If your Driving for Spring Break Remember These Safety Tips!!!

1. Before driving to your destination, have your car checked out by a mechanic to
ensure it can make a long trip.
2. Always keep your car doors locked and your windows up high enough that no
one can reach in.
3. Drive on heavily-traveled highways and avoid making your way too far off of the
interstate. Being lost decreases your vigilance and increases the possibility that
you could become the victim of a crime.
4. Don’t pick up hitchhikers or stop for anyone on the side of the road. You never
know who the person might be or what they are capable of doing if they sense an
opportunity for personal gain.
5. If you have car trouble, especially if you
are driving alone, stay in your car with
your doors and windows locked and call police for assistance. Be wary of
individuals who stop to help.
6. Do not allow anyone in the car to drink alcohol. Many states have open
container laws that prohibit any person in a car from drinking alcohol.
7. If you are tired, trade-off drivers or stop for the night. A night in a motel is
cheaper than the potential costs of falling asleep at the wheel. You can also stop
at a rest stop to nap, but make sure you keep your doors locked. Rest stops are
available on U.S. highways every couple of hours. Some states may restrict the
length of time one can stay at a rest stop.
Have fun and enjoy your time away!!!!!

How to dress in this arctic weather!!!

Ok, so I borrowed this from the University of Fairbanks Alaska, but hey who knows better about the cold than them! Keep warm and safe, and don’t go outside unless you need to. Oh, and remember alcohol and frigid weather don’t mix. I would tell you why, but these guys are smarter than me!


Folks new to Fairbanks will have to rethink the way they dress from the ground up. Your old sneakers and cotton socks will not adequately protect your feet from sub zero temperatures! Wool socks are much warmer than cotton, so change your socks first. Warm boot options include bunny boots, pac boots (Sorels), mukluks, insulated boots, and wool boots (Lobens). Wool felt insoles increase warmth and can be added to any pair of shoes/boots with enough room. Plastic bag vapor barriers over your socks are an effective way to increase the warmth of your footwear in an emergency.

Legs, Arms, and Trunk
Dress in layers – hopefully you have heard this before. Thermal long underwear is available in a variety of weights. Make sure you have several pairs so you can mix and match and have a clean pair now and then. In town you can wear cotton and silk layers, but in the outdoors you should stick to synthetics (polyester, polypropylene, etc.). Bulky outer layers trap warm air near your body – examples include flannel lined pants, wool pants or sweaters, and fleece with a puffy (fiberfill or down) parka on the outside. Fairbanks is rarely windy, but if you are in a windy area you will need a wind proof layer for every part of your body to reduce wind chill.

Gloves are needed when you want to perform manual tasks in the cold while still protecting your hands. In colder conditions, or over extended periods, mittens are better since they keep fingers together and trap heat more effectively than gloves. Avoid touching cold metal and liquids (fuels and alcohol) that can instantly freeze your bare skin.

Head and Neck
Are major areas of heat loss. In cold weather you will want to cover your neck with a scarf, balaclava, or neck gaiter. Two layers on your head are ideal in extreme cold; possibilities include a hat and a balaclava or a hat and a jacket hood. In extreme cold or wind, you will need to protect your nose and cheeks from freezing. Balaclavas, wind proof face masks, or scarves will all protect your face from the cold. A balaclava is an excellent survival item – we highly recommend you carry one in your backpack or coat pocket.

If you wind up outside for a long period of time, and don’t feel right, please don’t hesitate to get help either Call University Police 245-5651 or dial 911. Frostbite or Hypothermia can turn deadly quick without proper medical attention.

Please Clean Off Your Cars!!!


Don’t be like this driver! Driving while your view is obstructed is not only a violation, it is very dangerous. When you clean your car off at a minimum you must clean off all windows, lights and your license plate. It will only take a couple of minutes, but could save you money and quite possibly your life! Be safe and have a nice day!!!

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs!

Good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.

1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

I am not a health professional, just a guy who got the flu and it turned into pneumonia. If this can help a little bit, I’ve done my job! Be Safe and Healthy!!!!!

From everyone at the University Police, we wish you a Happy Holidays, and look forward to your safe return to campus!

Oh, and don’t be like this guy.

How to make your car safe and prepared for winter driving!

How to Make a Winter Survival Kit

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Kit tips:

  • Reverse batteries in flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout.
  • Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.
  • Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.

911 tips:

  • If possible, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone in the vehicle and the problem you’re experiencing.
  • Follow instructions: you may be told to stay where you are until help arrives.
  • Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.
  • If you must leave the vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.

Survival tips:

  • Prepare your vehicle: Make sure you keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Be easy to find: Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take.
  • If stuck: Tie a florescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance. To reduce battery drain, use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles. If you’re with someone else, make sure at least one person is awake and keeping watch for help at all times.
  • Stay in your vehicle: Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You might become lost or exhausted. Your vehicle is a good shelter.
  • Avoid Overexertion: Shoveling snow or pushing your car takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. Don’t risk a heart attack or injury. That work can also make you hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation value, making you susceptible to hypothermia.
  • Fresh Air: It’s better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle’s exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.
  • Don’t expect to be comfortable: You want to survive until you’re found.

Law and Order Magazine Police Vehicle Design Contest 2014

The SUNY Geneseo University Police Department recently took the “Bronze Medal” coming in third place in Law and Order Magazines police vehicle design contest. The departmcarent and its members were pleased and honored by the distinction when the department was advised that it was one of the top finalist. Members of the design team  included Lieutenant Matthew Austin, Officers David stall and Scott Ewanow.  VSP Graphics of Buffalo NY created the graphic design and decal package for the department.