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What you need to know to safely enjoy your festivities

By Kiara Tuberville,  Special Correspondent               

With a high influx of people and activities in the city during for GHOE,  it is vital that we take extra precautions to insure that we  make it safely back to our respective locations.

While GHOE events are designed in mind for everyone to have the optimum amount of fun, campus police (NCATPD) and Greensboro police department (GPD) have their work cut out for them when it comes to protecting and patrolling the city.

Although law enforcement does everything within their power to protect, individuals can also take safety measures.

Here are a few precautionary measures to take during GHOE:

  • Pay close attention to your surroundings. Do not let the festivities distract you.
  • Look out for ticket scalpers. Try to buy all your tickets online or from a trusted distributor.
  • Avoid going anywhere ALONE!!! Practice the buddy system!
  • DO NOT display large sums of cash.
  • Never take rides from strangers
  • Put as much distance between yourself and a verbal/physical altercation as possible.
  • If you come as a group leave as a group!
  • Drink only from sealed containers.
  • Have a plan B. If things do not go as planned always have set meeting locations, arrival and departure times, and a designated driver.

Everything listed above are very helpful tips in ensuring that you safely enjoy your GHOE experience. Safety should also be practiced at a personal level.

While it may be tempting to go home with the deliciously, fine individual that you spotted across the crowd, keep in mind that STD’s and viruses are still very real, and do not take a break for homecoming.

If you do find yourself romantically involved with someone, be sure to practice safety in that regard also. Your health is more important than a one-night-stand.

There are safety forums held in the auditorium of the Academic Classroom Building (ACB) every year the week before homecoming. During these forums you are enlightened on every possible way that you can protect yourself amongst the chaos across the city, safe places and emergency phones on campus.

Important safety phone numbers  and websites

Greensboro Police Department

Website: http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=1045

Emergency: 911

Non-emergency: (336) 373-2222

Crime Stoppers: (336) 373-1000

University Police Department

Website: http://www.ncat.edu/divisions/business-and-finance/upd2/about-us/contact-us.html

24 Hour emergency: (336) 334-7675

Main Office: (336) 334-7128

Email:

Kiara Tuberville is a senior multimedia journalism major at N.C. A&T from Greensboro,  N.C.


Special Thanks to David Squires for his assistance with this project.

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