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KNOXVILLE—September is National Preparedness Month, and federal, state, and university officials are highlighting the importance of being prepared to handle a disaster.

“The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority at the University of Tennessee. Everyone can contribute to a safer environment by being prepared for emergency situations,” UT System President Joe DiPietro said about the systemwide preparedness awareness effort.

A new customized training program for the UT Knoxville campus is now available to inform faculty, staff, and students about responding to an emergency.

“The training takes less than an hour,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “The steps we take in advance of an emergency will allow our campus to be better prepared to take care of its people, property and resources and restore it to a safe and healthy learning environment.”

To access emergency preparedness awareness training:

  • Go the Blackboard home page at http://blackboard.utk.edu.
  • Log in using your NetID and password. First-time users may experience difficulty connecting. This can be quickly addressed by calling the help desk at 974-9900.
  • Click on the Emergency Preparedness tab and follow the instructions closely.

Faculty and staff will receive 1.5 hours of training credit.

“Everyone has a role in creating a disaster-resilient campus,” said Brian Gard, director of emergency management. “Communication is critical to all short- and long-term improvements that we can make on campus.”