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September 2013

National Emergency Preparedness Month

Get your emergency kit submissions in by Sept. 27

Sign up for DU Alert and send in your emergency kit submissions

Make your communication plan

Put your office emergency kit together to win prizes!

Denver Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) – Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and Oct. 20

Get your emergency kit submissions in by Sept. 27

(Sept. 24, 2013) Over the course of this month we've given you some useful preparedness tools, such as making your family communication plan and compiling both home and office emergency kits, to help you be prepared in the case of an emergency.

Don't forget to sign up or update your information for DU Alert and put together those office emergency kits! Take a picture of your kit and email it, along with your department name and office location, to dudigest@du.edu to be entered in a random prize drawing. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 27. Winners will be drawn on Sept. 30. Learn more about building and maintaining your kit here. Learn more about the prizes here.

Sign up for DU Alert and send in your emergency kit submissions

(Sept. 17, 2013) Timely and accurate information regarding an emergency can be the difference between life and death. The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Fire Safety maintains an Emergency Notification System capable of pushing out emergency messages to everyone affiliated with the University of Denver in a very short period of time.

Sign up or update your information now. You can choose to receive the alert via email, text and/or phone call.

Don't forget to put together those office emergency kits! Take a picture of your kit and email it, along with your department name and office location, to dudigest@du.edu to be entered in a random prize drawing. Learn more about building and maintaining your kit here. Learn more about the prizes here.

Make your communication plan

(Sept. 10, 2013) DU's Office of Emergency Preparedness has plans in place for campus communications in the event of an emergency. It is also important to make a communication plan with your family.

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes. DU's Office of Emergency Preparedness and ready.gov offer the following tips for creating your communication plan:

  • Identify a contact such as a friend or relative who lives out-of-state for household members to notify they are safe.
    • It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.
    • If you have a cell phone, program your emergency contact as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know.
    • Make sure to tell your family and friends that you've listed them as emergency contacts.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging; texts can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not get through.
  • Check with your children's day care or school. Facilities designed for children should include identification planning as part of their emergency plans.

Watch this thirty-second family emergency planning PSA then learn more about making a plan, such as how to get tech ready, plan escape routes and more.

Don't forget to take a picture of your office emergency kit and email it, along with your department name and office location, to dudigest@du.edu to be entered in a random prize drawing. Learn more about building and maintaining your kit here.

PUT YOUR OFFICE EMERGENCY KIT TOGETHER AND ENTER TO WIN PRIZES!

(Sept. 3, 2013) DU's Office of Emergency Preparedness is prepared for anything; are you? Emergency kits for your home and office are a simple way to ensure you have the items you need. This month, join with your co-workers to compile your office kit and you could win prizes!

Ready.gov and FEMA recommend the following items for a basic emergency supply kit:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food (and manual can opener for canned food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio* with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight** and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle, to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Moist towelettes
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties, for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers, to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Take a picture of your office kit and email it, along with your department name and office location, to dudigest@du.edu to be entered in a random drawing to win one of the following prizes:

Send in your photos by Friday, Sept. 27. Winners will be drawn on Monday, Sept. 30.

Learn more about building and maintaining your kit. Build your home kit also, and stay tuned to your DU Digest next week to learn about making an emergency communication plan for your family.

Denver Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) – Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and Oct. 20

(Sept. 3, 2013) Interested in learning more about emergency planning? Denver CERT is a free, intensive three-day course that provides you with comprehensive training in disaster preparedness and response.

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