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Mock Car Accident – Saturday September 13

Tomorrow around 9am UVAC will be holding a mock car accident training to promote distracted driving awareness in the Jenness Lot on the Long Road side. Anyone on campus is welcome to come watch how firefighters and emergency medical personnel respond to such incidents and what we do once we get there.

The mock situation is that a college student was texting and driving when they went over the center lane and hit another car. Both cars had at least 3 people in them. Most had very serious injuries but you will have to come out around 9am tomorrow to see the emergency response take place and what happens to those involved.

This is an educational experience for everyone and we hope to show the risks that are involved when you decide to drive distracted.

Thank you,

Lauren Holland
NREMT
University Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Assistant Chief of Development
UMaine Class of 2016
School of Nursing

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UMaine to Test Full Emergency Notification System Sept. 18

The University of Maine will conduct its annual emergency communications system test Thursday, Sept. 18, beginning at noon. Three outdoor sirens will sound for several minutes shortly after noon. They are audible throughout campus and, under certain conditions, in surrounding communities.

The sirens are part of UMaine’s multifaceted emergency communications system established in 2007 that allows university safety and communications professionals to use several mechanisms to quickly communicate vital information to the community during emergency situations.

When UMaine’s emergency communication system is activated, several notifications occur: A text message is sent to subscribers of UMaine’s umaine.txt system; information is posted on the university’s homepage, the UMaine portal and the university’s intranet, FirstClass; and a recorded telephone message may be heard by dialing 581.INFO. After those messages are delivered, police sound the sirens.

With the start of the academic year, members of the University of Maine community are reminded to register to receive UMaine’s emergency notifications. The emergency notification service alerts the UMaine community to public safety issues, including inclement weather conditions causing class cancellations.

Registration for texts and/or email alerts may be done online.

If you have already registered, watch for the test message of the emergency notification system on the 15th of every month. If you do not receive a text or email test alert, please reregister the email address or cellphone number you’re using.

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New Balance Field House and Memorial Gym Project Update

New Balance Field House will be closed May 12 for approximately 16 weeks to complete the exterior improvements as part of the $15 million renovation project that includes Memorial Gym.

The facility’s exterior renovations include replacing approximately 22,000 square feet of insulated wall system and installing 5,200 square feet of windows. The 8-foot windows at the top of the facility’s high walls are key to filling the interior with ambient light, comparable to the original design of the field house when it was constructed in 1924. The windows were replaced by insulation in the late 1970s.

The exterior renovations were deferred until summer to accommodate the indoor track season, and will not deter the annual Special Olympics on campus or UMaine’s many youth sports camps.

The Pit in Memorial Gym closed for five weeks beginning April 7 for the installation of a sprinkler system. During that time, work will also begin for new and renovated men’s and women’s sports locker rooms.

All renovations and construction are scheduled be completed as early as September. The project is one of UMaine’s major initiatives under Pathway 5, Stewardship of Place: Restoring the Dream, of the Blue Sky Plan.

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Drug Take Back & Food Drive April 26 10 AM to 1 PM

UMaine Police Department, in conjunction with the Old Town and Orono Police departments will hold a drug take back event on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10 AM. to 1 PM., at the Hannaford Supermarket at 500 Stillwater Ave. in Old Town.

Representatives from the Holy Family Food Pantry will also be there to collect non-perishable food items for local families in need.

Please check your medicine cabinet for outdated prescription drugs and drop them off with us to be safely disposed of.

And check your food shelves and bring any non-perishable food items for the Holy Family Food Pantry.

Location: 500 Stillwater Ave., Old Town – Hannaford Supermarket

Date: Saturday April 26, 2014

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM

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Commencement 2014 Web Page

The official web page for Commencement 2014 is now on-line. Please note that Commencement will be a ticketed event this year. Click on the Tickets link on the page. This page will also provide live feeds of the ceremonies on May 9 (Graduate Student / Faculty Recognition Ceremony) and May 10, 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM.

http://umaine.edu/commencement

Bookmark this link.

 

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Governor Proclaims February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February 7, 2014
Governor’s Office

Domestic violence awareness advocates share information and resources at State House

For Immediate Release: Friday, Feb. 7
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has proclaimed the month of February to be Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. He joined domestic violence awareness advocates in his office last week to sign the proclamation and praised them for their work.

“There is no room for any type of violence in Maine and I will do everything I can to stop the abuse,” said the Governor. “Violence awareness advocacy groups are an intricate part of helping raise awareness and supporting victims, and I commend these organizations, which are truly making a difference.”

According to Regina Rooney, Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence’s Public Awareness Coordinator, “In 2013, nearly 40,000 youth in communities throughout Maine participated in education around dating violence and healthy relationships, provided by advocates from MCEDV resource centers. Outreach and awareness-building with young people is essential to laying the foundation for a violence-free future.”

On Thursday, Feb. 6, domestic violence awareness and prevention organizations recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Day at the State House in Augusta where they displayed and shared informational material with the public. Those who participated in this year’s event included, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Hope & Justice Project, Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance, Next Step, Family Violence Project, New Hope for Women, Family Crisis Services, Safe Voices, Caring Unlimited, Wabanaki Women’s Coalition, and the Maliseet Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.

The Governor invites Mainers to join violence awareness advocates in helping to raise awareness on this important issue by encouraging statewide youth, families, schools, law enforcement communities, government agencies, elected officials, civic organizations and other interested groups to show support for the organizations and individuals who provide critical advocacy and services and assistance to victims.

The Proclamation is as follows:

WHEREAS, the youth of Maine are this State’s most precious resource and greatest hope for the future, and ensuring their safety, well-being, positive development and growth into healthy citizens is a priority and responsibility we all share; and

WHEREAS, the transitional adolescent years present new challenges and choices for teens as they experience dating relationships for the first time; and

WHEREAS, teen dating violence, including physical, verbal and
emotional abuse, sexual assault, and harassment via texting, email or “instant messaging” is a reality for many teenagers in Maine and it is a reality of which many parents and caregivers are unaware; and WHEREAS, studies also indicate that effects of violent relationships can be serious and put victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, suicide and adult re-victimization; and

WHEREAS, both Houses of the U.S. Congress have declared February as “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month”.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby recognize February, 2014 as

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS & PREVENTION MONTH

throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.

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Red Sox Officials, Mascot to Bring 2013 World Series Trophy to Orono

Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus. The event is free and open to the public. UMaine will also host “Skate with the Bears” from 2:30–3:30 p.m. to allow visitors a chance to meet the UMaine hockey teams.

The trophy will also be available for a public viewing session from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

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Campus Alert December 13, 2013

UMPD note to campus community

Friday, Dec. 13, the University of Maine Police Department responded to two reports of theft of wallets on campus — one in Deering Hall and one in Chadbourne Hall. The wallets were reported stolen from a coat hanging outside a classroom and from a pocketbook in a desk drawer.

Police are looking for a young white male described as between the ages of 18 to 24, closely shaven with dirty blond hair, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9 inches tall, wearing blue jeans, white sneakers and a black wool pea coat, and carrying a gray and black backpack. Police request with information about this suspect call 581-4040 or provide information anonymously through CAMPUS EYES on the UMPD website.

Police advise campus community members to safely secure their belongings. Employees are advised to lock offices when unattended, even for a moment, and to secure valuables in a locked drawer or cabinet.

Police also advise students and staff to be extra-vigilant and to report and suspicious activity, including “casing”, to police by calling 581-4040 or 9-1-1.

By Margaret Nagle

 

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Campus Alert November 16, 2013

University officials have reported that a sexual assault occurred on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in the late evening in the vicinity of the Steam Plant parking lot on College Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the University of Maine Police Department at (207)581-4040. Information can be submitted anonymously through the Campus Eyes confidential reporting system at http://www.umaine.edu/police/campus-eyes.

UMaine PD reminds all members of the university community to take appropriate precautions for their personal safety particularly at night. Walk in well-lit areas, walk with a friend or call UMaine PD for an escort (581-4040).

 

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National Guard performs hazardous materials drill at Holmes Hall

By Cameron Paquette
Posted on Nov. 10, 2013, at 9:59 p.m.

Christopher Burns

For The Maine Campus

 

The University of Maine was one of the 20 locations across the state last week to take part in a test of Maine’s emergency preparedness procedures led by local emergency responders and National Guard units throughout New England, including New York and New Jersey.

The operation, known as the Vigilant Guard, staged several scenarios to test existing response procedures, including a hostage scenario at the State House in Augusta, according to a memo released by the Maine National Guard.

Agencies were tested to assess “their knowledge and expertise in assessing storm damages, hazmat identification, decontamination, search and rescue, patient extraction, triage, and other emergency response measures,” the memo stated.

Last week’s operation represented the first time the Vigilant Guard visited New England. With more than 3,000 members of the National Guard, local emergency responders and civilian groups, it was “the biggest operation by far,” Chief Master Sergeant Kelly Hoffses said.

Students and faculty arriving on campus early Tuesday and Wednesday found the area between Fogler and Alumni Hall cordoned off and occupied by a multitude of military and emergency vehicles in front of Holmes Hall. Affected sites included Holmes Hall, Moosehead Road, Beta Lot, Holmes Lot, Merrill Lot and parts of Fogler. A press release from the university alerted students and faculty about the closures. With the exception of certain ancillary functions at Fogler, campus traffic and activities went unhindered by the drill.

The university supplied emergency responders and the National Guard with a makeshift laboratory in Holmes Hall. The drill simulated a potential hazardous material leak reported to public safety by a janitor. Firefighters from the Orono Fire Department arrived on the scene only to determine the need for additional support. Members of the National Guard responded and arrived to cordon the area, identify the chemicals and assess the hazard.

Responders and Guard members “did a great job,” according to Wayne Maines, the UMaine director of safety and environmental management. “Everyone did what they were supposed to do.”

While responders were not tasked with the job of cleaning the chemical site, they performed extensive analysis and evaluation of the threat.

“They have to test every chemical,” Maines said.

In Holmes Hall, small vials from campus laboratories were released and mixed with refuse and household chemicals, such as Pine-Sol, which the team sifted through to sort and analyze. Some members of the team were dressed in full bio-contamination suits and could be seen entering and exiting the building all day.

Much of the drill was conducted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Orono Fire Department was joined by members of the National Guard from both the Bangor barracks and from New York. Wednesday, Nov. 6, members from the New Hampshire National Guard responded to a call for assistance in real time, arriving from the barracks in New Hampshire to the university in five hours.

With preparations in the works for more than a year, the university was approached by the Maine Emergency Management Agency with a request to incorporate the campus into the operation. Requests for comment from MEMA about the selection process were not answered.

The purpose of the Vigilant Guard is to “identify strengths and weaknesses [in emergency procedures],” Senior Master Sgt. Kelly Hoffses said. Building successful, strong relationships between local emergency responders and larger groups, like the National Guard and MEMA, is essential, according to Hoffses.

The exercises performed Tuesday and Wednesday replicated conditions that may be experienced in bio-terrorist activity, chemical leaks and spills. Such events are not rare. According to a 2010 report published by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), 194 hazardous material spills occurred in Maine in 2006. The total number of spills recorded by the DEP that year were 2,974, a majority being non-hazardous material and oil.

On July 18, 2011, more than 50 gallons of hazardous material spilled at the NAMCO facility in Westbrook, requiring the evacuation of all workers, with firefighters from six cities and members of the Presumpscot Valley Hazardous Material Team responding to neutralize the chemicals, according to an article from the Portland Press Herald.

The Associated Press reported on June 3, 2012, that a chemical spill at the QuantumClean facility in Scarborough left three workers hospitalized and required local firefighters and emergency responders to contain and neutralize the chemicals.

Just recently on Feb. 21, 2013, nearly 150 people were evacuated from Hitchner Hall after a chemical reaction caused the release of chlorine gas.

Quick responses in past incidents helped to ensure the safety of the public and minimize injuries. With the training from the Vigilant Guard operation, local groups will be better equipped to react when hazardous chemical spills occur in the future.

Maines was on the scene with members of UMPD and student security to coordinate activity and provide information to students. “It’s important for students to know the importance of the [Maine National] Guard. And they’re right here in Bangor,” Maines said.

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