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Emergency Preparedness for College Students

Disasters never give you a heads up. We label them disasters after the fact, once the damage has been dealt and communities are left reeling and in shambles. If you aren’t prepared for the reverberating effects both immediately and in the coming days than you are putting your safety and those under your care at a very high risk.

At Cyalume we want to stress that being prepared doesn’t just mean having your home stocked with supplies. Disasters can happen whether at home, work, or even at school. For the ultimate preparation you and your family should discuss a plan of action for what to do in each scenario.

Today, we want to focus on Disaster Preparation and preparedness for college students. Most schools and universities have guideline and action plans for when dealing with an event on campus such as a Tornado, earthquake, or other natural disaster event. It’s imperative you become versed in what your specific school or universities response is for each major disaster your geographical area can be at risk for.

Next, you’re going to want to take your own initiative in creating a disaster supply kit so that you can take care of yourself when you are facing a potential disaster at school. Our 72-hour survival kits are curated and stocked by survival experts with everything you will ever find yourself needing in the 72 hours following a natural disaster or event that leaves your area decimated and the power down.

To help assist college students in their disaster preparations, check out the following tips:

  • Stay aware and up to date on potential threats and types of emergencies your area is susceptible to your geographical area.
  • Discuss a clear plan of action with your family, roommates, and co-workers
  • Evaluate evacuation: driving routes, meeting places, list of contacts.
  • Plan for several different meeting places, with one in the immediate area and another further away in case of obstructions.
  • Designate an out-of-state contact person. It is often easier to call long distance than locally during an emergency situation. As soon as possible, let the designated person know that you are safe. Share this contact person’s information with your family and roommates.