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Mobile safety app launched

Enhances safety of students, staff and faculty

September 8, 2020 — 

A new mobile safety app called UM Safe has been launched to enhance the safety of students, staff and faculty on campus.

UM Safe is an essential tool that sends safety alerts and provides instant access to campus safety resources. The app includes features such as “Work Alone” and “FriendWalk,” as well as a Mobile BlueLight feature similar to the stationary blue lights on our campuses.

Some of the app features involve interaction with Security Services, and some will be optional — while other features have no interaction will Security Services.

Used by hundreds of higher education institutions, including many Canadian universites, and millions of students around the globe, the app was developed by App Armor and is custom branded for the U of M. 

The free mobile safety app for students, staff, and faculty is available for iPhone and Android devices. 

The Mobile BlueLight button will only contact Security Services when the person is within the campus Safe Walk boundaries. If outside of the Safe Walk boundaries, the Mobile BlueLight notification will go to 911. 

 

Additional safety measures at UM

The University provides 24/7 security officers on regular patrol through Security Services, as well as additional programs and safety initiatives including the Safewalk Program, and Code Blue and Emergency Red Phones. Please visit the Security Services website for more information on safety initiatives on all our campuses.

Even with these measures in place, everyone on campus is encouraged to take safety precautions such as locking your door when working after regular hours and being aware of your surroundings, especially when working in isolated areas or evening hours, and knowing the nearest locations of the Blue Light/Code Blue stations and Emergency Red Phones.

Blue Light/Code Blue Poles are highly visible and are strategically placed at various locations throughout both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses. These stations consist of a 9-foot-high pole that provide area lighting and project a visible blue light 24 hours a day, and instant two-way voice communication with UM Security Services.

Emergency Red Phones can be found on almost every floor of every building located at both Fort Garry and Bannatyne campus. These phones also provide two-way voice communication with UM Security Services.

 

Download UM Safe

The app is user-friendly and UM Security Services encourages students, staff and faculty to download the app and make use of its many features and resources.

 

Security Services
423 University Crescent, Welcome Centre
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204-474-9312 Fax: 204-474-7534

Follow UM Security Services on Twitter: https://twitter.com/UofMSecurity

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