Emergency Preparedness is something that should be on everyone’s mind, especially if you have a disability or chronic medical needs. Remember, we do live on the Pacific Ring of Fire! While they don’t happen often, we do get earthquakes here and Mt. Baker is an active volcano right in our backyard. Knowing what to do if something happens will allow you and your community to survive until help arrives.
On Campus Info:
One of the the first things that is recommended is to do is register for Western Alert. This is the fastest way to get information in the event of an emergency or other event that may impact the campus or the immediate community surrounding it. The system will send you emails to your student account (or another email of your choosing) or text messages to your phone (as always, messaging and data rates apply) with any pertinent information or directions for you to follow. To enroll click on the following link: Sign up for Western Alert.
WWU also has other ways to communicate with students on campus. Using the system of fire alarm speakers, directions can be given to students throughout all administrative and academic buildings along with the Wade King Recreation Center, the Viking Union and some residence halls. Family members and friends are also encouraged to sign up so they have up to date information in the event of an emergency. If you happen to be using any of WWU’s computers on campus, messages will appear on them, once you have read the information contained within, click acknowledge to either follow the directions or return to work.
WWU Campus Police (public safety) also hosts a website where they will post information in the event of an emergency or other event, that website is: WWU Safety and Emergency Information. This website contains several videos of what to do in an emergency and other general emergency information, information regarding inclement weather, WWU’s emergency response guide, and contact information for emergency and non-emergency situations on campus.
Most students move around a lot during their time here. It can be challenging to remember to change your information, because you have to do it in so many places, but it’s very important! Make sure your it gets updated in Web4U via My Western.
General Emergency Preparedness Info:
For general information on how to prepare for disaster in our area, the Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center has a page with lots of great information on what you need to survive in the event of an emergency and how to get involved to help your local community if something happens by joining CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Seminars on topics relevant to our area are also featured there.
FEMA.gov offers lots of disaster preparedness info. People can sign up to take a variety of free online classes that relate to emergency management, learn about insurance and other things that you might need to put in place to create the best chance to rebuild after something happens and how to access help. It also offers information on various incidents around the country, so you can keep tabs on what’s going on, especially if friends or family are in that area.