With a Plan in Place, Miami Dade College is ready for National Preparedness & Campus Safety Awareness Month
Miami, August 22, 2013 -
Miami Dade College (MDC) is checking off its to-do list just in time for National Preparedness Month (NPM). Celebrated annually in September, NPM is a month-long effort to increase preparedness across the nation. All seven campuses and both centers have plans in place to make the preparations less cumbersome.
MDC students and faculty can follow the College’s Emergency Management initiatives via Twitter (@MDCAlert). The Emergency Preparedness department also published the “MDC Emergency Action Guide” this month, and will be hosting “Public Safety Week” events on each campus in September with training, handouts, demonstrations, and briefings, among other activities.
NPM is a nationwide effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. One of NPM’s key messages is, “be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue.”
Citizens are urged to prepare by starting with four important steps:
1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in the community, and identify sources of information that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency
2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency; and don’t forget to include pets
3. Build an emergency supply kit
4. Get involved; find opportunities to support community preparedness; volunteer, join a team, get training, or donate cash and goods
September is also National Campus Safety Awareness Month. The MDC Public Safety Department plans a week-long, college-wide program for all campuses. Topics include suicide prevention, sexual assault awareness, texting & driving (traffic safety), information table, special displays from various agencies (DPD, MPD, MDPD, FHP, USCG, FDOT), among others.
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.
For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit
http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM, or call 1-800-BE-READY or 1-888-SE-LISTO.
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, firstname.lastname@example.org, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, email@example.com, MDC media relations director
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, firstname.lastname@example.org, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, email@example.com, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, firstname.lastname@example.org, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, email@example.com