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SafetyToday kicks off National Emergency Preparedness Week. Every day this week, Tennessee Today will feature ways for UT faculty, staff, and students to learn how to protect themselves and others in an emergency.

One key way to prepare for an emergency is to receive training. The university offers online training to all students, faculty, and staff. You can access these training opportunities by logging in to the UT Blackboard site at, then clicking on the “Emergency Preparedness” tab. If you have difficulty logging in, call the OIT HelpDesk at 974-9900.

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek believes this training is important to the welfare of the campus community, and has asked everyone to take the training. Faculty and staff will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credits for completing the online program.

The safety and security of the UT Knoxville campus is everyone’s business and the need to prepare is real. From catastrophic weather to violent crime, campuses across the nation have had to deal with significant tragedy and loss. But taking the training can help each one of us learn how to be a survivor instead of a victim.