Protective Behaviors

JBS Definitions of Watch Party

  • Stay together from start to finish. Never leave your “wingman”.
  • Eat something and drink plenty of water before going out.
  • Always tell someone where you are going.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Pace yourself with soft drinks or water.
  • Check-in with your buddy often.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Have a plan to leave quickly if the need arises.
  • Use SafeRide, SafeBus or a designated driver to get home.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times.
  • Program 911 and SafeRide into your address book.

You Can Make a Difference

Calling for help

Call 911 – if your buddy is unconscious, cannot tell you the time of day or where they are, is seriously injured, has difficulty breathing, or is engaged in dangerous behavior (insisting on running down the middle of the street).  Your first priority is to make sure your buddy is safe and receives proper treatment.  If you are unsure whether or not to call 911... CALL 911!

Doing the right thing

Housing staff, medical personnel, and law enforcement are primarily concerned about health and safety.  The reality is, if you call 911, you might get your buddy in trouble. On the other hand, you might just save their life.  You may worry that alerting the housing staff, or calling 911, will have negative outcomes for you or your friends. The person calling 911 will not get in trouble, however, the person requiring medical assistance is responsible for their behavior. 

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