September 17, 2009

Emergency Preparedness Drill to Take Place Sept. 19

CaseEMS, Case Police and Protective Services and the Cleveland Heights Fire Department will host a Mass Casualty Incident Drill in front of Carlton Commons on Saturday, September 19, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the event, which is taking place during Campus Safety Awareness Month. During the drill, the university community should be prepared to see and hear realistic-looking victims dressed in "blood" from head to toe as they reenact a disaster scene. The campus community should note that this is only a drill and practice session. However, the situations will appear real, and participants and attendees will learn how to handle a situation that might require the help of multiple first responders.

People are still needed to act as victims and bystanders. Interested volunteers should arrive at Carlton Commons at 8 a.m. to get prepped in stage blood. Volunteers are encouraged to wear older, or "paint" clothing. Most makeup washes out, but could stain. Breakfast munchies and lunch will be provided.

Learn more by visiting the CaseEMS Web site. Interested volunteers should contact Monique Farone.

Emergency Preparedness Tips

Although the event taking place on September 19 is a practice drill, the campus community should be aware of what to do in case of an actual emergency.

Everyone should take the time to prepare for any emergency, whether it occurs on campus or at home. Being ready includes:

  1. Having an emergency supply kit;
  2. Making a family emergency plan;
  3. Being informed about emergencies and their appropriate responses; and
  4. Getting involved in community preparedness efforts

Campus members can find out how to prepare for an emergency as an individual at http://www.ready.gov/.

While on campus there are additional steps to take to be prepared. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for CaseWARN; this is one method the university will utilize to make notifications during a major emergency. Users go to a web page and enter a cell phone number for text messages and/or a telephone number for voice calls in the event of an emergency. Campus members who sign up or update their information in WARN during September--Campus Safety Awareness Month--will be registered to win a Kindle reader and other prizes. In addition to a WARN message via phone or text, campus members should remain alert for outdoor sirens and fire alarms, which may also be utilized to send a message of impending danger.

Each emergency is different, and the university has general procedures for several types of situations. Everyone on campus should take the time to review these emergency procedures.

In the event of a serious crisis on or near the campus, the evacuation of a building, area or the entire campus may become necessary. The evacuation may be precautionary or as a result of an incident on or near the university that poses a significant threat to the university community and property.

Campus members may have questions about when it's best to remain in a building, when they should leave, and what to do if an evacuation is necessary. The Office of Emergency Management has put together a set of tips to help the campus community learn the factors that contribute to the best chances for remaining safe. Go online to learn more about the university's general evacuation guidelines.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, September 17, 2009 02:12 PM | News Topics:

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