East Lansing, Mich. In recognition of September as National Preparedness Month, the Michigan State University Police Department urges students, faculty and staff to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies.
“An emergency or disaster can occur at any time and at any place,” said Captain Penny Fischer, MSU Police Department Emergency Management Commander. “By being informed and prepared, the MSU community can react during an emergency or disaster in a manner that will assist themselves and others.”
Here are some safety tips for the campus community to assist with being prepared for an emergency or disaster.
- Identify the types of hazards most likely to strike where you are, i.e., tornado, winter weather, flooding, etc.
- Know the safety routes for evacuating, seeking shelter or securing in place where you live, work and go to classes
- If you are separated from family or friends, pre-identify a meeting place to gather
- In the event of an evacuation of campus, know where you would go and how you would get there if transportation options are limited
- Have the contact information needed in the event your cellphone or other electronics are not working
- Prepare an emergency kit to take with you if you must leave your home/room. Common supplies include:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
- Flashlight and batteries
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Blankets or sleeping bags
National Preparedness Month also serves as a reminder for community members to stay informed. The MSU Police Department is responsible for developing and distributing emergency notifications of potentially dangerous situations on or near MSU campus. It is important for students, faculty, staff and visitors to review, update and add additional contact information in the alert system at alert.msu.edu.
The National Preparedness Month campaign, “Disaster’s Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” encourages individuals to develop emergency plans and to learn how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes. One locally created campaign urges people to “Do 1 Thing” each month to be better prepared. To learn more about National Preparedness Month and Do 1 Thing, visit www.ready.gov/september and do1thing.com.