Ready Slug Videos
The Ready Slug videos discuss a variety of safety and emergency preparedness topics for students, faculty and staff at UCSC. Videos are divided into four series which focus on different aspects of the campus.
- Campus Slugs - campus life, including on-campus residents
- City Slugs - student off-campus residents
- Working Slugs - faculty and staff
- Slugs in Motion - pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist safety on campus
The Ready Slug videos are hosted on the former Fire Department's YouTube channel and are each linked directly below. These videos will be migrated to a new channel over the next few months, so links will change. Click on the thumbnail image to launch that video in YouTube.
- See Something, Say Something, Do Something. A Ready Slug stays aware of their own mental health and those around them. There are many resources to assist the campus community. Don't be afraid to approach someone you feel may needs a friend.
- Staying healthy on a university campus can sometimes be a challenge. During flu season, it is especially important to take extra steps to prevent the spread of disease. A Ready Slug knows how important it is to follow these basic steps to keep the flu at bay.
- An emergency can occur at any time, and a Ready Slug needs to be prepared to deal with the impacts of the situation. Developing a go kit with some basic emergency preparedness supplies can help you to get through the emergency and ensure that your basic needs are met.
- Faculty and staff have responsibility for their own safety as well as for the safety of students under their care. Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education Richard Hughey discusses these responsibility and how to be a Ready Slug while working for the campus.
- When a Ready Slug sees something out of the ordinary and of concern, it’s important to remember these three steps: See Something, Say Something, Do Something. Reporting suspicious activity not only allows emergency personnel to respond to the situation, it demonstrates that we care for one another. It also allows the campus to ensure the safety of others through use of emergency notifications via the CruzAlert system.
- combined with first aid, CPR and AED training - can help you be more prepared to deal with these situations.
- What do you do when the fire alarm sounds? If you’re a Ready Slug, you evacuate. Failing to leave when the fire alarm sounds not only places you – and emergency responders – at risk, it also puts you at risk for student judicial action and possible loss of on-campus housing privileges.
- Sprinkler systems provide valuable protection to campus buildings, but careless actions can lead to damage to sprinkler heads or prevent them from working properly. A Ready Slug never uses sprinkler heads to hang items such as clothes or decorations. Doing so can result in significant water damage and make residential spaces unlivable.
- Ready Slugs love to cook, but also love to cook safely. Learning to cook in a campus environment can be a challenge and can also be a hazard if not done properly. UCSC firefighters offer tips on how to cook safely and make a delicious meal – not a fire hazard.
- Active shooter incidents are rare, but have major consequences to campus safety. A Ready Slug needs to know how to respond during these types of incidents for their own safety and for the safety of others. The UCSC Police Department offers some advice on what to do if you encounter an active shooter.
- It seems simple on the surface, but understanding what is and what isn’t considered a weapon is something every Ready Slug should know. The UCSC Police offer guidance on what the law and UC policy allow – and don’t allow – on campus.
- Opportunity theft is the most common crime that occurs on campus. By taking a few simple steps, a Ready Slug can ensure that their laptop, phone and other personal belongings are safe and secure.
All emergency response starts with being personally prepared to deal with the emergency. A Ready Slug knows how to make sure they are prepared, with a plan for their residence and some basic supplies to see them through the emergency situation.
- Fires in off-campus residences are the leading cause of student death nationally. Being fire safe is a critical part of being a Ready Slug. Know the common causes of residential fires and know how to prevent them from starting.
- Medical incidents are one of the most common types of emergencies that a student may need to deal with in off-campus housing. A Ready Slug knows how to request help and deal with the situation. This video – combined with first aid, CPR and AED training - can help you be more prepared to deal with these situations.
- Do you have working smoke detectors in your home? If you’re a Ready Slug, you do! Watch as the UCSC Fire Department discusses the proper testing and maintenance of these life-saving devices and make sure your smoke detectors are in good working order.
- If you must smoke, make sure you do it safely. Smoking near upholstered furniture and beds – especially when tired or intoxicated – can lead to tragedy. A Ready Slug knows that if they must smoke, they should do so in a safe, outdoors area and make sure that ignition sources are properly protected. And remember: smoking is not allowed on campus!
- Did you know that your landlord is responsible for certain basic fire safety precautions in your rental house or apartment? Learn from the Santa Cruz Fire Department what is required of your landlord and be a Ready Slug who knows your renter’s rights.
- Ready Slugs don’t crawl around campus – they walk, bike, drive and ride the bus. Given the size and topographic challenges of our campus, this can present hazards. Know how to be a safe pedestrian or bicyclist and keep from getting hurt while getting to class.