Learn about important Emory resources during National Preparedness Month

Now that the fall semester has begun, investing time in learning how to protect yourself and others in an emergency contributes to your personal safety, community safety, and the resilience of the Emory community. .

“Emergencies are unexpected, but when they do happen, knowing what to do – or just where to seek help and resources – can be key to minimizing danger. The better prepared we are, the more resilient we are as a community,” said Sam Shartar, Senior Director of Operations for Emory’s Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response. (CEPAR).

#EmoryREADY and National Readiness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, scheduled each fall in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help communities be prepared to manage the risks of critical events and disasters. IIn recognition of FEMA’s nationwide “READY” campaign, the #EmoryREADY initiative focuses on promoting campus readiness through education, training, and awareness.

In September and early October, CEPAR partners with student organizations to raise awareness about personal/medical preparedness. Stop at our table during Wonderful Wednesdays this month and show your commitment to being prepared by choosing an “I’m #EmoryREADY” button, available only during the month of September. Other events are to come.

For more information on FEMA’s READY campaign, please visit ready.gov.

At Emory, emergency resources are at your fingertips with LiveSafe, a free mobile application. Developed for smartphones, LiveSafe offers students, faculty, and staff a fast, convenient, and discreet way to communicate directly with Emory University public safety officials.

The app’s key features allow members of the campus community to:

  • Call or text Emory University police — or 911 — quickly.
  • Quickly access a range of important campus safety resources, including information on emergency procedures and health and wellness contacts.
  • Receive push notifications of campus safety and emergency alerts.
  • Report real-time safety issues, accidents, or crime tips to Emory Police via text, photos, video, or audio.
  • Navigate the campus using a “SafeWalk” feature. GPS tracking technology allows users to invite family, friends or colleagues to “virtually escort” them by tracking their real-time location on a digital map. Alerts are sent when the user is delayed, has arrived, or requests assistance.

CEPAR has also developed Emory University’s Preparedness Checklist, which provides instructions for signing up or updating emergency contact information to receive severe weather emergency alerts. , police emergencies or other critical events.

The checklists also offer:

  • Basic safety information and reminders, such as a prompt to program Emory Police Department phone numbers – and the addition of an “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) number – to your cell phone personal.
  • Suggestions for establishing a simple emergency communication plan so that family and friends have an agreed way to get in touch during an emergency on campus or in the area.
  • Prompts on how to get out of buildings if a main route is blocked and where to seek shelter in severe weather.
  • Convenient contact details for campus emergency services, including Health and Counseling Services and the Emory University Faculty Personnel Assistance Program (FSAP).

“In the event of an emergency, having the right information and understanding what you need to do is key to being better prepared and staying safe,” says Shartar.

He suggests programming two “short codes” – 226787 and 678283 – into your cell phone contact list, along with unique ringtones, to quickly and easily identify an Emory emergency alert.

Emory EMS

Emory Emergency Medical Service (SGEE) is a voluntary student-run EMS organization overseen by CEPAR.

EEMS provides a first aid medical service for emergency medical care to students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the surrounding Emory University community.

EEMS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during the fall and spring semesters. The response area includes the Clifton campus of Emory University and the immediate surrounding facilities, businesses and roads.

EEMS works in coordination with local emergency and fire departments responding to emergency calls and 911 in the Emory community. Additionally, it provides medical watch services for university events. The program also has a strong commitment to community outreach and education.

To request EMS services, call 911 or Emory Police at 404-727-6111.

Anticipate and plan now

For Emory faculty, staff, and students, the new semester is a great time to familiarize themselves with the university’s emergency resources. Examination of the CEPAR website is a good start. Just as people test the batteries in their smoke detectors every year, taking the time to review Emory’s emergency procedures in LiveSafe or the Just-In-Time guide should be considered an annual ritual.

The CEPAR website provides a wide range of resources and advice on how to prepare for a variety of emergencies, including power outages, water and gas leaks, medical emergencies, product spills chemicals or laboratory accidents, as well as inclement weather and weather-related campus closures.

You will also find information about the CEPAR office, Emory EMS, preparedness and training resources, community outreach, and CEPAR programs.

Attend Emory’s Annual Security Show on October 6

CEPAR, Emory Fire Safety, Emory Police Department (EPD), Emory EMS (EEMS) and The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) will host the annual Emory Safety Show on Thursday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cox Bridge and Asbury Circle.

This event will feature over 30 safety, health and wellness organizations, resources and services available to the Emory community. There will be free gifts, games and ice cream.

To stay up to date, follow CEPAR on The Hub for event posts and on social media:

  • Facebook: /EmoryCEPAR
  • Twitter: @EMORY_CEPAR
  • Instagram: @emorycepar

Five Ways to Be Better Prepared for an Emergency

  • Make sure you are enrolled in Emory’s Emergency Notification Program.
  • Download the LiveSafe security app.
  • Review the college preparation checklists and Just in time Guide to campus emergencies.
  • Explore the designated shelter for inclement weather, emergency exits and the automated external defibrillator (DEA) locations in your buildings.
  • Learn CPR, use of an AED, treatment of airway obstruction and control of bleeding.

These simple steps will make you better prepared, more resilient, help keep you safe, and may help save the lives of others in an emergency.

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