in making our campus a safer place for everyone.

Fire Door Safety

Fire Doors are important because they keep fire or smoke in certain areas and stop fire from spreading throughout the building.  Fire doors are an integral part of any building’s passive fire protection system. 

In collaboration with the Eau Claire Fire Department, UWEC conducted a training for our residence life staff in regards to fire doors and general fire safety.  To view this training click here

Click Fire Door Information to learn more on the importance of fire doors and keeping them closed.

Fire Door
NaloxZone Rescue Boxes
Narcan Box

What are they?

The box contains Narcan (the brand name of Naloxone) and other resources to be used to help save a life.  Narcan spray is a prescription medicine designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. Boxes include Narcan nasal sprays, mask and instructions. 

When to use?

Anytime a person is showing signs of an opioid overdose.

What are the signs of an Opioid Overdose?

May include unusual sleepiness, unusual difficulty waking up, or breathing problems.

Who can use it?

Anyone who needs Narcan (emergency or non-emergency)

Narcan Spray Instructions

How do I use it?

There are instructions within the box.  There are also training videos you can watch now to be prepared for the future.

Where can I find a box?

There are 19 boxes located next to an AED throughout campus.  One in each of the residence halls, Davies Center, Hilltop Center, Library, McPhee, Fine Arts, Zorn and Barron County.

What happens when box is opened?

Police will not respond unless you call them, they are not automatically notified when the box is opened.  The campus will be notified electronically, but only for the purpose of re-stocking the box and is not always immediately received.  

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Upcoming Training:

In collaboration with Eau Claire City-County Health Department, UWEC will be providing Narcan/Opioid Training sessions during the following times. Everyone from the campus community is welcome to attend this free training. Registration is not required. We hope to see you there.

  • Tuesday, September 27th 2:00pm-3:00pm in Centennial 1614
  • Friday, September 30th 9:00am-10:00am in Centennial 2614
University Safety Committee
Campus safety

UW-Eau Claire formed a diverse group of experienced and knowledgeable participants to help foster collaborations for the purpose of increasing awareness of safety and security concepts throughout the campus community and educating/engaging students, faculty, staff and community members.

Meetings were conducted on:

December 15, 2021

May 4, 2022

October 13, 2022 (tentative date)

Disaster Preparedness and Safety

To raise awareness about the importance of being prepared and equipped for a disaster, please see the ideas below.  Some simple steps that you can do at home to help feel more prepared for a possible disaster.

  1. Make a Plan - Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster.  Make sure to keep your plan updated (include relevant Health Department recommendations).
  2. Build a Kit - Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home.  Don't forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly.  Update your kits and supplies as needed.
  3. Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness - Limit the impacts the disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage.  Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
  4. Teach Youth About Preparedness - Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated.  Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.   

("Safety Net(work) - DOA/BSRM - Sept 2021")

 

Additional Safety Resources

Action Plan

Confined Space Program

AED Locations

Emergency Operations Plan

 

Full list of Risk Management and Safety polices

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