Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications

Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications

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Safety Alert: Dec. 4, 2016

Update: 9:26 p.m. — Regarding the armed robbery incident at 242 Penn Street: Suspects are two males, the first male was 6' tall wearing black clothing and a zip up hoodie, the second male was described as 5' 6" wearing blue jeans and a dark shirt. Bloomsburg Town Police are currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information should contact Town Police at 570-784-4155, with information.

An armed robbery occurred at 242 Penn St. Two male suspects with guns fled in an unknown direction of travel. Bloomsburg Town Police are currently investigating. Anyone with information should contact Town Police, 570-784-4155, with information.

Always be vigilant of your surroundings and do not walk alone. If you feel threatened or uncomfortable about a situation do not hesitate to notify police. The university recommends students walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

This Thanksgiving holiday, more than 13 million Americans will travel to spend the holiday with friends and family, leaving their homes empty for opportunistic burglars. Follow these Thanksgiving safety tips to ensure your family’s safety this holiday season.

  • Remove fall-related objects that might allow access to your home. For example, ladders for cleaning leaves out of gutters can be used to enter a window or scale a fence
  • Don’t post Thanksgiving travel plans on Facebook or Twitter letting people know that you will be out of town
  • Make sure to have all mail, newspapers, and deliveries stopped or picked up by a neighbor, friend or relative
  • Never leave a key hidden outside. Burglars know all the best hiding places
  • Secure all windows, including those upstairs and reduce the chance of easy entry by cutting tree limbs away from second-story windows
  • Have a friend move your car occasionally if it is parked in the driveway
  • Use timers to operate lights

Also, according to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home-cooking fires.

  • Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency, and teach your family how to use it
  • Be cautious when using turkey fryers as they pose a number of distinct safety concerns, including burn and fire hazards
  • Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking

Utilize these Thanksgiving safety tips this holiday season, and be thankful for your home and family’s safety.

University Police

BU's Police Department employs commissioned police officers enforcing Pennsylvania Crime and Vehicle Codes and University Policies. Security officers monitor parking. Police officers are trained in first aid procedures and CPR, including one specifically as a first responder. Contained within the department is a sexual assault specialist. University and Pennsylvania regulations pertaining to alcohol, drugs and fire safety are strictly enforced by officers.

Workplace Safety

BU's Office of Workplace Safety has university-wide responsibility for developing and maintaining health and safety programs, providing an environment that protects and promotes the health and safety of all students, employees and visitors, ensures compliance will all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. The department also provides training, consultation services and other various health and safety services.