What can you do to secure your classroom or campus office in an emergency? September is National Preparedness Month, and Myles Taylor of SMU News has created a video to help the SMU community be ready for the unexpected.
Get a head start on knowing what to do if you must shelter in place, lock down or evacuate – and don’t forget your cellphone. It could become your lifeline. Click the YouTube screen to see more, or visit this link to watch “Your Classroom, Your Safety” in a new window.
The SMU community can learn more about what to do in an active-shooter situation through a simulated event that is part of the University’s National Night Out 2016.
The annual event, which promotes partnership among police and communities, is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 on the Main Quad.
The SMU and University Park Police Departments, along with student actors from Meadows School of the Arts, will be part of the active-shooter simulation, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of McFarlin Auditorium.
National Night Out also features free food and refreshments, as well as safety information from police and the University Park Fire Department. This year’s event is the culmination of SMU’s National Preparedness Month activities, designed to educate faculty, staff and students about safety in the event of evacuation, severe weather or lockdown situations.
The University will focus on three major preparedness themes throughout the month:
Lockdown Awareness Week, Sept. 6-9
Shelter Awareness Week, Sept. 12-16
Evacuation Awareness Week, Sept. 19-23
Provost Paul Ludden asked faculty and staff members to review campus safety procedures with students when possible in an e-mail dated Aug. 22, 2011:
This September marks the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States and, as such, it has been proclaimed National Preparedness Month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is also a time for all of us to reflect on the importance of strengthening the security and safety of our campus community.
SMU will observe this occasion during the month of September by hosting a series of events that are intended to orient students, faculty, and staff to various aspects of SMU’s emergency plan. The theme for Emergency Preparedness Month is “A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare.”
If you feel it is appropriate, please take a few moments during class time to review with students the three principal emergency response mechanisms for all emergencies: Evacuation, Shelter, and Lockdown. For your convenience, a summary of these actions entitled “Know What to Do” is attached and a poster has been placed in each classroom.
September is National Preparedness Month, and SMU has joined in its observation by scheduling Emergency Preparedness Day for Sept. 16. The details were shared in the following e-mail sent to students, faculty and staff members on Sept. 14-15:
As a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Month, SMU has designated September 16, 2009 as Emergency Preparedness Day.
We encourage SMU students, faculty and staff to do the following:
Update your personal contact information, especially your cell phone number, in Access.SMU so you can be notified in the event of an emergency.*
Know What to Do in emergencies on campus by reviewing the safety actions: evacuation, shelter-in-place and lockdown. Look for posters in classrooms or review them online.
* Please Note: A test of the SMU Emergency Notification System will be conducted on September 16. The test will consist of cell phone messages, text messages and e-mails that read: “This is a test of the SMU Emergency Notification System.” No action on your part will be necessary.