Staying Safe this Halloween – Know Your Resources!

Hey First Years!

Welcome to your first Halloween in Salem – I hope you are excited! Halloween in Salem is quite an experience, with people in costumes every day of October, parades of zombies, haunted houses on every corner, and psychics ready to tell you your future.

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It is important to know your resources to stay safe this holiday – Salem is a large tourist attraction and a LOT of people are here, especially on Halloween night. Here are some tips and resources to make sure you and your friends have a fun night without any troubles!

  1. Salem State Police Escorts – if you are worried or are alone, maybe you do not want to walk through campus late at night and need an escort somewhere, SSU police will pick you up and drop you off right at the door.
  2. Student Run Shuttles – you don’t need to walk from campus to campus or even from campus to downtown; SSU shuttles can drive you! To request a Student Run Shuttle, call 978-542-7777, or 978-542-2623. Student Run Shuttles stay ON campus on weekdays, and go OFF campus on weekends. On Halloween night the shuttles commute back and forth from campus to downtown as well.
  3. Traveling in Groups – it is always a good idea to travel in groups during Halloween in Salem, especially if you don’t know the city that well. It is easy to get lost in the crowds. If there is no way to get out of traveling alone, share your location with a friend or text a family member where you are or plan to be, so in an emergency you can be found.
  4. Campus Blue Lights – you may have seen the bright blue lights around campus that say EMERGENCY on them. These are direct phone lines to the campus police emergency number. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation on campus grounds and there is a blue light near, push the button on the stand and the police will be on their way!
  5. Campus Emergency Phone Number – if you are not near a Blue Light and need to call for an emergency, the campus police emergency phone number is 978-542-6111. Never hesitate to call 911 in an emergency situation.

Halloween is about having fun, but make sure you are looking out for each other. Make sure you have a plan before you go out – you have everyone’s phone numbers, locations are shared, and you have a meeting place if you get separated. Stay hydrated and alert – know your surroundings.

Stay spooky,
FYM Kelly

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