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Safety app equips TRU students

September 9, 2016 11:42 A.M.

Thousands of students attending Friday’s Back to School BBQ event at TRU have a newly available safety tool at their disposal.

TRU SAFE — a new app from the Office of Safety and Emergency Management— was launched Friday for Apple and Android devices.

The app provides just-in-time information on safety, security, what to do in an emergency situation and is a platform for emergency notifications.

TRU SAFE was created using the AppArmor platform, with the safety and emergency management team deciding on functionality and providing content. The AppArmor platform is already used by many universities in the U.S. and Canada, including BCIT, Camosun College, Capilano College and UBC Okanagan.

The launch of this app coincides with the announcement of the newly-named Office of Safety and Emergency Management. This office includes occupational health and safety, emergency management and biosafety.

“As Safety and Emergency Management, we are better able to serve the TRU community as many of these services such as first aid, emergency planning, accident and injury reporting, biosafety and overall safety training are more integrated,” said Stacey Jyrkkänen, associate director. 

“A reminder as school is getting underway for another academic year, if you witness something unsafe or suspicious behavior, call campus security. This can be done by either using the TRU SAFE app or one of the emergency phones (red boxes or blue poles) located around campus.”

Jyrkkänen encourages all students, faculty and staff to download the app.

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