Plan Ahead During National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare now and throughout the year for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and visit.

During this time, it’s wise to be informed about risks and dangers you may face. It’s a good time to make a plan for yourself and your family to prepare for and stay informed about emergencies. It’s a good time to build a kit to help get through an emergency. When we have planned for our personal safety and have prepared our families and loved ones for an emergency, we have increased the University’s readiness to respond to a campus emergency.

Southeast’s Department of Public Safety recommends preparing using these easy steps:

  1. Get a kit – Take time to prepare. Plan for emergency water and food supplies. Don’t forget to include prescription medication. Make a disaster kit for your family. Plan for a two week supply.
  2. Make a plan – Plan how you will communicate with your family, where you will meet and how you will respond in different situations. Being prepared at home helps you prepare and respond in the work place.
  3. Be informed – Information about evacuations, shelters, closures and response activities will be shared using various types of media. Stay connected with emergency text messages, traditional and social media. Review Southeast’s emergency communications information at http://www.semo.edu/emergency/communication.html.
  4. Get involved – Enroll for additional training like First Aid, Sheltering and Mass Care. These courses are offered by the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training prepares one for immediate, basic response in light search and rescue, basic first aid, and fire suppression. More information on upcoming classes is available at http://www.semo.edu/training/cert.htm.

Southeast’s Emergency Preparedness Plan can be viewed at http://www.semo.edu/emergency/procedures.html.

The Department of Public Safety encourages faculty and staff to review the University’s nine Emergency Preparedness Orientation modules, which include information about several possible emergency events as well as an overview of the University’s emergency and communications plans. Each module is followed by a knowledge check to help gauge participants’ progress through the orientation. To review the modules, visit learning.semo.edu. After logging in, click ‘All Courses,’ then select ‘Programs and Departments.’

For more information, contact Beth Glaus in DPS at (573) 651-2963 or baglaus@semo.edu.