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 Be Prepared 

"Be prepared for what?" someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, "Why, for any old thing." said Baden-Powell. He explained people must prepare themselves by thinking out and practicing how to act during emergencies, so they are never taken by surprise.

If a disaster strikes the university, it is possible the entire region will be affected. We must be ready! Be Prepared Resources will be stretched thin and you will be needed here at UD. If we are well-prepared, we will have the peace of mind to focus on the tasks at hand, rather than worrying about whether our families are taken care of. 

It is very important that we stay informed about the types of emergencies that we may be called upon to respond to, and teach our families about what they should do. We need to serve as role models for other members of the community.  We must lead by example to encourage preparedness.

The worst plan is no plan.  It is better to have a plan and not need it, then to need a plan and not have it. So, make a family emergency plan and build an emergency supply kit. Be sure to include provisions for individuals with access or functional needs, older adults, children, and pets.

Your family may not be together when a crisis occurs, so it is important to think about possible situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan: How will my family get emergency alerts and warnings? Preparedness How will my family get to safe locations for relevant emergencies? How will my family get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work? How will I let loved ones know I am safe? How will my family get to a meeting place after the emergency?

Here are items suggested to include in your emergency supply kit.  I left spaces so you can use this as checklist as you put it together:   __ a waterproof container, __a gallon of water per person per day, for three days (include water for pets), __at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, __a manual can opener, __eating utensils, __a battery-powered radio and weather radio + extra batteries, __a flashlight + extra batteries, __a first aid kit, __a whistle, __dust masks, plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in-place, __moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation, __ an adjustable wrench, __pliers, __important documents (maps, insurance policies, identification, bank records, etc.), __ phones, two-way radios, or other devices for communicating, __ prescription medications, __extra pairs of contact lenses and glasses, __infant formula and diapers, __ pet food, leash, and collar, __books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children.

Check out www.ready.gov for a lot of great resources to help get prepared including planning templates. If you have suggestions to help us be prepared, please talk to your supervisor.  And hey, let’s be careful out there!             

Sean Englert, MPA
Life Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety / Risk Management
Department of Facilities and Campus Operations

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