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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 1, 2011

Northwest reminds community to be ready for emergencies in conjunction with National Preparedness Month

Be "Ready in 3"

A quick Ready in 3 reference appears below. A detailed explanation is posted on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.

1. Create a plan: Develop an individual emergency plan, and determine how you will communicate with others in various crisis situations. Develop different plans for different kinds of emergencies. Consider setting up a telephone tree or building an emergency e-mail list.  

Make plans for both staying home and evacuating. Deciding whether it is best to stay or go depends on the type of emergency. Public safety officials may be able to tell you what you need to do, but in some cases you may have to decide for yourself. Know where to go if you have to leave. Know where there is shelter within your residence or workplace. This should be a lower-level or basement interior room with few windows and doors.

Plan several different escape routes. If you are driving, keep windows and vents closed and the air conditioner and heater off. If you encounter a tornado while driving, exit your vehicle and lie face down in a ditch or low-lying area. Bring an emergency supply kit.

2. Prepare a kit: If an emergency happens you might not have access to food or water, or your building may be without power. Check media outlets for locations where food, water and shelter can be obtained.

At a minimum, your personal emergency kit should include the following items: battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, first-aid kit, paper and pencil, canned food and a manual can opener, sleeping bag or extra blanket, money, rain coat or poncho and gloves.

3. Listen for information: Get as much information about the situation as possible. Monitor television, radio, Web sites and e-mail for news. Information specific to Northwest will be available via the Bearcat Alert text messaging system, the Northwest homepage and KXCV/KRNW radio (90.5 and 88.9 FM). Be sure to have a battery-powered radio on hand along with extra batteries.

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Northwest Missouri State University urges its students, employees and community members to resolve to be ready when an emergency arises.

The eighth annual National Preparedness Month kicks off today with the slogan: "A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare." The campaign seeks to transform awareness into action by encouraging all Americans to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

Local, state and federal emergency officials are encouraging individuals to pledge their support to help prepare their families, businesses and communities for emergencies of all kinds.

"With recent disasters such as the tornado in Joplin and Hurricane Irene, which has caused severe damage and flooding along the East Coast, as well as the high winds and hail that caused damage last month on the Northwest campus and throughout Maryville, it is important that all of us have an awareness of what to do when we are faced with an emergency," said Dr. Gerald Wilmes, Northwest's director of wellness services and emergency management coordinator. "There are precautions each of us should take beforehand to insure our safety."

Northwest has emergency management and response procedures in place. General guidelines can be found on the backs of doors, in residence halls and classrooms. The University also utilizes the Bearcat Alert text messaging system to inform students and employees of emergencies that may impact them.

Additionally, the University recommends the Ready in 3 system endorsed by the American Red Cross and Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency as one of the best guides to use in preparing for severe weather and other threats.

Ultimately, students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus are responsible for their own safety. Northwest urges its students and employees to know the emergency plans for facilities in which they work, study and reside. Also, be informed about different types of emergencies that could occur in northwest Missouri and the appropriate responses to them.

For tips and information about emergency operations at Northwest click here. For tips and resources from FEMA to help prepare for emergencies click here

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468