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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Wednesday; Heavy Snow Expected

A winter storm warning has been issued for Indiana County from 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 15, to 7:00 a.m. Thursday, December 16. Heavy snow accumulations of 7–12 inches are expected. Travel could be very difficult, with hazardous conditions affecting both the evening commute Wednesday and the morning commute Thursday.

Posted on 12/15/2020 9:07:42 AM

Don’t Forget to “Fall Back”

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2020. As we prepare our clocks to “fall back,” this is a chance to also prepare your home and family for emergencies.

Posted on 10/26/2020 11:04:39 AM

National Preparedness Month, Week 4: Teach Youth about Preparedness

Week 4 of National Preparedness Month encourages parents to talk to their kids about preparing for disasters and emergencies and what to do in case they are separated. You are never too young to be prepared for an emergency.

Posted on 9/28/2020 10:29:15 AM

National Preparedness Month, Week 3: Prepare for Disasters

It’s the third week of National Preparedness Month, and this week focuses on limiting the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.

Posted on 9/21/2020 11:26:02 AM

National Preparedness Month, Week 2: Build Your Kit

Being prepared for any emergency is as simple as planning ahead and building an emergency kit. Assembling the supplies now that you might need following a disaster is an important part of your plan.

Posted on 9/14/2020 9:26:33 AM

September is National Preparedness Month: Take Action to Prepare

National Preparedness Month, held annually inSeptember, is a time to focus our attention on the importance of preparing ourfamilies, homes, workplace, and communities for natural and man-made disasters thatthreaten our lives and property. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait.Make Your Plan Today.”

Posted on 9/9/2020 10:32:24 AM

Coronavirus 2019-nCoV: What You Should Know

There are 11 total confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the US, but none in Pennsylvania. IUP has banned travel to China for official university business. Take precautions if you feel sick.

Posted on 2/4/2020 2:29:12 PM

Traveling for the Holidays? Be Prepared

It’s the most wonderful (and chaotic) time of the year! Holiday safety is an issue as families gather, parties are scheduled, and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.

Posted on 12/17/2019 12:48:11 PM

Winter Weather Awareness Week, November 11–15: How to Avoid Frostbite

The last winter weather awareness week topic from the Emergency Management Office is frostbite, and how to treat it. Frostbite occurs when the skin is exposed to extreme or prolonged cold.

Posted on 11/14/2019 1:03:31 PM

Winter Weather Awareness Week, November 11–15: Hypothermia

When the weather is extremely cold, it is very easy to lose body heat, which can lead to serious health problems such as hypothermia and frostbite.

Posted on 11/13/2019 10:28:31 AM

Winter Weather Awareness Week, November 11–15: Cold Weather Dressing Tips

The Emergency Management Office provides tips for cold weather. Dress in layers, wear warm weather gear, add an extra layer for children, and pack a dry bag as part of a cold-clothes emergency kit.

Posted on 11/12/2019 1:48:10 PM

Winter Weather Awareness Week, November 11–15: Is Your Home Winterized?

Winter weather and cold temperatures can not only be dangerous to us, but also to our homes. The Emergency Management Office provides tips to keep your home safe.

Posted on 11/11/2019 2:13:34 PM

Winter Weather Awareness Week, November 11–15

Winter can be an especially challenging time in Pennsylvania, as cold weather brings its own unique concerns and dangers. That is why it’s important to prepare now. Start takingsteps to ensure you’re prepared to stay safe and warm throughout the winter months.

Posted on 11/8/2019 12:44:02 PM

Snow Is In the Forecast

With snow in our forecast and winter in our near future, the IUP Emergency Management Office would like to provide you with the definition of some winter terms.

Posted on 11/7/2019 2:29:39 PM

Halloween Safety Tips

The IUP Emergency Management Office provides tips for trick-or-treating and for college students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of services such as the police escort service.

Posted on 10/25/2019 11:32:56 AM

Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters During Week 3 of September’s National Preparedness Month

When an emergency happens, will your child know what to do? Will they know where to go? To prepare your kids, be realistic and youth-focused while discussing your emergency plan.

Posted on 9/18/2019 2:32:41 PM

National Preparedness Month, Week 2: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

The IUP Emergency Management Office encourages everyone to have a plan in the event of a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or emergency. How will you evacuate? Where will you go? What resources do you have? Now is the time to take steps towardbeing prepared.

Posted on 9/10/2019 3:29:48 PM

IUP to Conduct Emergency Notification System Test on Friday, September 13

On Friday, September 13, IUP will conduct a scheduled test of its Emergency Notification System. IUP has moved to a new system to deliver emergency text messages, and all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to verify their contact information before the test on Friday.

Posted on 9/9/2019 4:28:34 PM

September is National Preparedness Month—Are you Prepared for an Emergency?

This is the first week of National Preparedness Month, and the first weekly theme is “Save Early for Disaster Costs.”

Posted on 8/30/2019 12:58:42 PM

Heat Advisory in Effect, July 19-20

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory from noon on Friday, July 19 through 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 for Indiana and Jefferson counties.

Posted on 7/18/2019 7:23:56 PM

Hot Weather On The Way, Heat Index Over 100

The National Weather Service is warning the area that Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, will be very hot with heat indexes over 100 degrees, so you can expect an excessive heat advisory.

Posted on 7/17/2019 11:18:19 AM

Fourth of July Fireworks Safety Tips

The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal, but they are not safe.

Posted on 7/1/2019 1:03:26 PM

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tornadoes

2019 Severe Weather Awareness week for Pennsylvania is April 22–26. Plan ahead and stay weather aware for safe spring! Our severe weather and weather safety topic for today is “Tornadoes and Tornado Safety.”

Posted on 4/25/2019 12:57:56 PM

Severe Weather Awareness Week: River Flooding

During this year’s Severe Weather Awareness week for Pennsylvania, plan ahead and stay weather aware for safe spring! Our severe weather and weather safety topic for today is “River Flooding and River Flood Safety.”

Posted on 4/25/2019 8:41:19 AM

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flash Flooding

During this year’s Severe Weather Awareness week for Pennsylvania, plan ahead and stay weather aware for safe spring!  Our severe weather and weather safety topic for today is Flash Flooding and Flash Flood Safety.

Posted on 4/23/2019 12:20:49 PM

Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 22–26

During this year’s Severe Weather Awareness week for Pennsylvania, plan ahead and stay weather aware for safe spring! Our topic for today is “Tornadoes and Severe Weather Safety.”

Posted on 4/22/2019 1:54:46 PM

Stay Safe When Lightning Strikes

As the calendar turns, the threats shift from winter hazards to springtime severe weather for Pennsylvania. Severe weather can happen at any time of the year, and it is critical to ensure that you know how to prepare.

Posted on 4/5/2019 12:33:07 PM

Check on Your Neighbor Safety Initiative

A good safety initiative is to become a good neighbor to the elderly.

Posted on 3/6/2019 10:24:30 AM

PA State Police Exercise on February 26

The Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) will conduct a breaching training exercise in Foster Dining Hall on February 26, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During this training time, you will see heavy police presence in the area and could possibly hear explosives.

Posted on 2/25/2019 11:13:40 AM

Heads Up, Phones Down: Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety

With winter fully upon us, reduced visibility and hazardous road conditions make for a dangerous season for vehicles and pedestrians. These tips can help prevent an accident from occurring on our campus.

Posted on 2/11/2019 9:00:24 AM

Arctic Air Invasion, January 29–February 1

The National Weather Service has provided a “heads up” of a blast of Arctic air that will bring freezing temperatures in the upcoming week, January 29–February 1, 2019. Remember these tips to protect your health and stay safe.

Posted on 1/24/2019 2:18:01 PM

Cold Weather Is On the Way

Rapidly plunging temperatures are expected following this weekend’s major winter system. Sub-zero wind chills can cause frostbite and hypothermia. The way to avoid frostbite and hypothermia is to plan for extreme cold before it arrives. Don’t get caught unprepared.

Posted on 1/18/2019 2:09:38 PM

Old Man Winter Has Arrived

With the frigid temperatures and recent snow fall, it’s safeto say that Old Man Winter has arrived! And that can bring hazards. Whether you arewalking or driving during the winter months, it’s best to be prepared so youstay safe.

Posted on 1/14/2019 2:15:02 PM

Holiday Safety Tips: Protect Your Home

Theft tends to rise in the months of November and December, so please be sure to secure everything: vehicles, homes, and offices. These tips can help you protect your home during the holiday season from a Grinch (aka burglars).

Posted on 12/14/2018 1:37:17 PM

Holiday Fire Prevention Tips: Candles, Tree, Lights, and Fireplaces

With the holiday season in full swing, the Emergency Management Office is encouraging everyone to take precautions to ensure that they and their staff and families remain safe and injury-free throughout this festive time of year.

Posted on 12/12/2018 7:48:52 AM

Thanksgiving Break Safety Tips

Before leaving for Thanksgiving break, the Emergency Management Office has prepared a list of reminders to promote safety in the residence halls, administrative offices, and off-campus housing.

Posted on 11/15/2018 1:08:53 PM

Winter Storm Watch/Winter Mix Moving In Thursday, November 15

A winter mix of freezing rain and sleet is expected to begin early Thursday morning and persist through much of the night before changing over to all snow late Thursday/early Friday. Please pay close attention to conditions and allow considerable time for commuting.

Posted on 11/14/2018 9:03:07 AM

Traveling For Thanksgiving? Be Prepared!

The IUP Emergency Management Office reminds you to travel safely and plan more driving time during the busy Thanksgiving holiday.

Posted on 11/13/2018 9:33:12 AM

Don’t Forget to ''Fall Back'' as Daylight Savings Time Ends for 2018

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 4. As we prepare our clocks to “fall back” for the end of Daylight Savings Time, this is a chance to also prepare your home and family for fire and weather.

Posted on 11/1/2018 1:36:45 PM

Active Shooter Training, November 7

Active Shooter trainings for IUP employees will take placeon Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Two sessions will be offered, each lastingapproximately one hour.

Posted on 10/31/2018 10:27:13 AM

Stay Safe this Halloween

All members of the IUP community are urged to continue to practice good personal safety habits this Halloween. Please do not hesitate to contact IUP Police or call 9-1-1 if you see suspicious or dangerous behaviors.

Posted on 10/30/2018 7:44:30 AM

Safe Mail Handling Procedures

Due to recent events in the news, it is important that every employee handling or receiving mail can identify a suspicious letter or parcel. Although occurrences are rare, it is essential to know what to do when suspicious mail is received.

Posted on 10/25/2018 8:00:46 AM

National Preparedness Month Week 4: Save For an Emergency

This week it is time to focus on financial and legal readiness. Supplies and communications may get more attention in the press, but lack of good planning in these areas can be just as debilitating.

Posted on 9/26/2018 11:26:27 AM

National Preparedness Month Week 3: Check Your Coverage

Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Are you protected? Check your insurance policy today.

Posted on 9/19/2018 1:08:09 PM

National Preparedness Month Week 2: Learn Life-Saving Skills

As part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Preparedness Month, the theme for the week of September 9–15 promotes the learning of life-saving skills and how they can keep you and your loved ones safe from all types of emergency disaster situations.

Posted on 9/12/2018 8:13:45 AM

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is designed to raise awareness and encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and places of worship. This year’s theme is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How,” and the first weekly theme is “Make and Practice Your Plan.”

Posted on 9/5/2018 2:26:20 PM

Flash Flood Watch in Effect August 1–3, 2018

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a flash flood watch for Indiana County from Wednesday, August 1, through Friday, August 3. Rainfall totals of 1.5 to 2.5 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts possible.

Posted on 8/1/2018 10:53:19 AM

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