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By Breeonne Baxter on October 4, 2018
This October, practice the Great BC ShakeOut, an annual province-wide earthquake drill on Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. Emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. It is only a one-minute commitment for something that can save your life.
Quake Cottage Canada returns to UBC – faculty, staff, and students are invited to ride the earthquake simulator to experience what it’s like to go through a major earthquake. Risk Management will be there to answer any questions you have about emergency preparedness and how to be better prepared. The Quake Cottage will be set-up at University Commons, outside the AMS Student Nest, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m on Oct. 17.
Want to learn more about earthquake preparedness at UBC? Visit the Risk Management site at http://rms.ubc.ca/emergency/emergency-procedures/earthquake/.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 9, 2017
Daylight Saving Time has ended, and darkness is setting in earlier every evening. Please be aware of what safety services you have access to on campus:
Safewalk is a free service provided by the AMS and is dedicated to safety on campus. Safewalk will send a co-ed pair of walkers to accompany you to any location on campus. Safewalk works closely with Campus Security and the RCMP.
For a walk:
Leaving campus after 2:00 a.m.? Campus Security can accompany you across campus. Call 604-822-2222 for assistance.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 28, 2017
This October, Risk Management Services invites you to focus on emergency preparedness, through two events on campus: IBC Shake Zone and ShakeOut BC. Practice what to do when an earthquake strikes, and once the shaking stops. Learn more about emergency preparedness and what to do in the event of an earthquake.
UBC Risk Management Services has invited the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) to set-up a portable earthquake simulator on Main Mall Plaza, by the AMS Student Nest. The Shake Zone is a portable earthquake simulator for riders to experience the “intensity” of a large earthquake. Riders in the simulator will experience about 25 seconds of motion.
Participate in the 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill by practicing DROP! COVER! HOLD ON! Wait for the shaking to stop and count to 60 to allow time for debris to fall, before moving. If you’re outside, stay outside. If you’re inside, stay inside, unless there is a fire or the building is in danger of collapsing. If you’re in a moving vehicle, stop in a clear area, away from falling debris, and stay inside the vehicle. ShakeOut BC is a timely annual reminder for everyone to learn the risks, get prepared, and make a plan in the event of an earthquake.
We all have a role in making our campus safe. Be pro-active, and learn more about emergency preparedness at rms.ubc.ca/emergency.
By Breeonne Baxter on May 25, 2017
Earlier this week, we distributed a message to HR Networks on UBC’s new Policy #131 – Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct.
The full policy and procedures can be found at http://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2017/04/policy131.pdf.
For information on the Policy, its background, and to learn about how to seek support or about reporting options, please visit http://sexualviolenceresponse.ubc.ca.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 6, 2014
For HR Administrators
While we are still in the beginning of November, planning ahead for winter weather events in advance of any winter storms can be helpful to the smooth operations in the event of disruptions.
In the event of heavy snow or other extreme weather events, visit the UBC home page at www.ubc.ca for details on campus closures.
Full information on Winter Weather Conditions for Faculty & Staff can be found at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-staff-resources/winter-weather-conditions/.
Make sure all faculty and staff in your unit know the procedures about where to look for information on snow closures. This may include updates on the Faculty or Department home page, emails, recorded voice mails in offices, and telephone trees.
University Policy #68 has full information on the University’s procedures. For those administrators with CUPE 2950 and CUPE 116 staff, please refer to Article 13.01 and Letter of Agreement Re: Article 13.01 of the CUPE 2950/UBC Collective Agreement and Article 24.04 of the CUPE 116/UBC Collective Agreement (see all Collective Agreements online).
If you have staff in essential services positions, these positions must be pre-designated and staff need to be aware of the notification process. If you have essential CUPE 2950 positions, follow the process as outlined in Article 13.01 and Letter of Agreement 13.01, which requires communication with Human Resources (contact: Maynard Witvoet) and the Union. This does not preclude your ability to request additional essential services should the need arise.
If you have any questions or concerns about staffing in the event of a winter storm or other extreme weather event, please contact your HR Advisor.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 3, 2013
Please share this with your staff and faculty
Don’t be the last to know: sign up for UBC ALERT
To receive emergency text messages on your work or personal cell phone, sign up at emergency.ubc.ca/ubcalert
On Oct 17, 2013 the university will send a test UBC ALERT message to all subscribers during the ShakeOut BC exercises. See emergency.ubc.ca/shakeout for more information.
Cell phone numbers collected are used solely for emergency purposes and are stored in accordance with university privacy standards.
UBC ALERT is an important part of maintaining UBC faculty and staff safety and security during an emergency. Make sure we have your number.
Learn more at http://emergency.ubc.ca/ubcalert/