Tornado advice

After the past weekend’s weather events, New College would like to remind everyone what to do if you are on campus when severe weather strikes or a tornado warning is issued for our area.  Please review the following steps, taking note where your closest area of refuge is located.

  1. Take shelter if you see or hear a tornado or threatening weather approaching.  There may not be time for an official warning.
  2. Time permitting, notification of a pending severe weather (Tornado Warning) will be announced by the Campus Police through the NCFSafe Emergency Notification System.
  3. Evacuate all trailers and temporary structures.  Proceed immediately to a structurally secure building.
  4. Stay inside buildings and off campus grounds.
  5. Go to the interior area of the building in the area of refuge closest to your location.
  6. Take cover under a sturdy object.
  7. Protect your head, neck, and face.
  8. Stay away from windows and items that might fall.
  9. Stay in the area of refuge until the all clear signal is issued through the Emergency Notification System.

For updates, please visit http://www.ncf.edu/emergency

Sign-up or up date your information on NCFSafe at: http://www.ncf.edu/ncf-safe

Campus Police – Notice of Bike Thefts from Campus

Campus Police has received reports of three stolen bikes from the New College east campus during the period of September 2-8, 2016.  Please keep these safety tips in mind regarding bikes and laptops:

Lock your bikes with a high quality lock.

Don’t leave your laptop unattended.

Register your bike and laptop with Campus Police.  This will allow us to enter their serial numbers into the national crime database.  We also check local pawn shops regularly to enhance our chances of prosecution and returning property to you.

Most importantly, report ALL suspicious persons or incidents immediately to Campus Police at 941-487-4210 or from any blue phone.

If your bike or other property is stolen, report the theft to Campus Police as soon as possible.

The New College Student Alliance, NCSA, has partnered with Campus Police to offer free loaner bike locks to currently enrolled New College students.  NCSA provided the funding and Campus Police will handle the logistics of distributing the locks from the Campus Police office.

Eligible students must have a valid New College ID card and be currently enrolled.  The locks are available 24/7.  The locks must be returned to Campus Police by May 19, 2017.

For more information, contact Campus Police at 941-487-4210 or the NCSA Business Manager Dawn Shongood at 941-487-4265, dshongood@ncf.edu.


Campus Police Department – Safety Tips for Walking at Night

Community members have expressed concerns about walking on US 41 (Tamiami Trail) at night due to reports of prostitution and human trafficking in the media.  Local law enforcement in both Manatee and Sarasota County are aware of the issues and are actively investigating.

Here are some tips for walking at night:

  • Call Campus Police for a safety escort in the evening at 941-487-4210.
  • Let others know where you are going and when you will return. Give them a phone number if possible.
  • Walk with a companion whenever possible. In doing so, plan ahead—choose the most well-lit and most populated route to your destination.
  • Notify Campus Police immediately if you see suspicious activity on or off campus. In an emergency Dial 911. Remember:  If you see something, say something!
  • Trust your intuition. If you do not feel right or safe with a particular situation, place, or person; act immediately to get where you feel safer.

Guidance on the Zika virus

Update Aug 30, 2016: The Florida Department of Health is reporting a second travel-related Zika case in Sarasota County. There is currently no evidence of non-travel-related transmission of Zika in Sarasota or in Southwest Florida counties. Please visit the Florida Department of Health website to see the full list of travel-related cases.

The Zika Virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites and sexual contact with infected people. Most of those infected with Zika Virus (80%) show no signs or symptoms. Others may experience mild symptoms, including fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). It is possible to be infected with Zika Virus and not even know it. Individuals with symptoms should seek medical attention at the CWC. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant are at greatest risk to Zika due to the harm the virus may cause to an unborn baby.

The two primary ways to prevent the contraction and spread of Zika Virus are:
1. Mosquito bite prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html
2. Safe sex practices: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/protect-yourself-during-sex.html

The NCF community is urged to adhere to the following personal protective action recommendations:

  • Drain or report standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs.
  • Cover clothing and bare skin with EPA-registered insect repellent.
  • Do not leave windows open, or cover with screens.
  • Pregnant women:
    • Obtain a Zika Virus Prevention Kit from FDOH by calling 305-324-2400.
    • If traveling to an area with widespread Zika transmission, ensure steps are taken to avoid mosquito bites and the potential for transmission through unprotected sexual intercourse.

 

Helpful Resources:

Informational poster

Zika Virus-Travelers Health Information by Country

Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers from the CDC

Stay informed

Information Hotline: x4130 (on campus), 941-487-4130 (off-campus)
Local Information Hotline: x 4130 (on campus), 941-487-4130 (off-campus)
Statewide Zika Virus Information Hotline: 1-855-622-6735

Sign Up for Alerts: All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to signup for visit NCF SAFE to make sure your telephone numbers, email addresses and text message numbers are listed correctly. To sign up or for more information, visit NCF Safe.

Campus Police

For the latest on the forecast track and speeds of active storms, visit the National Hurricane Center.

Manatee County Emergency Management

Sarasota County Emergency Management