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Preparing for an emergency on and off campus

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Por LisaMarie Sinatra

During September, we’ll be highlighting a number of tips, information and resources you can use and share with friends that can help you stay safer while on campus or off. This week, I’d like to ask: do you know if your campus has prepared for an emergency? Now that you’re fully entrenched in daily college life, it’s important to know how to best prepare and adhere to safety protocols away from home.

According to an article, Campus Mass Notification: Is Your Campus Prepared For A Crisis? in NFPA Journal by author Steve Corich, “Recent college shootings have driven home a number of lessons for law enforcement officials. One of those is the importance of rapidly notifying students and employees of emergencies so that life-saving action can begin immediately.

Since this article was written in 2008, much has been done to keep everyone who works and attends classes on college campuses safe from harm. Whether it’s shootings, bomb threats or a fire, everyone needs to know what to do, and follow these instructions carefully.

I remember as a recent student getting my masters degree at Boston University, how impressed I was by the system they had in place. When a rash of robberies created a bit of panic amongst the masses, notifications of what to do and who to contact with questions came through my phone via email, text and voicemail. The same was true when a suspicious package left in one of the hallways prompted law enforcement to evacuate the area and notify us about what was happening and what we needed to do. While there was panic in both cases, I remember feeling a bit more comforted about the situation knowing my university made it a priority to communicate with us often and work as quickly as possible to contain the situation. Can the same be said where you attend school?

As you settle into your daily routine at your college or university, make it a priority to find out about the emergency notification system the administration has put in place for your safety. Interested in what other colleges are doing in the name of safety? An NFPA Journal article about Weslyan University shows the priority it has meeting the challenge of making its unique student housing fire safe.

Learn more about this and other fire and life safety information on NFPA’s campus and dorm safety web page. Interested You can also check out the

Fuente:: NFPA – Información de seguridad

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams fundó el Instituto de Formación de Servicios de Bomberos en 1995 para encontrar soluciones a los desafíos que enfrenta el servicio de bomberos voluntarios. Él ha sido un miembro activo de la Asociación de Bomberos del Estado de California (SCAF) desde 1994, habiendo sido miembro de los comités de voluntarios y de relaciones públicas, y como subdirector división del sur. Se sienta en varias organizaciones locales, incluyendo el Consejo de Protección de Bomberos del Condado de Santa Barbara, los Tres Condados de Responsables de Capacitación de la Asociación, De Santa Barbara capítulo de CAER y es miembro fundador del grupo de Santa Bárbara PIO Emergencia Información Pública Comunicaciones (ÉPICO). Ha sido el autor de muchos artículos y columnista de un periódico local en materia de seguridad pública. Él es también el co-anfitrión de alerta comunitaria sobre KZSB AM-1290 en Santa Bárbara. Williams ha sido miembro de la Junta de Servicios de Bomberos del Estado de California desde 2008. Antes de involucrarse en el servicio de bomberos voluntarios, Williams era un oficial de policía de California para 12 ½ años y un Oficial de Entrenamiento de Campo Correo Certificado. Él es un investigador privado con licencia y consultor de seguridad especializada en auto asegurado, asignaciones de defensa del gobierno y de seguros.


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