As the new academic year is set to begin, Carolina is rolling out a new campus safety tool for all students, faculty, staff, families and community members.
The University recently launched the Carolina Ready Safety App to give the Carolina community a direct line to UNC-Chapel Hill public safety officials from all Apple and Android devices. The app provides the tools Tar Heels need to be prepared, mitigate dangers and respond appropriately to various situations.
“This app will connect members of our community with safety resources and help their families stay connected with them,” Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and George Battle, vice chancellor for institutional integrity and risk management, wrote in a joint email on Thursday. “We encourage everyone to download the app and use it when you return to campus.”
Carolina Ready Safety App will replace the Carolina LiveSafe app, which will no longer be monitored by public safety officials as of July 31.
The app is part of the University-wide public safety campaign called Carolina Ready. The campaign focuses on educating the campus community on preparing for emergencies before they happen.
The Carolina Ready Safety App includes a variety of features, including:
- Carolina Together – Access to important Roadmap for Fall 2020 information such as Community Standards and maps for food truck locations, outdoor seating areas and student mask distribution locations.
- Mobile BlueLight – When activated on campus, this emergency feature simultaneously places an emergency call to UNC 911 dispatch and shares the user’s location with the UNC 911 dispatcher.
- Friend Walk – The Friend Walk feature allows users to share their location with a family member or friend so that friends or family members can remotely monitor the Tar Heel traveling on campus or in the community.
- WorkAlone – This new feature can automatically check-in on users who are working or studying alone. The feature can automatically trigger a call to an emergency contact if users fail to check-in at the allotted time.
- Take Action Guides – Learn from guides and tips on what to do in various situations so the community can be prepared before an emergency occurs.
- Alert Carolina – Anyone with the Carolina Ready Safety App can receive Alert Carolina notifications on their phone. The app is not required to receive the alerts for anyone with an ONYEN, however.
- Report a Tip – The app provides users with several options to contact UNC Police, including options to remain anonymous.
To download, search for “Carolina Ready” in your phone’s app store.
For more information about the Carolina Ready Safety App and other safety resources at UNC-Chapel Hill, visit carolinaready.unc.edu.