September is National Preparedness Month, a time to consider how to stay safe in the face of potential disasters. To help members of the Case Western Reserve University community be prepared, The Daily is teaming up with the Office of Resiliency to share safety tips throughout the month.
When considering safety, it’s important to make a plan, keeping in mind there are a variety of disasters worth preparing for. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the primary disaster types to keep in mind are:
At CWRU, you should sign up to receive RAVE alerts, notifications the university sends out in the event of a widespread emergency. These messages might include emergency notifications for lockdowns, sheltering in place, or fires; severe weather closures or delays; security alerts to make the community aware of crimes that occurred on or near campus but no longer present a risk to the community; and neighborhood safety advisories to raise awareness of activity happening in University Circle, such as increased police activity or non-violent crime at a neighboring institution. Be sure to log in to getrave.com/cwru to ensure your mobile number is listed to receive texts.
In relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, consider specific needs in your household and/or residence hall and update your emergency plan with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance in mind. Think about the following when developing your plans:
Different ages of members within your household;
Responsibilities for assisting others;
Medical needs, including prescriptions and equipment;
Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment;