UW-Green Bay Police offers winter driving advice for University community

Wisconsin winters can bring beautiful snowfalls and great opportunities for outdoor recreation.  However, they can also result in dangerously cold temperatures and icy conditions.  Winter weather can be unpredictable, so you need to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature may throw at us.

Be prepared for snow and icy conditions that could impact travel on roadways and make sure you have emergency kits in your vehicle and at home.  Winter emergency kits should include items such as food, water, a flashlight and batteries, and blankets.  In your vehicle, include a snow shovel, extra gloves and hats, face masks and kitty litter or sand to help give your wheels traction on icy roads in case you get stuck.

According to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin experiences an average of three to six winter storms during the season.   During the winter months, it is important to check current road conditions before you head out.  You can check travel conditions for most major roadways in the state by using 511 Wisconsin, a state Department of Transportation service updated regularly with the latest traffic and road conditions on major routes throughout the state.

Please remember to follow snowplows at a safe distance and there is NO PASSING on campus roads.

If you must use your car during a storm:

  • Plan your travel, selecting both primary and alternate routes.
  • Let someone know your travel routes and itinerary so that, if you don’t arrive on time, officials will know where to search for you.
  • Check latest weather information on your radio.
  • Try not to travel alone – two or three people are preferable.
  • Travel in convoy (with another vehicle) if possible.
  • Drive carefully and defensively. Watch for ice patches on bridges and overpasses.
  • Take note of your odometer and coordinate it with exit numbers, mileposts, or crossroads so if you are in a crash or slide off the road you’ll better be able to identify where you are and summon law enforcement officers, rescue workers, or tow truck operators more quickly to your location.
  • If a storm begins to be too much for you to handle, seek refuge immediately.
  • If your car should become disabled, stay with the vehicle, running your engine and heater for short intervals. Be sure to “crack” a window in the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide build-up.

Be courteous to those awaiting your arrival:

  • Call ahead to your destination just as you are leaving.
  • Let someone at your destination know the license number of your vehicle, what route you’ll be traveling, and give a realistic estimate of your travel time.
  • If you have a cell phone, give that number to the party at your destination.
  • If you have friends or family at your place of origin, you should call when you arrive to let them know you have arrived safely.
  • If road conditions, tiredness, etc. delay or postpone a trip, make a phone call. Let people on both ends know of the delay.

Prepare a safety pack for your vehicle:

    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • First-aid kit
    • Shovel, booster cables and windshield scraper
    • Non-perishable food like raisins and energy bars
    • Water
    • Sand or cat litter for traction
    • Cell phone adapter

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Update on GB Alerts issued tonight

An update on the GB Alerts issued earlier this evening—out of an abundance of caution—follows. No threats were made to any person at any time.

Update:

On Tuesday, October 6 at around 6:45 p.m. University Police received a call reporting a confrontation involving a male with a gun on an Arboretum Trail in an area known as the Niagara Escarpment. This is the wooded area East of East Circle Drive. The unknown male subject confronted two individuals about walking their dog within the arboretum, which is prohibited. During this interaction, the male produced a handgun before leaving the area. The male subject did NOT threaten the individuals or point the handgun at them, and produced it after the dog growled at him. At this time, it is possible this was a defensive reaction.

The armed subject is described as a white male in his 50s, with slightly longer hair, and of average size, wearing a grey sweater and jeans. If you have seen or know who this individual is, please contact University Police at 920-465-2300 ext 2.

Insight Publications | Insight event honors Women of Influence, including Officer Cindy Estrup

Insight honored eight winners and 80 nominees on Wednesday during its first-ever Women of Influence Awards during a virtual event.The eight winners were: Lifetime Achievement — Susan Finco of Leonard & Finco; Business Owner — Lisa Cruz of Red Shoes Inc; Corporate Leader — Jill Wagner Kelly of Integrity Insurance; Young Influencer — Christina Singh of Boys and Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County; Trailblazer — Cynthia Estrup of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Police Department; Mentor — Glenda Woosley of Culver’s of Darboy, Little Chute and Grand Chute; Difference Maker — Business Community — Laurie Radke of the Greater Green Bay Chamber; and Difference Maker — Nonprofits — Harriet Redman of WisconSibs Inc.There are several ways you can still participate: You can watch the event video here; read our special section honoring the women here; and visit the Women of Influence webpage to learn more about the winners and the nominees.Nominations for the 2021 Women of Influence Awards will open in mid-October.

Source: Insight Publications | Insight event honors Women of Influence

UW-Green Bay chief of Police and chancellor share message about ‘Minneapolis’

Dear UW-Green Bay community,

We would like to take a moment to address the tragic incident in the City of Minneapolis and the resulting civil unrest that has ensued across the country. Our deepest sympathies go to Mr. Floyd’s family and friends. This was a devastating incident and it should not have happened.

At UW-Green Bay, we place great emphasis on the safety of our community and want to reassure you that our university police officers are trained to use force only in situations that are absolutely necessary. Our officers have worked diligently to earn the trust of the community and have formed meaningful partnerships based on mutual respect. Our officers are well trained, educated, and have proven their ability to resolve situations peacefully time and time again. On the rare occasions when a use of force is unavoidable, only the minimum amount of force required to obtain control of a situation is used. We take pride in knowing that our philosophy of public safety is working, with no excessive force complaints filed against our department in several years.

Incidents such as the death of Mr. Floyd are not localized and erode the trust in law enforcement across the country. As an institution of higher learning we must work together to seek resolutions for the issues affecting our community. As disturbing as this matter is, it provides a platform for change, learning, the opportunity to examine our practices, and to have conversations on how we can best serve our students, faculty, and staff.

Over the coming months you will see a series of initiatives at UW-Green Bay designed to further build trust, transparency and communication regarding sensitive topics. One of these initiatives will be a “Citizens Police Academy” where community members will be exposed to the training and challenges affecting law enforcement today. Other initiatives will include a ride along program and regular open forums with the Chief of Police.

While we continue to mourn the events in Minneapolis, we will continue to work together to ensure the University of Wisconsin Green Bay is not only a safe community, but one that is united in treating all members of our community with respect.

Best,

Michael Alexander
Chancellor

David Jones
Chief of Police

Gov. Evers declares April 13-17 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

MADISON, Wis.—Gov. Tony Evers has declared April 13-17 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, and ReadyWisconsin is encouraging everyone to take time this spring to talk about weather safety with their families. ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association also encourage everyone in the state to participate in a Virtual Tornado Drill at 1:45 p.m. on April 16.

“It is essential that people take the time during this important week to ensure everyone living in their home knows what to do when a tornado warning or severe storm is in their area,” said Dr. Darrell L. Williams, Wisconsin Emergency Management administrator. “During Thursday’s Virtual Tornado Drill, we encourage them to spend a few minutes going over their plans and identifying where to seek shelter.”

Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. During the 2019 season, the NWS confirmed 28 tornadoes touched down in the state of Wisconsin. Of those, 18 occurred during a three-day period in late July, downing countless trees and damaging homes and other buildings across the central portion of the state.

The state has already experienced its first tornado this year, when a storm in late March produced an EF-1 tornado that touched down in Grant County. The tornado did not cause any injuries, but it did damage a home and barn. It’s a reminder that, while spring and summer are the most active times for tornadoes in Wisconsin, they can happen at any time of year.

While most of Wisconsin has become familiar with the annual statewide tornado drill, the ongoing response to COVID-19 in the state means a break from tradition this year. Due to technical limitations, there will be no live test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) that triggers NOAA weather radios and messages on broadcast stations. Communities should rest assured that these systems are still regularly tested. This departure simply means there will be no coordinated statewide test this year.

While some communities may still choose to test their outdoor warning sirens on April 16, it is expected many will not be doing so. In place of those alerts, you can expect to see messages from ReadyWisconsin and its partners across social media, encouraging everyone to take the time to go over their plans and practice them during this virtual drill.

A guide to Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week is available here.

A copy of Gov. Tony Evers proclamation is available here.

You can find tips on creating a plan with your family at https://readywisconsin.wi.gov
You can also follow ReadyWisconsin on Facebook (https://facebook.com/ReadyWisconsin) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ReadyWisconsin) for updates throughout the week and tips on emergency preparedness throughout the year!

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Park Mobile expands into University Union Visitor Lot

University Parking has expanded Park Mobile into the University Union Visitor Lot. There are now three paid parking stalls, which are first come-first served, available for use. Anyone may use these parking stalls, including those with permits, as long as they also utilize the mobile pay application and the correct zone number. These three specific parking stalls are located at the end of the 15 minutes parking row. The use of other parking stalls in this lot remains unchanged. Unfamiliar with Park Mobile? Find more, here.

UW-Green Bay Officer Cynthia Estrup to receive Women of Influence Award – Insight Publications

Top women leaders from throughout the New North will be honored at the inaugural Insight Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on March 31. More than 80 women from throughout the region were nominated for the awards, which celebrate the difference these women leaders are making in their organizations and communities. A panel of judges selected the eight winners, including Cynthia Estrup, UW-Green Bay Police, who will receive the Trailblazer Award. Source: UW-Green Bay Officer Cynthia Estrup to receive Women of Influence Award – Insight Publications 

Free self-defense class with University Police, Feb. 25

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m., UW-Green Bay Police will be providing training in self-defense awareness strategies and hands on instruction in several protective techniques. Space is limited to the first 16 participants. Please send an email to Cpl. Chris Roeske at roeskec@uwgb.edu if you would like to attend this training session. The class includes physical activity and participants are encouraged to wear workout type of clothing. Participants will have the opportunity to be involved in simulated training exercises to utilize the new skills they have learned. Participants must sign up by email prior to the event and sign a waiver provided at the time of training to participate. Additionally, participants must be 18 years or older and a current UW-Green bay student, faculty or staff member.