Be Prepared
I felt some comfort to know that there is a Building & Floor Marshall Program that is coordinated by Environmental Health and Safety. It is a group of volunteers made up of CSUN staff who are given training in building evacuation procedures. They serve in the buildings and floors where they work.

But what if I’m not in school? What should I do? I learned that being prepared for an emergency is not something you can do overnight. It is, however, something we all can prepare for slowly.

I began my research on the CSUN Emergency Preparedness Website and found things that we all may need for an emergency. Unfortunately, we may have to be prepared for our home, office, car, and school.

1. I made a list of things I need:
2. Keys – extra set for the care and house
3. Keep 3 days to 1 week supply (1 gallon per person per day)
4. Food – 3 days to 1 week supply of non-perishables
5. Manual can opener, utensils
6. First Aid Kit
7. Radio – extra batteries
8. Flashlights – extra batteries, matches, lighter
9. Medications – prescriptions and over the counter (list of medical problems)
10. Small bill/coins
11. Important documents (deeds, insurance papers, medical cards, etc. in water proof case
12. Tools – adjustable wrench, fire extinguisher, sturdy gloves, whistle, small mirror
13. Sanitation needs (for one week for a family and pets)

Finally make a checklist to remember what you need to do and where to go because you may not be in your right mind. Have an area with these items:

Important names
Out of state contact list
Cash and credit cards
Medications and prescriptions
Clothing and personal hygiene
Family photos

Do your children know what to do. Find out from the school what their emergency plan is.

I also found the emergency and non emergency numbers for CSUN students 
Emergency Information
• 1-866-535-2786: Faculty/Staff (For Campus Status)
• 1-866-515-2786: Students/Community (For Campus Status)
http://www.csun.edu: CSUN home page will display emergency bulletins
• KABC 790 AM: Emergency Alert System (EAS)
Non-Emergency Numbers
• 677-2111 CSUN Police Department
• 677-2401 Environmental Health & Safety
• 677-2222 Physical Plant Management
• 677-3666 Klotz Student Health Center
• 677-5973 Kit Espinosa, CSUN Emergency Management Coordinator

More information can be found at the CSUN Emergency Operations Desk Reference for Students posted at http://www-admn.csun.edu/publicsafety/emergency/
The information on the site is overwhelming, but if you start with the basics, it's a beginning. t.

Below is a You Tube Video that will explain how to make your own first aid survival Kit that may save your life or someone you love.

ICE Your Phone 09/25/2009
Ice Your Phone - In Case of an Emergency
ICE could save your life if you add it on your cell phone. ICE is an acronym for IN CASE OF EMERGENCY and would allow rescue workers, police, or doctors to check your cell phone and reach the people you would want contacted if you're in an accident or other emergency. This is extremely important if a patient cannot speak as the first place doctor’s or rescue workers may look is to their cell phone.     

I decided to make flyers with instructions on how people can ICE their phones. I approached 20 people on the street of Santa Monica and, unfortunately, 5 people would listen to me and take a flyer. I tried to explain to people that this information would be helpful in case of an emergency.

Most of them ignored me and some said, "No thanks." I couldn't help but feel a little hurt so I stopped.

Here's how to ICE your phone.

Ask three people to be your contact person in case of any emergency. Let them know your personal information about medicines, allergies (including food) and doctor's names with phone numbers.
Go to your cell phone and add the word ICE 1 then their name.

Example: ICE 1 Dan
Example: ICE 2 Sal
Example: ICE 3 Bob

ICE 1 Dan would be your first contact person in case of an emergency. ICE 2 Sal would be your second contact person in case of an emergency. ICE 3 Bob would your third contact person in case of an emergency.

You can add as many contacts as you wish.

Firefighter Larry Jarvis from the Fire Station 97 on Mulholland Drive and is in favor of the idea.

“It’s a great idea for any person who can’t identify themselves,” said Jarvis. “But it’s especially helpful if there is a bus accident with children."

Jarvis also added, "I know how difficult it is to prepare for an emergency, but ICEing your phone is a start."

On September 4, President Obama has proclaimed “September as
National Preparedness Month
.”  He wants U.S. Americans to be prepared for any disaster: from wildfires and hurricanes, to terrorist attacks and pandemic disease. Read the president's press release here.

I asked myself this question: “Am I ready?” The answer is “No.” Ironically, a few days later, I was window shopping in Santa Monica where an event was going on at Zero Minus Plus at Fred Segal.
A gentleman, named Karl Champley was at the event to advocate easy ways to prepare in case of an emergency. Additionally, he was giving tips on what supplies to always have on hand. Champley has a show on the DIY Network and joined forces with Dr Phil to help out victims of Hurricane Katrina. He has also hosted many Habitat for Humanity and Jimmy Carter workshop events around the country. "I'm just here to spread awareness to everyone," said Champley. "There's so much we can do to get prepared that may save a life--even a firefighter's life."

It turns that there was a press release that went out to journalist to cover this event designed to increase awareness, as well as encourage all Californians, individuals, families and businesses to take action and prepare for emergencies. Champley was given an award from the chief of the Santa Monica Department for his efforts in advocating emergency preparedness.
I hung around and waited for about an hour thinking that more people would arrive. Finally Fire Chief Carl Bjerke of Santa Monica arrived to honor Champley with the honorary citizen award. Following the owner of the store, Zero Minus Plus Darrylynn Kaun, was also given an award by the chief.

I was told that the press was invited to attend as well as the community, but only a cameraman and I were the only press that covered this event. It was sad and disappointing to know that there are people out there that take the time to educate us and prepare us for an emergency. The problem is people are too lazy until it's too late. Something is very wrong with this picture.

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