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We*Ready Summer 2017

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This Edition's Contents

Important Announcement!

ReadyDay

Psychological First Aid

Armed Intruder Response

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Important Announcement!

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As of ReadyDay (5/16/17), we have officially moved our earthquake assembly location to Thorrington Field (track & field)! So, should a major earthquake occur during business hours, please proceed to Thorrington Field to check in as this will be our main gathering space and volunteer processing area. If you are on our Emergency Response Team, check-in is at the Mobile Emergency Response Container (MERC) next to the Observatory.
 
There are many benefits to this change, such as access to a PA system, better drainage, and the availability of Carr Field (baseball) to put up tents to sleep in for students, employees, and their families.

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ReadyDay 2017

As many of you know, we held our annual ReadyDay this past Tuesday, which included 113 participants. A tremendous thank you to everyone on our Emergency Response Team who joined us for workshops and trainings! We could not do this without you and appreciate your contributions. If you have additional feedback/comments/questions, feel free to let us know.
 
If you were unable to attend (or you did attend, and would like a refresher), below is some of the material covered in the workshops:

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Psychological First Aid

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As defined by the National Center for PTSD, Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an “approach to assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism: to reduce initial distress, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning.” Suzanne Malloy and Pam Washburn from Cottage Hospital came to lead the training and presented 8 “Core Actions” for PFA:

  1. Contact & Engagement
  2. Safety & Comfort
  3. Stabilization (if needed)
  4. Information Gathering
  5. Practical Assistance
  6. Connection with Social Supports
  7. Information of Coping
  8. Linkage with Collaborative Services
 
Here is a link to their presentation slides, and here is a link to more information on the subject.

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Armed Intruder Response

Feel overwhelmed thinking about how you would deal with an armed intruder situation at Westmont (or even elsewhere)? Well, the most important thing you can remember is: “Evade, Barricade, or Overwhelm.”

  1. Evade - run away, get out
  2. Barricade - hide out, block opponents
  3. Overwhelm - fight back
Still unsure? Watch this short video as a visual aid and learn more about what you can do to prepare with the help of Jeff Gater's slides (presented on ReadyDay).

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Let Us Know!

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 riskasst@westmont.edu, or calling at x6201.

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