Ideas for the Departments and Safety Committees What can we do with the college community to prepare for emergencies? Don’t assume we know Have staff, teachers, administrators, and yourself take a quick quiz on preparedness from the American Red Cross: Read or Not Quiz for Businesses (OK. We can change that to …Schools) Is it there? Check. If not, lobby until it is included. Does the Student Handbook have emergency procedures? Is it in Student Orientations? Do staff and teacher orientations cover basic procedures? Contact: For faculty: Lynne Dodson For Staff: Ryan de la Rosa (HR) Where else could it be? Offer Free Workshops American Red Cross in Seattle – Workplace preparedness: 60-90 min. Contact Kelly Kasper: 726-3507 – Personal preparedness: Contact Carol Dunn at 323-2345 City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management – Tracy Connelly at 615-0287 – You can also take a tour of their facilities. Routine Communications Start a monthly informational email with one tip or action people can take. Example can be Washington Military Department’s Prepare in a Year. Use Google language to translate communications to ESL students. Promote and Participate in State and National Months April is Emergency Preparedness Month in Washington State: Participate in drills and activities. They ask for state-wide participation in an earthquake drill. 2008 Earthquake Drill letter and suggested activities. September is National Emergency Preparedness Month: Participate in drills and activities. Practice Set up yearly schedule drills and activities with different scenarios: earthquake, fire, bomb threat, lock down, etc. Create Day of Action: college community wide events with speakers, displays, information and drills. Participate Have routine table at events, like President’s Day. Campus Alert System: All registered students, staff and faculty sign up to receive emails and text messages when an emergency occurs. SSCC does this. Contact: Christa Colouzis National Student Safety and Security Conference: for all levels of educational institutions. Flier for November, 2008 conference. Create Basic Plan Washington State has – School Basic Emergency Plan: templates already created for schools to adapt and adopt. – 12 Steps to School Planning: Do one step per month. Resources City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management: For businesses. King County Office of Emergency Management: Workplace prep. Washington Military Department: Preparation for schools. US Department of Education: Planning for schools. Red Cross of Seattle: Prepare your workplace American Red Cross: Prepare at work.