Disasters happen. Prepare now. Learn how.
As the new semester begins it is important to remember that we all must prepare ourselves and our families for times of disaster. Now is the time to learn how to make plans, learn lifesaving skills, check insurance policies and learn how to best save money for emergencies.
National Preparedness Month is a program developed by the Department of Homeland Security that is designed to promote preparedness in times of disaster. This program runs annually throughout the month of September and aims to educate individuals and communities on how to properly prepare for disasters.
Individuals are encouraged to make emergency plans for themselves and their families. Developing a plan can reunite family members if they are separated and should include information such as where to shelter, where to meet and how to communicate. Once a plan is developed, be sure to practice that plan to ensure it works for everyone involved.
Being prepared also means being able to help those around you. In case of emergency, your neighbor may need to rely on you and knowing what to do will allow you to help them, as well as yourself. Everyone is encouraged to learn skills such as First Aid and CPR. Everyone is also encouraged to view the NIU Emergency Response Guide to learn how to safely react in emergency situations.
If you are interested in getting involved in your community or simply want to learn more, please visit the National Preparedness Month website to find personal plans, the FEMA mobile app, emergency kit designs and more.
To receive NIU campus emergency notifications, download the Everbridge app. DeKalb City safety information can be found at the Fire Department and Police Department webpages. Visit the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety website and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for weekly preparedness tips throughout the month.