Staying safe on Halloween, here are some tips!

1. If driving to a college campus or parking on one, be sure to follow all parking restrictions, and read the signs. During busy weekends like Halloween, parking rules may change. Be sure to lock your car doors and don’t leave anything valuable inside.

2. If staying in a residence hall and inviting friends to crash, be sure you check the rules on having guests that weekend. As with parking, the rules may change during busy weekends.

 3. If you live in an apartment or house, know who is staying at your place if you’re having guests over. Try to get to know your roommates’ guests too.

4. For the safety of yourself and others, don’t wear a costume that includes anything that could be confused with a real weapon. Don’t wear anything that could be taken as impersonating a police officer.  Remember, the goal of your costume isn’t to make it scary-short or scary-revealing… just scary!

5. If of legal drinking age, don’t leave your drink unattended, and never accept a drink from someone you don’t know.

6. Don’t walk alone at night; travel in a group at all times and never travel with someone you don’t know.

7. If visiting a school you are unfamiliar with, know your surroundings. Know where you’re staying and where the campus police can be found, and the emergency phone line for that campus. Even if you think you know the campus and where you are, it’s easy to get turned around after a few drinks.

8. Put an emergency number in your cell phone such as campus police, your friend’s and maybe even your friend’s roommate. If you get lost or separated, you’ll want to know who to call. Also, carry your cell phone on you at all times.

9. Don’t drink to excess. The point is to have fun, not be the drunkest one at the party. Plus your friends want to have fun too, not be your babysitter.

10. If you find yourself at a party where you don’t know a lot of people or the crowd seems sketchy, grab your friends and get out. Call it a night or go to a party with more of your friends and people you know.

An active shooter response

In light of recent events I would be remiss if I didn’t post a little something on this topic. Here is a link to a video made by SUNY New Paltz on how to react in an active shooter situation.

Remember if you see something, say something. Some of these people have posted there intentions on social media ahead of time. If it doesn’t sound right, it might not be. Also if you are not already, sign up for NY-Alert. It sends you important emergency messages when you need them most. Thank you for your time, and have a safe day!


New Student checklist!


With back to school right around the corner, it is time to hit the stores and stock up on all of the essential back to school items. This is most likely your first time away from home, so you will need to be sure and stock up on the necessities. Here are 10 tips to help you make it to semester break without needing to steal your roommates stuff.

1. Soap on a rope: You are not old enough to know what soap on the rope is, but the theory is still valid. You will want to keep your soap close to your heart to avoid theft. Use a shower caddy to keep all of your razors, soaps, lotions, body sprays, and other personal hygiene items safe from prowlers. Remember to wear your flip-flops into the showers. No one wants foot fungus. No one!

2. Wash N’ Dry: Make sure to keep your quarters in a safe place so you can be ready on laundry day. Buy the laundry detergent that comes in pods so they are easy to carry down to the laundry room. No one wants to fumble around with a huge jug of laundry detergent. Make sure to set a timer when you start your laundry so you can run back down to switch to the dryer. People will take your clothes.

3. Lock it up: If you ride a bike I urge you to buy a bike lock. They are relatively inexpensive and will keep you riding in style to your classes. People will steal anything they can get their hands on. I also recommend a laptop lock. Laptops will walk away as soon as you turn around to check out a book at the library. You kids still check out books right?

4. Meal Plan: If you live on campus I urge you to buy at least the lunch meal plan. You will not be cooking in a dorm room. In between classes it will be easy and convenient to run to the cafeteria to have lunch and catch up on who is going where after class.

5. Go to Class: If you want to stay in college past winter break, attend your classes. Someone paid for you to take them, you may as well show up and learn something. You might even like what they have to say. You will definitely find other students in class, and you might like those people as well. The odds of passing your classes increase when you attend your classes on a regular basis. It’s amazing how that works.

6. Sleep: Sleep is one of those pesky required items for life to continue. I know there will be parties and events taking place on campus. Remember that sleeping regularly will help you make better choices due to increased brain activity. It may even keep you out of the campus police station.

7. Snack time: Living in a dorm can be tough when it comes to snacks. Since you probably only have a mini fridge, keep snack’s that you can pop into the microwave and keep you fuller longer. I am a fan of Hot Pockets, because they have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are inexpensive and tasty.

8. Book Buyback:
Most schools offer places that buy back your text books so you can have cash to spend on books for the next semester. Remember to read the book first, and finish the semester before selling them back. Also, do not sell anybody else’s books back either, that is a crime.

9. School supplies:
Post it notes, highlighters, pens, pencils, notebooks, and USB drives will be necessary in college. You might be a “Grown-Up” but going to college means you are still in school. Be prepared when you go to class. The cutie pie next to you may need to borrow a pen.

10. Have fun: Venture out of the dorm and meet new people. College is an adventure. Be wise with the company you keep; some of these people will stick with you for the rest of your life. Others will call you to bail them out of jail.

Be safe, learn a lot, and call your parents. They love you and worry about you. Also, don’t be offended if you come home for the holidays and find some new gym equipment in your room. We all have to move on.

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!!!