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    Tornado Safety
    Emergency Preparedness - Homeland Security
    SARS
    WNV
    Suspicious Mail
    Avian Flu
    Indoor Air Quality

 
Tornado Safety
Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms, with wind speeds inside the most violent tornadoes exceeding 300 miles per hour. This makes tornadoes very destructive and hence, very dangerous. The best way to be able to protect yourself and others from this destructive force is to know about it. This web page is designed with that purpose in mind. mmore >>
 
Emergency Preparedness - Homeland Security
Ongoing attention to national security issues leaves many of us wondering about the potential for a terrorism-related emergency to impact our lives in Lubbock. Texas Tech University has received no direct terrorist threats. Emergency and communication plans will be activated when and if our campus ever receives such a threat. These plans will be coordinated with the City and County of Lubbock. The University will provide instructions about a specific situation and issues such as taking shelter inside campus buildings or evacuating. Students, faculty and staff can check out the following links so you can be more informed and better prepared for emergencies during these unusual times. mmore >>
 
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
The following informational web link resources address health and safety concerns that Texas Tech University (TTU) students, faculty and staff should consider regarding ongoing outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) around the world. These resources provide recommendations that are intended to guide students, faculty and staff who are planning international travel and study abroad, as well as those returning from high-risk international locations and visitors coming to TTU. mmore >>
 
West Nile Virus (WNV)
This viral illness is foremost a disease of birds and secondarily mammals, but humans can become accidental hosts and, if infected, a few may suffer serious to fatal consequences. Despite the media excitement about this disease, it must be remembered that humans are fairly resistant to this virus, and infected humans rarely become sick enough to show any symptoms. To date, about 1 person in every 150 tested has developed severe symptoms of infection.

WNV is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes, and does not spread from person to person. However, it may be transmitted by accidental wound contamination from body fluids from infected birds, and less likely, mammals. Therefore, the most effective control plan will strike at the weakest link in the chain of transmission, the insect vector. mmore >>
 
Suspicious Mail
If you receive a letter or package that is suspicious, there are some precautions that you can take to keep yourself and others as safe as possible. mmore >>
 
Avian Flu
A very good article was posted in the Daily Toreador where Dr. Ron Warner, epidemiologist at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center, was quoted as saying that the likelihood of avian flu becoming a legitimate concern in Lubbock is more media hype than imminent threat. He went on to say that people should be more cautious with food preparation. Chicken, turkey and duck should be cooked properly and thoroughly to avoid contracting any food-borne illness. mmore >>
 
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the environment in which most Texas Tech employees are employed. Since most Tech employees work indoors for the majority of the workday, it is important to ensure a work environment that is as safe and comfortable as possible. Components of IAQ include such factors as: mmore >>
 
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