Ready at Home = Ready to Work
We*Ready Fall 2012
This Edition's Contents
Although we work in an idyllic setting at Westmont, we are not immune to the problems of the world. This summer we've empathized with the communities ravaged by wildfire, and mourned with those involved in senseless shootings. As we carry on through another school year, we want to remind you where you can find information regarding Westmont's response plans for our main foreseeable threats: www.westmont.edu/emergency.
This page—accessible from the footer of nearly all Westmont webpages—along with Westmont's homepage, facebook, and twitter pages, are your best online sources for information concerning Westmont during an event.
Did you know that 94% of our students have chosen to give us their cell phone numbers, but only 46% of employees have? Let's make sure everyone is in the loop when it comes to emergency alerts, and update your profile right now!
What do you want read in We*Ready emails? Are there other emergency related topics that you've been curious that we haven't addressed? Let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling at x6201.
The fire season isn't over yet. The hills are dry, temperatures remain high, and it's not too late for the Santa Anas. The Shockey Fire in San Diego was contained by the end of September, but not before claiming a man's life and destroying 11 homes. Although fires can happen at any time, fall provides a "perfect storm" situation for fires. Take steps to reduce your risk and protect your family!
Visit ready.gov/wildfires for more tips and information.
- Practice Wildfire Safety: Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home by removing hazardous brush from your driveway. Teach your kids about fire safety and keep all matches and candles out of reach. Plan several escape routes away from your home—by car and by foot.
- Prepare Your Family: Make sure your family knows how to contact each other in the event of an emergency, and your alternate meeting place if your home isn't accessible. Test your smoke alarms monthly, and replace the batteries yearly. Unsure how to explain fire safety to your kids? Check out Club Fire Facts and see if it is a good resource for your family.
- Ready Your Go-Kit: Keep a flashdrive in your Go-Kit with electronic copies of important documents, like a copy of your passport or your child's birth certificate. Has anything expired in your kit (medicine, batteries, food, water)? Replace as needed. Move your spare car keys to your Go-Kit, in case you can't find your keys in an emergency situation. Got an iPhone? Download this Red Cross First Aid App to get quick help on the go!
- Protect Your Home: When was the last time you seriously considered how a wildfire would affect your home? Check out the Southern California edition of the Wildfire Retrofit Guide here, and learn about Fire Adapted Communities here. Some Santa Barbara residents are going the whole nine yards, and claim to have built a fireproof home!
Remember: Today is the day before. Are you ready for tomorrow?
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