UTSA Police Department
Police Memorial Ceremony
The Police Memorial Ceremony was held on May 17th, 2012 to pay respect, Honor, and remember the fallen law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty protecting our counties, city, and borders in the State of Texas. The theme of this year’s ceremony was “In Memory of Many, in Honor of All.” The national theme was “It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”
Veterans National Defense Service Award Ceremony
Director Steve McCraw presented 36 Department of Public Safety personnel the National Defense Service Medal who honorably served in the Armed Services during the time of war. They proudly served their country and state.
The National Defense Service Medal is a military service medal of the United States military originally commissioned by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Created in 1953, the National Defense Service Medal was intended to be a “blanket campaign medal” awarded to any member of the United States military who served honorably during a designated time period of which a “national emergency” had been declared. As of 2010, with an assuance span of 60 years, the National Defense Service Medal is the oldest service medal still in circulation by the United States armed forces.
Emergency Preparedness at UTSA
By Lorenzo D. Sanchez, MPA (UTSA Director of Emergency Management)
The UTSA Office of Emergency Management would like to remind you of a few simple ways you can engage yourself in emergency preparedness. This time of year is a great time to get everything in order so you and your family can be ready when seconds count!
First things first – prepare an emergency kit! In order to respond to any type of emergency, you are advised to put together an emergency kit for your home, car, and office/workplace. Why is it important to have 3 kits? You never know where you will be when a local emergency happens, and having the essentials to get you through the moment is important to your safety and well-being. Items to include in your kit include, but are not limited to, water/sports drink, snacks, medications, first-aid kit, important documents, change of clothes, flashlight, batteries, cell phone charger, and personal hygiene products. Although this is not an extensive list, these basic items will ensure you have a level of comfort when normal resources are not available. As part of your checklist, include a test of your smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment – replace old batteries or other materials as needed, and mark the date on your checklist.
Next on the path to preparedness is to develop an emergency plan. Preparing a plan ahead of time will assist you during an emergency and lessen the stress of figuring out what to do and who to contact. Your plan should include emergency contact information, phone numbers of family members and emergency services, important personal information for emergency responders (medical allergies, doctors, etc), and other basic preparedness information. Much like an emergency kit, a plan should be developed and stored at home, at work, and a brief plan/card in your wallet. A good resource to easily develop a plan is to visit the Texas Prepares website www.texasprepares.org.
Lastly, stay informed! Know the hazards that surround you at all times, and learn about how you can respond to different types of emergencies. For certain types of emergencies, such as severe weather, there is time to gather information and act appropriately. But, as is the nature of the beast, emergencies can jump out at you without warning. Therefore, listen to the news, monitor weather conditions, research local threats, and most importantly, share this information with your family, friends, and coworkers. Knowledge is the core of emergency preparedness – don’t be scared, empower yourself!
Together, we can build and sustain a safe campus community. The UTSA Office of Emergency Management is committed to providing quality and accurate preparedness information to our campus family, and we hope you take steps to ensure your personal and family preparedness needs.
For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the Campus Alerts website at alerts.utsa.edu or call OEM at (210) 458-6851. Be prepared UTSA!