The mobile safety app allows users to designate “guardians” — who can be family, friends or even the UAB Police Department — to provide a virtual safety escort. The user sets a timer and designates a guardian; if the user does not deactivate the timer before it expires, an alert is sent to the guardian with the user’s location.
The app also allows for direct emergency access to UABPD — essentially serving as a personal panic button through which police can identify the user’s location. Users can also quickly report suspicious activity directly to UABPD, and even send photos.
More information about the app and downloading instructions are available at www.uab.edu/emergency. Students, faculty and staff should use their uab.edu email address to create their account so they can take advantage of UAB-specific safety features, including direct access to UABPD. Non-UAB users can download a generic Rave Guardian app that will allow them to serve as a UAB user’s guardian.
“Although reported crime at UAB is relatively low, it is vitally important for us to remember we are not immune to criminal activity,” said Purcell. “Our institution’s most important priority is the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, patients and guests. The Rave Guardian app is a very effective tool and our newest way to work collaboratively with our campus community for safety and security.”
The UAB campus now consists of more than 100 city blocks in the largest metropolitan area in Alabama. A city within a city, UAB has more than 18,500 students and 23,000 employees, and visitors to campus during special events can exceed 50,000.
To safeguard this community, UAB has employed many safety and security measures to protect the campus community, including: accredited police officers, partnerships with outside law enforcement agencies, more than 450 emergency telephones, emergency notification messaging system, security card access, cameras, Blazer Express and escort transportation system, and motorist assistance roadside service (MARS).